Writer Thom Burgess shares his Top 5 horror films of 2017!
– By Thom Burgess
For me It towers over the other horror films of the year. After such a troubled production it was a real concern whether director Andrés Muschietti could pull it off, but the scares leave you breathless. Skarsgård makes a particularly horrific Pennywise. The fish like pupils of his eyes giving him a suitably otherworldly appearance. Moments such as the garage scene with the giant lunging clown, sporting his hideous teeth and shaggy hair falling out of the projector screen – and the stumbling headless ghostly child leave you really unnerved.
Following It, I loved Get Out – just for its pure unexpected genius and fantastic score. I was also happily surprised by Netflix’s adaptations of Gerald’s Game and 1922. The former having a terrifying character with the Midnight Man, and carefully considered atmosphere building. Having said that, 1922 had some of the most chilling ghosts I’ve seen on screen in a number of years – I’d most certainly be keen to see more Netflix adaptations of King in their wake.
Lastly has to be The Void. It’s a visceral, monstrous ride with some incredible practical creature effects. But it was the triangular hooded void ‘followers’ and the unknown nature of the titular ‘Void’ itself which really drew me in most. That element of the unknown being the scariest element of horror is something far underplayed these days and something that should be revisited more often.
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