Top 17 Horror Films of 2017

by Larry Dwyer

So here we are at the end of another fun-filled year of blood and gore and it’s time to wrap up by giving you my top 17 films of 2017. So many awesome movies came out this year that I literally started this list with nearly 40 titles before eventually whittling it down to a final 17. My sincere hope is that you haven’t seen some of these films and that I can help bring some disturbing, and maybe even humorous, cinema to you life. Enjoy.

Oh yeah, and this list is in no particular order. Other than the one that I mention below as probably my favorite of the year, the order is totally random (yet partially alphabetical).


Anna and the Apocalypse
Here’s a secret: I actually dig musicals and this is a zombie musical so win/win for me. Plus it’s got a ton of heart and is done really well.


Better Watch Out
This one is sure to become a Christmas classic. A great twist and amazing job by a talented young cast.


The Void
This was a “love it or hate it” film for a lot of people and I fell into the “love it” category. Very Lovecraftian with awesome practical effects.


Don’t Kill It
Dolph Lundgren demon killer? I’m sold. Directed by Big Ass Spider!’s Mike Mendez and starring Dolph and the ever-awesome Kristina Klebe, this is a gem.


Get Out
I couldn’t imagine how the dude from Key & Peele could pull off a horror/suspense film of this magnitude but he pulled it off big time.


Happy Hunting
While this may be take number 3,421 of The Most Dangerous Game and I’ll admit I didn’t expect much from it, HH was surprisingly entertaining and I found myself enjoying it; a solid watch.


Hounds of Love
I find that as I get older, some films affect me more than others and this was one of them. A real downer of a film and hard to watch at times but very, very well done.


How does one top Tim Curry’s performance of a character? Simple: you don’t, you just do something completely different. Kudos to Bill Skarsgård for pulling it off and a wonderful job by the young cast and director Andy Muschietti. Here’s to hoping they can make a decent Part 2 (which is where the 1990 mini-series failed so miserably).


It Comes at Night
A super-tense post-apocalyptic thriller that kept me awake longer than I’d like to admit. Check it out.


Lake Bodom
I’ve always loved the slasher genre and have had a huge interest in true-crime so this one appealed to me from the get-go. A must-see.


A wonderful film about a girl coming to terms with who she is. Plus cannibalism. Bonus.


I said that M Night Shyamalan was back when The Visit came out and now Split solidified it for me. What an amazing film and could James McAvoy be more incredible?


Super Dark Times
It’s the 90’s again and teenage nerds haven’t become the cool kids yet like they will in the next decade. A group of teen boys makes a boo-boo and the ripple effect is real. Watch it.


The Devil’s Candy
So much metal in this movie. From Ghost to Slayer to Machine Head and more, the metal is with us! Plus a great performance by a buff, long haired Ethan Embry.


The Lure
Such a weird movie! I’m still not sure why I love it but I just can’t get away from it. Mermaids that join a disco band in 80’s Poland. Put this on your “need to see” list and blame me later.


Victor Crowley
Kudos to Adam Greene for making a film that was easily the most fun thing I’ve seen in a theater this year. Knockout performances by Felissa Rose and Laura Ortiz really put this over the top. Bravo.


The Transfiguration
Probably my favorite film of the year. I love different takes on the vampire genre (see 2011’s Midnight Son or of course, Let the Right One In). The Transfiguration is more Martin than Dracula and is such a hauntingly beautiful piece of cinema that I dare you to hate it.


That’s it! If you disagree or have some titles that I missed, please feel free to hit me up on Twitter at @LarryDwyer to chat about it and I’ll tell you why you’re wrong. Haha..I kid, I kid. Stay gory my friends!


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