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10 Best Horror Movies of 2017
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A lot of terrific movies have hit theaters this year, and the horror genre in particular has seen some standouts—whether they be sci-fi thrillers, brutal psychological mind-fucks, or spooky supernatural stories. The movies here are the best of the year’s scary and unsettling movies.
10. A Cure for Wellness
Dane DeHaan stars in Gore Verbinski’s beautifully shot thriller as a patient at a spa secluded in the Swiss Alps. But the wellness center’s therapeutic treatments cover up a much sinister plot as he begins to lose control of his own sanity. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
Norwegian director Joachim Trier tackles young love and telekinesis in this supernatural thriller that stars Eili Harboe, whose titular character’s blooming romance with a classmate unleashes chilling powers she must work to overcome.
8. The Blackcoat’s Daughter
In this film directed by Osgood Perkins (son of Anthony Perkins, star of Psycho), two teenage girls spend their winter break in the closed confines of their boarding school—which serves as a poor sanctuary as it cannot protect them from a sinister evil force. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
This French film proved too horrific for some viewers, and its premise explains it all: a vegetarian student has to eat offal during a hazing ritual—and her newfound craving for meat unlocks a gluttonous desire for human flesh. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
The long-awaited big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s magnum opus follows a group of lovable weirdos who fight an ancient evil that’s feeding upon the children in their sleepy Maine town. While he can’t possibly beat Tim Curry’s iconic performance, Bill Skarsgård brings his own interpretation to the terrifying evil clown Pennywise. Pre-order on Amazon and iTunes.
5. It Comes at Night
Joel Edgerton stars as a husband and father who protects his family from a destructive, unseen force in the outside world, but his ability to maintain order falls apart when another family seeks refuge. Can he keep the horrors at bay—or will he have to face the demons inside? Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
This gripping thriller is a return to form for director M. Night Shyamalan. James McAvoy stars as Kevin, a man who hosts multiple personalities in his mind—one of which, “The Beast,” is vying for domination. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
3. Hounds of Love
A pair of Australian serial killers abduct a teenage girl in this ’80s-set thriller. Her only hope for survival involves manipulating the couple and taking advantage of the cracks in their crumbling, disturbed relationship. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
2. The Lure
Man-eating mermaid strippers run amok in this critically acclaimed comic horror-musical from Polish director Agnieszka Smoczynska, who brilliantly balances the musical numbers and the gory set pieces. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.
1. Get Out
Jordan Peele’s directorial debut is a stunningly made social thriller, which sees his black protagonist going home to meet his white girlfriend’s family—only to discover this liberal, Obama-loving clan have sinister intentions in mind. Rent/buy on Amazon and iTunes.