As I sit down to write up my top 5 horror films of 2017, I realized what a hard task this was. A plethora of amazing films came out this year and it's hard to choose which ones. However, there are a few that did hold a special place in my heart. Although a lot of extraordinary and groundbreaking mainstream films came out this year, I'm going to highlight some indie ones that I feel need recognition too. Here they are!
#5 - ARBOR DEMON
Patrick Rea's ARBOR DEMON is a film that I watched way early in the year, but it's stuck with me ever since. It's a unique take on being trapped in the middle of nowhere and the dangers that lay within. I thought it was beautifully shot and the acting phenomenal, especially Fiona Dourif.
#4 - GET MY GUN
GET MY GUN blew me the fuck away. Everything about it. The film made me feel so many emotions: anger, sorrow, desperation, and the want for revenge. A revenge not only for the woman in the film but for every person who has had to endure what she went through. The acting is the best part, but the story is what makes it stand out. This is one everyone should watch at least once.
#3 - THE DEVIL'S CANDY
Three words - ETHAN FUCKING EMBRY. This is by far one of my favorite roles of his and let's just be honest, he's great in everything. I loved the mix of art, metal, and horror throughout the film. Plus, the villain played by Pruitt Taylor Vince is incredibly dark and realistic. He's the face of fear and danger; someone we hope to never encounter.
#2 - M.F.A.
Another revenge film that I can't stop thinking about. After all the horrible allegations that have come out this year in Hollywood, M.F.A. truly mastered what it's like to be a victim of abuse and having no one believe you as well as how far some will go to feel safe again. Francesca Eastwood gives a brilliant performance that sends chills down your spine. I will say, from personal experience, this film had me in tears as I could relate all too well #metoo.
#1 - IT
I know IT is going to be on the list of many, but alas it was a big one for me. I, as well as many others, waited so long for this film. The marketing was killer and everyone wondered if the film would live up to all the hype and anticipation. And oh boy did it. IT was a nostalgic ride that made us remember why we fell in love with cinema in the first place. Bill Skarsgård played a unique and creepy Pennywise that was more insane than terrifying. I loved that we saw his weakness. Finally, the cast for the Losers' was utterly perfect. They made the film what it is and is one of the main reasons why people can't stop talking about it.
As far as shorts go I must give an honorable mention to AGATHA, UNBEARING, AMY, THE DAUGHTERS OF VIRTUE, and BORN AGAIN. Be sure to check out these amazing films and shorts!