In general, the horror genre has been on a massive upward swing over the course of the last few years, and 2017 may represent the apex of that ascent. This year saw a ton of great scary movies debut on the silver screen (as well as a variety of outstanding streaming services), and we think that it is safe to say that our bones are now thoroughly chilled. With that in mind, we are here today to discuss the top ten horror movies of 2017 and give credit to the films that caused us to lose more than a few night's worth of sleep over the course of the last 365 days.
On that note, let's dive in and kick things off with a movie that approached horror from a fresh and exciting perspective.
When compared to the other films that will show up on this list of top horror films from 2017, XX feels incredibly distinct because of its status as an effective anthology horror project, which can sometimes be a hit or miss concept in this particular genre. Consisting of our separate vignettes helmed by female filmmakers and taking place from the perspective of female characters, there has never really been a horror film quite like XX. While not every vignette is quite as strong as the one that preceded it, XX deserves a considerable amount of credit for mostly accomplishing what it sets out to do, as well as taking bold swings with its storytelling by embracing humor, horror, and a female perspective that's mostly missing from the modern scary movie landscape.
9. It Comes At Night
It's a real shame that It Comes At Night was marketed as a straightforward horror thriller about people fighting against monsters (something that it most certainly is not) because conversations about misleading trailers dominated the discussions surrounding it at the time of its release. In reality, It Comes At Night is a fantastically unsettling slow-burn horror flick about a group of families slowly unraveling in the face of a contagion -- all told through the eyes of a son whose mental state gradually deteriorates in the wake of his grandfather's death. While it's not as conventionally exciting as the trailers would lead you to believe, It Comes At Night is still one of the most horrifying and legitimately scary movies of 2017, and a masterclass in leaving you with more questions than it answers.