October has come and gone and some might say the season for horror movies is over. But if you’re a horror fan all year round (c’est moi!) you know it’s never over! The downside to being a horror fan is a lot of good movies go straight to VOD and don’t show in cinemas and most peeps miss out.
So here are my Top 5 Horror Movies You Missed in 2017. If you’ve seen these already, good on you, but if you haven’t, give ’em a look as these were a lot of fun to watch:
#5 Little Evil
Gary, who has just married Samantha, the woman of his dreams, discovers that her six-year-old son may be the Antichrist.
This one falls squarely into the lane of horror comedy. Making fun of The Omen, Little Evil is a twisted look on the horrors of being a step-parent, with Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation) newly married to Evangeline Lilly (Ant-Man), who may or may not have had a sexy tryst with a certain “horny devil.” The product of that union is a Damien-esque little bastard named Lucas, who has no trouble making his new Daddy’s life a literal, living hell. More funny than scary, it actually also contains a nice message and for those of us who grew up with step-parents/children, you’ll definitely find yourself relating to this brand of crazy.
#4 Tragedy Girls
A twist on the slasher genre this film follows two death-obsessed teenage girls who use their online show about real-life tragedies to send their small mid-western town into a frenzy and cement their legacy as modern horror legends.
Another horror comedy, but this one is really twisted. A satirical take on the slasher genre, that borrows from films like Heathers and Scream. The twist here is we are following the killers. There’s no whodunit, as we already know who they are, so the movie focuses more on how in our modern society social media (and the popularity that can come with it) has become an obsession for some people.
Even with its flaws, Tragedy Girls is a fun and enjoyable, over-the-top black comedy. Like Dexter, it gives us lead characters that we should hate, but you just can’t help but like these girls.
I smell a cult classic in the making.
#3 The Babysitter
The events of one evening take an unexpected turn for the worst for a young boy trying to spy on his babysitter.
I’m starting to see a trend here as another horror comedy makes the list with The Babysitter. This is one of those “the less you know the better” type movies, so I’m not gonna go into much details. The lead actors who play Cole and Bee are the strength of this film and their friendship makes what comes later on all the more engrossing to watch.
It’s hilariously gory, with a premise you shouldn’t look to hard at, but it’s a fun romp, especially for those who aren’t into hardcore horror but prefer something they can watch without having to cover their eyes all the way through.
#2 Better Watch Out
On a quiet suburban street, a babysitter must defend a twelve year-old boy from intruders, only to discover it’s far from a normal home invasion.
Now things are getting a little bit darker. Better Watch Out is a Christmas-themed horror movie but it’s more along the lines of Home Alone than Black Christmas, so don’t get too offended. Again, I recommend staying away from trailers or reviews if you haven’t seen it as it’s a hell of a lot more enjoyable when you don’t see the twists coming.
The lead actors again nail their roles here and Levi Miller gave me a character I loved to hate with his portrayal of Luke.
This is one horror movie I wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel too. It’s that much fun!
Honourable Mention: 1922
A simple yet proud farmer in the year 1922 conspires to murder his wife for financial gain, convincing his teenage son to participate.
Another very faithful, Stephen King adaptation (good grief, the King was all over the place this year!) 1922 might suffer from pacing issues in the second and third ac, but it’s worth seeing just for the brilliant performance by Thomas Jane alone. If you’re a fan of the once Punisher, you should definitely give this one a go.
#1 Gerald’s Game
While trying to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house Jessie must fight to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame.
While I know a lot of peeps have already seen this one, I’m positive there are those who missed this tightly paced, superbly acted, psychological (and possibly supernatural) thriller. That’s the downfall of awesome movies, coming out on smaller platforms, and not showing in cinemas.
Gerald’s Game is, in my humble opinion, the best adaptation of Stephen King’s work to date! This is what you get when all parties involved (directors, writers, actors) love and understand the source material and I can only cross my evil little fingers and hope that Mike Flanagan, director and writer of Gerald’s Game (and last year’s AWESOME thriller Hush) has many, many more ideas like this one, up his sleeve.
Hope you guys enjoyed the list of TOP 5 HORROR MOVIES YOU MISSED THIS YEAR and until next time…BOO!