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[Article] – Five Horror Films That Hit The Spot In 2017

 

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Consistency is the enemy of enterprise, which is why once-in-a-blood-moon horrors are worth spending the money to see.

Indie film festival horror categories are usually bloated with resurrected monsters. Zero-narratives, droll tropes and a distinct lack of frolic curse most of the offerings. But once in a while a producer comes up with something that makes us stand on our hair ends (Paranormal Activity, Afflicted, The Babadook) and it’s the uncovering of such rare gems that tempts the tenderfoot to keep digging.

The last twenty-odd years has seen a wave of new and improved movies in the genre. Back in 1995, when the mood shifted and the bloodied remains of the 1980s slashers were finally bagged up, horror from indies and studios started to be written for persons of improved taste. There was an upshot in films that scared through psychology – such as the obliging The Blair Witch Project – rather than cheap gore and even some like Wes Craven’s Scream which were evidently self-mocking.

But how might such a sea-change have affected today’s discerning horror aficionado? Well, by birthing an abecedary of 90-minute playmates to cater for all tastes, of course. So, without further ado here is a selection of 2017’s horror offerings from Sci-Fi to disaster, supernatural to splatter (a little snuff-tickling something for everyone, we hope).

Patient Zero

Directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (Anatomy (2000) and Deadfall (2012)) this one’s for all those zombie-heads out there. It’s an actually delicious story about a man who talks to zombies. The Screen Gems title stars Matt Smith as the zombie whisperer and Stanley Tucci from The Hunger Games as Patient Zero, the man with the antidote to the rabid virus threatening humanity. The film also features Natalie Dormer, Clive Standen and John Bradley.

Annabelle: Creation

A prequel to John R. Leonetti’s blinding 2014 hit Annabelle, Creation tells the story of the origin of the Annabelle doll. The doll is an integral feature in The Conjuring film series of which Annabelle: Creation is the fourth instalment. We think this will be a sure-fire hit for fans of supernatural whatnots like demonic possession. After all, there’s nonesuch creepiness as a doll that levitates. Annabelle: Creation stars Stephanie Sigman as Sister Charlotte and Anthony LaPaglia as Samuel Mullins.

Polaroid

According to the movie database IMDb, Polaroid takes elements of The Ring and Final Destination and moulds them into an equally slick high-octane fear fest. Based on an award-winning short by Lars Klevberg the story focuses on schoolgirl Bird Fitcher (Kathryn Prescott) and a handful of sardonic companions as they uncover the mysteries of an old Polaroid camera. Those who have their picture taken meet a gruesome end, see. So there’s a 100% chance of a heavy downpour of fresh virgin blood for those splatter-lovers out there.

Flatliners

Although Joel Schumacher’s 1990 blockbuster was unquestionably great, we wonder if there’s enough c.c.s of adrenaline to revive Flatliners for a 21st Century audience. After all, everyone seems desensitized to technology and death these days so what’s Neils Oplev’s take on the crazy kids’ science project? If its Sci-Fi predecessor is anything to go by it’ll be entertaining if nothing else. Flatliners stars Ellen Page and Diego Luna among others and is out soon.

He’s Out There

Directed by Dennis Iliadis and starring the likes of Yvonne Strahovski and Ryan McDonald, He’s Out There is a feast for anyone partial to 90minutes of psychological agitation. Centred on a remote lake house, the film’s story revolves around a mother and her two daughters’ fight for survival from a deranged psychopath. This one was co-produced by Screen Gems, the very same company behind such films as Carrie (2013) and The Covenant (2006). Be prepared for a bumpy ride; there’s no scarier trope than mothers and daughters in peril.

47 Meters Down

47 Meters Down is a British-made box office success. Although not tickling everyone’s bit of pink the film was still able to “offer a few thrills for less demanding genre enthusiasts” according to Rotten Tomatoes. That’s said, if you like disaster horrors we’d recommend seeing it. Directed by Johannes Roberts and starring Mandy Moore and others, the story focusses on the chaos of two women’s survival after they become stuck in a diving cage surrounded by sharks 47 metres below the surface.

Raw

Written and directed by Julia Ducournau Raw was released in the early part of this year to critical acclaim. The story tells of a young college student’s evolution from vegetarian to cannibal and into the mix goes an ample helping of sexual encounter. When the film was first shown The Hollywood Reporter was eager to point out that instances of audience fainting was simply a true indication of its realistic graphic content, making it an absolute must-see for anyone who likes a good body horror.

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