2017 may just be one of the biggest years for horror movies in recent times.

While we’ve had a number of standard, run-of-the-mill and expected reboots, sequels and prequels, this year has also seen some big surprise hits, most notably in the new IT movie, which is totally ruling the box office at the moment, and earlier this year, there was the hit indie movie Get Out.

Here’s what we figure were the biggest horror movie releases (all of which have had a theatrical release as opposed to being made available via VOD, straight-to-DVD or streaming service) of 2017 so far and where they rank.


12. Flatliners

This remake of Joel Schumacher’s 1990 film of the same name completely flat lined.


11. The Bye Bye Man

A cast that included Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway in supporting roles couldn’t save the cheap-looking movie.


10. Rings

Samara should have stayed down the well.


9. Life

The tagline reads ‘We were better off alone.’ We say, we were better off not wasting 104 minutes of our lives…


8. 47 Metres Down

A shark movie that’s not Jaws.



7. Alien: Covenant

The best instalment in the franchise since Aliens – make of that what you will.


6. Annabelle: Creation

The origins story of the creepy doll felt like old school horror in a good way, plus it was a massive improvement on 2014’s Annabelle.



5. Split

For the first time in years, M. Night Shyamalan had a hit on his hands with this James McAvoy starrer about a man with a diagnosed 23 distinct personalities who kidnaps three girls.


4. It Comes at Night

This new take on the zombie genre really gets under your skin with its nerve-wrecking sound design, cinematography and editing.


3. mother!

Darren Aronofsky’s latest has earned high acclaim from some audiences and abhorrence from others, but none can deny it is truly a horror unlike any other.


2. It

Who’d have thought a horror movie that incorporated so much humour and heart could make such a class movie?


1. Get Out

Of all the movies listed here, Get Out may be the most reflective of our times – it’s original, darkly funny and has you totally engrossed from start to finish.