This year in horror movies has seen a number of critically acclaimed films that were also hugely successful at the box office.
While “It” is on its way to becoming the highest grossing horror film of all time, Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” became an instant hit and certified modern classic upon its release in April.
To track which horror films of this year are worth watching, we turned to the reviews aggregator Rotten Tomatoes for its list of the most critically acclaimed “scary movies of 2017,” ranked by their composite critical reception. We excluded any film that had less than 40 reviews to skew the list toward wider releases, and we used audience scores to break any ties.
Here are the 7 best horror movies of 2017, according to critics:
Note: We’ve footnoted foreign films that were initially released in previous years but saw a North America release for the first time in 2017.
Critic score: 77%
Audience score: 60%
Summary: 'A series of murders has shaken the community to the point where people believe that only a legendary creature from dark times - the mythical so-called Golem - must be responsible.'
What critics said: 'This nasty little Victorian London horror film has more than a few blood-soaked charms of its own.' -- Chicago Sun-Times
Initial release: Sept. 2016; North American release: Sept. 2017.
Critic score: 85%
Audience score: 86%
Summary: 'A group of bullied kids band together when a shapeshifting demon, taking the appearance of a clown, begins hunting children.'
What critics said: 'This new 'It' has more on its mind, and gives more body and voice to (Stephen) King's ideas of childhood anxieties and the corrosive power of fear.' -- New York Magazine
Critic score: 86%
Audience score: 55%
Summary: 'When troubled teen Milo, who has a fascination with vampire lore, meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to blur Milo's fantasy into reality.'
What critics said: 'Bold and brutal in shocking spurts, the indie horror drama from writer-director O'Shea is a startling debut that leaves a fresh mark on the genre while celebrating its forbears.' -- Los Angeles Times
Critic score: 86%
Audience score: 74%
Summary: 'In Warsaw, a pair of mermaid sisters are adopted into a cabaret. While one seeks love with humans the other hungers to dine on the human population of the city.'
What critics said: 'A genre-defying film that blends elements of musicals, horror, romance, and fantasy into a contemporary fairy tale that celebrates the animalistic, the feminine, and the intimate intersections between the two.' -- The AV Club
Initial release: Dec. 2015; North American release: Feb. 2017.
Critic score: 89%
Audience score: 43%
Summary: 'Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son. Then a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.'
What critics said: 'For much of its brisk running time, 'It Comes at Night' teeters between delicious atmosphere and almost unbearable tension.' -- The Washington Post
Critic score: 90%
Audience score: 76%
Summary: 'When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her.'
What critics said: 'If you can see past the rain of blood, 'Raw' is a gorgeously moving film about fear and adolescence -- albeit one best viewed on an empty stomach.' -- The New Republic
Initial release: May 2016; North American release: March 2017.
Critic score: 99%
Audience score: 87%
Summary: 'It's time for a young African American to meet with his white girlfriend's parents for a weekend in their secluded estate in the woods, but before long, the friendly and polite ambience will give way to a nightmare.'
What critics said: 'A jolt-a-minute horrorshow laced with racial tension and stinging satirical wit. How is one movie all that? See 'Get Out,' from debuting director Jordan Peele (one half of the comic team of Key and Peele), and get woke.' -- Rolling Stone
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