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Monday, January 8, 2018

joel.'s top 13 horror films of 2017.... #7

Every year, you never know what the horror genre is going to unleash upon the world. You have an unsuspecting audience, just waiting to have their deepest and darkest fears manipulated.... all in the comfort of an air conditioned theater or their home. Not every year has been full of winners, some have proven to be better than others, but 2017 has yielded some very interesting genre fare that is full of a little bit of everything under the sun. My fellow creeps, I've put together what I feel (in my humble opinion) to be the best of the best for this year. There were a few that were nudged out by only inches and that's not a bad thing. It just proves that there are more stories to tell and makes me dream about all the amazing scares yet to come. So, without further adieu, I give you my top 13 horror films of 2017! (based on release dates and not the years they were filmed.... although some may be in the last quarter of 2016.)

7) TIE: 'Mayhem' and 'The Belko Experiment'

My first split decision, for this year. Greg MacLean's 'The Belko Experiment' was all over the place. When you have that caliber of director behind the lens, there's bound to be interest in what he's creating. Meanwhile, lurking in the shadows was Joe Lynch's 'Mayhem'. A film that's similar in story, but entirely different. The methods behind the madness are not the same, but the locations are. The characters are similar, but the outcome is not. However, both films pulled off the same thing, a fantastically entertaining film going experience that left me wondering when I could watch them again. 'The Belko Experiment' left itself open for a potential sequel, not unlike the way 'The Purge' did. The world building alone, could lead to a franchise that could be pretty amazing. 'Mayhem' is more of a one off kind of film, maybe? The big thing that separated this one for the other is the ending. There was a message to be heard and it was made loud and clear. Both films are solid and should be seen, but don't expect them to be cut from the same cloth. They may look similar, but they are each their own animals.

Suggested snack to eat while watching: break room snacks from the vending machine