Best new Horror movies (2017) - Top Netflix & Cinema

It’s hard being a fan of horror, since the vast majority of the movies being released is crap. So please make sure to watch these standouts! And truth be told, the amount of quality horror movies is increasing yearly. Production value goes up, as well as the artistic value.
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best horror movies of 2017 in cinema or on DVD or Netfix. Are Robert Eggers, David Robert Mitchell & Severin Fiala our new horror genre directors?

Being a horror lover is a frustrating affair. You keep digging for that one movie that actually gives you the creeps, but the overwhelming majority of horror movies is boring, horribly cliche or a waste of your time in one or another way. Making a film that manages to scares the shit out of you seems close to impossible nowadays.

Which is not to say great horror films aren't being made anymore. You just have to be patient, every once in a while a great one still pops up. In case you don't have the patience; we here's a list of the best ones of last year, PLUS a list of the 10 most scary/interesting films the decade so far. We strived for diversity here; you'll find both solid formula projects and edgy independent productions here. Enjoy!

horror genre statistics

Genre popularity
Genre ranking#1 (List of most popular genres)
Familiar facesAnya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson & Kate Dickie
Trending moviesIt Follows, Goodnight Mommy & The Visit
Amount of genre films per year from 2010 to 2017

1315 horror movies scheduled for release this year.

The stats show a steady increase of newly released horror flicks each year. This comes as no surprise, since with the right DIY mentality anyone can make a movie, and horror fans are an exceptionally thankful audience. They really try to watch everything.

List of highest grossers of the decade & budget

The horror genre is one of the few genres that can quite easily make millions on small budgets. Some producers, like Jason Blum (The Purge), specialize in low-budget or micro-budget filmmaking, and outperform the big budget studios.
TitleBox officeBudget
World War Z (2013)202.35M190M
The Conjuring (2013)137.39M20M
Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)104.01M5M
(Read: Who needs big budgets? 25 low budget success stories!)

2017 anticipated releases to watch

    It Comes at Night film poster

    It Comes at Night

    Trey Edward Shults
    Joel Edgerton
    Riley Keough
    Christopher Abbott
    A mysterious entity is terrorizing a man's family at night, and he is stepping up to fight it in the new movie from Trey Edwards Shults, the director of 2015's celebrated comedy drama Krisha. ... Read more

    A Cure for Wellness film poster

    A Cure for Wellness

    Gore Verbinski
    Jason Isaacs
    Dane DeHaan
    Mia Goth
    An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps but soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem.... Read more

    Get Out film poster

    Get Out

    Jordan Peele
    Allison Williams
    Lakeith Stanfield,
    Daniel Kaluuya
    This really might be the most anticipated horror of 2017 in the art house community, as it seems like a genre film that goes deeper than just being scary and plays into subtle social fears. It's about a black men who visits stereotypical American suburbia to meet the parents of his new white girlfriend for the first time. It starts of pleasant, but underneath the surface something sinister is taking place. ... Read more

Best horror movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017

2010's best rated horror movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. The Invitation (08-04-2016, 100 minutes)
  2. A man visits a dinner party, hosted by his ex-wife and her new lover. But right from the start, he can’t shake the idea off that something sinister is about to happen. In thrillers, the unexpected is usually quite expectable. The great thing about ‘The Invitation’ is that you’re waiting for a twist, as is usual in these kinds of films. But there never really is a twist, which is all the more shocking in the end.
    StarringLogan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi & Michiel Huisman
    DirectorKaryn Kusama (Girlfight)
    Themesmanipulation, relationships, drama, thriller,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordschilling, evocative,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. The Witch (19-02-2016, 92 minutes)
  4. In 1630’s New England, a devout farmer family moves to an isolated plantation on the edge of a vast wood. And soon unsettling things start to happen. Their newborn son vanishes into thin air, their harvest fails miserably, and terror and paranoia falls upon them. Don’t expect any scare jums here. The Witch is a beautifully shot, dark fairytale that’ll get under your skin right from the very first second.
    Starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson & Kate Dickie
    DirectorRobert Eggers (The Tell-Tale Heart )
    Themeschristianity, darkness, families, historical, horror,
    CountryCanada United States
    Keywordshistorical, intriguing,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  5. It Follows (27-03-2015, 100 minutes)
  6. After having sex, a young girl from a Detroit suburb is 'infected' with the most peculiar STD; she is being followed by 'It', which can take any human shape thinkable. It's is slow, but deadly and will always keep coming. The only way to get rid of if, is to pass it on to someone else by having sex. On paper, you might not give much for this film, but in the hands of David Robert Mitchell, it became a modern classic. With its effective camera shots and fantastic 1980's aesthetics, It Follows is unlike anything you've seen and will hunt you for a long time.
    StarringMaika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist & Olivia Luccardi
    DirectorDavid Robert Mitchell (The Myth of the American Sleepover)
    Similar moviesThe Guest
    Themesgrowing up, sex, horror, indie,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordsretro, smart,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. Goodnight Mommy (11-09-2015, 99 minutes)
  8. Two boys live with their mother in a stylish, luxurious bungalow at the edge of a forest. One day, she comes home after a cosmetic surgery, her head covered in bandages. The twins grow suspicious of her; is she really their mother? A chilling psychological warfare between them sets out. A frightening, highly stylized modern horror story which will leave its viewers puzzled and disturbed.
    StarringLukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz & Susanne Wuest
    DirectorSeverin Fiala & Veronika Franz (Kern)
    Themesparenting, punishment, horror, mystery,
    Keywordsarty, chilling,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  9. Lost River (10-04-2015, 95 minutes)
  10. When Ryan Gossling announced he was about to make his directorial debut, lukewarm reactions fell upon him. Even worse when the film came out; according to many, 'Lost River' was the sum of obvious influences. A bit of Lynch, a bit of Nicolas Winding Refn and a pinch of Harmony Korine. Indeed, Gosling's first effort as a director feels as a homage to the mentioned filmmakers, but in a good way. 'Lost River' is a creepy fairytale with lots of memorable scenes and stark images.
    StarringChristina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker & Matt Smith
    DirectorRyan Gosling
    Themesbullying, city, downfall, indie, mystery,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordsdark, dreamlike,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  11. The Babadook (30-05-2014, 93 minutes)
  12. ‘The Babadook’ is one of those rare, low-budget horror debuts we encounter once in every five years or so. The unnerving story of a widowed mother with her young son, both slowly crumbling under the fear of a mysterious book that comes to life at night, is just spot on. Director/writer Jennifer Kent does what horror filmmakers rarely do so effectively; that it is often ourselves we should fear.
    StarringEssie Davis, Noah Wiseman & Daniel Henshall
    DirectorJennifer Kent (The Nightingale )
    Themesparenting, widowhood, drama, horror,
    Keywordsgripping, thrilling,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  13. Stoker (01-03-2013, 99 minutes)
  14. Korean mastermind Chan-Woon Park (Old Boy) made his American debut with Stoker, a highly stylized and elegant film about India, a teenage girl who lives with her mother (a very creepy Nicole Kidman) in a lavish Californian villa. Her father has just died in a car crash, when suddenly her uncle Charlie appears. Charlie is charming and well-dressed, but underneath these layers of civilization appears to something much darker. A strange alliance between the traumatized girl and the sleeky uncle emerges.
    StarringMia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman & Matthew Goode
    DirectorChan-wook Park (Oldboy)
    Themesfamilies, sexuality, drama, horror,
    CountryKorea South United Kingdom United States
    Keywordsbreath-taking, glamorous,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  15. La Piel Que Habito (14-10-2011, 120 minutes)
  16. Horror movies are typically made by directors who exclusively do horror. So when a filmmaker who’s usually in the art house business suddenly decides to try something else, this raises eyebrows. When Pedro Almodovar’s ‘La Piel Que Habito’ came out in 2011, the critics were severely divided. A loud and extravagant Frankestein-ish horror? Well yeah, that’s exactly what it is, and its briljant. Antonio Banderas stars as a twisted plastic surgeon trying to create the perfect synthetic skin. In order to do so, he needs a guinea pig…
    StarringAntonio Banderas, Elena Anaya & Jan Cornet |
    DirectorPedro Almodovar (Volver & Habla Con Ella)
    Themesdeath, science, crime, gothic, horror,
    Keywordstriumphant, weird,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  17. Trolljegeren (10-06-2011, 103 minutes)
  18. What would be the result if you’d crossbreed ‘The Blair Witch’ with some Scandinavian folkloric tale? Well, ‘Trolljegeren’ probably comes pretty close. One of the finest found footage horror films you are likely to find, this Norwegian gem evolves around a bunch of journalists traveling to the far north of the country in pursuit of giants trolls. The film is scary at times for sure, but it’s biggest strength is the faux earnestness of the whole project. ‘Trolljegeren’ proves scary movies can be funny too.
    StarringOtto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg & Knut Nærum
    DirectorAndré Øvredal (The Autopsy of Jane Doe )
    Themesconspiracy, journalism, found footage, horror,
    Keywordsadventurous, entertaining, unique,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  19. You're Next (24-11-2011, 95 minutes)
  20. Adam Wingard is without a doubt one of the most prolific and interesting independent horror filmmakers of our times. 2011’s ‘You’re Next’ was a major departure from his earlier mumble-gore work and gained quite some mainstream attention. And rightfully so. The film, about a family reunion ruined by bloodthirsty attackers wearing animals masks, is suspenseful, gory AND darkly funny.
    Starring Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg & AJ Bowen
    DirectorAdam Wingard (The Guest & Blair Witch)
    Themesdeath, revenge, home invasion, horror,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordscreepy, hard-hitting,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

New horror movies out now

Best recent & upcoming horror movies with release dates.

10 Cloverfield Lane by Dan Trachtenberg

A very effective, sort of, sequel to the found footage alien invasion mayhem that was 'Cloverfield' (2008). This time around, the approach is far more minimalist. In '10 Cloverfield Lane', a young woman wakes up after a car crash in the basement of a man who tells her the world as she knows it has come to an end. Supposedly, the surface of the earth is affected by some sort of chemical attack. Is he actually telling the truth, is he a frantic conspiracy theorist, a pervert or everything at the same time? This question will get you to the edge of your seat for sure.

Release date10-03-2016
CountryUnited States
StarringJohn Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead & John Gallagher Jr.
Associated with science fiction, thriller,

Evolution by Lucile Hadzihalilovic

French director Lucile Hadzihalilovic made quite an impression with ‘Innocence’ back in 2004. An eerie fairytale about a mysterious boarding school for girls. We had to wait an awfully long time for a follow-up, but it was worth the wait. 'Evolution' is deeply atmospheric and creepy film about a island only inhabited by women and young boys. At night, the women have secret meetings. Nicolas, one of the boys, is destined to find out what they are about. Dream-like and visually overwhelming, 'Evolution' is one of the most beautiful and uncanny horror films i’ve seen.

Release date25-10-2016
Starring Max Brebant, Roxane Duran & Julie-Marie Parmentier
Previous releasesInnocence
Associated with fantasy, horror,

Don’t Breathe by Fede Alvarez

Kind of unexpectedly, 'Don’t Breathe' turned out to be as massive box office hit last summer. And it’s easy to see why. Don’t Breathe is a reversed home invasion film, which makes it so refreshing. A bunch of young burglars from Detroit think they found their perfect prey; a blind guy hiding hundreds of thousands dollars in cash. But right after they get in the house, it becomes aparent he’s not going to let that happen without a fight. As a viewer, you’ll sympathize with the intruders, for a change.

Release date26-08-2016
CountryUnited States
StarringStephen Lang, Jane Levy & Dylan Minnette
Previous releasesEvil Dead
Associated with home invasion, thriller,

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