The Top 21 Genre Films of 2017

In no particular order. Alright it’s alphabetical. Sort of. Some are films I saw at festivals this year so a few may actually be from 2016.  Sue me.

It was another great year of genre films. Whatever that means. There are some I missed that may have made this list otherwise. Happy New Year!

A Dark Song – Liam Gavin

Circus Kane – Chris Olen Ray

Dogged – Richard Rowntree

Gerald’s Game – Mike Flanagan

Get My Gun – Brian Darwas

Get Out – Jordan Peele

Hounds of Love – Ben Young

It – Andy Muschietti

It Comes At Night – Trey Edward Shults

Mickey Reece’s Alien

Most Beautiful Island – Ana Asensio

Mother – Darren Aronofsky

Offensive – Jon Ford

Personal Shopper – Olivier Assayas

Prevenge – Alice Lowe

Raw – Julia Ducournau

Theta States – Manny Serrano

The Blackcoat’s Daughter – Osgood Perkins

The Killing of a Sacred Deer – Yorgos Lanthimos

The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro

3 – Lou Simon



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One Response to The Top 21 Genre Films of 2017


    Peace Skip,

    Thank you.

    I’m familiar with only two of the titles on your list:

    “Get Out”

    “The Shape Of Water”

    With regard to contemporary filmmaking, independent and otherwise, I’m so far behind that “catching up” looks impossible. (Complicating my challenge, the contemporary scene, in the aggregate, doesn’t ring my chimes. There are few films I want to experience. Two exceptions are: “Darkest Hour” and “Dunkirk.”)

    For 2018, considering my colossal investment in film over my lifetime, I will put more of my attention to my film space, as a cineaste AND as an artist and businessman.

    The “Essay Film,” conceptually- and practically-speaking now on my back burner and remaining so for at least the first half of 2018, continues to be my “passionation.”

    As well, I remain enamored of short films and in search of a business model for short film production.

    I have considered thematic collections of short films such as horror, science fiction, etc. but I’m still “ciphering.”



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