10 Best Horror Movies of 2017

From French cannibals to Aussie serial killers, 'Split' to 'Get Out' – our picks for the year's scariest shockers and beyond-great genre films

10. 'mother!'

Come at us, Internet. You can call Darren Aronofsky's biblical, batshit scream into the abyss any number of things: a Polanski-esque domestic thriller, an origin story, a go-for-broke metaphor re: everything from ecological disasters to failed marriages, a warped showcase for its star, a dessert topping, a floor wax. But at its blackened core, this story of a woman (Jennifer Lawrence), her husband (Javier Bardem) and a world that's literally and figuratively falling apart around them is a horror story – one that hijacks the genre's vocabulary, conventions and aesthetics in the name of staging a giant, personal nightmare. Whether its more pretentious, you-figure-it-out aspects are dealbreakers depends on the viewer. But in terms of terrifying us by tapping into something primal and disturbing, Aronofsky's vision of a Bosch canvas come to life (especially that last third) earns it a spot on this list. We'll take this over scary clowns any day. DF