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

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1. 'Raw'

Many folks walked in to French director Julia Ducournau's extraordinary, extreme debut expecting to test their mettle. (The movie that caused fainting at festival screenings! Mon dieu!) A little under two hours later, they exited the building having seen a genuine Grand Guignol masterpiece. Following the story of a college freshman (Garance Marillier) who slowly finds herself developing a taste for some off-the-menu delicacies, this gnarly look at a cannibal's coming-of-age flips the script on notions of empowerment even as it turns stomaches. In terms of next-gen horror filmmaking, this shock to the system serves as an introduction to a major new talent (that shot of our heroine chomping into her arm en flagrante delicto is gorgeous and haunting and sick as fuck). In terms of using genre to tackle the female-body politic, Raw is one hell of an art-horror dirty bomb, smuggling in transgressive notions about control and womanhood under the cover of fake–Type-O splatter. Bon appetit. DF

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