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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5. 'The Blackcoat's Daughter'

As the son of Psycho star Anthony Perkins, writer-director Oz Perkins must be biologically predisposed to horror, and this supernatural chiller gets downright Hitchcockian at times. There are some seriously creepy goings-on at a ritzy private girls' school, where two students – played by Lucy Boynton and Kiernan Shipka — are stranded together, waiting for parents who never arrive. Emma Roberts co-stars in a parallel storyline, which connects to the rest of the film in ways that eventually become terrifyingly clear. Hints at Satanic misadventures aside, this film mostly turns a pulpy premise into a poetic mediation on how kids can be literally haunted by the mistakes they make growing up. NM

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