I know what you thought when you read the title on this piece: “It’s April.” Yes, it is, but shut up. Shhhh. Stop. It’s okay. I know it’s April. We all know it’s April. I have gadgets all around me screaming the date at me at any given time during the day. Relax. It’s going to be fine.
Maybe April is premature for talking about the best of the year to date in any discipline, for any reason, in any capacity, but this is the world we live in. Blame clickbait. Also, there are a fucking lot of great horror movies out in 2017 already, and we haven’t even gotten to see Ana Lily Amirpour’s The Bad Batch or Andrés Muschietti’s It yet (or Trey Edward Shults’ It Comes at Night, for that matter). That feels like a reasonable justification for this exercise.
Mostly, though, I’m just tickled that almost fully half of the blurbs on this list belong to me. I wish I’d gotten to say some things about The Lure, which I adore, but hey, you can’t always get what you want (and besides, I wanted to write about The Transfiguration and Raw, too, so I think I did okay).
Ferry your browser windows over to Paste Magazine, the fine online establishment where you can read this list in full. (I bet you won’t guess which film occupies the #1 spot.)