The Shape of Water was hyped to be one of the best films of 2017, being nominated for several awards and coming from acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro. While I am usually a fan of the dark, mysterious, and fairytale-esque worlds he creates, this one for me fell drastically short of expectations. Despite a fantastic cast, director, producer, and writer, The Shape of Water is a completely forgettable experience.
Being an avid horror fan myself, I am acutely aware of how rare it is these days to come across a horror film that actually satisfies my need for terror, shock and gore. Especially in mainstream cinema there seems to be a lot of repetition when it comes to storyline, average acting skills and predictable outcomes. However, there have been a fair few films that have stayed with me long after viewing for all the right reasons. Inventive and creative directing, unusual characters and truly terrifying situations make these 5 films some of the best horror films in recent times.