Many have been keen to declare 2017 the year that saved horror, and there's certainly ample grounds to support that claim.
First, Jordan Peele stunned everyone with Get Out. Garnering rave reviews and a very handsome $253 million return on its $5 million budget, Peele proved that a horror movie could deal with serious political issues in a compelling and thought-provoking manner, without alienating a mass audience.
Then along came Andy Muschietti's first volume of Stephen King's It. Opening to widespread critical acclaim and massive commercial success, at the time of writing its box office takings are just shy of $683 million, making it officially the highest grossing horror movie ever. And while we're talking box office, the $305 million reception of Annabelle: Creation pushed The Conjuring cinematic universe over the $1 billion mark; a rare achievement for a horror franchise.
From a mainstream perspective, then, horror has never looked healthier; something horror fans should be very glad of. Even so, look beyond the multiplexes and we may question whether the genre was in any actual need of saving.
Recent years have seen a great many films which took horror to new and exciting places, introducing some amazing talents in the process; but, unfortunately, a great many such films tend to go unnoticed by the general public.