Continuing my look back at the best of 2017, today is the day that I reveal my picks for the best SyFy movies and performances of the previous year!
But before I do that, a plea to the SyFy Network. I make this plea every year and it never does any good. It probably won’t do any good this year. But still, I’m going to make it. SyFy, give us more original films! From a business point of view, I can understand why SyFy shifted their focus from movies to episodic television. But I’m not a business person! I’m a movie lover, one who has wonderful memories of when every weekend would bring another gloriously over-the-top SyFy movie.
Those were wonderful days and it’s sad that the only time that I get to relive them is either during Shark Week or during October.
Seriously, SyFy — give us more original movies!
With that in mind, here are my picks for the best of 2017 SyFy:
(All credits are based on what’s listed at the imdb. If anyone has been incorrectly credited or left out, please leave a comment and I will correct the mistake.)
Best Picture — House of the Witch (produced by Neil Elman, Margaret Huddleston, Bryan Sexton)
This haunted house movie was effectively creepy and featured some unexpectedly starting imagery. Runners-up (and it was a close race): Trailer Park Shark, Sharknado 5, and The Sandman.
Best Director — Griff Furst for Trailer Park Shark
The idea of sharks attacking a trailer park sounds like a huge joke but Furst crafted it into a compelling and entertaining story that celebrated redneck ingenuity.
Best Actor — Ian Ziering in Sharknado 5
The fifth time is the charm as Ziering gives his best performance so far as the chainsaw-wielding Finn.
Best Actress — Haylie Duff in The Sandman
Duff brings some much-needed gravity to the role of a formerly irresponsible aunt trying to save her niece from a monster made of sand.
As much as I tried, I simply could not make a choice between London’s comedic performance (as himself) and Dennis Haskins’s villainous turn. So, we have a tie!
Best Supporting Actress — Shae Smolik in The Sandman
As the girl being haunted by the Sandman, Smolik gave a refreshingly realistic performance.
Best Screenplay — Neil Elman for House of the Witch
This is the third year in a row that Neil Elman has won in this category.
Best Cinematography — Dane Lawing for House of the Witch
House of the Witch feature some truly haunting images. In my review, I raved about one shot in particular, of a pickup truck driving across the desolate landscape in the middle of the night.
Another tie. Empire of the Sharks proved that, just because the world’s ending, that doesn’t mean you can’t look good, Neverknock’s costumes made good use of the Halloween setting, especially with Lola Flannery’s devil costume.
Best Editing — Anna Florit and Ryan Michelle for Sharknado 5
In 2017, Sharknado 5 took us on a trip around the world, offered up nonstop action, and there was never a boring moment.
Best Makeup — Madeleine Botha for Empire of the Sharks
Again, just because the world’s ending, that doesn’t mean you can’t look good.
Best Score — Andrew Morgan Smith for Trailer Park Shark
The score brought the bayou, the trailer park, and the shark to life!
Best Production Design — Anthony Stabley and Dana Rice for House of the Witch
Seriously, that house was so creepy!
Best Sound — Dylan Blount, Leandro Cassan, Jonathan Iglecias , Mitchell Kohen, Chris Polczinski, Mike Varela for House of the Witch
It wasn’t just the way the house looked in House of the Witch that made it a creepy place. It was also the way that every sound in the background could have just been someone stumbling around or it could have been the witch about to jump out and rip off someone’s fingers.
Best Visual Effects — Craig Bassuk, Sasha Burrow, Yancy Calzada, Glenn Campbell , Yolanda Charlo Rodriguez, Aine Graham, John Karner, Tammy Klein, Mark Kochinski , Kevin Lane, Christian McIntire, James Payfer, Richard A. Payne, Paul Runyan, Chris Simmons, Scott Wheeler, Aaron Witlin,
Al Magliochetti for Sharknado 5
Keep those sharks flying!
Tomorrow, my look back at 2017 continues with my list of good things that I saw on television last year (not counting, of course, all of the good things that I just mentioned in this post).
Previous entries in the TSL’s Look Back at 2017:
- 2017 in Review: Top Ten Single Issues by Ryan C
- 2017 in Review: Top Ten Series by Ryan C
- 2017 In Review: Top Ten Collected Edition (Contemporary) by Ryan C
- 2017 In Review: Top Ten Collected Editions (Vintage) by Ryan C
- 2017 in Review: Top Ten Graphic Novels By Ryan C
- 25 Best, Worst, and Gems I saw in 2017 by Valerie Troutman
- My Top 15 Albums of 2017 by Necromoonyeti
- 2017 In Review: Lisa Marie’s Picks For the 16 Worst Films of 2017
- 2017 In Review: Lisa Marie’s Final Post About Twin Peaks: The Return (for now)
- 2017 in Review: Lisa Marie’s 14 Favorite Songs of 2017