20 must see horrors/thrillers

by shay-bosh | created - 16 Nov 2010 | updated - 17 Nov 2010 | Public

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1. A Perfect Getaway (2009)

R | 98 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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63 Metascore

Two pairs of lovers on a Hawaiian vacation discover that psychopaths are stalking and murdering tourists on the islands.

Director: David Twohy | Stars: Milla Jovovich, Steve Zahn, Timothy Olyphant, Kiele Sanchez

Votes: 60,548 | Gross: $15.48M

i haven't seen this on any other lists, but i highly recommend this movie! the twist at the end is great!

2. From Within (2008)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.7
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A small Maryland town is gripped by a curse which causes residents to take their own life one after another.

Director: Phedon Papamichael | Stars: Elizabeth Rice, Thomas Dekker, Kelly Blatz, Laura Allen

Votes: 6,216 | Gross: $0.07M

i really enjoyed this movie. definitely a must-see!

3. The Ruins (2008)

R | 90 min | Horror

5.9
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44 Metascore

A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist, embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle where something evil lives among the ruins.

Director: Carter Smith | Stars: Shawn Ashmore, Jena Malone, Jonathan Tucker, Laura Ramsey

Votes: 63,341 | Gross: $17.43M

a bit slow in the beginning, but a great story!

4. Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008)

R | 98 min | Horror, Musical, Sci-Fi

6.7
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32 Metascore

A worldwide epidemic encourages a biotech company to launch an organ-financing program similar in nature to a standard car loan. The repossession clause is a killer, however.

Director: Darren Lynn Bousman | Stars: Paul Sorvino, Anthony Head, Alexa PenaVega, Sarah Brightman

Votes: 21,555 | Gross: $0.14M

i'm a huge fan of Anthony Stewart-Head. i also love musicals. this movie has a great plot!

5. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (2006)

R | 90 min | Horror

5.6
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44 Metascore

A group of high-schoolers invite Mandy Lane, an innocent, desirable girl, to a weekend party on a secluded ranch. While the festivities rage on, the number of revelers begins to drop mysteriously.

Director: Jonathan Levine | Stars: Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Whitney Able, Michael Welch

Votes: 27,720

another teen slasher movie, but with a great plot and an excellent twist!

6. Jennifer's Body (2009)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror

5.1
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47 Metascore

A newly possessed high school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody, Johnny Simmons

Votes: 100,052 | Gross: $16.20M

this was as funny as it was scary. i loved it!

7. The Uninvited (2009)

PG-13 | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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43 Metascore

Anna returns home after a stint in a mental hospital, but her recovery is jeopardized by her cruel stepmother and ghastly visions of her dead mother.

Directors: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard | Stars: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn

Votes: 67,924 | Gross: $28.57M

remake of a japanese horror movie. i loved the ending!

8. Orphan (2009)

R | 123 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.0
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42 Metascore

A husband and wife who recently lost their baby adopt a 9 year-old girl who is not nearly as innocent as she claims to be.

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder

Votes: 162,347 | Gross: $41.60M

if you spend the entire movie trying to predict the ending, you'll miss a lot of great stuff!

9. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Musical

7.4
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83 Metascore

The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall

Votes: 306,898 | Gross: $52.90M

cannibalism, anyone? the music was amazing! very well done.

10. 6 Souls (2010)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.1
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28 Metascore

A female forensic psychiatrist discovers that all of one of her patient's multiple personalities are murder victims. She will have to find out what's happening before her time is finished.

Directors: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein | Stars: Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frances Conroy

Votes: 28,199

i'm not normally a fan of multiple personality movies, but this one was very well done!

11. Dead Silence (2007)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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34 Metascore

A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg, Michael Fairman

Votes: 74,609 | Gross: $16.81M

do dolls creep you out? maybe they should.

12. Slither (2006)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

6.5
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69 Metascore

A small town is taken over by an alien plague, turning residents into zombies and all forms of mutant monsters.

Director: James Gunn | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Michael Rooker, Don Thompson

Votes: 66,491 | Gross: $7.77M

a bit icky, but very good. even had a few good laughs.

13. Dead Wood (2007)

R | 85 min | Horror

3.4
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Four friends escape the grime of the city and head out into the woods for a peaceful, relaxing weekend. Events take a sinister turn when a mysterious girl appears in their camp looking for ... See full summary »

Directors: David Bryant, Sebastian Smith, Richard Stiles | Stars: Fergus March, Emily Juniper, John Samuel Worsey, Rebecca Craven

Votes: 482

great concept, and the ending was awesome

14. The Hole (2001)

R | 102 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.2
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Four teenagers at a British private school secretly uncover and explore the depths of a sealed underground hole created decades ago as a possible bomb shelter.

Director: Nick Hamm | Stars: Thora Birch, Desmond Harrington, Daniel Brocklebank, Laurence Fox

Votes: 40,980

this movie is full of twists

15. The Reaping (2007)

R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

5.7
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36 Metascore

A former Christian missionary, who specializes in debunking religious phenomena, investigates a small town which seems to be suffering from the 10 biblical plagues.

Director: Stephen Hopkins | Stars: Hilary Swank, David Morrissey, AnnaSophia Robb, Idris Elba

Votes: 39,401 | Gross: $25.12M

great ending! definitely not what i was expecting.

16. Stay Alive (2006)

PG-13 | 85 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

5.1
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24 Metascore

For a group of teens, the answer to the mysterious death of their old friend lies within the world of an online video game based on the true story of an ancient noblewoman known as the Blood Countess.

Director: William Brent Bell | Stars: Jon Foster, Samaire Armstrong, Frankie Muniz, Jimmi Simpson

Votes: 27,310 | Gross: $23.09M

excellent plot. i've already watched this movie like 3 times, and i rarely re-watch horrors.

17. The Last House on the Left (2009)

R | 110 min | Horror, Thriller

6.6
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42 Metascore

After kidnapping and brutally assaulting two young women, a gang unknowingly finds refuge at a vacation home belonging to the parents of one of the victims: a mother and father who devise an increasingly gruesome series of revenge tactics.

Director: Dennis Iliadis | Stars: Garret Dillahunt, Monica Potter, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Bowen

Votes: 74,552 | Gross: $32.72M

talk about being in the wrong place at the wrong time...

18. Cry Wolf (2005)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.9
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39 Metascore

Eight unsuspecting high school seniors at a posh boarding school, who delight themselves on playing games of lies, come face-to-face with terror and learn that nobody believes a liar - even when they're telling the truth.

Director: Jeff Wadlow | Stars: Julian Morris, Lindy Booth, Jared Padalecki, Erica Yates

Votes: 24,056 | Gross: $10.05M

not your typical teen slasher movie...

19. 11:14 (2003)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.2
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65 Metascore

The events leading up to an 11:14 PM car crash, from five very different perspectives.

Director: Greg Marcks | Stars: Henry Thomas, Colin Hanks, Ben Foster, Patrick Swayze

Votes: 40,392

wow. that's all i can say. WATCH THIS MOVIE!

20. The Dark Hours (2005)

R | 80 min | Horror, Thriller

6.1
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63 Metascore

The thirty and something years old psychiatrist Dr. Samantha Goodman has an incurable brain tumor that has just started to grow. Felling totally stressed, she decides to spend the weekend ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Fox | Stars: Kate Greenhouse, Bruce McFee, Jeff Seymour, David Calderisi

Votes: 4,990

if you like psychological thrillers, this is one of the best!