Favourite Horror Movies

In order of release date. Loosely interpreted to include some all-around favourites and horror-comedies.
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1.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
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A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. (137 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
2.
Suspiria (1977)
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A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders. (98 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
3.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
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Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. (127 mins.)
 
4.
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
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Jonathan and Lucy live in Wismar and the Count wants a house there. Varna is a port on the Black Sea, close to Dracula's castle. (107 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
5.
Alien (1979)
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After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
6.
The Brood (1979)
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A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders. (92 mins.)
 
7.
Altered States (1980)
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A Harvard scientist conducts experiments on himself with a hallucinatory drug and an isolation chamber that may be causing him to regress genetically. (102 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
 
8.
The Shining (1980)
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A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
9.
The Evil Dead (1981)
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Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons. (85 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
10.
The Thing (1982)
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A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who's human and who's not before it's too late. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
11.
Xtro (1982)
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A man who was abducted by aliens returns to his family three years later, but his presence affects them negatively. (81 mins.)
 
12.
Videodrome (1983)
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When he acquires a different kind of programming for his station, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a terrifying new reality. (87 mins.)
 
13.
Re-Animator (1985)
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A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus. (105 mins.)
Director: Stuart Gordon
 
14.
The Return of the Living Dead (1985)
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When two bumbling employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to rise again as zombies. (91 mins.)
Director: Dan O'Bannon
 
15.
The Fly (1986)
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A brilliant but eccentric scientist begins to transform into a giant man/fly hybrid after one of his experiments goes horribly wrong. (96 mins.)
 
16.
Evil Dead II (1987)
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The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holes up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack. (84 mins.)
Director: Sam Raimi
 
17.
Hellraiser (1987)
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An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover; demons are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld. (94 mins.)
Director: Clive Barker
 
18.
Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)
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Kirsty is brought to an institution after the death of her family, where the occult-obsessive head resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites once again. (97 mins.)
Director: Tony Randel
 
19.
Dead Ringers (1988)
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Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman. (116 mins.)
 
20.
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
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An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies. (98 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
21.
Society (1989)
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An ordinary teenage boy discovers his family is part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite. (99 mins.)
Director: Brian Yuzna
 
22.
Jacob's Ladder (1990)
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Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death. (113 mins.)
Director: Adrian Lyne
 
23.
Dead Alive (1992)
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A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors. (104 mins.)
Director: Peter Jackson
 
24.
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
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An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational. (95 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
25.
Lord of Illusions (1995)
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During a routine case in L.A., NY private investigator Harry D'Amour stumbles over members of a fanatic cult... (109 mins.)
Director: Clive Barker
 
26.
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (1995)
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A man on the run is hunted by a demon known as the Collector. (92 mins.)
 
27.
The Prophecy (1995)
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The angel Gabriel comes to Earth to collect a soul which will end the stalemated war in Heaven, and only a former priest and a little girl can stop him. (98 mins.)
Director: Gregory Widen
“ A convoluted and inconsequential plot, some cheesy CG effects, but completely redeemed by Christopher Walken. ” - ck_mills
 
28.
From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
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Two criminals and their hostages unknowingly seek temporary refuge in an establishment populated by vampires, with chaotic results. (108 mins.)
 
29.
Cube (1997)
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Six complete strangers of widely varying personality characteristics are involuntarily placed in an endless maze containing deadly traps. (90 mins.)
Director: Vincenzo Natali
 
30.
Event Horizon (1997)
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A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned...with someone or something new on-board. (96 mins.)
Director: Paul Anderson
 
31.
Audition (1999)
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A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all. (115 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
32.
House on Haunted Hill (1999)
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An amusement park mogul offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past. (93 mins.)
Director: William Malone
 
33.
American Psycho (2000)
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A wealthy New York investment banking executive hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies. (102 mins.)
Director: Mary Harron
 
34.
Ginger Snaps (2000)
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Two death-obsessed sisters, outcasts in their suburban neighborhood, must deal with the tragic consequences when one of them is bitten by a deadly werewolf. (108 mins.)
Director: John Fawcett
 
35.
Ichi the Killer (2001)
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As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
36.
Cabin Fever (2002)
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A group of five college graduates rent a cabin in the woods and begin to fall victim to a horrifying flesh-eating virus, which attracts the unwanted attention of the homicidal locals. (93 mins.)
Director: Eli Roth
 
37.
28 Days Later... (2002)
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Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary. (113 mins.)
Director: Danny Boyle
 
38.
May (2002)
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A lonely young woman traumatized by a difficult childhood and her increasingly desperate attempts to connect with the people around her is sent into a murderous tailspin. (93 mins.)
Director: Lucky McKee
 
39.
The Eye (2002)
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A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realized she could even see ghosts. (99 mins.)
 
40.
Willard (2003)
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A young man with an unusual connection to rats uses them at his own sociopathic will. (100 mins.)
Director: Glen Morgan
 
41.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
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A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. (115 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
42.
Three... Extremes (2004)
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An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors. (118 mins.)
 
43.
The Descent (2005)
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A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators. (99 mins.)
Director: Neil Marshall
“ The film that convinced me that modern horror has something to offer. A monster movie with a woman-led cast, not for the claustrophobic. ” - ck_mills
 
44.
Wolf Creek (2005)
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Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are befriended by a local who turns out to be a sadistic psychopath and will plunge them into a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture. (99 mins.)
Director: Greg Mclean
 
45.
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he... (92 mins.)
“ A meta-horror film that is something like watching a smart, cheeky Masters thesis on slasher movies. If I recall, there's even reference to horror theorists like Clover and Creed. ” - ck_mills
 
46.
Black Sheep (2006)
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An experiment in genetic engineering turns harmless sheep into bloodthirsty killers that terrorize a sprawling New Zealand farm. (87 mins.)
Director: Jonathan King
 
47.
Taxidermia (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Three generations of men, including a pervert that constantly seeks for new kinds of satisfaction, an obese speed eater and a passionate embalmer. (91 mins.)
Director: György Pálfi
 
48.
The Orphanage (2007)
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A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend. (105 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
 
49.
Botched (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
During a heist in Russia, a professional thief finds himself dealing with serial killers, insane hostages, double-crossing psycho Russian hardmen and the real possibility of a horrible death. (95 mins.)
Director: Kit Ryan
 
50.
The Mist (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A freak storm unleashes a species of bloodthirsty creatures on a small town, where a small band of citizens hole up in a supermarket and fight for their lives. (126 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
 
51.
Borderland (2007)
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On a trip to a Mexican border town, three college friends stumble upon a human-sacrifice cult. (105 mins.)
Director: Zev Berman
 
52.
Inside (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby. (82 mins.)
“ Among the ranks of Martyrs, High Tension, and Frontier(s) in terms of bloody, suspenseful French horror. ” - ck_mills
 
53.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
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The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett. Based on the hit Broadway musical. (116 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
 
54.
Martyrs (2008)
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A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
“ One of my favourite new horror movies. It shifts between genres a few times during the course of the film. Brutally violent, with some hard-to-watch scenes. ” - ck_mills
 
55.
Let the Right One In (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
56.
Pontypool (2008)
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A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in. (93 mins.)
Director: Bruce McDonald
“ Canadian zombie-horror with a unique twist. ” - ck_mills
 
57.
Home Movie (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
In the remote woods of Upstate New York, David and Clare Poe are attempting to live an idyllic life. However, their twin children's bizarre behavior might just tear the family apart. (77 mins.)
“ One of the few "possessed children" and found footage movies I've really enjoyed. ” - ck_mills
 
58.
Splinter (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Trapped in an isolated gas station by a voracious Splinter parasite that transforms its still-living victims into deadly hosts, a young couple and an escaped convict must find a way to work together to survive this primal terror. (82 mins.)
Director: Toby Wilkins
“ Completely enjoyable, fresh monster movie. A simple plot with good ideas, done well. ” - ck_mills
 
59.
Lake Mungo (2008)
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A supernatural drama about grief. (87 mins.)
Director: Joel Anderson
 
60.
Triangle (2009)
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The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas. (99 mins.)
“ My favourite film that I watched during a Halloween marathon of horror movies, one year. A mind-bending story that is also successfully creepy. I spent hours afterward discussing this movie and reading commentary online. ” - ck_mills
 
61.
The Loved Ones (2009)
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When Brent turns down his classmate Lola's invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge. (84 mins.)
Director: Sean Byrne
 
62.
Antichrist (2009)
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A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse. (108 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
 
63.
The Last Exorcism (2010)
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A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew. (87 mins.)
Director: Daniel Stamm
 
64.
I Saw the Devil (2010)
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A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases. (141 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
“ A serial-killer film, and a meditation on revenge. ” - ck_mills
 
65.
Cold Fish (2010)
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When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation... (146 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
“ A completely brutal, uncomfortable Japanese film. It just gets worse and worse for the characters until a bloody finale. ” - ck_mills
 
66.
Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)
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Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students. (89 mins.)
Director: Eli Craig
 
67.
You're Next (2011)
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When the Davison family comes under attack during their wedding anniversary getaway, the gang of mysterious killers soon learns that one of the victims harbors a secret talent for fighting back. (95 mins.)
Director: Adam Wingard
 
68.
Absentia (2011)
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A woman and her sister begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances, including that of her own husband. (87 mins.)
Director: Mike Flanagan
“ Low budget but well-acted and atmospheric. Creepy, not gorey. ” - ck_mills
 
69.
The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods. (95 mins.)
Director: Drew Goddard
“ Mainstream meta-horror/comedy. ” - ck_mills
 
70.
V/H/S (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
When a group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for. (116 mins.)
“ Perhaps the first found-footage horror since Blair Witch that actually FEELS like found footage. The stories in this anthology are not plot-heavy and might leave many feeling confused or unsatisfied. That's why it's successful, in my opinion. ” - ck_mills
 
71.
The Battery (2012)
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The personalities of two former baseball players clash as they traverse the rural back roads of a post-plague New England teeming with the undead. (101 mins.)
Director: Jeremy Gardner
 
72.
Excision (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A disturbed and delusional high school student with aspirations of a career in medicine goes to extremes to earn the approval of her controlling mother. (81 mins.)
“ A total gem among my favourite genre of disturbed girls. It's a bloody black comedy, with Anna Lynne McCord completely transformed. John Waters plays a priest, which should give you an idea of the sort of movie this is. ” - ck_mills
 
73.
American Mary (2012)
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The allure of easy money sends Mary Mason, a medical student, into the world of underground surgeries which ends up leaving more marks on her than her so called "freakish" clients. (103 mins.)
 
74.
What We Do in the Shadows (2014)
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A documentary team films the lives of a group of vampires for a few months. The vampires share a house in Wellington, New Zealand. Turns out vampires have their own domestic problems too. (86 mins.)
 
75.
The Babadook (2014)
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A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. (93 mins.)
Director: Jennifer Kent
 
76.
The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An elderly woman battling Alzheimer's disease agrees to let a film crew document her condition, but what they discover is something far more sinister going on. (90 mins.)
Director: Adam Robitel
 
77.
It Follows (2014)
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A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter. (100 mins.)
 
78.
Goodnight Mommy (2014)
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Twin boys move to a new home with their mother after she has face changing cosmetic surgery, but under her bandages is someone the children don't recognize. (99 mins.)
 
79.
Hidden (2015)
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A family takes refuge in a bomb shelter to avoid a dangerous outbreak. (84 mins.)
 
80.
Bone Tomahawk (2015)
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Four men set out in the Wild West to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers. (132 mins.)
Director: S. Craig Zahler
 
81.
The Witch (2015)
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A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Eggers
 
82.
The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015)
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Two girls must battle a mysterious evil force when they get left behind at their boarding school over winter break. (93 mins.)
Director: Osgood Perkins
 
83.
Under the Shadow (2016)
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As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s... (84 mins.)
Director: Babak Anvari
 
84.
The Void (2016)
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Shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures. (90 mins.)