Horror/Thriller films I've seen, with ratings out of 10.0by HorrorHunter | created - 29 Jun 2012 | updated - 26 Jan 2015 | Public
I need to rank the horror/thriller films I've seen. I'm only going to count the ones I've seen since April 1st, 2012. This is simply a list of those I've seen with a rating out of 10.0 based on an extremely objective rating framework. If you would like to see the framework and understand how it works, post below with your email address and I'll email it to you. The films at the bottom are the worst horrors I've seen, and the ones at the top are the best. I've added my ratings out of 10 and a one liner for you. I welcome recommendations based off the movies I've rated a 7.5 or higher, if you have any. I'm not including horror comedy, as it is not true horror.
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1. The Woman (I) (2011)
R | 101 min | Horror
When a successful country lawyer captures and attempts to "civilize" the last remaining member of a violent clan that has roamed the Northeast coast for decades, he puts the lives of his family in jeopardy.
2. Jug Face (2013)
R | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
Jug Face tells the story of a pregnant teen trying to escape a backwoods community when she discovers that she may be sacrificed to a creature in a pit.
Kinkle's Debut is a gem. 10.5
3. American Mary (2012)
R | 103 min | Drama, Horror
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.
Mary is a god-send. 10.3
4. I Saw the Devil (2010)
Not Rated | 142 min | Action, Crime, Drama
A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.
Votes: 86,450 | Gross: $0.13M
Best revenge film ever. Best horror film ever. Best film ever. 9.9
5. Eden Lake (2008)
R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller
Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.
Votes: 66,060 | Gross: $0.01M
This film really is masterfully done. The teenage gang is flawless, and almost a little too perfect. Perdition wins out in this gut-wrenching film. 9.5
6. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, History, Horror
A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl.
Votes: 106,420 | Gross: $75.07M
Perfect. Well rounded scares with unbelievable scriptural symbolism. 9.3
7. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
R | 95 min | Horror
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.
Votes: 316,973 | Gross: $42.07M
Hunger Games meets Horror. 9.0
8. Los ojos de Julia (2010)
Not Rated | 118 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
The story of a woman who is slowly losing her sight whilst trying to investigate the mysterious death of her twin sister.
Unforgettable. This film's burned into my retina for some time. Fantastic finish and masterful execution. 9.1
9. Nightcrawler (2014)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.
Votes: 369,800 | Gross: $32.38M
10. Freeway Killer (2010)
R | 85 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
The true story of William Bonin a California serial killer.
Created a genuine fear of someone who makes you walk on egg-shells. Lead character was superb! 9.4
11. The Innkeepers (2011)
R | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.
Votes: 29,823 | Gross: $0.08M
Woof-a-roo! Truly scared me silly. Great eerie, suspenseful film that could have been perfect with a better conclusion. 9.2
12. Mother's Day (I) (2010)
R | 112 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
The sadistic members of a villainous family return to their childhood home to terrorize the new home owners and their guests.
Mother's Perdition Day. 8.8
13. Oculus (I) (2013)
R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery
A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.
Votes: 99,901 | Gross: $27.70M
R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Musical
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.
Votes: 309,673 | Gross: $52.90M
Patience, enjoy it, revenge can't be taken in haste. 8.6
15. Them (2006)
R | 77 min | Horror, Thriller
Lucas and Clementine live peacefully in their isolated country house, but one night they wake up to strange noise... they're not alone... and a group of hooded assailants begin to terrorize them throughout the night.
The Strangers meets Eden Lake. 8.6
16. The Conjuring (2013)
R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.
Votes: 359,381 | Gross: $137.40M
Bad ass panic attack unrelenting mayhem. 8.6
17. [Rec] (2007)
R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.
18. American Psycho (2000)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama
A wealthy New York investment banking executive, Patrick Bateman, hides his alternate psychopathic ego from his co-workers and friends as he delves deeper into his violent, hedonistic fantasies.
Votes: 405,932 | Gross: $15.07M
Bale is insane. Literally. 8.5
19. House at the End of the Street (2012)
PG-13 | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
After moving with her mother to a small town, a teenager finds that an accident happened in the house at the end of the street. Things get more complicated when she befriends a boy who was the only survivor of the accident.
Votes: 63,938 | Gross: $31.61M
Brilliant combination of panic, eerie, and mental fears with a superb plot and PERFECT conclusion. A VERY RARE horror gem. 8.5
20. Old Boy (2013)
R | 104 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason.
Votes: 58,709 | Gross: $2.16M
Amazing, more understandable remake of a classic Korean gem. Visually superior even with a few mistakes in credibility choices. 8.5
21. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
R | 98 min | Horror
After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers.
Votes: 117,986 | Gross: $80.57M
Intensity and Integrity. Great combo. 8.5
22. [Rec] 2 (2009)
R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller
In order to ascertain the current situation inside, a supposed medical officer and a GEO team step into the quarantined and ill-fated apartment building.
Votes: 61,121 | Gross: $0.03M
Picked up right where the first left off. Quality sequel rarity. 8.4
23. The Last House on the Left (2009)
R | 110 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 75,451 | Gross: $32.72M
Humanity over Perdition. 8.4
24. Maniac (2012)
Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Thriller
As he helps a young artist with her upcoming exhibition, the owner of a mannequin shop's deadly, suppressed desires come to the surface.
Votes: 30,786 | Gross: $0.02M
Slasher and Mental fear doses are in abundance in this French style psycho thriller. Elijah Wood is solid, supported by extraordinary cinematography and special effects. 8.4
25. Shutter Island (2010)
R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller
In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.
Votes: 933,316 | Gross: $128.01M
Identity's Counterpart. 8.3
26. The Quiet Ones (2014)
PG-13 | 98 min | Horror
A university professor and a team of students conduct an experiment on a young woman, uncovering terrifyingly dark, unexpected forces in the process.
Votes: 17,207 | Gross: $8.50M
awaiting review and ranking
27. The Chaser (2008)
Not Rated | 125 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A disgraced ex-policeman who runs a small ring of prostitutes finds himself in a race against time when one of his women goes missing.
Mix between I Saw the Devil and Oldboy. 8.3
28. Oldeuboi (2003)
R | 120 min | Action, Drama, Mystery
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.
Votes: 425,664 | Gross: $0.71M
Masterful storyline and acting compensates for lower intensity. 8.3
29. P2 (2007)
R | 98 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
A businesswoman is pursued by a psychopath after being locked in a parking garage on Christmas Eve.
Votes: 28,408 | Gross: $3.99M
High doses of unknown, eerie, and panic fear. Pretty tight plot as well. 8.3
30. The Sixth Sense (1999)
PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.
Votes: 799,463 | Gross: $293.51M
Acting is superb. 8.2
31. The Purge: Anarchy (2014)
R | 103 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi
Three groups of people intertwine and are left stranded in the streets on Purge Night, trying to survive the chaos and violence that occurs.
Votes: 115,217 | Gross: $71.96M
awaiting review and ranking
32. Frailty (2001)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A man confesses to an FBI agent his family's story of how his religious fanatic father's visions led to a series of murders to destroy supposed "demons."
Votes: 67,681 | Gross: $13.10M
Symbolism becomes real with a great conclusion. 8.2
33. Identity (2003)
R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller
Stranded at a desolate Nevada motel during a nasty rain-storm, ten strangers become acquainted with each other when they realize that they're being killed off one by one.
Votes: 198,867 | Gross: $52.16M
The twist is completely mental! 8.2
34. The Exorcist (1973)
R | 122 min | Horror
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
Votes: 313,724 | Gross: $232.91M
By far the best pre-1995 horror film I've ever seen. Serious props to this film. In it's time it would have gotten a 10 from me. 8.2
35. The Iceman (2012)
R | 106 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters had any clue about his real profession.
Votes: 62,502 | Gross: $1.94M
Stone cold realism keeps you engulfed. 8.2
36. The Crazies (2010)
R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller
About the inhabitants of a small Iowa town suddenly plagued by insanity and then death after a mysterious toxin contaminates their water supply.
Votes: 100,783 | Gross: $39.12M
What a doozie! Great plausible, slasher, panic twang. 8.1
37. I Spit on Your Grave (2010)
R | 108 min | Horror, Thriller
A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead.
Votes: 64,185 | Gross: $0.09M
A true show horse of a revenge film. 8.1
38. Inside (2007)
R | 82 min | Horror
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.
Tell ya what, those scissors can rip through ANYTHING. 8.0
39. Vacancy (2007)
R | 85 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
A married couple becomes stranded at an isolated motel and finds hidden video cameras in their room. They soon realize that unless they escape, they'll be the next victims of a snuff film.
Votes: 86,255 | Gross: $19.36M
Panic and Eerie in perfect harmony. 8.0
40. The Others (2001)
PG-13 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.
Votes: 299,892 | Gross: $96.52M
Eerie stuff. 7.9
41. Martyrs (2008)
R | 99 min | Horror
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.
The conclusion skins itself after a spectacular first half display. 7.8
42. Blood Creek (2009)
R | 90 min | Horror
A man and his brother on a mission of revenge become trapped in a harrowing occult experiment dating back to the Third Reich.
Fictional fear genre at its finest. Integrated fluently with Slasher, Corruption, and Mental fear genres, which is difficult to do. Entertaining, although unbelievable conclusion. 7.8
43. The Call (II) (2013)
R | 94 min | Crime, Thriller
When a veteran 911 operator takes a life-altering call from a teenage girl who has just been abducted, she realizes that she must confront a killer from her past in order to save the girl's life.
Votes: 99,113 | Gross: $51.87M
Keeps it's credibility when it could so easily tank it. 7.7
44. Disturbia (2007)
PG-13 | 105 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A teen living under house arrest becomes convinced his neighbor is a serial killer.
Votes: 200,519 | Gross: $80.21M
Quizas this film is better than people give it credit for. Quizas. 7.7
45. Lady Vengeance (2005)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years and having her child taken away from her, a woman seeks revenge through increasingly cruel and brutal means.
Votes: 61,034 | Gross: $0.21M
Plot confusion resolved with symbolic clarity. Korean Powerhouse Lineup material. 7.6
46. The Uninvited (2009)
PG-13 | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
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.
Votes: 68,526 | Gross: $28.57M
A few poor opening scenes were uninvited after a brilliant red herring in a double twist conclusion. 7.6
47. The Orphanage (2007)
R | 105 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
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.
Votes: 131,936 | Gross: $7.16M
Superior ghost story. 7.5
48. The Purge (I) (2013)
R | 85 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A wealthy family are held hostage for harboring the target of a murderous syndicate during the Purge, a 12-hour period in which any and all crime is legal.
Votes: 166,356 | Gross: $64.47M
Fantastic plausible amplifying idea. 7.5
49. Devil (2010)
PG-13 | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller