TOP HORROR MOVIES: 2000-2021

by Dr-Faustus | created - 14 Apr 2018 | updated - 22 hours ago | Public

A choice of 248 of the best horror movies released from 2000 to 2021.

In reverse chronological order and purely subjective.

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1. Censor (2021)

84 min | Horror

68 Metascore

After viewing a strangely familiar video nasty, Enid, a film censor, sets out to solve the past mystery of her sister's disappearance, embarking on a quest that dissolves the line between fiction and reality.

Director: Prano Bailey-Bond | Stars: Niamh Algar, Michael Smiley, Nicholas Burns, Vincent Franklin

Votes: 331

2. The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2021)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

53 Metascore

The Warrens investigate a murder that may be linked to a demonic possession.

Director: Michael Chaves | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ruairi O'Connor, Sarah Catherine Hook

Votes: 39,788

3. Freaky (2020)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

66 Metascore

After swapping bodies with a deranged serial killer, a young girl in high school discovers she has less than 24 hours before the change becomes permanent.

Director: Christopher Landon | Stars: Vince Vaughn, Kathryn Newton, Celeste O'Connor, Misha Osherovich

Votes: 32,239

4. A Quiet Place Part II (2020)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

71 Metascore

Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.

Director: John Krasinski | Stars: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy, John Krasinski

Votes: 28,912

5. Possessor (2020)

R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

72 Metascore

Possessor follows an agent who works for a secretive organization that uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people's bodies - ultimately driving them to commit assassinations for high-paying clients.

Director: Brandon Cronenberg | Stars: Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rossif Sutherland

Votes: 24,011

6. The Invisible Man (I) (2020)

R | 124 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

72 Metascore

When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Director: Leigh Whannell | Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer, Aldis Hodge

Votes: 182,842 | Gross: $64.91M

7. The Call (2020)

TV-MA | 112 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Two people live in different times. Seo-Yeon lives in the present and Young-Sook lives in the past. One phone call connects the two, and their lives are changed irrevocably.

Director: Chung-Hyun Lee | Stars: Park Shin-Hye, Jong-seo Jun, Sung-ryung Kim, Lee El

Votes: 21,725

8. The Dark and the Wicked (2020)

Not Rated | 95 min | Horror

72 Metascore

On a secluded farm in a nondescript rural town, a man is slowly dying. His family gathers to mourn, and soon a darkness grows, marked by waking nightmares and a growing sense that something evil is taking over the family.

Director: Bryan Bertino | Stars: Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Julie Oliver-Touchstone, Lynn Andrews

Votes: 11,049

9. His House (2020)

TV-14 | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

72 Metascore

A refugee couple makes a harrowing escape from war-torn South Sudan, but then they struggle to adjust to their new life in an English town that has an evil lurking beneath the surface.

Director: Remi Weekes | Stars: Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku, Malaika Wakoli-Abigaba, Matt Smith

Votes: 30,381

10. The Hunt (II) (2020)

R | 90 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

50 Metascore

Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don't know where they are, or how they got there. They don't know they've been chosen - for a very specific purpose - The Hunt.

Director: Craig Zobel | Stars: Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ike Barinholtz, Wayne Duvall

Votes: 77,491

11. Hunter Hunter (2020)

Unrated | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

61 Metascore

Joseph and his family live in the remote wilderness as fur trappers, but their tranquility is threatened when they think they are being hunted by the return of a rogue wolf, and Joseph leaves them behind to track it.

Director: Shawn Linden | Stars: Camille Sullivan, Summer H. Howell, Devon Sawa, Nick Stahl

Votes: 5,543

12. Relic (2020)

R | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

77 Metascore

A daughter, mother and grandmother are haunted by a manifestation of dementia that consumes their family's home.

Director: Natalie Erika James | Stars: Robyn Nevin, Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcote, Steve Rodgers

Votes: 20,495

13. The Platform (2019)

TV-MA | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

73 Metascore

A vertical prison with one cell per level. Two people per cell. Only one food platform and two minutes per day to feed. An endless nightmare trapped in The Hole.

Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia | Stars: Ivan Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan, Emilio Buale

Votes: 178,752

14. Saint Maud (2019)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

83 Metascore

Follows a pious nurse who becomes dangerously obsessed with saving the soul of her dying patient.

Director: Rose Glass | Stars: Morfydd Clark, Caoilfhionn Dunne, Jennifer Ehle, Marcus Hutton

Votes: 19,438

15. Midsommar (2019)

R | 148 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

72 Metascore

A couple travels to Scandinavia to visit a rural hometown's fabled Swedish mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper

Votes: 222,336 | Gross: $27.33M

16. The Lighthouse (I) (2019)

R | 109 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

83 Metascore

Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Director: Robert Eggers | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman, Logan Hawkes

Votes: 156,100 | Gross: $0.43M

17. La Llorona (2019)

Not Rated | 97 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

An aging paranoid war criminal, protected by his faithful wife, faces death while being haunted by the ghosts of his past.

Director: Jayro Bustamante | Stars: María Mercedes Coroy, Sabrina De La Hoz, Margarita Kenéfic, Julio Diaz

Votes: 4,453

18. Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

55 Metascore

Columbus, Tallahassee, Wichita, and Little Rock move to the American heartland as they face off against evolved zombies, fellow survivors, and the growing pains of the snarky makeshift family.

Director: Ruben Fleischer | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Abigail Breslin

Votes: 148,863 | Gross: $26.80M

19. It Chapter Two (2019)

R | 169 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

58 Metascore

Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

Director: Andy Muschietti | Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa

Votes: 219,042 | Gross: $211.59M

20. Us (II) (2019)

R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker

Votes: 243,648 | Gross: $175.08M

21. The Mortuary Collection (2019)

Not Rated | 108 min | Fantasy, Horror

69 Metascore

An eccentric mortician recounts several macabre and phantasmagorical tales that he's encountered in his distinguished career.

Director: Ryan Spindell | Stars: Tristan Byon, Eden Campbell, Hannah R. Loyd, Clancy Brown

Votes: 8,342

22. The Lodge (2019)

R | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

64 Metascore

A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé's two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.

Directors: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz | Stars: Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh, Richard Armitage

Votes: 35,850

23. Crawl (I) (2019)

R | 87 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

60 Metascore

A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark, Ross Anderson

Votes: 73,052 | Gross: $39.01M

24. Ready or Not (I) (2019)

R | 95 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

64 Metascore

A bride's wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett | Stars: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O'Brien, Henry Czerny

Votes: 118,765 | Gross: $26.74M

25. The Golden Glove (2019)

Not Rated | 115 min | Crime, Drama, History

38 Metascore

A serial killer strikes fear in the hearts of residents of Hamburg during the early 1970s.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Jonas Dassler, Adam Bousdoukos, Margarete Tiesel, Katja Studt

Votes: 11,717

26. Hereditary (2018)

R | 127 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

87 Metascore

A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff

Votes: 254,641 | Gross: $44.07M

27. All the Gods in the Sky (2018)

110 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

30-year-old factory worker Simon lives a solitary existence on a decrepit farm in the remote French countryside. Devoting his time to caring for his sister Estelle, who was left severely ... See full summary »

Director: Quarxx | Stars: Jean-Luc Couchard, Melanie Gaydos, Zelie Rixhon, Thierry Frémont

Votes: 526

28. Halloween (I) (2018)

R | 106 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

67 Metascore

Laurie Strode confronts her long-time foe Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Director: David Gordon Green | Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, James Jude Courtney

Votes: 124,648 | Gross: $159.34M

29. Climax (I) (2018)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Music

67 Metascore

French dancers gather in a remote, empty school building to rehearse on a wintry night. The all-night celebration morphs into a hallucinatory nightmare when they learn their sangria is laced with LSD.

Director: Gaspar Noé | Stars: Sofia Boutella, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub, Kiddy Smile

Votes: 56,591 | Gross: $0.80M

30. A Quiet Place (2018)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

82 Metascore

In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.

Director: John Krasinski | Stars: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe

Votes: 434,372 | Gross: $188.02M

31. Suspiria (I) (2018)

R | 152 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

64 Metascore

A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the artistic director, an ambitious young dancer, and a grieving psychotherapist. Some will succumb to the nightmare. Others will finally wake up.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Tilda Swinton, Doris Hick, Malgorzata Bela

Votes: 65,255 | Gross: $2.47M

32. The House That Jack Built (2018)

R | 152 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

42 Metascore

The story follows Jack, a highly intelligent serial killer, over the course of twelve years, and depicts the murders that really develop his inner madman.

Director: Lars von Trier | Stars: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman, Siobhan Fallon Hogan

Votes: 62,893 | Gross: $0.09M

33. In Fabric (2018)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

81 Metascore

In Fabric is a haunting ghost story set against the backdrop of a busy winter sales period in a department store and follows the life of a cursed dress as it passes from person to person, with devastating consequences.

Director: Peter Strickland | Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Julian Barratt, Steve Oram

Votes: 9,534

34. Mandy (I) (2018)

Not Rated | 121 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

The enchanted lives of a couple in a secluded forest are brutally shattered by a nightmarish hippie cult and their demon-biker henchmen, propelling a man into a spiraling, surreal rampage of vengeance.

Director: Panos Cosmatos | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy

Votes: 67,519 | Gross: $1.21M

35. The Wolf House (2018)

Not Rated | 75 min | Animation, Drama, Horror

86 Metascore

Tells the story of Maria, a young woman who takes refuge in a house in southern Chile after escaping from a German colony.

Directors: Joaquín Cociña, Cristóbal León | Stars: Amalia Kassai, Rainer Krause

Votes: 1,646

36. High Life (2018)

R | 113 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

77 Metascore

A father and his daughter struggle to survive in deep space where they live in isolation.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, André 3000, Mia Goth

Votes: 30,630 | Gross: $1.23M

37. Annihilation (2018)

R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.

Director: Alex Garland | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Benedict Wong

Votes: 289,694 | Gross: $32.73M

38. Upgrade (2018)

R | 100 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

67 Metascore

Set in the near-future, technology controls nearly all aspects of life. But when the world of Grey, a self-labeled technophobe, is turned upside down, his only hope for revenge is an experimental computer chip implant.

Director: Leigh Whannell | Stars: Logan Marshall-Green, Melanie Vallejo, Steve Danielsen, Abby Craden

Votes: 166,761 | Gross: $11.98M

39. Apostle (2018)

TV-MA | 130 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

62 Metascore

In 1905, a drifter on a dangerous mission to rescue his kidnapped sister tangles with a sinister religious cult on an isolated island.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Dan Stevens, Richard Elfyn, Paul Higgins, Bill Milner

Votes: 45,946

40. Overlord (2018)

R | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

60 Metascore

A small group of American soldiers find horror behind enemy lines on the eve of D-Day.

Director: Julius Avery | Stars: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbæk

Votes: 90,259 | Gross: $21.70M

41. Mutant Blast (2018)

83 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Maria, a fearless soldier, and TS-347, a man with superhuman strength, are being pursued by a military cell responsible for scientific experiments that have resulted in a zombie apocalypse.

Director: Fernando Alle | Stars: Pedro Barão Dias, Maria Leite, João Vilas, Mário Oliveira

Votes: 1,002

42. Berlin Syndrome (2017)

R | 116 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

70 Metascore

A passionate holiday romance leads to an obsessive relationship, when an Australian photojournalist wakes one morning in a Berlin apartment and is unable to leave.

Director: Cate Shortland | Stars: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich, Emma Bading

Votes: 23,095 | Gross: $0.03M

43. The Endless (I) (2017)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

80 Metascore

As kids, they escaped a UFO death cult. Now, two adult brothers seek answers after an old videotape surfaces and brings them back to where they began.

Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead | Stars: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Callie Hernandez, Tate Ellington

Votes: 36,243 | Gross: $0.27M

44. Gerald's Game (2017)

TV-MA | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

77 Metascore

A couple tries to spice up their marriage in a remote lake house. After the husband dies unexpectedly, the wife is left handcuffed to their bed frame and must fight to survive and break free.

Director: Mike Flanagan | Stars: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Chiara Aurelia,