I love a good scareby tracycahill | created - 21 Jul 2013 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public
I will help you sort out the crap. My top 20 is in order. In-theater will follow directly after. Assume my ratings are only for horror and they go from 1-10 with the perfect horror film out there somewhere being a 10. I don't think I've seen it yet. A 7 is a must-see, a 6 is recommend. Have fun
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1. The Loved Ones (2009)
R | 84 min | Horror, Thriller
When Brent turns down his classmate Lola's invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge.
9/10 An Aussie masterpiece. If you can handle some in-your-face gore/torture you must watch this. The acting is incredible, the story is so smart and touching ... and *beep* terrifying.
2. 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: 413,020 | Gross: $137.40M
9/10 - a movie with a fantastic script and cast that highlights a lot of different kinds of scares.
3. The Descent (2005)
R | 99 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller
A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.
Votes: 189,264 | Gross: $26.02M
9/10 - a rare female ensemble cast! Genre-bending terror with twist after twist.
4. Wolf Creek (2005)
R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller
Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged in a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local.
Votes: 64,629 | Gross: $16.19M
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: 72,046 | Gross: $0.01M
6. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)
Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror
During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.
8/10 Often found in someone's list of 'top 3 most *beep* up horror movies ever'. It's pretty brutal. And a lot of it is animal stuff. The original found footage horror film, exploitative, a post colonial theory playground.
7. 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.
8/10 I hear this is what inspired The Strangers.
8. You're Next (2011)
R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
Votes: 82,136 | Gross: $18.47M
9. The Strangers (2008)
R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants.
Votes: 112,521 | Gross: $52.60M
10. High Tension (2003)
R | 91 min | Horror
Best friends Marie and Alexia decide to spend a quiet weekend at Alexia's parents' secluded farmhouse. But on the night of their arrival, the girls' idyllic getaway turns into an endless night of horror.
Votes: 64,382 | Gross: $3.68M
8/10 It would be higher on the list if it wasn't a rip off of Dean Koontz's book Intensity. But it's well made and very scary. Aja has done a lot of referential or remake work but this is among his best.
11. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
Not Rated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.
12. Get Out (I) (2017)
R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young African-American visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness about their reception of him eventually reaches a boiling point.
Votes: 432,502 | Gross: $176.04M
8/10 must see Holy *beep* A timely and poignant freshman directorial effort from Jordan Peele (Key and Peele). A little slow to warm up and a few cliché and predicable plot points for seasoned horror fans. Once it starts heading down the intended trajectory though the tension is palpable. I literally had to ask myself if I was having a panic attack when things started to heat up. Killer performances from Daniel Kaluuya and friend to horror Caleb Landry Jones (Antiviral and The Last Exorcism). A perfect ending that sends the message Peele's film was meant to, in a way only he could. Moments of hilarity. Let yourself squirm with a dozen kinds of discomfort and terror. This has never been done and we needed it badly in 2017. Do not miss this movie.
13. Borderland (2007)
R | 105 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller
On a trip to a Mexican border town, three college friends stumble upon a human-sacrifice cult.
14. Let the Right One In (2008)
R | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
Votes: 198,072 | Gross: $2.12M
8/10 A rare combination of sweet and scary
15. Aliens (1986)
R | 137 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
Votes: 616,157 | Gross: $85.16M
16. 28 Days Later... (2002)
R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.
Votes: 353,310 | Gross: $45.06M
17. The Snowtown Murders (2011)
Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Based on true events, 16 year-old Jamie falls in with his mother's new boyfriend and his crowd of self-appointed neighborhood watchmen, a relationship that leads to a spree of torture and murder.
Votes: 16,025 | Gross: $0.01M
18. Pontypool (2008)
Not Rated | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in.
Votes: 27,472 | Gross: $0.00M
8/10 I can't ruin it by telling you why it's so great this is a scary movie for your friends who like semiotics (theory nerds)
19. Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
The next great psycho horror slasher has given a documentary crew exclusive access to his life as he plans his reign of terror over the sleepy town of Glen Echo.
Votes: 20,329 | Gross: $0.07M
8/10 funny, clever and scary
20. Funny Games (2007)
R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin.
Votes: 85,710 | Gross: $1.29M
21. It Chapter Two (2019)
R | 169 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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.
Votes: 130,799 | Gross: $193.77M
6/10 Recommend Might as well see it in theaters. I didn't like it as much as the first. There are so many different things to keep track of its no wonder they went with a miniseries. Mike met some native Americans, everyone lost their memories, they have to remember how the last chapter ended before we can end this one. It wasn't as scary as I hoped it would be. A couple jump scares and very little dread. Lots of Pennywise.
22. Crawl (2019)
R | 87 min | Action, Drama, Horror
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.
Votes: 39,440 | Gross: $39.01M
6/10 the first original horror Aja has directed, this girl vs alligator thriller is fast paced and a lot.of fun even if some of the dialog is kind of lame
23. Ma (I) (2019)
R | 99 min | Horror, Thriller
A lonely woman befriends a group of teenagers and decides to let them party at her house. Just when the kids think their luck couldn't get any better, things start happening that make them question the intention of their host.
Votes: 24,039 | Gross: $45.37M
6/10 the previews seemed so lame but we should have known Spencer would make it good. A little predictable but worth the watch.
24. Ready or Not (I) (2019)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
A bride's wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.
Votes: 40,254 | Gross: $26.74M
6/10 a VERY funny and enjoyable spooky film but not particularly scary. You could probably wait for it on Redbox. Adam Brody reprises the character of Seth Cohen as an adult in a familiar and comforting manner (or can he just not act?). Samara Weaving you may remember from the Babysitter where she was amazing, great here again.
25. Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)
PG-13 | 108 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
On Halloween 1968, reclusive Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories.
Votes: 35,992 | Gross: $62.74M
5/10 pretty lame for adults, might be cool for literal children who like scary movies
26. Annabelle Comes Home (2019)
R | 106 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.
Votes: 41,614 | Gross: $73.65M
6/10 recommend see it in theaters If you enjoy the franchise you won't be disappointed by the latest installment that focuses on that room FULL of creepy haunted artifacts in Ed and Lorraine Warren's house.
27. Us (II) (2019)
R | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A family's serene beach vacation turns to chaos when their doppelgängers appear and begin to terrorize them.
Votes: 166,827 | Gross: $175.01M
8/10 You must see Jordan Peele's new movie! I need to see it again to really get the full benefit but it's a carefully crafted movie full of varied scares and incredible acting. The story builds from a simple intruder at the vacation house story to an intense doppelganger chase and then things just get more bizarre from there. Peele is obviously a scholar of horror and his movie earns every moment of its ending.
28. The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.
Votes: 26,832 | Gross: $54.73M
29. Happy Death Day 2U (2019)
PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.
Votes: 41,907 | Gross: $28.05M
5/10 I'm not mad but this is a LOT less scary than the first one. Way more sci-fi fantasy stuff.
30. Midsommar (I) (2019)
R | 147 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled 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.
Votes: 86,713 | Gross: $27.33M
5/10 meh but artsier
31. Halloween (I) (2018)
R | 106 min | Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 103,396 | Gross: $159.34M
6/10 it's a fun time, see it in theaters
32. Suspiria (I) (2018)
R | 152 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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.
Votes: 47,567 | Gross: $2.47M
5/10 I really hated this trippy art-house remake
33. The Perfection (2018)
TV-MA | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
When troubled musical prodigy Charlotte (Allison Williams) seeks out Elizabeth (Logan Browning), the new star pupil of her former school, the encounter sends both musicians down a sinister path with shocking consequences.
new to Netflix check it out twists on twists
34. Hell Fest (2018)
R | 89 min | Horror
A masked serial killer turns a horror-themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.
Votes: 11,134 | Gross: $11.11M
5/10 teen scream about extreme haunted event where they are stalked by a masked stranger. Nice moments of gore, not excellent acting but Bex Taylor-Kraus is cool. Take it or leave it in theaters
35. Mandy (I) (2018)
Not Rated | 121 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
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.
Votes: 50,647 | Gross: $1.21M
5/10 wtf did I just watch?
36. The Nun (2018)
R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.
Votes: 102,392 | Gross: $117.45M
6/10 recommend The way this weaves back into the original Conjuring universe is interesting and the acting is strong. The themes of the tortured priest and redemption through solving this mystery is pretty played out.
37. Annihilation (2018)
R | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror
A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition into a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don't apply.
Votes: 246,433 | Gross: $32.73M
6/10 it's not scary but it's interesting and I like the female ensemble cast of good actors
38. Hereditary (2018)
R | 127 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.
Votes: 184,096 | Gross: $44.07M
6/10 recommend A deft family drama well acted. after the death of her mother an artist's family is ripped apart by strange-bordering on the occult-tragedies. We struggle to determine if madness or metaphysical forces are at work. if you like this check out A Dark Song
39. The Hole in the Ground (2019)
R | 90 min | Horror
A young mother living in the Irish countryside with her son suspects his increasingly disturbing behavior is linked to a mysterious sinkhole in the forest, and fears he may not be her son at all.
Votes: 10,243 | Gross: $0.02M
new to Hulu/Amazon 6/10 an interesting mystery
40. A Quiet Place (2018)
PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
In a post-apocalyptic world, a family is forced to live in silence while hiding from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing.
Votes: 336,235 | Gross: $188.02M
7/10 with an asterisk- It's a cool, original movie with neat creatures and tight direction. I love a movie where things go from bad to worse to worse but there were some obvious plot holes and I wish it was scarier. There were a couple effective jump scares but it could have been more suspenseful. That said, as a movie, it's awesome. As a horror movie, it leaves a little bit to be desired. It's PG-13 so you should know what to expect going in. No gore, pro-family message. Well-acted on all counts. Great job, Tuna.
41. Cam (2018)
TV-MA | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller