I love a good scare

by 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.

Director: Sean Byrne | Stars: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, John Brumpton, Richard Wilson

Votes: 35,171

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

68 Metascore

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor

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

71 Metascore

A caving expedition goes horribly wrong, as the explorers become trapped and ultimately pursued by a strange breed of predators.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, Saskia Mulder

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

54 Metascore

Three backpackers stranded in the Australian outback are plunged in a hellish nightmare of insufferable torture by a sadistic psychopathic local.

Director: Greg McLean | Stars: Nathan Phillips, Cassandra Magrath, Kestie Morassi, John Jarratt

Votes: 64,629 | Gross: $16.19M


5. Eden Lake (2008)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

65 Metascore

Refusing to let anything spoil their romantic weekend break, a young couple confront a gang of loutish youths with terrifyingly brutal consequences.

Director: James Watkins | Stars: Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender, Tara Ellis, Jack O'Connell

Votes: 72,046 | Gross: $0.01M


6. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

Unrated | 95 min | Adventure, Horror

22 Metascore

During a rescue mission into the Amazon rainforest, a professor stumbles across lost film shot by a missing documentary crew.

Director: Ruggero Deodato | Stars: Robert Kerman, Francesca Ciardi, Perry Pirkanen, Luca Barbareschi

Votes: 47,487

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

60 Metascore

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.

Directors: David Moreau, Xavier Palud | Stars: Olivia Bonamy, Michaël Cohen, Adriana Mocca, Maria Roman

Votes: 27,939

8/10 I hear this is what inspired The Strangers.

8. You're Next (2011)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Nicholas Tucci

Votes: 82,136 | Gross: $18.47M


9. The Strangers (2008)

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

47 Metascore

A young couple staying in an isolated vacation home are terrorized by three unknown assailants.

Director: Bryan Bertino | Stars: Scott Speedman, Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Alex Fisher

Votes: 112,521 | Gross: $52.60M


10. High Tension (2003)

R | 91 min | Horror

42 Metascore

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.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Cécile de France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun

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.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover

Votes: 51,892


12. Get Out (I) (2017)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

84 Metascore

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.

Director: Jordan Peele | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener

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.

Director: Zev Berman | Stars: Brian Presley, Jake Muxworthy, Rider Strong, Beto Cuevas

Votes: 9,125


14. Let the Right One In (2008)

R | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

82 Metascore

Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.

Director: Tomas Alfredson | Stars: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar, Henrik Dahl

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

84 Metascore

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?

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser

Votes: 616,157 | Gross: $85.16M


16. 28 Days Later... (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Alex Palmer

Votes: 353,310 | Gross: $45.06M


17. The Snowtown Murders (2011)

Not Rated | 119 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: Lucas Pittaway, Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris, Bob Adriaens

Votes: 16,025 | Gross: $0.01M


18. Pontypool (2008)

Not Rated | 93 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

54 Metascore

A radio host interprets the possible outbreak of a deadly virus which infects the small Ontario town he is stationed in.

Director: Bruce McDonald | Stars: Stephen McHattie, Lisa Houle, Georgina Reilly, Hrant Alianak

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

66 Metascore

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.

Director: Scott Glosserman | Stars: Nathan Baesel, Angela Goethals, Zelda Rubinstein, Robert Englund

Votes: 20,329 | Gross: $0.07M

8/10 funny, clever and scary

20. Funny Games (2007)

R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

44 Metascore

Two psychopathic young men take a family hostage in their cabin.

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Naomi Watts, Tim Roth, Michael Pitt, Brady Corbet

Votes: 85,710 | Gross: $1.29M


21. 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: 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

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: 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

53 Metascore

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.

Director: Tate Taylor | Stars: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis, McKaley Miller

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

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: 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

61 Metascore

On Halloween 1968, reclusive Stella and her two friends meet a mysterious drifter, Ramón, and uncover a sinister notebook of stories.

Director: André Øvredal | Stars: Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush, Austin Abrams

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

53 Metascore

While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.

Director: Gary Dauberman | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman

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

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: 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

41 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Chaves | Stars: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, Marisol Ramirez

Votes: 26,832 | Gross: $54.73M

5/10 meh

29. Happy Death Day 2U (2019)

PG-13 | 100 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

57 Metascore

Tree Gelbman discovers that dying over and over was surprisingly easier than the dangers that lie ahead.

Director: Christopher Landon | Stars: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Phi Vu, Suraj Sharma

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

72 Metascore

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.

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

Votes: 86,713 | Gross: $27.33M

5/10 meh but artsier

31. Halloween (I) (2018)

R | 106 min | 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: 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

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: 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

60 Metascore

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.

Director: Richard Shepard | Stars: Allison Williams, Steven Weber, Alaina Huffman, Logan Browning

Votes: 26,143

new to Netflix check it out twists on twists

34. Hell Fest (2018)

R | 89 min | Horror

26 Metascore

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.

Director: Gregory Plotkin | Stars: Cynthea Mercado, Stephen Conroy, Amy Forsyth, Bex Taylor-Klaus

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

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: 50,647 | Gross: $1.21M

5/10 wtf did I just watch?

36. The Nun (2018)

R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

46 Metascore

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.

Director: Corin Hardy | Stars: Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Bloquet, Bonnie Aarons

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

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: 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

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: 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

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Lee Cronin | Stars: Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, Kati Outinen, David Crowley

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

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: 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