Award Winning Horror Films 2016

by sharethehorrors | created - 08 Sep 2016 | updated - 01 Jan 2017 | Public

The following list is of horror films that won awards, either from film festivals or other awards listed on IMDB, in the year 2016, listed in order of number of awards won. We also included total number of awards including other years.

Many larger studio releases don't play in festivals, so they may not be included on this list. Some of the films have already been released, but many of them will be coming in 2017.

Some films show years before 2016 as they still won awards in 2016 or the filmmakers have not switched the completion years.

This information is up to date as of December 2016.

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1. Peelers (2016)

95 min | Horror

A small town strip club owner must defend her bar, her strippers and her life when violent infected patrons show up on the final closing night and all hell breaks loose.

Director: Sevé Schelenz | Stars: Wren Walker, Caz Odin Darko, Madison J. Loos, Cameron Dent

Votes: 1,657

47 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --52 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

2. Holy Hell (2015)

Not Rated | 89 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

Holy Hell is the over-the-top, outrageous, sexually-deviant, blood-drenched story of Father Augustus Bane: a priest pushed too far who begins praying to a revolver and hunting down the ... See full summary »

Director: Ryan LaPlante | Stars: Ryan LaPlante, Alysa King, Michael Rawley, Luke Laplante

Votes: 73 | Gross: $0.03M

35 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --38 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

3. The Dark Tapes (2016)

98 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A genre-defying mixture of horror, sci-fi, myth, mystery and thrills told as four interlocking tales in one intelligent anthology. Ghosts, spirits, creatures, demons and more from the paranormal world collide with rational curiosity.

Directors: Michael McQuown, Vincent J. Guastini | Stars: David Banks, Sara Castro, Cortney Palm, David Rountree

Votes: 2,399

30 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --36 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

4. Train to Busan (2016)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

72 Metascore

While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan.

Director: Sang-ho Yeon | Stars: Yoo Gong, Yu-mi Jung, Dong-seok Ma, Su-an Kim

Votes: 121,664 | Gross: $2.13M

26 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --26 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

5. Crimson Peak (2015)

R | 119 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

66 Metascore

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds - and remembers.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam

Votes: 122,706 | Gross: $31.09M

25 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --39 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

6. The Barn (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Horror

Its Halloween 1989, best friends Sam and Josh are trying to enjoy what's left of their final Devil's Night before graduating high school. But trouble arises when the two pals and a group of... See full summary »

Director: Justin M. Seaman | Stars: Mitchell Musolino, Will Stout, Lexi Dripps, Cortland Woodard

Votes: 1,091

22 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --21 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

7. Night of Something Strange (2016)

Unrated | 94 min | Comedy, Horror

Teenage friends out for beach week get unexpectedly detoured to a isolated motel where a deadly STD virus now runs rampant, turning those infected into the living dead.

Director: Jonathan Straiton | Stars: Trey Harrison, Rebecca C. Kasek, Wayne W. Johnson, Michael Merchant

Votes: 1,665

21 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --21 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

8. Blood of the Tribades (2016)

78 min | Fantasy, Horror

2000 years after the great vampire Bathor established the village of Bathory, superstition and religious violence take over as the men and women battle for control. When the men are ... See full summary »

Directors: Sophia Cacciola, Michael J. Epstein | Stars: Chloé Cunha, Mary Widow, Seth Chatfield, Tymisha 'Tush' Harris

Votes: 363

20 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --20 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

9. Entity (I) (2013)

107 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A man deals with the personal tragedy of his family's death by living at the vacation cabin that they last stayed at. He soon discovers he's not alone.

Director: Mike Yurinko | Stars: Holt Boggs, Brandon Slagle, Nick Mancuso, Frederic Doss

Votes: 116

18 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --23 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

10. Under the Shadow (2016)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

84 Metascore

As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.

Director: Babak Anvari | Stars: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi, Arash Marandi

Votes: 20,504 | Gross: $0.03M

17 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --20 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

11. The Neon Demon (2016)

R | 117 min | Horror, Thriller

51 Metascore

An aspiring model, Jesse, is new to Los Angeles. However, her beauty and youth, which generate intense fascination and jealousy within the fashion industry, may prove themselves sinister.

Director: Nicolas Winding Refn | Stars: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Karl Glusman

Votes: 76,737 | Gross: $1.33M

16 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --19 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

12. It Follows (2014)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

83 Metascore

A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.

Director: David Robert Mitchell | Stars: Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi, Lili Sepe

Votes: 193,302 | Gross: $14.67M

16 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --49 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

13. Raw (2016)

R | 99 min | Drama, Horror

81 Metascore

An innocent teenager, studying to be a vet, develops a craving for human flesh.

Director: Julia Ducournau | Stars: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas

Votes: 53,488 | Gross: $0.51M

14 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --15 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

14. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

76 Metascore

After getting in a car accident, a woman is held in a shelter with two men, who claim the outside world is affected by a widespread chemical attack.

Director: Dan Trachtenberg | Stars: John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher Jr., Douglas M. Griffin

Votes: 271,860 | Gross: $72.08M

13 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --13 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

15. Clarisse or Something About Us (2015)

84 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The dry quarry and a forest that still beats. A very sick father reviews the daughter. Resentments are brought to the table. The memory of the dead awakened by blood, objects, shadows and ... See full summary »

Director: Petrus Cariry | Stars: Everaldo Pontes, Sabrina Greve, David Wendefilm, Débora Ingrid

Votes: 86

12 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --15 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

16. Frankenstein Created Bikers (2016)

TV-MA | 125 min | Action, Crime, Horror

An outlaw biker finds himself addicted to a diabolical substance and hunted by a grenade-tossing femme fatale, bounty hunters, law enforcement, a rival motorcycle gang, mutations and a topless stripper hit squad.

Director: James Bickert | Stars: Jett Bryant, Laurence R. Harvey, Tristan Risk, Ellie Church

Votes: 621

12 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --12 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

17. Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, Horror, Western

72 Metascore

In the dying days of the old west, an elderly sheriff and his posse set out to rescue their town's doctor from cannibalistic cave dwellers.

Director: S. Craig Zahler | Stars: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins

Votes: 76,555

12 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --27 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

18. Dry Blood (2019)

83 min | Horror

In a rural mountain town, an unstable drug addict must unravel a surreal murder mystery as he's terrorized by malevolent ghosts, a deranged sheriff, and the frightening hallucinations from his withdrawal.

Director: Kelton Jones | Stars: Clint Carney, Jaymie Valentine, Kelton Jones, Graham Sheldon

Votes: 350

10 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --10 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

19. Insomnium (2017)

81 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

As George investigates his roommate's increasingly disturbing nocturnal behavior, he suspects that his friend has become possessed by a dark entity.

Director: Scott Powers | Stars: Brad Pennington, Clint Browning, Gena Shaw, Larena Reyna

Votes: 480

10 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --10 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

20. Paranormalice (2016)

117 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A writer travels to a small southern town in search of a ghostly legend and finds the cursed residents waiting for his arrival as the centuries-old secret of Paranormalice rises from the blood and ashes of Mosswood.

Directors: Daniel L. Bamberg, Jeremy Crowson, Chuck Hartsell, Scooter Lee, Daniel Emery Taylor | Stars: Nicole Kruex, Paula Marcenaro Solinger, Kevin S. Van Hyning, Wanda Morganstern

Votes: 8

10 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --10 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

21. The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

R | 76 min | Drama, Horror

63 Metascore

A young, lonely woman is consumed by her deepest and darkest desires after tragedy strikes her quiet country life.

Director: Nicolas Pesce | Stars: Kika Magalhães, Will Brill, Olivia Bond, Paul Nazak

Votes: 10,323 | Gross: $0.03M

10 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --10 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

22. Krampus: The Devil Returns (2016)

Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

Five years after the murder of his wife and disappearance of his daughter, former police officer Jeremy Duffin is brought back to help in the hunt for a yuletide monster that punishes ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Hull | Stars: Shawn C. Phillips, Robbie Barnes, R.A. Mihailoff, Tiffani Fest

Votes: 458

9 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --9 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

23. Goodnight Mommy (2014)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

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.

Directors: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz | Stars: Lukas Schwarz, Elias Schwarz, Susanne Wuest, Hans Escher

Votes: 38,407 | Gross: $1.17M

9 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --47 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

24. The Visit (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

55 Metascore

Two siblings become increasingly frightened by their grandparents' disturbing behavior while visiting them on vacation.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie

Votes: 106,248 | Gross: $65.21M

8 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --11 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

25. Krampus (I) (2015)

PG-13 | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

49 Metascore

A boy who has a bad Christmas accidentally summons a festive demon to his family home.

Director: Michael Dougherty | Stars: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner, Allison Tolman

Votes: 58,664 | Gross: $42.59M

8 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --10 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

26. Dark Exorcism (2015)

Not Rated | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A skeptical grad student and a renowned paranormal specialist investigate a potentially haunted home and the troubled woman inside whose affliction may be beyond the capacity of either of them.

Director: David Spaltro | Stars: Grace Folsom, Lynn Justinger, Fiona Horrigan, Catherine Cobb Ryan

Votes: 299

8 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --10 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

27. What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Horror

76 Metascore

Viago, Deacon and Vladislav are vampires who are finding that modern life has them struggling with the mundane - like paying rent, keeping up with the chore wheel, trying to get into nightclubs and overcoming flatmate conflicts.

Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi | Stars: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Jonny Brugh

Votes: 135,938 | Gross: $3.33M

8 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --39 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

28. Model Hunger (2016)

84 min | Horror

A former model (Lynn Lowry) forced into retirement due to her age exacts her revenge on young beautiful women in this horror thriller.

Director: Debbie Rochon | Stars: Lynn Lowry, Mary Bogle, Babette Bombshell, Bob Bozek

Votes: 142

7 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --26 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

29. Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)

PG-13 | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

Director: Leigh Whannell | Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Stefanie Scott, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell

Votes: 86,948 | Gross: $52.22M

7 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --9 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

30. Prisoner X (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

As the world rages in war and civil strife, a CIA agent arrives at a secret underground prison to interrogate a time-traveling terrorist, who she believes is responsible for the unfolding catastrophe.

Director: Gaurav Seth | Stars: Michelle Nolden, Julian Richings, Damon Runyan, Nigel Bennett

Votes: 494

7 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --7 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

31. I Am a Hero (2015)

TV-MA | 126 min | Action, Horror

An ordinary man is surprised by a zombie apocalypse.

Director: Shinsuke Sato | Stars: Masami Nagasawa, Kasumi Arimura, Yô Ôizumi, Miho Suzuki

Votes: 4,723

6 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --8 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

32. A Dragon Arrives! (2016)

105 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A Dragon Arrives.

Director: Mani Haghighi | Stars: Amir Jadidi, Ehsan Goodarzi, Amir Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Nader Fallah

Votes: 1,800

6 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --6 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

33. Betrothed (2016)

TV-MA | 90 min | Thriller

A trip to the store turns into a surreal nightmare when a college student is kidnapped by a deranged, dysfunctional family. Now Audra West finds herself trapped in the middle of the desert,... See full summary »

Director: Jim Lane | Stars: Mikayla Gibson, Joey Bell, David Brown, Elizabeth Castillo

Votes: 173

6 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --6 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

34. The Cleanse (2016)

R | 81 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A heartbroken man attends a spiritual retreat to cleanse himself and fix his broken life. There he meets a fellow lost soul, and together they discover that "the cleanse" releases more than everyday toxins...a lot more.

Director: Bobby Miller | Stars: Johnny Galecki, Anna Friel, Kyle Gallner, Anjelica Huston

Votes: 1,409

5 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --5 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

35. Peelers (2016)

95 min | Horror

A small town strip club owner must defend her bar, her strippers and her life when violent infected patrons show up on the final closing night and all hell breaks loose.

Director: Sevé Schelenz | Stars: Wren Walker, Caz Odin Darko, Madison J. Loos, Cameron Dent

Votes: 1,657

36. Summit (I) (2014)

80 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

Five friends take off for a ski trip, but when they end up at the wrong location they soon realize they're in for much more than a snow-filled weekend in the mountains.

Director: Christina Raia | Stars: Lauren A. Kennedy, Emma Barrett, Rob Ceriello, Ricardo Manigat

Votes: 136

5 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --7 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

37. Cord (2015)

65 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance

On a post-apocalyptic world of never-ending winter, a sparse cast of outsiders lives underground. Due to their unsanitary conditions, sexual contact has become dangerous. Masturbation has ... See full summary »

Director: Pablo González | Stars: Laura de Boer, Michael Fritz Schumacher, Christian Wewerka

Votes: 149

5 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --6 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

38. Le scaphandrier (2015)

78 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

A ship was found drifting with its crew massacred on the coast of the Gaspé ... It's consternation! In the process, an ambitious journalist, helped a young museum professional archivist ... See full summary »

Director: Alain Vézina | Stars: Édith Côté-Demers, Alexandre Landry, Raymond Bouchard, Éric Gagné

Votes: 137

5 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --6 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

39. The Red Man (2016)

98 min | Horror, Mystery

A successful DJ living in a trendy apartment building learns his psychiatrist and new neighbor may be involved in a secret society plot drugging and killing fellow celebrity tenants.

Director: Jimmie Gonzalez | Stars: Daniel Faraldo, Michael O'Neal, Lindsey Rose Naves, Charissa Saverio

Votes: 104

4 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --4 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

40. The Transfiguration (2016)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Horror

65 Metascore

When troubled teen Milo, who has a fascination with vampire lore, meets the equally alienated Sophie, the two form a bond that begins to blur Milo's fantasy into reality.

Director: Michael O'Shea | Stars: Eric Ruffin, Karin Cherches, Luis Scott, Dangelo Bonneli

Votes: 3,147 | Gross: $0.02M

5 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --4 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

41. We Are the Flesh (2016)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

62 Metascore

After wandering a ruined city for years in search of food and shelter, two siblings find their way into one of the last remaining buildings. Inside, they find a man who will make them a dangerous offer to survive the outside world.

Director: Emiliano Rocha Minter | Stars: Noé Hernández, María Evoli, Diego Gamaliel, Gabino Rodríguez

Votes: 1,933

5 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --5 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

42. The Wailing (2016)

TV-MA | 156 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

81 Metascore

Soon after a stranger arrives in a little village, a mysterious sickness starts spreading. A policeman, drawn into the incident, is forced to solve the mystery in order to save his daughter.

Director: Hong-jin Na | Stars: Jun Kunimura, Jung-min Hwang, Do-won Kwak, Woo-hee Chun

Votes: 39,788

4 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --4 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

43. They Are Mine! (2016)

64 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

Michael, who is known to tell tall tales, believes he sees a young girl get kidnapped. On their day off from high school, Michael convinces his friends to hunt down this perpetrator, leading them on a journey they'll never forget.

Director: Michael Hull | Stars: Ben Gutman, Cameron Hall, Jamie Horton, Jeff Kelly

Votes: 31

4 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --4 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

44. Ghosting (II) (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The son of a schizophrenic mother and abusive father must unravel the mystery of his frightening visions before he succumbs to madness.

Director: Kevin Alexander Boon | Stars: Michael Mowen, Elizabeth Wyld, Bex Etter, Paul Fahrenkopf

Votes: 102

3 Awards/Nominations in 2016 --15 Total Awards/Nominations All Years

45. Cabin Fear (2015)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller