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100 Best 2010s Horror Movies

The horror genre: What a decade it’s been, right? The rumblings of a quality horror comeback felt during the 2000s morphed into a full-blown renaissance during the 2010s. Genre films not only burst through multiplex and arthouse walls, but found new delivery methods of cruelty-on-demand with the meteoric rise of streaming services, giving new meaning to home invasions.

The 2010s started with a bumper crop of unlikely remake success stories: Piranha 3-D, Fright Night, and Let Me In were all Certified Fresh by some malevolent miracle. Meanwhile, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil and Cabin in the Woods were hilariously tearing apart the foundations of horror tropes, creaky after decades of abuse, allowing for something else to be built upon the remains.

While 2013’s The Conjuring turned relentless old-school scares into blockbuster business, 2014 marks when the beginning of this new nightmare really took shape, with unexpected headline grabbers like Under the Skin, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, and The Babadook. This was going to be horror in the 2010s: An unseen force spreading into bewildering frontiers of intimate grief and personal storytelling, frequently on back-to-basics budgets.

So by 2017, horror was all but inescapable: In the record books (It became the highest-grossing horror movie ever), at the Oscars (Get Out), on streaming (Gerald’s Game, 1922), and, of course, at your local theater, where Happy Death Day became a surprise hit. Though considering it was made by return-on-investment masters Blumhouse, that should’ve been expected.

Then came Hereditary! A Quiet Place! A Halloween sequel that doesn’t suck! And we took all these movies and more, and ranked them by Adjusted Tomatometer, which factors in release year and number of reviews to help compare movies of different sizes and times. Speaking of: Because the competition is so cutthroat, we put in a 40-review minimum, ensuring the most critically-buzzed were the ones to fill out the collection. (So if you’re asking where’s Creep, ask the thousands of critics who never wrote about it to get the movie up to 40 reviews.)

We think we’ve delayed the inevitable long enough: Whether you’re here to find new horror movies and recommendations, or to let the last 10 years of diabolical memories come rushing back, see the blood, sweat, tears, and more blood that made this decade one to carry to the grave in our guide to the 100 Best 2010s Horror Movies!

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#100

Berlin Syndrome (2017)
75%

#100
Adjusted Score: 78.041%
Critics Consensus: Berlin Syndrome offers thriller fans an uncommonly well-written descent into dangerous obsession, enlivened by taut direction and a committed performance from Teresa Palmer.
Synopsis: While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photographer, Clare, meets Andi, a charismatic local man and there is an instant attraction between... [More]
Directed By: Cate Shortland

#99

Nightmare Cinema (2019)
77%

#99
Adjusted Score: 78.061%
Critics Consensus: Admirably eclectic yet more consistent than most horror anthologies, Nightmare Cinema should entertain viewers in the mood for a good old-fashioned creepshow.
Synopsis: In this twisted horror anthology, five strangers are drawn to an abandoned theater and forced to watch their deepest and... [More]

#98

The Bay (2012)
76%

#98
Adjusted Score: 78.434%
Critics Consensus: Barry Levinson's eco-horror flick cleverly utilizes familiar found-footage methods in service of a gruesome yet atmospheric chiller.
Synopsis: Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 4, 2009 a deadly menace swept... [More]
Directed By: Barry Levinson

#97
#97
Adjusted Score: 78.634%
Critics Consensus: Annabelle: Creation adds another strong chapter to the Conjuring franchise - and offers further proof that freaky-looking dolls remain reliably terrifying.
Synopsis: A couple still grieving the death of their daughter take in children from a local orphanage, but the family are... [More]
Directed By: David F. Sandberg

#96

Suspiria (2018)
65%

#96
Adjusted Score: 79.059%
Critics Consensus: Suspiria attacks heady themes with garish vigor, offering a viewing experience that's daringly confrontational - and definitely not for everyone.
Synopsis: A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe's artistic director (Swinton),... [More]
Directed By: Luca Guadagnino

#95

It Chapter Two (2019)
63%

#95
Adjusted Score: 79.285%
Critics Consensus: It: Chapter Two proves bigger doesn't always mean scarier for horror sequels, but a fine cast and faithful approach to the source material keep this follow-up afloat.
Synopsis: Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club in a return to where it all began... [More]
Directed By: Andy Muschietti

#94
#94
Adjusted Score: 79.556%
Critics Consensus: A funnier follow-up with a sci-fi bent, Happy Death Day 2U isn't as fiendishly fresh as its predecessor, but fans of the original may still find this a sequel worth celebrating.
Synopsis: Jessica Rothe leads the returning cast of HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U, the follow-up to Blumhouse's (Split, Get Out, The Purge... [More]
Directed By:

#93

Oculus (2014)
74%

#93
Adjusted Score: 79.786%
Critics Consensus: With an emphasis on dread over gore and an ending that leaves the door wide open for sequels, Oculus could be just the first spine-tingling chapter in a new franchise for discerning horror fans.
Synopsis: Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when... [More]
Directed By: Mike Flanagan

#92

Baskin (2016)
79%

#92
Adjusted Score: 79.846%
Critics Consensus: Baskin complements its gory thrills with heavy atmosphere and deliberate pacing, adding up to a horror outing that plays with the mind as enthusiastically as it ruins the appetite.
Synopsis: A five-man unit of cops on night patrol get more than they bargain for when they arrive at a creepy... [More]
Directed By: Can Evrenol

#91

Apostle (2018)
78%

#91
Adjusted Score: 80.151%
Critics Consensus: Apostle resists easy scares in favor of a steady, slow-building descent into dread led by a commanding central performance from Dan Stevens.
Synopsis: London, 1905. Prodigal son Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) has returned home, only to learn that his sister is being held... [More]
Directed By: Gareth Evans

#90
#90
Adjusted Score: 80.205%
Critics Consensus: Tales of Halloween boasts a number of fun scares and is overall more consistent than many horror anthology films, even if it isn't quite as dark or nasty as the classics of the genre.
Synopsis: Trick or treat! Ten different tales of Halloween horror taking place in one suburban town are included in this anthology,... [More]

#89

Mom and Dad (2018)
75%

#89
Adjusted Score: 80.209%
Critics Consensus: Mom and Dad's gonzo premise serves as an effective springboard for a wickedly dark, bloody comedy - and an appropriately over-the-top performance from Nicolas Cage.
Synopsis: A strange disorder suddenly causes parents to violently turn against their own children, forcing a suburban teen (Anne Winters) and... [More]
Directed By: Brian Taylor

#88

The Void (2017)
78%

#88
Adjusted Score: 80.398%
Critics Consensus: The Void offers a nostalgic rush for fans of low-budget 1980s horror -- and legitimate thrills for hardcore genre enthusiasts of all ages.
Synopsis: When police officer Carter (Aaron Poole) discovers a blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road, he rushes him to a... [More]

#87

Kill List (2012)
78%

#87
Adjusted Score: 80.979%
Critics Consensus: Kill List is an expertly executed slow-burn crime thriller that thrives on tension before morphing into visceral horror.
Synopsis: From director Ben Wheatley, Kill List is a mind-blowing genre concoction being called the "#1 Horror Film of the Year"... [More]
Directed By: Ben Wheatley

#86
#86
Adjusted Score: 81.251%
Critics Consensus: The Eyes of My Mother uses a shocking trauma to fuel a hauntingly hypnotic odyssey whose nightmarish chill lingers long after the closing credits.
Synopsis: In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be... [More]
Directed By: Nicolas Pesce

#85
#85
Adjusted Score: 81.607%
Critics Consensus: Anna and the Apocalypse finds fresh brains and a lot of heart in the crowded zombie genre - not to mention a fun genre mashup populated by rootable characters.
Synopsis: A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven -- at Christmas -- forcing Anna and her friends to... [More]
Directed By: John McPhail

#84

The Monster (2016)
81%

#84
Adjusted Score: 82.061%
Critics Consensus: The Monster uses its effectively simple setup and a powerful lead performance from Zoe Kazan to deliver a traditional yet subtly subversive -- and thoroughly entertaining -- horror story.
Synopsis: Acclaimed horror filmmaker Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) directs this suspenseful and scary new film, in which a divorced mother (Zoe... [More]
Directed By: Bryan Bertino

#83

Southbound (2016)
81%

#83
Adjusted Score: 82.233%
Critics Consensus: Southbound doesn't entirely avoid the jarring shifts common to anthology films, but thanks to some thrilling twists and turns, this horror road movie is a surprisingly smooth ride.
Synopsis: On a desolate stretch of desert highway, weary travelers-two men on the run from their past, a band on their... [More]

#82

Willow Creek (2014)
81%

#82
Adjusted Score: 82.512%
Critics Consensus: Writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait's first foray into horror doesn't break any new ground, but it does wring fresh terror from a well-worn genre formula -- and offers a few nasty laughs in the bargain.
Synopsis: Described by Jimmy Kimmel as "Scary and the Hendersons" and by writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait himself as "The Blair-Squatch Project," found... [More]
Directed By: Bobcat Goldthwait

#81

Lights Out (2016)
76%

#81
Adjusted Score: 82.557%
Critics Consensus: Lights Out makes skillful use of sturdy genre tropes -- and some terrific performances -- for an unsettling, fright-filled experience that delivers superior chills without skimping on story.
Synopsis: When a bloodthirsty supernatural being that lurks in the shadows preys upon a family, a young woman must fight to... [More]
Directed By: David F. Sandberg

#80

In Fear (2014)
81%

#80
Adjusted Score: 82.556%
Critics Consensus: Compact and effective, In Fear offers discerning horror fans a smart and disturbing plunge into the depths of cinematic anxiety.
Synopsis: In Fear is a tense psychological horror about a young couple's fight to make it through the night. Home invasion... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Lovering

#79

Crimson Peak (2015)
72%

#79
Adjusted Score: 82.702%
Critics Consensus: Crimson Peak offers an engaging -- albeit somewhat slight -- diversion driven by a delightfully creepy atmosphere and director Guillermo del Toro's brilliant knack for unforgettable visuals.
Synopsis: When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a... [More]
Directed By: Guillermo del Toro

#78

I Saw the Devil (2011)
81%

#78
Adjusted Score: 83.045%
Critics Consensus: Never flinching during its descent into depravity, I Saw the Devil is a pulverizing thriller that will give bloody satisfaction to audiences who like their revenge served with fiery rage.
Synopsis: I SAW THE DEVIL is a shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished tale of murder and revenge from Korean genre master... [More]
Directed By: Kim Jee-woon

#77

The Innkeepers (2012)
79%

#77
Adjusted Score: 83.068%
Critics Consensus: It doesn't break any rules of the genre, but The Innkeepers serves as additional proof that Ti West is a young director that discriminating horror fans can trust.
Synopsis: From director Ti West comes The Innkeepers. Set in the venerable Yankee Pedlar Inn, which is about to shut its... [More]
Directed By: Ti West

#76
#76
Adjusted Score: 83.317%
Critics Consensus: Smart, stylish, and well-acted, What Keeps You Alive proves it's still possible to spin an engrossing horror yarn without fundamentally altering established formula.
Synopsis: How much can you really know about another person? The unsettling truth that even those closest to us can harbor... [More]
Directed By: Colin Minihan

#75

You're Next (2013)
78%

#75
Adjusted Score: 83.84%
Critics Consensus: You're Next's energetic and effective mix of brutal gore and pitch black humor will please horror buffs and beyond.
Synopsis: One of the smartest and most terrifying films in years, YOU'RE NEXT reinvents the genre by putting a fresh twist... [More]
Directed By: Adam Wingard

#74

Trollhunter (2011)
81%

#74
Adjusted Score: 83.869%
Critics Consensus: Trollhunter is a mockumentary with an appropriate level of creeping dread, but one that also benefits from generous helpings of dry wit.
Synopsis: Shot in a vérité style, Trollhunter is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to... [More]
Directed By: André Øvredal

#73

The Wind (2019)
81%

#73
Adjusted Score: 83.232%
Critics Consensus: Imperfect yet intriguing, The Wind offers horror fans an admirably ambitious story further distinguished by its fresh perspective and effective scares.
Synopsis: An unseen evil haunts the homestead in this chilling, folkloric tale of madness, paranoia, and otherworldly terror. Lizzy (Caitlin Gerard)... [More]
Directed By: Emma Tammi

#72

Evolution (2016)
83%

#72
Adjusted Score: 84.705%
Critics Consensus: Creepy, provocative, and aesthetically absorbing, Evolution marks a satisfying step forward for director/co-writer Lucile Hadzihalilovic.
Synopsis: 10-year-old Nicolas lives with his mother on a remote island, in a village inhabited solely by women and young boys.... [More]
Directed By: Lucile Hadzihalilovic

#71

Tragedy Girls (2017)
83%

#71
Adjusted Score: 85.261%
Critics Consensus: Tragedy Girls injects familiar teen tropes with just enough up-to-the-minute commentary -- and pitch-black humor -- to work as an irreverently entertaining diversion.
Synopsis: Best friends Sadie and McKayla are on a mission to boost their social media fandom as amateur crime reporters hot... [More]
Directed By: Tyler Macintyre

#70

Spring (2015)
84%

#70
Adjusted Score: 85.459%
Critics Consensus: Rich in atmosphere and intelligence, Spring is a singular horror film with a sneaky, lingering impact.
Synopsis: "Spring" follows young man in a personal tailspin as he flees California to the Italian coast, where he meets a... [More]

#69

Depraved (2019)
84%

#69
Adjusted Score: 85.623%
Critics Consensus: A thrillingly effective update on a classic story, Depraved jolts a familiar monster back to life with a potent blend of timely themes and old-school chills.
Synopsis: The legend of Frankenstein gets a provocative modern update in the stylishly disturbing new film from indie horror master Larry... [More]
Directed By: Larry Fessenden

#68

Mayhem (2017)
84%

#68
Adjusted Score: 85.801%
Critics Consensus: Mayhem delivers stylish violence by the bloody bucketful -- and grounds all the titular chaos in sharp humor and surprisingly effective real-world economic angst.
Synopsis: Derek Cho (Steven Yeun) is having a really bad day. After being unjustly fired from his job, he discovers that... [More]
Directed By: Joe Lynch (V)

#67
#67
Adjusted Score: 86.122%
Critics Consensus: The Hole in the Ground artfully exploits parental fears with a well-made horror outing that makes up in sheer effectiveness what it lacks in originality.
Synopsis: Sarah and her young son Chris move to a new home in the Irish countryside, next to a forest that... [More]
Directed By: Lee Cronin

#66
#66
Adjusted Score: 86.196%
Critics Consensus: Ouija: Origin of Evil swerves its franchise's planchette unexpectedly to YES with a surprisingly scary and dramatically satisfying follow-up to its lackluster predecessor.
Synopsis: In this horror sequel, a game of Ouija leads to supernatural activity. Annalise Basso, Henry Thomas, Doug Jones, and Elizabeth... [More]
Directed By: Mike Flanagan

#65

The Shallows (2016)
78%

#65
Adjusted Score: 86.404%
Critics Consensus: Lean and solidly crafted, The Shallows transcends tired shark-attack tropes with nasty thrills and a powerful performance from Blake Lively.
Synopsis: In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on... [More]

#64
#64
Adjusted Score: 87.077%
Critics Consensus: The Transfiguration tells a quieter, more deliberately paced tale than genre fans might expect, but for those with the patience to let it sink in, it offers its own rewards.
Synopsis: An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Michael O'Shea's debut feature The Transfiguration follows troubled teen Milo who... [More]
Directed By: Michael O'Shea

#63
Adjusted Score: 87.774%
Critics Consensus: Like the bestselling series of books that inspired it, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark opens a creepy gateway into horror for younger genre enthusiasts.
Synopsis: It's l968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind... but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities... [More]
Directed By: André Øvredal

#62
#62
Adjusted Score: 88.048%
Critics Consensus: Like the best horror/comedies, Tucker & Dale vs. Evil mines its central crazy joke for some incredible scares, laughs, and -- believe it or not -- heart.
Synopsis: Tucker & Dale vs Evil is a hilariously gory, good-spirited horror comedy, doing for killer rednecks what Shaun of the... [More]
Directed By: Eli Craig

#61
#61
Adjusted Score: 88.173%
Critics Consensus: Recklessly assembled and occasionally compelling in spite of itself, A Field in England showcases a singularly brilliant voice in British cinema.
Synopsis: England : 1648 AD. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are... [More]
Directed By: Ben Wheatley

#60
#60
Adjusted Score: 88.243%
Critics Consensus: Its reach may exceed its grasp, but with Berberian Sound Studio, director Peter Strickland assembles a suitably twisted, creepy tribute to the Italian Giallo horror movies of the '70s that benefits from a strong central performance by Toby Jones.
Synopsis: In the 1970s, a British sound technician is brought to Italy to work on the sound effects for a gruesome... [More]
Directed By: Peter Strickland

#59

Sightseers (2013)
85%

#59
Adjusted Score: 88.632%
Critics Consensus: Director Ben Wheatley and writer-stars Alice Lowe and Steve Oram deliver a wicked road trip movie that successfully walks the line between dark comedy and horror.
Synopsis: Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way -... [More]
Directed By: Ben Wheatley

#58

Luz (2019)
87%

#58
Adjusted Score: 88.857%
Critics Consensus: Luz takes a refreshingly unique approach to horror possession tropes, elevated by a chilly mood and minimalist scares.
Synopsis: In this slick and disturbing horror film, Luz is a young cab driver fleeing from the grasp of a possessed... [More]
Directed By: Tilman Singer

#57

Ghost Stories (2018)
84%

#57
Adjusted Score: 88.977%
Critics Consensus: Ghost Stories offers a well-crafted, skillfully told horror anthology that cleverly toys with genre tropes while adding a few devilishly frightful twists.
Synopsis: Experience three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams. A debunker of all thing paranormal, Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Dyson, Andy Nyman

#56
#56
Adjusted Score: 88.94%
Critics Consensus: A compelling story cleverly told, We Are What We Are quenches horror buffs' thirst for gore while serving up serious-minded filmmaking and solid acting.
Synopsis: The Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank rules his family with... [More]
Directed By: Jim Mickle

#55

The Conjuring 2 (2016)
80%

#55
Adjusted Score: 89.778%
Critics Consensus: The Conjuring 2 can't help but lose a bit of its predecessor's chilly sting through familiarity, but what remains is still a superior ghost story told with spine-tingling skill.
Synopsis: Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga ("Up In the Air," TV's "Bates Motel") and Patrick Wilson (the "Insidious" films),... [More]
Directed By: James Wan

#54

Unsane (2018)
80%

#54
Adjusted Score: 89.842%
Critics Consensus: Unsane unleashes Steven Soderbergh's inner B-movie maestro, wading into timeless psychological thriller territory and giving it a high-tech filmmaking spin.
Synopsis: A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear--but is it... [More]
Directed By: Steven Soderbergh

#53

Overlord (2018)
81%

#53
Adjusted Score: 90.286%
Critics Consensus: Part revisionist war drama, part zombie thriller, and part all-out genre gorefest, Overlord offers A-level fun for B-movie fans of multiple persuasions.
Synopsis: With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that's... [More]
Directed By: Julius Avery

#52
Adjusted Score: 90.317%
Critics Consensus: Dark, violent, and drenched in dread, Goodnight Mommy is perfect for extreme horror enthusiasts -- or filmgoers who prefer to watch between splayed fingers.
Synopsis: In the heat of the summer. A lonesome house in the countryside between woods and corn fields. Nine-year-old twin brothers... [More]

#51
Adjusted Score: 90.382%
Critics Consensus: Smart, suspenseful, and visually distinctive, Julia's Eyes marks another modern Spanish thriller that quickens the pulse while engaging the mind.
Synopsis: A woman is trying to unravel a mystery that she literally can no longer see in this thriller from Spanish... [More]
Directed By: Guillem Morales

#50
#50
Adjusted Score: 90.466%
Critics Consensus: The Autopsy of Jane Doe subverts the gruesome expectations triggered by its title to deliver a smart, suggestively creepy thriller that bolsters director André Ovredal's growing reputation.
Synopsis: It's just another night at the morgue for a father (Brian Cox) and son (Emile Hirsch) team of coroners, until... [More]
Directed By: André Øvredal

#49
Adjusted Score: 90.787%
Critics Consensus: The Girl with All the Gifts grapples with thought-provoking questions without skimping on the scares -- and finds a few fresh wrinkles in the well-worn zombie horror genre along the way.
Synopsis: The near future humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns... [More]
Directed By: Colm McCarthy

#48

Better Watch Out (2017)
89%

#48
Adjusted Score: 90.939%
Critics Consensus: Carried by its charismatic young cast, Better Watch Out is an adorably sinister holiday horror film.
Synopsis: This holiday season, you may be home, but you're not alone... In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion... [More]
Directed By: Chris Peckover

#47
Adjusted Score: 91.19%
Critics Consensus: Creepy lives up to its title with a suspenseful and thoroughly unsettling - not to mention well-acted - blend of crime procedural and domestic drama.
Synopsis: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who made his name with classics Cure and Bright Future, gets back to his roots by putting the... [More]
Directed By: Kiyoshi Kurosawa

#46

Crawl (2019)
83%

#46
Adjusted Score: 91.321%
Critics Consensus: An action-packed creature feature that's fast, terrifying, and benefits greatly from a completely game Kaya Scodelario, Crawl is a fun throw-back with just enough self-awareness to work.
Synopsis: When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father... [More]
Directed By: Alex Aja

#45

Cheap Thrills (2014)
88%

#45
Adjusted Score: 91.362%
Critics Consensus: Gleefully nasty and darkly hilarious, Cheap Thrills lives down to its title in the best possible way.
Synopsis: Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with... [More]
Directed By: E.L. Katz

#44

Hounds of Love (2017)
88%

#44
Adjusted Score: 91.501%
Critics Consensus: Smartly constructed and powerfully acted, Hounds of Love satisfies as a psychological thriller with a few nasty surprises -- and marks writer-director Ben Young as a promising talent.
Synopsis: In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer... [More]
Directed By: Ben Young

#43

Cropsey (2010)
91%

#43
Adjusted Score: 91.554%
Critics Consensus: Riveting and bone-chillingly creepy, Cropsey manages to be one of the best documentaries and one of the best horror movies of the year.
Synopsis: Staten Island filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio reveal how an urban legend conjured up to keep kids from exploring... [More]

#42

1922 (2017)
91%

#42
Adjusted Score: 91.975%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to director Zak Hilditch's patient storytelling and strong work from lead Thomas Jane, 1922 ranks among the more satisfying Stephen King adaptations.
Synopsis: 1922 is based on Stephen King's 131-page story telling of a man's confession of his wife's murder. The tale is... [More]
Directed By: Zak Hilditch

#41

The Invitation (2016)
89%

#41
Adjusted Score: 92.509%
Critics Consensus: The Invitation makes brilliant use of its tension-rich premise to deliver a uniquely effective -- and surprisingly clever -- slow-building thriller.
Synopsis: In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer's Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus)... [More]
Directed By: Karyn Kusama

#40
Adjusted Score: 92.627%
Critics Consensus: Rare Exports is an unexpectedly delightful crossbreed of deadpan comedy and Christmas horror.
Synopsis: It's the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an 'archeological' dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But... [More]
Directed By: Jalmari Helander

#39

Bone Tomahawk (2015)
90%

#39
Adjusted Score: 92.985%
Critics Consensus: Bone Tomahawk's peculiar genre blend won't be for everyone, but its gripping performances and a slow-burning story should satisfy those in search of something different.
Synopsis: When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers,... [More]
Directed By: S. Craig Zahler

#38
#38
Adjusted Score: 93.342%
Critics Consensus: The Devil's Candy playfully subverts horror tropes while serving up more than enough stylish thrills to satisfy genre enthusiasts.
Synopsis: An artist and his family think they've moved into the house of their dreams, but when he is possessed by... [More]
Directed By: Sean Byrne

#37

Gerald's Game (2017)
91%

#37
Adjusted Score: 93.49%
Critics Consensus: Carla Gugino carries Gerald's Game's small-scale suspense with a career-defining performance.
Synopsis: When her husband's sex game goes wrong, Jessie (Carla Gugino) -- handcuffed to a bed in a remote lake house... [More]
Directed By: Mike Flanagan

#36

Prevenge (2017)
91%

#36
Adjusted Score: 93.95%
Critics Consensus: As ambitious as it is daringly transgressive, Prevenge should thrill fans of pitch-black horror-comedy -- and open untold opportunities for writer/director/star Alice Lowe.
Synopsis: A pitch black, wryly British comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe, "Prevenge" follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a... [More]
Directed By: Alice Lowe

#35

Demon (2016)
92%

#35
Adjusted Score: 94.049%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious and beautifully shot, Demon delivers a gripping -- and sadly final -- testament to the singular talent possessed by director/co-writer Marcin Wrona.
Synopsis: Newly arrived from England to marry his fiancee Zaneta (Agnieszka Zulewska, Chemo), Peter (Israeli actor Itay Tiran, Lebanon) has been... [More]
Directed By: Marcin Wrona

#34
#34
Adjusted Score: 94.113%
Critics Consensus: Most Beautiful Island plunges audiences into a little-seen sector of society, with writer-director Ana Asensio's fearless performance leading the way.
Synopsis: MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND is a psychological thriller examining the plight of undocumented female immigrants hoping to make a life in... [More]
Directed By: Ana Asensio

#33

The Conjuring (2013)
86%

#33
Adjusted Score: 94.654%
Critics Consensus: Well-crafted and gleefully creepy, The Conjuring ratchets up dread through a series of effective old-school scares.
Synopsis: Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. "The Conjuring" tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson,... [More]
Directed By: James Wan

#32

Under the Skin (2014)
85%

#32
Adjusted Score: 94.972%
Critics Consensus: Its message may prove elusive for some, but with absorbing imagery and a mesmerizing performance from Scarlett Johansson, Under the Skin is a haunting viewing experience.
Synopsis: From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that... [More]
Directed By: Jonathan Glazer

#31

Let Me In (2010)
88%

#31
Adjusted Score: 95.152%
Critics Consensus: Similar to the original in all the right ways -- but with enough changes to stand on its own -- Let Me In is the rare Hollywood remake that doesn't add insult to inspiration.
Synopsis: Twelve-year old Owen is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his... [More]
Directed By: Matt Reeves

#30

Halloween (2018)
79%

#30
Adjusted Score: 95.237%
Critics Consensus: Halloween largely wipes the slate clean after decades of disappointing sequels, ignoring increasingly elaborate mythology in favor of basic - yet still effective - ingredients.
Synopsis: Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers,... [More]
Directed By: David Gordon Green

#29

Housebound (2014)
95%

#29
Adjusted Score: 95.851%
Critics Consensus: Alternately hilarious, gross, and simply diverting, Housebound is the rare horror-comedy that delivers on both fronts.
Synopsis: Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home... [More]
Directed By: Gerard Johnstone

#28
#28
Adjusted Score: 95.865%
Critics Consensus: Smart, powerfully acted, and devilishly clever, We Are Still Here offers some novel twists on familiar territory -- and heralds the arrival of a major talent in writer-director Ted Geoghegan.
Synopsis: In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years - and demands... [More]
Directed By: Ted Geoghegan

#27

CAM (2018)
93%

#27
Adjusted Score: 96.541%
Critics Consensus: Smart and suspenseful, CAM is a techno-thriller that's far more than the sum of its salacious parts -- and an outstanding showcase for Madeline Brewer in the leading role.
Synopsis: CAM is a technology driven psychological thriller set in the world of webcam porn. It follows Alice, an ambitious camgirl,... [More]
Directed By: Daniel Goldhaber

#26

The Endless (2018)
92%

#26
Adjusted Score: 96.931%
Critics Consensus: The Endless benefits from its grounded approach to an increasingly bizarre story, elevated by believable performances by filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
Synopsis: Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, acclaimed filmmakers Moorhead and Benson return with this mind-bending thriller that follows two... [More]

#25

Don't Breathe (2016)
88%

#25
Adjusted Score: 97.005%
Critics Consensus: Don't Breathe smartly twists its sturdy premise to offer a satisfyingly tense, chilling addition to the home invasion genre that's all the more effective for its simplicity.
Synopsis: A trio of reckless thieves breaks into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the... [More]

#24
#24
Adjusted Score: 97.527%
Critics Consensus: It Comes at Night makes lethally effective use of its bare-bones trappings while proving once again that what's left unseen can be just as horrifying as anything on the screen.
Synopsis: Imagine the end of the world. Now imagine something worse. Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his incredible debut feature... [More]
Directed By: Trey Edward Shults

#23
Adjusted Score: 97.981%
Critics Consensus: Train to Busan delivers a thrillingly unique -- and purely entertaining -- take on the zombie genre, with fully realized characters and plenty of social commentary to underscore the bursts of skillfully staged action.
Synopsis: TRAIN TO BUSAN is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a... [More]
Directed By: Yeon Sang-ho, Sang-ho Yeon

#22

Revenge (2018)
93%

#22
Adjusted Score: 98.116%
Critics Consensus: Revenge slices and dices genre tropes, working within an exploitation framework while adding a timely -- yet never less than viscerally thrilling -- feminist spin.
Synopsis: Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz, Rings) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted... [More]
Directed By: Coralie Fargeat

#21

The Love Witch (2016)
95%

#21
Adjusted Score: 98.723%
Critics Consensus: The Love Witch offers an absorbing visual homage to a bygone era, arranged subtly in service of a thought-provoking meditation on the battle of the sexes.
Synopsis: Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her Gothic Victorian apartment she... [More]
Directed By: Anna Biller

#20

Thelma (2017)
93%

#20
Adjusted Score: 98.797%
Critics Consensus: Thelma plays with genre tropes in unexpected ways, delivering a thoughtfully twisty supernatural thriller with a lingering impact.
Synopsis: Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of... [More]
Directed By: Joachim Trier

#19

The Loved Ones (2012)
98%

#19
Adjusted Score: 99.387%
Critics Consensus: Successfully mixing the conventions of the teen and horror genres with a twist, Australian director Sean Byrne makes a striking directorial debut with The Loved Ones.
Synopsis: Lola Stone asked Brent Mitchell to the prom, but Brent said no, and now he's screwed. What happens when Lola... [More]
Directed By: Sean Byrne

#18

Raw (2017)
92%

#18
Adjusted Score: 99.68%
Critics Consensus: Raw's lurid violence and sexuality live up to its title, but they're anchored with an immersive atmosphere and deep symbolism that linger long after the provocative visuals fade.
Synopsis: Everyone in Justine's family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At sixteen she's a brilliant student starting out at veterinary... [More]
Directed By: Julia Ducournau

#17

Green Room (2016)
91%

#17
Adjusted Score: 100.177%
Critics Consensus: Green Room delivers unapologetic genre thrills with uncommon intelligence and powerfully acted élan.
Synopsis: GREEN ROOM is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares... [More]
Directed By: Jeremy Saulnier

#16

Midsommar (2019)
83%

#16
Adjusted Score: 100.174%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious, impressively crafted, and above all unsettling, Midsommar further proves writer-director Ari Aster is a horror auteur to be reckoned with.
Synopsis: Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a... [More]
Directed By: Ari Aster

#15
Adjusted Score: 100.86%
Critics Consensus: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night blends conventional elements into something brilliantly original -- and serves as a striking calling card for writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour.
Synopsis: The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful... [More]
Directed By: Ana Lily Amirpour

#14

Ready or Not (2019)
88%

#14
Adjusted Score: 101.099%
Critics Consensus: Smart, subversive, and darkly funny, Ready or Not is a crowd-pleasing horror film with giddily entertaining bite.
Synopsis: Ready Or Not follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband's (Mark O'Brien) rich, eccentric family... [More]

#13
Adjusted Score: 101.246%
Critics Consensus: Tigers Are Not Afraid draws on childhood trauma for a story that deftly blends magical fantasy and hard-hitting realism - and leaves a lingering impact.
Synopsis: A haunting horror fairytale set against the backdrop of Mexico's devastating drug wars, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID follows a group... [More]
Directed By: Issa López

#12

Mandy (2018)
91%

#12
Adjusted Score: 101.259%
Critics Consensus: Mandy's gonzo violence is fueled by a gripping performance by Nicolas Cage -- and anchored with palpable emotion conveyed between his volcanic outbursts.
Synopsis: Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven... [More]
Directed By: Panos Cosmatos

#11

It (2017)
85%

#11
Adjusted Score: 101.406%
Critics Consensus: Well-acted and fiendishly frightening with an emotionally affecting story at its core, It amplifies the horror in Stephen King's classic story without losing touch with its heart.
Synopsis: New Line Cinema's horror thriller "IT," directed by Andy Muschietti ("Mama"), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel... [More]
Directed By: Andy Muschietti

#10
#10
Adjusted Score: 101.521%
Critics Consensus: The Wailing delivers an atmospheric, cleverly constructed mystery whose supernatural thrills more than justify its imposing length.
Synopsis: The arrival of a mysterious stranger in a quiet rural village causes suspicion amongst the villagers- but as they begin... [More]
Directed By: Na Hong-jin

#9

Under The Shadow (2016)
99%

#9
Adjusted Score: 101.865%
Critics Consensus: Under the Shadow deftly blends seemingly disparate genres to deliver an effective chiller with timely themes and thought-provoking social subtext.
Synopsis: Shideh (Narges Rashidi) and her family live amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war, a period known as The War... [More]
Directed By: Babak Anvari

#8

The Witch (2016)
90%

#8
Adjusted Score: 102.955%
Critics Consensus: As thought-provoking as it is visually compelling, The Witch delivers a deeply unsettling exercise in slow-building horror that suggests great things for debuting writer-director Robert Eggers.
Synopsis: In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively... [More]
Directed By: Robert Eggers

#7
#7
Adjusted Score: 102.978%
Critics Consensus: The Cabin in the Woods is an astonishing meta-feat, capable of being funny, strange, and scary -- frequently all at the same time.
Synopsis: Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story,... [More]
Directed By: Drew Goddard

#6

It Follows (2015)
95%

#6
Adjusted Score: 104.981%
Critics Consensus: Smart, original, and above all terrifying, It Follows is the rare modern horror film that works on multiple levels -- and leaves a lingering sting.
Synopsis: After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is... [More]
Directed By: David Robert Mitchell

#5

Hereditary (2018)
89%

#5
Adjusted Score: 105.19%
Critics Consensus: Hereditary uses its classic setup as the framework for a harrowing, uncommonly unsettling horror film whose cold touch lingers long beyond the closing credits.
Synopsis: When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying... [More]
Directed By: Ari Aster

#4

The Babadook (2014)
98%

#4
Adjusted Score: 107.531%
Critics Consensus: The Babadook relies on real horror rather than cheap jump scares -- and boasts a heartfelt, genuinely moving story to boot.
Synopsis: Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline... [More]
Directed By: Jennifer Kent

#3

Us (2019)
93%

#3
Adjusted Score: 117.107%
Critics Consensus: With Jordan Peele's second inventive, ambitious horror film, we have seen how to beat the sophomore jinx, and it is Us.
Synopsis: Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar (R) winner Lupita Nyong'o... [More]
Directed By: Jordan Peele

#2

A Quiet Place (2018)
96%

#2
Adjusted Score: 112.376%
Critics Consensus: A Quiet Place artfully plays on elemental fears with a ruthlessly intelligent creature feature that's as original as it is scary -- and establishes director John Krasinski as a rising talent.
Synopsis: In the modern horror thriller A QUIET PLACE, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious... [More]
Directed By: John Krasinski

#1

Get Out (2017)
98%

#1
Adjusted Score: 114.819%
Critics Consensus: Funny, scary, and thought-provoking, Get Out seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride.
Synopsis: Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend... [More]
Directed By: Jordan Peele

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