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Another year, another big batch of excellent horror movies. If you need a reminder of how this feature works, check out our previous installments from 2017, 2018, and 2019. Those should keep you busy for a while. You can also read my ranking of the best horror movies of all time. In the meantime, we'll be on the hunt for more great horror movies to recommend.

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75. The Pool

Release date: July 20
Cast: Theeradej Wongpuapan, Ratnamon Ratchiratham
Director: Ping Lumpraploeng
Why it's good: Imagine being stuck in a deep swimming pool that has no water in it, and you can't reach the ladder. Now further imagine that there's also a crocodile nearby. Also it's hot, you're completely alone (except for your dog), and nobody knows where you are. That's the hook of this absurdly entertaining thriller from Thailand.
Where to watch it: Shudder

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Release date: March 6
Cast: Toby Kebbell, Penelope Mitchell, Jason Patric
Director: Omar Naim (The Final Cut)
Why it's good: A married couple on a road trip are struck by the realization that one of them is not who they used to be. In other words: the husband has been possessed by some sort of body-claiming demon that forces him to do terrible things. The three leads and a clever script elevate this one from some potentially familiar trappings.
Where to watch it: Amazon Prime

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73. Triggered

Release date: November 6
Cast: Reine Swart, Sean Cameron Michael, Liesl Ahlers
Director: Alistair Orr (Indigenous)
Why it's good: Throw a slasher movie, a Saw sequel, and one of those sci-fi flicks about explosive electronic collars into a blender and you'd get the willfully pulpy and energetic madness of Triggered. Not much of it makes a lick of sense—a bunch of old friends in the woods get booby-trapped in their sleep, and have to knock each other off to survive—is like four genres in one, and the overall result is a goofy, gory good time.
Where to watch it: VOD

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72. VFW

Release date: February 14
Cast: Stephen Lang, Fred Williamson, William Sadler
Director: Joe Begos (Bliss)
Why it's good: Nothinghits the spot like a good ol' maniacal siege movie, and this low-budget, high-energy action thriller delivers the goods while pitting some colorful old veterans up against a ravenous gang of rabid, freaky drug addicts. If you've ever wondered what Assault on Precinct 13 combined with Cocoon would look like, here's a pretty close rendition.
Where to watch it:VOD

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71. The Grudge

Release date: January 3
Cast:Andrea Riseborough, Tara Westwood, Betty Gilpin
Director: Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother)
Why it's good: This odd remake (of a remake) may not have thrilled fans of the original Japanese series (or those of the American reboot) but I know at least a few horror fans who found something to appreciate here. It starts out fairly slowly as a procedural involving a horrific murder, but settles into a fairly unsettling ghost story by Act III. This one's a bit more downbeat than its predecessors, but there's still some dark fun to be had.
Where to watch it:Starz

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70. The Wretched

Release date: May 1
Cast:John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones
Director: Brett & Drew Pierce (Deadheads)
Why it's good: An affable teenager begins to suspect that something very wrong is goingdown in his next-door neighbor's house—and of course he's right, and of course nobody will believe him. The set-up is fairly familiar(Rear Window, Fright Night,Disturbia, etc.)but the follow-through and the delivery are quietly impressive and sometimes even scary. And that's what matters.
Where to watch it: Hulu

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69. The Antenna

Release date: October 2
Cast: Gül Arici, Elif Cakman, Murat Saglam
Director: Orcun Behram
Why it's good: Sometimes a "slow burn" is just a tad too slow for its own good, and while this one starts out at a crawl, it slowly evolves into a legitimately creepy tale about media consumption, conformity, and the generally selfish nature of mankind. This Turkish import focuses on an apartment complex that's been beset by an ominous presence, but mostly it's a metaphor for how lazy and complacent humans can be. Not exactly an upbeat message, but it does make for a fairly fascinating genre film.
Where to watch it: VOD

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68.The Hunt

Release date: March 13
Cast: Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Amy Madigan
Director: Craig Zobel (Compliance)
Why it's good: The socio-political commentary of this movie may all over the place (be it intentional or otherwise) but as a fast-paced and frequently shocking piece of action/horror mayhem, there's a good deal of dark fun to be found here. This is little more than a (very) contemporary take on the classic The Most Dangerous Game "man hunting man" premise, but here it's presented with a good deal of energy, color, and intensity.
Where to watch it:VOD

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67. After Midnight

Release date: February 20
Cast: Jeremy Gardner, Brea Grant, Justin Benson
Director: Jeremy Gardner and Christian Stella (The Battery)
Why it's good: We've all seen some cool indiemonster movies, but not many that could also be described as a romanticdrama as well—and this low-key winner works on both fronts. It's about a guy whose beloved girlfriend suddenly vanishes, and he soon becomes convinced that there's a monster involved. So he waits, and he sets some traps. But of course the "monster" could actually be his own fears and insecurities... or something even worse.
Where to watch it:Kanopy

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66. Attack of the Demons

Release date: October 30
Cast: James Hill, Lauren Hill, Katie Maguire
Director: Eric Power (Path of Blood)
Why it's good: Take some South Park-style animation and a clever approach to all things demonic, horrific, and super-gory, and you're halfway to appreciating this amusing indie treat. It's about a demonic scourge that invades a small town, and only three nerds can save the day. Clearly made as a low-budget labor of love, but it's also just a fine piece of horror/comedy lunacy.
Where to watch it: VOD

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Release date: January 30
Cast: Dora Madison, Tru Collins, Rhys Wakefield
Director: Joe Begos (Almost Human)
Why it's good: A frustrated but talented young artist discovers a freaky new street drug and quickly realizes that it's helping her "artistic method" in strange and horrifically violent ways. In other words: she becomes a bloodthirsty maniac yet her creations become a lot more... expressive. Works as both a straightforward jolt provider and a compelling metaphor for the ways in which struggling artists keep themselves afloat, psychologically speaking.
Where to watch it: Shudder

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64. We Summon the Darkness

Release date: April 10
Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Johnny Knoxville, Amy Forsyth, Maddie Hasson
Director: Marc Meyers (My Friend Dahmer)
Why it's good: Three fun-loving young women are headed out for a night of rock and roll, but their plans change ever so slightly when they meet a trio of goofy but slightly charming young men. Oh, and it turns out there's been a rash of occult-related murders in the immediate area. Will the three young couples run across something horrific? Yes. they will. And the result is a good gory time.
Where to watch it: Netflix

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63. Hosts

Release date: October 2
Cast: Neal Ward, Nadia Lamin, Frank Jakeman
Director: Adam Leader & Richard Oakes
Why it's good: This UK import is fairly uneven across the board (a few performances are strong; others are not, as just one example) but it does set up a fairly creepy tale of demonic possession during a Christmas dinner between neighbors—and it does deliver a decent handful of legitimately scary, shocking, and unsettling moments. So let's just focus on the positive.
Where to watch it: VOD

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62.May the Devil Take You Too

Release date: October 29
Cast:Chelsea Islan, Widika Sidmore, Baskara Mahendra
Director:Timo Tjahjanto (The Night Comes for Us)
Why it's good: If you enjoyed the Indonesian Evil Dead homage called May the Devil Take You, then there's very little chance you won't enjoy this equally crazy, kinetic, and gore-soaked sequel. This time around our heroine Alfie has to contend with a whole new batch of ravenous demons after she's abducted by a gang of desperate orphans.
Where to watch it: Shudder

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61. Blood Quantum

Release date: April 27
Cast:Michael Greyeyes, Forrest Goodluck,Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Director: Jeff Barnaby
Why it's good: You better have a novel new wrinkle or two if you expect anyone to enjoy your zombie movie these days, and this one presents a fascinating hook: the zombie apocalypse has arrived, and it seems that certain Indigenous Peoples in Canada are entirely immune to the plague. WIth a hook like that, all you need is some smart writing and some worthwhile zombie mayhem to deliver a good horror flick. And they did.
Where to watch it: Shudder

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60. Homewrecker

Release date: July 3
Cast: Alex Essoe, Precious Chong
Director: Zach Gayne
Why it's good: A good-natured young lady makes some small talk with a strange yet friendly woman she knows from the neighborhood—and that's all it takes to kick-start a wonderfully dark comedy of manners infused with a palpable sense of escalating tension. Let's just say there's a little drugging, some amiable kidnapping, and a long, creepy board game session.
Where to watch it: VOD

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59.Sea Fever

Release date: April 10
Cast: Connie Nielsen, Dougray Scott,Hermione Corfield
Director:Neasa Hardiman
Why it's good: An Irish fishing trawler becomes lost at sea, and to make matters worse, it seems that there's a freakish parasite hiding on board the ship. A strong cast, a smart screenplay, and a gloomy tone help sell this one as a solid weekend matinee. It's not exactly The Thing, but horror fans will appreciate it.
Where to watch it:Hulu

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58. Nicole

Release date: January 31
Cast: Tamika Shannon, Stephen Green, Ke'Shawn Bussey
Director: James Schroeder
Why it's good: Micro-budget black and white character piece about an unhinged woman who's simply had enough with the dating scene. Pays homage to some of the suspense cinema classics, offers a fantastic lead performance, and shows off a solid sense of humor. Give this team a bigger budget and they could do some real damage. In a good way.
Where to watch it: Amazon Prime

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Release date: June 19
Cast:Matthew Solomon, John Savage, Tim Drier
Director: Antoine Le
Why it's good: Maybe I'm just a sucker for the "found footage/social media" sub-genre (see: Unfriended, The Den, andHost) but I had a pretty good time with this familiar but effective little horror tale. It's about an obnoxiously skeptical YouTuber who investigates a haunted hotel and, of course, lives to regret that decision. Nothing revolutionaryhere, but does deliver some clever, scary moments along the way.
Where to watch it:VOD

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56.Get Duked!

Release date:August 28
Cast:Eddie Izzard, Kate Dickie, James Cosmo
Director:Ninian Doff
Why it's good: Three young troublemakers and one amiable nerd head off for an overnight camping trip—against their will—and promptly butt heads with a mysterious "duke"who keeps trying to kill them. Sort of a goofball combination of The Most Dangerous Game and Attack the Block, this one's a lot of fun. But I definitely recommend clicking that subtitle track, as this Scottish import is loaded with amusingly alien slang that may be new to American ears.
Where to watch it: Amazon Prime

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Release Date: November 12
Cast:Se-yeong Lee, Ji-Young Park, So-yi Park
Director:Yoon Een-Kyoung
Why it's good: This is a low-key slow-burner that travels some familiar ground, but it does so in a confident fashion—and in a very creepy location. This Korean import is about a young woman who finds herself reluctantly spending some time at the isolated hotel where her mother died years before, and of course nothing good can come from a situation like that. Recommended mainly to those who devour all the Korean genre films that find US distribution.(Like me.)
Where to watch it: Shudder

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54. Metamorphosis

Release date: July 2
Cast: Sung-Woo Bae, Dong-il Sung, Young-nam Jang
Director: Hong-seon Kim
Why it's good: Perhaps I'm just a sucker for Korean genre films, but it seems like many of their filmmakers are able to throw some polish on even the most overused of concepts. Like the demonic possession thriller. We've seen a lot of this material before, and the movie takes its time to set up the beleaguered family, but it's also quietly very compelling, and rather effective once the scary stuff shows up.
Where to watch it: Shudder

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53. Black Water: Abyss

Release date: August 7
Cast: Jessica McNamee, Luke Mitchell, Amali Golden
Director: Andrew Traucki (The Reef)
Why it's good:It seems a bit late to welcome a sequel to a 2007 killer croc flick, even one as solid as the Aussie import Black Water, but there's always room for another creature feature if you ask me—and this team knows how to do these flicks right. A bunch of friends explore an underwater cave system, and guess what lives down there? Correct. Hungry freaking crocodiles. Doesn't reinvent any wheels, but there's no need for startling originality here.
Where to watch it: VOD

52. Parallel

Release date: December 11
Cast: Martin Wallström, Alyssa Diaz, Kathleen Quinlan
Director: Isaac Ezban (The Incident)
Why it's good: Four friends discover a mirror that allows them to leap back and forth between our dimension and an alternate timeline, but as anyone who's seen any dark sci-fi can tell you, these sorts of exploits always come with a price. And it's usually a very dark one. This clever Canadian indie is part Flatliners, part Butterfly Effect, and smoothly entertaining throughout.
Where to watch it: VOD

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51. #Alive

Release date: June 24
Cast: Ah-In Yoo, Shin-Hye Park, Bae-soo Jeon
Director: Il Cho
Why it's good: Like I always say, a zombie movie better have a little something new to offer for me to stay interested, and (not surprisingly) this clever Korean import kept me more than suitably entertained. It's a very simple story of one young man trying to stay alive (and very quiet) inside his apartment during a zombie pandemic, and the scary / suspenseful moments arise at the most unexpected moments. And then our hero notices a young woman in an apartment across the courtyard...
Where to watch it: Netflix

50. Don't Listen

Release date: November 27
Cast: Rodolfo Sancho, Ana Fernández, Ramón Barea
Director: Ángel Gómez Hernández
Why it's good: A Spanish couple plan to renovate an old building and flip it for a tidy profit, but a shocking tragedy leaves their family broken. Things get considerably more dire for the grieving father when it becomes clear that something supernatural may be responsible. This is a comfortably old-school haunted house chiller with top-notch production design and a few well-earned scares.
Where to watch it: Netflix

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49. Z

Release date: May 7
Cast:Keegan Connor Tracy, Stephen McHattie, Jett Klyne
Director: Brandon Chrlstensen (Still/Born)
Why it's good: The premise might sound a little reminiscentof the fantastic Australian import The Babadook—a youngboy discovers an "imaginary friend" who causes all sorts of horrific trouble—but this clever little chiller manages to forge some of its own ground, thanks in part to some great performances and a few very well-crafted jolts.
Where to watch it: Shudder

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48. The Honeymoon Phase

Release date: August 21
Cast:Jim Schubin, Chloe Carroll,Mike Sutton
Director:Phillip G. Carroll Jr.
Why it's good: A young couple agree to a social experiment in which that euphoric feeling of "first love" is replicated—and of course several things go wrong in very disturbing fashion. Benefits from two great performances, a smart, script, and a few dark twists you might not see coming.
Where to watch it: VOD

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47.Come to Daddy

Release date: February 7
Cast: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Garfield Wilson
Director: Ant Timpson (The Greasy Strangler)
Why it's good: We'll have to keep this one vague to protect the surprises, but suffice to say that (the always cool) Elijah Wood plays a strange man who goes to visit his estranged (and truly miserable) father, an event that kick-starts a series of revelations and violent altercations that you'll never see coming. Darkly funny and enjoyably unpredictable, it also features a wonderfully nasty turn by the great Stephen McHattie.
Where to watch it: Amazon Prime

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46. Bulbbul

Release date: August 21
Cast: Tripti Dimri,Avinash Tiwary, Paoli Dam
Director: Anvita Dutt
Why it's good: A young woman in 19th-century India must contend with all sorts of men, some of whom seem perfectly harmless at the beginning. But they're not. This densely layered and visually stunning Bollywood import plays a little like the classic Japanese film Audition; both deal with the intentional repression and overt abuse of women—and the inevitable, furious response when a woman is pushed too far.
Where to watch it: Netflix

45. Anything for Jackson

Release date: December 3
Cast: Sheila McCarthy, Julian Richings, Konstantina Mantelos
Director: Justin G. Dyck
Why it's good: A pregnant woman is abducted by a creepy old couple who are convinced she can help them resurrect their deceased grandson. And things get even crazier from there. A few great performances and a consistently clever script keep this one from ever feeling familiar, which is nice from a "possession" story.
Where to watch it: Shudder

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44. Scare Me

Release date: September 17
Cast: Aya Cash. Josh Ruben, Chris Redd
Director: Josh Ruben
Why it's good: Two strangers find themselves temporary pals as they both spend time in isolated cabins, trying to write. But then one night they hang out together and try to out-scare one another with their horror fiction prowess. This one's more of a dark comedy than a full-bore horror tale, but genre fans will dig it all the same, thanks mainly to the two leads and a thoroughly unpredictable nature.
Where to watch it: Shudder

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43.The Cleansing Hour

Release date: October 8
Cast: Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner, Alix Angelis
Director: Damien LeVeck
Why it's good: Most horror fans have seen more than enough possessionstories by now, so it's a good thing this quick and creative chiller has a few new wrinkles to throw our way. It's about a fake exorcist who's very popular on YouTube—because viewers believe he's legit—and how a whole bunch of people get killed when a real demon actually shows up. Pretty fun concept, eh?
Where to watch it: Shudder

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42. Yummy

Release date: June 25
Cast: Maaike Neuville, Bart Hollanders, Benjamin Ramon
Director: Lars Damoiseaux
Why it's good: Like I always say, a new zombie movie better offer a new hook if it wants to hold my attention, and this wildly over-the-top Belgian export certainly did that. It's a very broad and very gory story about a plastic surgery hospital that's beset by zombies and killers and all sorts of super-splattery mayhem. You'll know if this is your speed within 15 minutes, but I dug it.
Where to watch it: Shudder

41. Spiral

Release date: September 17
Cast: Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Ari Cohen, Jennifer Laporte
Director: Kurtis David Harder
Why it's good: A gay couple and their daughter move into a seemingly idyllic suburban neighborhood, but then one night, one of the men witnesses his neighbors throwing a bizarre party. Or maybe it's all in his head. Either way, things get pretty damn creepy once the truth becomes known. Shades of Rosemary's Baby and Rear Window are sprinkled about but the filmmakers also have their own points to make. And scares to deliver.
Where to watch it: Shudder

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40. Love and Monsters

Release date: October 16
Cast:Dylan O'Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker
Director: Michael Matthews
Why it's good:An affable, aimless young man decides to travel 85 very dangerous miles—in a monster-laden post-apocalyptic landscape—to reunite with his long lost girlfriend. But of course he learns some very valuable lessons along the way, while meeting strange new people and avoiding all sorts of lovably disgusting monsters.
Where to watch it: VOD

39. Sputnik

Release date: August 14
Cast:Oksana Akinshina, Fedor Bondarchuk, Pyotr Fyodorov
Director:Egor Abramenko
Why it's good: A Russian cosmonaut returns home after a mysterious disaster occurs, and it seems like he's brought a biological stowaway with him. What starts out a little like a conventional Alien retread quickly gives way to a surprisingly intelligent, compelling, and (yes) very icky piece of science-fiction horror.
Where to watch it: Hulu

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38. Impetigore

Release date: July 23
Cast: Tara Basro,Ario Bayu,Marissa Anita
Director: Joko Anwar (Satan's Slaves)
Why it's good: The basic set-up may sound familiar—two young women travel to a distant village after receiving an unexpected inheritance—but the location, the fascinating culture, and the sudden shocks are what elevate this Indonesian import and make it a gripping, sometimes disturbing terror tale.
Where to watch it: Shudder

37. Alone

Release date: September 18
Cast: Jules Willcox, Marc Menchaca, Anthony Heald
Director: Jon Hyams (Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning)
Why it's good: You've heard this one before: a young woman on the road by herself is being stalked by a relentless psycho. Plot-wise, it's pretty familiar. But as far as suspense, tension, and consistent intensity are concerned, this flick is an absolute winner. Plus both leads are pretty fantastic.
Where to watch it: VOD

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Release date: June 5
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Odessa Young, Michael Stuhlbarg
Director: Josephine Decker (Mosaic)
Why it's good: Half a semi-biopic of a celebrated and controversial author and half a dark psychologicalthriller about the nature of co-dependence and hero worship. Moss plays horror author Shirley Jackson ("The Lottery"), who is clearly very talented yet also plainly stunted in the department of social graces. In other words, she's kinda rotten, which causes numerous problems when an impressed young couple come to live with them for a little while.
Where to watch it: Hulu

35. The Call

Release date: November 27
Cast: Oh Jeong-Se, Jong-seo Jun, Sung-ryung Kim
Director: Chung-Hyun Lee
Why it's good: Take a slice of the "people communicating across different time lines" premise from movies like Frequency and The Lake House—only this time one of the temporal communicators is a psychotic serial killer who is using the situation for very nefarious deeds. This unpredictable Korean export juggles more than a few tones and subtexts, and does it quite craftily.
Where to watch it: Netflix

34. 12 Hour Shift

Release date: October 2
Cast: Angela Bettis, David Arquette, Chloe Farnworth
Director: Brea Grant (Best Friends Forever)
Why it's good: Two hard-working nurses struggle to get through a very long shift while still trying to kill a few patients to harvest their organs for money. Wait, what? Yes, that's only part of the gruesome goings-on in this fast-paced, funny, and intermittently very twisted horror comedy. Backed by several fun performances and a tone that wavers between absurd and disturbing, it's an unexpectedly nasty little treat.
Where to watch it: VOD

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33. The Other Lamb

Release date: April 3
Cast: Raffey Cassidy,Michiel Huisman, Mallory Aadms
Director:Malgorzata Szumowska
Why it's good: A young woman who was born into a small and very disturbing cult (all women, except for the male leader) begins to question her faith, and quickly comes to realize that enlightenment is sometimes a curse. In other words: She's on her own. This is a strange, creepy, challenging thriller from Poland. Visually stunning, too.
Where to watch it: Hulu

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32. Bad Hair

Release date: October 23
Cast: Elle Lorraine, Vanessa Williams, Jay Pharoah
Director: Justin Simien (Dear White People)
Why it's good: There's always room for another spin of the Faustian wheel, and this clever throwback to late-'80s psycho-thrillers—right down to the period setting and production design—is a worthy addition to the field. It's about a young Black woman struggling to find her place at a popular music video network... until she suffers through a horrific hair weave procedure. And that's when things start getting dark, strange, and violent.
Where to watch it: Hulu

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31. She Never Died

Release Date: April 17
Cast:Olunike Adeliyi, Peter MacNeill, Kiana Madeira
Director: Audrey Cummings (Darken)
Why it's good: This semi-sequel to the low-key festival favorite He Never Died covers some of the same ground, but brings a fresh tone and a welcome sense of dark humor to the grim proceedings. The first time around it was Henry Rollins forced to contend with immortality while dealing with all sorts of crooks and lowlifes; this time it's the fantasticOlunike Adeliyi trying to satisfy her dark urges while also ridding the inner city of all sorts of horrific scumbags.
Where to watch it: VOD

30. The Swerve

Release date: September 22
Cast: Azura Skye, Bryce Pinkham, Ashley Bell
Director: Dean Kapsalis
Why it's good: An underappreciated housewife is forced to contend with the aftermath of a horrible accident—and let's just say she doesn't handle it all that well. Her descent unravels like a panic attack. This is a rough, powerful, disturbing character piece anchored by a frankly stunning lead performance by Azura Skye.
Where to watch it: VOD

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29. The Mortuary Collection

Release date: October 15
Cast: Clancy Brown, Caitlin Custer, Christine Kilmer
Director: Ryan Spindell
Why it's good: A horror anthology that's consistently entertaining throughout is a fairly rare beast, but in this case it certainly seems to help that all the tales come from one creator. There's a tonal (and very fun) consistency to the miniature terror tales offered here, which makes this a worthwhile effort for anyone who loves Creepshow, V/H/S, or the old Amicus collections. Plus, it's hard to go wrong with Clancy Brown as your crypt-keeper-style host.
Where to watch it: Shudder

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Release Date: November 20
Cast:Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen, Pat Healy
Director:Aneesh Chaganty (Searching)
Why it's good: A doting mother does all she can to keep her chronically unwell daughter free from ailments and injuries—but it quickly becomes apparent that there's something dark and unpleasant about this relationship. Both leads are simply fantastic, and the simple premise unfolds with energy, intensity, and some really strong suspense.
Where to watch it: Hulu

27. Peninsula

Release date: August 7
Cast: Dong-Won Gang, Jung-hyun Lee, Re Lee
Director:Sang-ho Yeon (Seoul Station)
Why it's good:Although not quite as powerful, energetic, or surprising as its predecessor—the excellent South Korean zombie flick Train to Busan—this epic sequel does manage to combine big-scale action, effective horror, and (mostly) effective melodrama into a huge plate of post-apocalyptic fun.
Where to watch it:VOD

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26. 1BR

Release date: April 24
Cast: Nicole Brydon Bloom, Giles Matthey, Taylor Nichols
Director: David Marmor
Why it's good: Misdirection is always a nice thing to discover in a horror flick, and this story of a young woman settling into a "perfect" new apartment complex is full of that stuff. Just when you're sure you know what's going on, the clever screenplay makes another sharp left turn. To say much more would ruin much of the fun.
Where to watch it: Netflix

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25. Gretel & Hansel

Release date: January 31
Cast: Alice Krige, Sophia Lillis,Samuel Leakey
Director: Oz Perkins (The Blackcoat's Daughter)
Why it's good: It's well-known that our most popular fairy tales started out a whole lot darker before Mother Goose and Walt Disney got a hold of them, and here's an odd, low-key, and visually fascinating film that tries to recapture some of that eerie old atmosphere. More of a dark fable, of course, than a traditional horror film, but it's also a quietly compelling and surprisingly unique piece of genre cinema. Plus it's really beautiful to look at.
Where to watch it:VOD

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24. Synchronic

Release date: October 23
Cast: Jamie Dornan, Anthony Mackie, Katie Aselton
Director: Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead (The Endless)
Why it's good: This multi-genre mind-bender comes from the team behind Resolution, Spring, and The Endless (watch 'em in that order to get the best effect) and covers everything from sci-fi and horror to crime story and dark satire. On the surface it's about a fancy new narcotic that makes people do very nasty things, but like most smart genre films, it works on a variety of levels.
Where to watch it:Theaters and VOD

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Release date: July 10
Cast: Emily Mortimer, Bella Heathcote, Robyn Nevin
Director: Natalie Erika James
Why it's good: It's a tragic fact of life that most of us will eventually have to contend with a family member who has declining mental faculties. It's a difficult topic to even discuss, let alone make an accomplished film about, but this impressive Australian export does a damn good job of exploring the issue—while also delivering a powerfully gloomy horror story at the same time. It's about an old woman who goes missing for a few days, and the ways in which her daughter and granddaughter deal with the mysterious event.
Where to watch it:VOD

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22. She Dies Tomorrow

Release date: August 7
Cast:Kate Lyn Sheil, Jane Adams, Chris Messina
Director:Amy Seimetz
Why it's good: Fair warning right out of the gate: this is one of those "artsy," vague, weird horror movies that spends as much time on mood, color, and setting than it does on actual plot. That's not a knock on this fascinating film, but it's worth mentioning that it's fairly unconventional. It's about a woman who becomes convinced that she's going to die tomorrow, and how her disturbing mindset begins to infect her friends and family members. This is a strange one, but it's also quietly compelling and very creepy.
Where to watch it:VOD

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21. Kindred

Release Date: November 6
Cast:Tamara Lawrance, Fiona Shaw, Jack Lowden
Director:Joe Marcantonio
Why it's good: A young pregnant woman is taken in by her boyfriend's creepy mother and stepbrother, but when a sudden tragedy strikes, poor Charlotte finds herself stuck in a horrific situation indeed. A simple premise is delivered with a good deal of confidence and craftsmanship, and every single scene between the two leads (Lawrance and Shaw) is loaded with tension and foreboding. It's not exactly subtle, subtextually speaking, but itsthemes and messages are clear.
Where to watch it: VOD

20. Monstrum

Release date: June 4
Cast: Myung-Min Kim, In-kwon Kim, Hyeri Lee
Director: Jong-ho Huh
Why it's good: Imagine Bong Joon Ho's The Hostset in the 16th century, and you're probably already adding this fantastic genre concoction to your mental viewing queue. While it's not quite as novel, bizarre, or funny as The Host, it's definitely cut from the same cloth; it's about a gang of colorful heroes who must stand up against the evil forces of the government—just as a giant monster starts roaming the countryside.
Where to watch it: Shudder

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19. The Beach House

Release date: July 9
Cast:Liana Liberato, Noah Les Gros, Jake Weber
Director: Jeffrey A. Brown
Why it's good: This smart, sneaky bio-horror story takes a little while to warm up but once it does there's a lot here to appreciate. It's the simple story of two couples who briefly share a beach house, only to discover that something truly terrible has recently flopped out of the ocean. You don't need a big "body count" to deliver a damn fine indie horror movie, and this one also manages to deliver two or three memorably icky moments.
Where to watch it: Shudder

18. The Deeper You Dig

Release date: June 5
Cast: Zelda Adams, John Adams, Toby Poser
Director: John Adams & Toby Poser
Why it's good: Now here's a low-key, out of nowhere winner. It's about a young girl who goes missing, the last guy who saw her alive, and a grieving mother who definitely seems to have some supernatural talents of some sort. Smartly written, impressively performed, and compelling throughout, this movie represents some truly impressive micro-budget, family-made filmmaking.
Where to watch it: VOD

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Release date: October 2
Cast: Katherine Langford, Piper Perabo, Charlie Plummer
Director: Brian Duffield
Why it's good: This colorful multi-genre concoction isn't "jhorror" in a traditional sense, but since it does deal with death, gore, and a constant sense of impending doom (and in very effective fashion) it definitely feels worthy of inclusion. Regardless of how you personally translate the metaphor—the movie's about a class of high school students who suddenly start exploding!—there's a whole lot here to unpack in this funny, shocking, and somehow touching dark comedy.
Where to watch it: VOD

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Release date: July 24
Cast: Carla Juri, Alec Secareanu, Imelda Staunton
Director: Romola Garai
Why it's good: A homeless man is welcomed into a creepy mansion owned by a strange woman and her (much) stranger mother, and it soon becomes evident that something sincerely freaky is going on late at night. This odd, offbeat, and visually fascinating horror fable takes a little while to warm up. but its final destination makes for one of the most memorable scary tales of the year.
Where to watch it: Hulu

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15.The Lodge

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Release date: February 7
Cast: Riley Keough, Alicia Silverstone, Richard Armitage
Director: Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz (Goodnight Mommy)
Why it's good: Two unhappy kids are forced to spend some time at an isolated lodge with their new—and highly unwelcome—stepmother, only to discover all sorts of horrible secrets. Beautifully shot and consistently creepy, this new spin on old fairy tales tropes is loaded with great performances, fun jolts, and unexpected surprises of the nastiest kind.
Where to watch it: Hulu

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14. The Dark and the Wicked

Release date: November 6
Cast: Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Xander Berkeley
Director: Bryan Bertino (The Strangers)
Why it's good: Two estranged siblings gather at their parents' isolated home to say goodbye to their father, and of course there's something much more sinister afoot than just the approaching specter of an old man's death—or is there? Much like the recent Relic and Amulet, this is a powerful story about the fear of losing your parents, but there's something starkly personal and undeniably powerful about this one in particular.
Where to watch it: Theaters and VOD

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Release date: January 10
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr.
Director: William Eubank (The Signal)
Why it's good: A slick, efficient, and impressively intense piece of sci-fi/horror/action/B-movie matinee goodness that delivers the goods and doesn't waste any time with boring subplots or pointless characters. Kristen Stewart and a few co-workers find themselves trapped in a facility deep (you guessed it) underwater, and must work together to escape before the whole place blows up. Also there are sea monsters.
Where to watch it:HBO Max

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12. Antebellum

Release date: September 18
Cast:Janelle Monáe, Eric Lange, Kiersey Clemons
Director:Gerard Bush, Christopher Renz
Why it's good: Audacious, compelling, and technically stunning, this plantation-set horror story starts out feeling like similar films (12 Years a Slave is one example) but then it becomes sort of a very dark episode of The Twilight Zone, and then it smoothly transforms into a horror movie that delivers a few powerful moments. Timely, confrontational, and sure to be at least a little bit divisive, I found it altogether fascinating.
Where to watch it: VOD

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11. Freaky

Release date: November 13
Cast: Kathryn Newton, Vince Vaughn, Celeste O'Connor
Director: Christopher Landon (Happy Death Day)
Why it's good: The recipe here is equal parts old-school slasher movie and Freaky Friday remake, with a dash of Carrie and just a hint of Child's Play. Vince Vaughn is clearly having some fun here, and Kathryn Newton is a full-bore blast. The resulting movie is a fast-paced, funny, and sometimes ferocious multi-genre stew that's sure to get paired up for double features with the director's Happy Death Day.
Where to watch it:Theaters and VOD

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10. The Wolf of Snow Hollow

Release date: October 9
Cast:Jim Cummings, Riki Lindhome, Robert Forster
Director: Jim Cummings
Why it's good: A werewolf flick that's funny and scary and backed by some sort of off-kilter Coen brothers vibe? Yes, please. This sharp, smart, and consistently entertaining genre mash-up is simply a blast, and easily one of the year's best surprises, as far as indie genre films go.
Where to watch it: VOD

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9. Possessor Uncut

Release date: October 2
Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Director: Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral)
Why it's good: A futuristic tale in which assassins can assume control of any human being, sort of like a parasite, and the ways in which this horrific technology can go terribly, gruesomely wrong. Visually intense, harshly violent, and packed with exceptional performances, this marks a fantastic sophomore effort from Brandon Cronenberg.
Where to watch it:VOD

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8. Host

Release date: July 30
Cast: Haley Bishop, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb
Director: Rob Savage
Why it's good:A group of young friends gather on Zoom to hold a fun little seance—only of course they manage to awaken something horrific, and can only watch as each member of the group is attacked by something unseen. Every once in a while horror fans get a "gimmick" flick that transcends its "gimmick" by also being just a damn good film. Host is one of those movies. The visual hook of the "online seance haunting" wouldn't amount to much without some interesting characters, solid acting, and some really good scares. Host has all that stuff.
Where to watch it: Shudder

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Release date: March 6
Cast: Haley Bennett,Austin Stowell, David Rasche
Director: Carlo Mirabella-Davis
Why it's good: A darkly funny and quietly creepy story of an ostensiblyhappy housewife who suddenly decides on a new hobby: she's going to start swallowing small household objects. This offbeat, unpredictable, and visually impressive fable is anchored by a powerhouse lead performance by Haley Bennett.
Where to watch it:Showtime, VOD

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6. His House

Release date: October 30
Cast: Sope Dirisu, Wunmi Mosaku, Malaika Wakoli-Abigaba
Director: Remi Weekes
Why it's good: A Sudanese refugee couple believe they're found a very basic refuge in a small English neighborhood, but the facilities aren't great, the social workers aren't all that helpful, and there may be some unpleasant spirits residing in their bleak new apartment. Plus both of them are haunted by nightmares from the past. This is a powerful, enlightening, tragic, and frequently very scary piece of work.
Where to watch it: Netflix

5. Promising Young Woman

Release date: December 25
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Jennifer Coolidge, Clancy Brown
Director: Emerald Fennell
Why it's good: An angry young woman charts a course for revenge against the men who wronged her years earlier, and the reasons for her fury are delivered in smart, fascinating clues that keep the flick energized. Ms. Mulligan's performance is fantastic across the board, and this darkly amusing character study is almost addictively entertaining.
Where to watch it:Theaters

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4.La Llorona

Release date:August 21
Cast:María Mercedes Coroy,Sabrina De La Hoz,Margarita Kenéfic
Director:Jayro Bustamante
Why it's good:The well-known Latin American legend is retold in a story about a dying dictator who is locked in his house, with his staff and family, while protesters scream outside. Just when the family is at their most desperate, a mysterious new maid arrives to lend a hand. This is an excellent, powerful, sobering horror film from Guatemala, and easily one of the finest genre imports of the year.
Where to watch it: Shudder

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3. The Platform

Release date: March 20
Cast:Ivan Massagué,Antonia San Juan,Zorion Eguileor
Director:Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Why it's good: A man awakens in a cell with a stranger, and theironly sustenance arrives by way of a massive "platform" that arrives daily. But there's not enough food for everyone in this facility. This is a Twilight Zone-level mind-bender mixed with a dark psychologicalhorror film full of pointed social commentary. Also it's just sort of fun, in a weird way.
Where to watch it: Netflix

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2.Color Out of Space

Release date: January 20
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Tommy Chong
Director: Richard Stanley (Hardware)
Why it's good: It's been a long time since we've had a damn good Lovecraft adaptation, and here's one that'd probably make director Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond) proud; it's about a seemingly normal American family that finds itself infected by a freaky meteorite. Director Richard Stanley and his collaborators manage to tap into the best aspects of Lovecraft's dark fiction while adding some excellent new touches of their own.
Where to watch it:Shudder

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1.The Invisible Man

Release date: February 28
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid
Director: Leigh Whannell (Upgrade)
Why it's good: The classic H.G. Wells story gets a modern remake that somehow avoids all the problems that have plagued similar films. (Our apologies to the fans of Tom Cruise's ill-fated 2017 movie,The Mummy.) Elisabeth Moss delivers a fantastic performance as a woman intent on escaping her abusive boyfriend, only to realize that he's still stalking her. Invisibly. Remarkably intense, consistently clever, and full of characters worth caring about, this is one of the best "studio" horror films in recent years.
Where to watch it:HBO Max

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What is the No 1 horror movie? ›

The 10 Scariest Horror Movies Ever
  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • Hereditary (2018)
  • The Conjuring (2013)
  • The Shining (1980)
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
  • The Ring (2002)
  • Halloween (1978)
  • Sinister (2012)
May 20, 2022

What are the top 10 scariest horror movies? ›

15 Scariest Horror Movies That Are Too Disturbing To Re-Watch
  1. 1 'Hereditary' (2018) Image via A24. ...
  2. 2 'Midsommar' (2019) ...
  3. 3 'Goodnight Mommy' (2014) ...
  4. 4 'The Innocents' (2021) ...
  5. 5 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' (1974) ...
  6. 6 'Annihilation' (2018) ...
  7. 7 'Sinister' (2012) ...
  8. 8 'Host' (2020)
Feb 20, 2023

What is the most watched horror? ›

About half of the 35 movies asked about — 18 — have been seen by at least 50% of Americans. The three horror films polled with the largest share of Americans who have viewed them are Jaws (77% have seen it), The Exorcist (73%), and Dracula (69%).

What scary movies are worth watching? ›

Whether you're a horror movie fanatic or still getting your scary movie wings, these are the must-sees.
  • The Exorcist (1973) ...
  • The Babadook (2014) ...
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) ...
  • Under the Shadow (2016) ...
  • Halloween (1978) ...
  • It Follows (2014) ...
  • The Hills Have Eyes (2005)
Sep 26, 2022

What is the scariest movie playing on Netflix right now? ›

  • Umma (2022) 51 % 4.7/10. 83m. ...
  • Gerald's Game (2017) 77 % 6.5/10. 104m. ...
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016) 65 % 6.2/10. 99m. ...
  • Scream 4 (2011) 52 % 6.2/10. 111m. ...
  • The Bye Bye Man (2017) 37 % 4.3/10. 96m. ...
  • The Boy (2016) new. Trailer. 42 % 6/10. ...
  • Old People (2022) new. Trailer. r 101m. Genre Horror. ...
  • The Munsters (2022) new. Trailer. pg 110m.
Feb 8, 2023

Why horror movies are the best? ›

Horror movies let us vicariously explore the nature of evil, both in others and in ourselves, and grapple with the darkest parts of humanity in a safe environment.

Who is the scariest horror villain? ›

Freddy Krueger (65%), Hannibal Lecter (60%), Michael Myers (60%) and Chucky (54%) are the horror villains most Americans find scary.

What is statistically the scariest movie ever? ›

A recent survey put together by Broadband Choices found that Sinister is the scariest movie of all time, according to science. The film had a typical resting BPM of 65, with the movie BPM up to 86 and a highest spike of 131 BPM.

What is the highest rated horror movies on IMDb? ›

Feature Film, Rating Count at least 25,000, Horror (Sorted by IMDb Rating Descending)
  1. Alien (1979) R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi. ...
  2. Psycho (1960) R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller. ...
  3. The Shining (1980) R | 146 min | Drama, Horror. ...
  4. The Thing (1982) ...
  5. Tumbbad (2018) ...
  6. The Exorcist (1973) ...
  7. Diabolique (1955) ...
  8. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Is it healthy to watch horror? ›

Watching frightening films can give you much more than a good scare, they can also help relieve stress and anxiety. (Yes, really.)

What is the scariest movie on Hulu 2020? ›

The Best Horror Movies on Hulu Right Now
  • Blade II (2002) ...
  • Depraved (2019) ...
  • Hunter Hunter (2020) ...
  • Let Me In (2010) ...
  • Little Joe (2019) ...
  • Possessor (2020) ...
  • Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010) ...
  • Titane (2021)

Which five are popular horror movies? ›

The List: Top 5 Horror Movies Of All-Time, As Ranked By Experts
  • The Exorcist (1973) ...
  • Halloween (1978) ...
  • Paranormal Activity (2007) ...
  • The Shining (1980) ...
  • It Follows (2014)
Oct 31, 2022

What horror has the most kills? ›

Yet top of the pile is the legendary Jason Voorhees, with a whopping 170 kills over 12 movies.

Who is the most popular horror killer? ›

  • Freddy Krueger. ...
  • Ghostface. ...
  • Candyman. ...
  • Michael Myers. ...
  • Norman Bates. ...
  • Frankenstein's Monster. ...
  • Hannibal Lecter. ...
  • Dracula. Dracula is the most influential horror villain of all time.
Nov 14, 2022

What was number 1 on Netflix? ›

Netflix Top 10 in the United States
1(1)The Lincoln Lawyer
2(4)Wrong Side of the Tracks
3(5)Jackass 4.5
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How do I find secret horror movies on Netflix? ›

Test your nerves with Netflix's large library of spooky horror movies.
  1. B-Horror Movies – 8195.
  2. Creature Features – 6895.
  3. Cult Horror Movies – 10944.
  4. Deep Sea Horror Movies – 45028.
  5. Foreign Horror Movies – 8654.
  6. Horror Comedy – 89585.
  7. Monster Movies – 947.
  8. Satanic Stories – 6998.

What is a suspense horror movie? ›

Thriller film, also known as suspense film or suspense thriller, is a broad film genre that evokes excitement and suspense in the audience. The suspense element found in most films' plots is particularly exploited by the filmmaker in this genre.

Are scary movies good for your heart? ›

Your Heart: Just like other adrenaline-raising activities, watching scary movies can increase your heart rate. These effects are not unlike what happens while doing other sensation-seeking activities like riding roller coasters or sky diving. Horror movies can even affect heart attack risk.

What scary movie is based on a true story? ›

"The Exorcist" (1973)

Often referred to as the scariest horror movie in history, “The Exorcist” is based on a true story.

What horror movie can no one finish on Netflix? ›

What is the scariest movie on Netflix that no one can finish? This film is none other than Raw – a 2016 coming of age horror film that's been upsetting viewers since its initial release.

What movie has the most jump scares on Netflix? ›

Netflix's 'The Midnight Club' Set a Guinness World Record for Most Jump Scares.

Does Netflix have any good horror movies? ›

Popular on NetflixExplore more
  • It.
  • Things Heard & Seen.
  • The Boy.
  • 47 Meters Down: Uncaged.
  • We Have a Ghost.
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil.
  • Hellhole.

What do horror movies do to your brain? ›

Advanced Brain Activity

The results of multiple studies approve that scary scenes advance the level of adrenaline, releasing neurotransmitters in the brain. Faster reaction, better alertness, improved concentration, and a plethora of other advantages can be witnessed as a result of a single movie session.

Does horror movies help anxiety? ›

And why might it actually be a soothing process for people with anxiety? It turns out, watching horror films can help us to regulate our emotions, so much so that a study from last year found that those who regularly watch horror films experienced fewer symptoms of psychological stress during the pandemic.

What do you call a person who loves horror movies? ›

Key points. Horror fans can be classified along three dimensions: Adrenaline Junkies, White Knucklers, and Dark Copers. Dark copers are a newly-identified type of horror fans, who use horror to cope with problems like feelings of anxiety. Adrenaline junkies get a mood boost from the intense experiences of horror.

How many kills does Michael Myers have? ›

Night of the Living Dead (1968) KILL COUNT: RECOUNT (NEW!) Michael Myers is the main antagonist of the Halloween franchise and one of the longest-living killers in the horror genre. Over the course of 8 movies (Excluding Rob Zombie Remakes) Michael has killed 92 people.

Who is the oldest horror character? ›

Examples of early horror icons began with the Werewolf or Lycanthrope introduced in the 1500s, the Frankenstein monster as introduced by Mary Shelley in 1818, and Dracula introduced into literature in 1897 by Bram Stoker.

Who is the strongest horror movie? ›

  • Annie Wilkes - Misery. ...
  • Jigsaw - Saw Franchise. ...
  • Ghostface - Scream Franchise. ...
  • Leatherface - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. ...
  • Michael - Halloween. ...
  • Pazuzu - The Exorcist. ...
  • Pinhead - Hellraiser. ...
  • Chucky - Child's Play.
Oct 15, 2020

What movie was too scary for Stephen King? ›

On one occasion, King revealed that he has only been too scared to finish a particular fan-favourite horror classic – The Blair Witch Project. While commenting on his experience, he said: “It may be the only time in my life when I quit a horror movie in the middle because I was too scared to go on…

What movie has a 100% rating? ›

To date, Leave No Trace holds the site's record, with a rating of 100% and 251 positive reviews.

Which movie has 9.5 rating? ›

💯 #Kantara is already winning hearts with 9.5 IMDB rating and has become India's highest-rated.

What is the #1 movie in US history? ›

All Time Domestic Box Office
12015Star Wars Ep. VII: The Force Awakens
22019Avengers: Endgame
32021Spider-Man: No Way Home
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What movie has a 10 rating on IMDb? ›

IMDb Rating: 9.0 - 9.9
109.6Band of Brothers (2001)
109.3The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
109.2The Godfather (1972)
109.1The Godfather: Part II (1974)
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Which thriller movie has highest IMDb rating? ›

Thriller, IMDb "Top 250" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  1. The Dark Knight (2008) PG-13 | 152 min | Action, Crime, Drama. ...
  2. Inception (2010) PG-13 | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi. ...
  3. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) ...
  4. Parasite (2019) ...
  5. Joker (I) (2019) ...
  6. Shutter Island (2010) ...
  7. Jurassic Park (1993) ...
  8. Se7en (1995)

What movies are ranked a 10 in IMDb? ›

IMDb "Top 250" (Sorted by IMDb Rating Descending)
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994) R | 142 min | Drama. ...
  • The Godfather (1972) R | 175 min | Crime, Drama. ...
  • The Dark Knight (2008) ...
  • The Godfather Part II (1974) ...
  • Schindler's List (1993) ...
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) ...
  • 12 Angry Men (1957) ...
  • Pulp Fiction (1994)

What should not do in horror? ›

10 Things Not To Do In A Horror Movie
  • Rule #1. Never, ever, say “I'll be right back” ...
  • Rule #2. Never follow the scary voice/creepy shadow/otherwise shady looking character. ...
  • Rule #3. Never assume the bad guy is dead. ...
  • Rule #4. Never answer the phone. ...
  • Rule #5. Never put the knife/gun/cricket bat down. ...
  • Rule #6. ...
  • Rule #7. ...
  • Rule #8.
Jan 28, 2011

Can horror movies cure depression? ›

Yes, apparently. Scrivner was the lead author of a January 2021 study that found that horror fans were more psychologically resilient during the pandemic, with movies like Contagion serving as a sort of practice simulation for the real thing.

What does liking horror movies say about you? ›

Some of the personality traits and cognitive/affective traits that have been implicated in horror preference and/or enjoyment of horror include sensation seeking, empathy, theory of mind, need for affect, the dark tetrad, and personality. Other individual differences include age and sex (considered later).

What is scariest movie on Amazon Prime? ›

Here are the 40 best horror movies on Amazon Prime:
  • Let the Right One In. Year: 2008. ...
  • The Wailing Year: 2016. Director: Na Hong-jin. ...
  • Night of the Living Dead. Year: 1968. ...
  • Train to Busan Year: 2016. Director: Yeon Sang-ho. ...
  • Hellraiser. ...
  • We Need to Talk About Kevin. ...
  • We Are Still Here Year: 2015. ...
  • House on Haunted Hill Year: 1959.
6 days ago

What's a scary movie on HBO Max? ›

The best scary movies on the streaming service range from certified classics like The Exorcist to more recent entries like The Menu and Barbarian. Here are the tales you should make time for on HBO Max. All these films received generally favorable reviews or better, according to Metacritic.

What is the COVID horror movie on Hulu? ›

Two years into the pandemic, a group of friends throw a wild online party. After taking ecstasy, things go terribly wrong and the safety of their homes becomes more terrifying than the raging chaos outside.

Who is the king of horror movies? ›

Stephen King's status as the master of horror is well-earned. The famous author has over 80 books to his name, but his unique ability to tap into the human psyche and uncover what scares us the most remains truly unmatched.

What horror movie has a lot of Jumpscares? ›

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is far and wide the most 'jumpy' horror movie ever made with 32 jump scares to enjoy throughout the film. Set in 1993. Andy and Lisa Wyrick, along with their daughter Heidi, move into a rural home after receiving a deal from the bank.

Why The Exorcist is the scariest movie ever? ›

Infamous scenes include Regan urinating on the carpet in front of dinner guests, stabbing at her genitals with a crucifix, desecrating a statue of the Virgin Mary, and, of course, the head-spinning scene. There is also the possessed Regan's use of obscene and graphic language.

Who are the big three of horror? ›

These top three big original horror movies have been watched continuously by viewers. Halloween (1978), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and Scream (1996) are classics that have been popular amongst people, especially during October.

Who is the greatest horror villain? ›

  • Freddy Krueger. ...
  • Ghostface. ...
  • Candyman. ...
  • Michael Myers. ...
  • Norman Bates. ...
  • Frankenstein's Monster. ...
  • Hannibal Lecter. ...
  • Dracula. Dracula is the most influential horror villain of all time.
Nov 14, 2022

Which movie has the most kills? ›

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King shows that the series was saving the best for last, when it came to on-screen deaths at least. The most well-reviewed and praised of the three at the Oscars, The Return of the King also has by far the most characters getting killed on screen, at 836!

What movie has the most swear words? ›

Scorsese's “The World of Wall Street,” which stars both Hill and DiCaprio, beat the likes of Tarantino's “Pulp Fiction” to be named the film with the most curse words with 715 swear words.

What scares people in horror most? ›

Which elements of horror movies scare us, and why?
Which of these frighten you?
  • Fear of death. This is the ultimate fear, both existentially and psychologically. ...
  • The dark. ...
  • Creepy, crawly things. ...
  • Scary places. ...
  • Disfigurement. ...
  • Dismemberment. ...
  • Suspense (anticipation and expectations). ...
  • Spooky music.
Oct 21, 2014

When was The Exorcist movie banned? ›

There, the movie—which graphically depicts the travails of a girl suffering demonic possession—got an X certificate, prohibiting viewing by anyone under 18. In 1988, the British Board of Film Classification took the further step of halting its sale on home video entirely.

Was there a serial killer in the movie The Exorcist? ›

Paul Bateson (born August 24, 1940) is an American convicted murderer and former radiographer. He appeared as a radiologic technologist in a scene from the 1973 horror film The Exorcist, which was inspired when the film's director, William Friedkin, watched him perform a cerebral angiography the previous year.

What was the scariest movie before The Exorcist? ›

From 'The Exorcist' to 'Psycho' 11 Scariest Movies Ever, According to Martin Scorsese
  • 'Psycho' (1960) ...
  • 'The Innocents' (1961) ...
  • 'Night of the Demon' (1957) ...
  • 'The Exorcist' (1973) ...
  • 'The Shining' (1980) ...
  • 'The Changeling' (1980) ...
  • 'Dead of Night' (1945) ...
  • 'The Entity' (1982)
Nov 1, 2022

What is the best horror thriller? ›

Top 50 Horror, Thriller Movies
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