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140 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.
All of a sudden horror could be funny and mocking and yet sincere, even if it does lean more on funny than scary (What We Do In The Shadows). It could be dressed up as the apparition of crumbling infrastructure and society, or also just as plain ol’ apparition (It Follows). It found its way into a small club in Oregon (Green Room), on a speeding locomotive in Korea (Train to Busan), and into a puritan homestead of 17th century New England (The Witch).
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 140 Best 2010s Horror Movies!
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Adjusted Score: 66.669%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
After their mother passes away, sisters Nicole (Bruckner) and Annie (Lotz) reluctantly return to their childhood home to pay their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.075%
Critics Consensus: Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich delivers all the proudly distasteful B-movie antics genre fans might expect from a film about murderous Nazi dolls.
When Edgar decides to sell a nefarious looking puppet at a convention, all hell breaks loose when the puppets come... [More]
Adjusted Score: 68.538%
Critics Consensus: Unfriended subverts found-footage horror clichés to deliver a surprisingly scary entry in the teen slasher genre with a technological twist.
Unfriended unfolds over a teenager's computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks... [More]
Adjusted Score: 68.922%
Critics Consensus: Antiviral is well-crafted body horror, packed with interesting -- if not entirely subtle -- ideas.
Syd March is an employee at a clinic that sells injections of live viruses harvested from sick celebrities to obsessed... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.146%
Critics Consensus: Its plot hinges on typically implausible horror-movie behavior and recycles countless genre cliches, but Sinister delivers a surprising number of fresh, diabolical twists.
Sinister is a frightening new thriller from the producer of the Paranormal Activity films and the writer-director of The Exorcism... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.35%
Critics Consensus: It may lack the absurd humor that underlined the original, but the new-look Evil Dead compensates with brutal terror, gory scares, and gleefully bloody violence.
In the much anticipated remake of the 1981 cult-hit horror film, five twenty-something friends become holed up in a remote... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72.853%
Critics Consensus: Gwen's relentlessly grim outlook may wear on some viewers, but it remains a reasonably gripping, solidly assembled descent into atmospheric period horror.
Gwen is a young girl desperately trying to hold her home together--struggling with her mother's mysterious illness, her father's absence... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.874%
Critics Consensus: If you're into old-school scares over cheap gore, you'll be able to get over Mama's confusing script and contrived plot devices.
Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70.018%
Critics Consensus: Director Neil Jordan remains as expert as ever when it comes to setting a chilling mood, but Byzantium struggles to match its creepily alluring atmosphere with a suitably compelling story.
BYZANTIUM is director Neil Jordan's (Interview with the Vampire, The Crying Game) sexy and stylish fantasy thriller about mother and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.972%
Critics Consensus: The zombie apocalypse genre is crowded with clichés, but The Cured sets itself slightly apart with some extra BRAAAAAAAAAAINS and thematic depth.
What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.075%
Critics Consensus: Wildling's feminist themes - and the ferocious Bel Powley performance that brings them to life - are often enough to make up for its narrative deficiencies.
A teenage girl's coming of age comes with a terrifying twist in this spellbinding take on the werewolf legend. Since... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.513%
Critics Consensus: Part documentary, part thriller, The Nightmare works just well enough in both respects to deliver a uniquely disturbing viewing experience.
A documentary-horror film exploring the phenomenon of 'Sleep Paralysis' through the eyes of eight very different people. These people often... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.319%
Critics Consensus: Krampus is gory good fun for fans of non-traditional holiday horror with a fondness for Joe Dante's B- movie classics, even if it doesn't have quite the savage bite its concept calls for.
When his dysfunctional family clashes over the holidays, young Max is disillusioned and turns his back on Christmas. Little does... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70.978%
Critics Consensus: A clever premise gets plenty of comic blood and violence, but its hampered by some questionable storytelling techniques from director Quentin Dupieux.
RUBBER is the story of Robert, an inanimate tire that has been abandoned in the desert, and suddenly and inexplicably... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.06%
Critics Consensus: Aside from a shaky final act, Insidious is a very scary and very fun haunted house thrill ride.
Saw franchise veterans James Wan and Leigh Whannell team with Paranormal Activity writer/director Oren Peli to give the familiar haunted... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.368%
Critics Consensus: The Little Stranger's reliance on atmosphere may satisfy audiences in the mood for sophisticated horror fare -- while frustrating those seeking more visceral thrills.
THE LITTLE STRANGER tells the story of Dr Faraday, the son of a housemaid, who has built a life of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.689%
Critics Consensus: Summer of '84 suffers from an overreliance on nostalgia for its titular decade, but a number of effective jolts may still satisfy genre enthusiasts.
Summer, 1984: The perfect time to be 15 years old and free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.699%
Critics Consensus: It's as scattershot as its predecessor, but V/H/S/2 rounds up enough horror filmmaking talent to deliver a satisfyingly nasty -- albeit uneven -- dose of gore.
Inside a darkened house looms a column of TVs littered with VHS tapes, a pagan shrine to forgotten analog gods.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.759%
Critics Consensus: XX's array of distinct female filmmaking voices -- and the empowerment their collection represents -- offer enough thrills to make up for the overall uneven quality that plagues most anthology projects.
XX is a new all-female helmed horror anthology featuring four dark tales written and directed by fiercely talented women: Annie... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.444%
Critics Consensus: Child's Play updates an '80s horror icon for the Internet of Things era, with predictably gruesome -- and generally entertaining -- results.
A contemporary re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic, Child's Play follows Karen (Aubrey Plaza), a single mother who gifts her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72.429%
Critics Consensus: Drenched in dark atmosphere and bolstered with some real emotion underneath all the chills, The Hallow suggests a wonderfully horrifying future for director Corin Hardy.
Deep within the darkness of secluded forest land in rural Ireland dwells an ancient evil. Feared by the nearby superstitious... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73.734%
Critics Consensus: Traditional to a fault, The Woman in Black foregoes gore for chills -- although it may not provide enough of them for viewers attuned to more modern, high-stakes horror.
A young lawyer (Radcliffe) travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorner woman is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72.628%
Critics Consensus: We Are What We Are is elevated horror that combines family drama and social politics, with plenty of gore on top.
A middle-aged man dies in the street, leaving his widow and three children destitute. The devastated family is confronted not... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72.731%
Critics Consensus: Strange, audacious, and aggressive, The Woman is an uneven horror flick that game viewers with a wildly bloody finale.
Family man and lawyer Christoper Cleek (Sean Bridgers) must do what he can to protect his family when he comes... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73.591%
Critics Consensus: Fun for fans even if it isn't as frightening as some of its predecessors, Annabelle Comes Home suggests there's still some life left in the Conjuring franchise.
Determined to keep Annabelle from wreaking more havoc, demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren bring the possessed doll to the locked... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73.848%
Critics Consensus: The Final Girls offers an affectionate nod to slasher tropes while adding a surprising layer of genuine emotion to go with the meta amusement.
A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75.081%
Critics Consensus: Slow-building and atmospheric, The Blackcoat's Daughter resists girls-in-peril clichés in a supernatural thriller that serves as a strong calling card for debuting writer-director Oz Perkins.
A deeply atmospheric and terrifying new horror film, The Blackcoat's Daughter centers on Kat (Kiernan Shipka) and Rose (Lucy Boynton),... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75.251%
Critics Consensus: Though the genre is well worn at this point, director Jim Mickle focuses on strong characterization and eerie atmosphere to craft an effective apocalyptic vampire chiller that also manages to pack a mean punch.
America is a lost nation. When an epidemic of vampirism strikes, humans find themselves on the run from vicious, feral... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76.407%
Critics Consensus: Smart, stylish, and nail-bitingly tense, Honeymoon packs more slow-building horror than many bigger-budget productions.
Young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie) travel to remote lake country for their honeymoon, where the promise... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75.381%
Critics Consensus: The Visit provides horror fans with a satisfying blend of thrills and laughs -- and also signals a welcome return to form for writer-director M. Night Shyamalan.
The terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents' remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75.403%
Critics Consensus: The Limehouse Golem offers old-school Hammer-style horror anchored by rich period detail and strong work from a solid cast.
The city of London is gripped with fear as a serial killer - dubbed The Limehouse Golem - is on... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75.427%
Critics Consensus: Stylish with a sadistic streak, Piercing pairs gripping lead performances with a smartly macabre story that delivers unpredictable thrills.
Reed (Christopher Abbott) is going on a business trip. He kisses his wife and infant son goodbye, but in lieu... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76.326%
Critics Consensus: It doesn't fully deliver on the chilly promise of its Blair Witch-style premise, but The Last Exorcism offers a surprising number of clever thrills.
Disillusioned charlatan Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) comes face to face with pure evil after recruiting a documentary film crew... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76.806%
Critics Consensus: Happy Death Day puts a darkly humorous sci-fi spin on slasher conventions, with added edge courtesy of a starmaking performance from Jessica Rothe.
Blumhouse (Split, Get Out, Whiplash) produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in Happy Death Day, in which a college... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.001%
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.
While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photographer, Clare, meets Andi, a charismatic local man and there is an instant attraction between... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.093%
Critics Consensus: Director David Bruckner makes evocative use of the Scandinavian setting and a dedicated cast to deliver a handsome -- if familiar -- horror story.
Following the sudden, violent death of their best mate, four young men reunite for a hike through the Scandinavian wilderness.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.164%
Critics Consensus: It may not have been necessary to remake the 1985 cult classic, but the new Fright Night benefits from terrific performances by Colin Farrell and David Tennant -- and it's smart, funny, and stylishly gory to boot.
Senior Charlie Brewster (Anton Yelchin) finally has it all-he's running with the popular crowd and dating the hottest girl in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.247%
Critics Consensus: Playing exactly to expectations for a movie about killer fish run amok, Piranha 3-D dishes out gore, guffaws and gratuitous nudity with equal glee.
After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76.895%
Critics Consensus: The Voices gives Ryan Reynolds an opportunity to deliver a highlight-reel performance -- and offers an off-kilter treat for fans of black comedies.
Jerry is a seemingly normal man trying to succeed in his new job at the Milton Bathtub Factory. He lives... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75.115%
Critics Consensus: Visually striking and aggressively confrontational, We are the Flesh may prove as difficult to watch as it ultimately is to forget.
After the end of the world, a young brother and sister roam an apocalyptic city looking for food and shelter.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.641%
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.
Jessica Rothe leads the returning cast of HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U, the follow-up to Blumhouse's (Split, Get Out, The Purge... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.256%
Critics Consensus: Barry Levinson's eco-horror flick cleverly utilizes familiar found-footage methods in service of a gruesome yet atmospheric chiller.
Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 4, 2009 a deadly menace swept... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.164%
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.
In this twisted horror anthology, five strangers are drawn to an abandoned theater and forced to watch their deepest and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.415%
Critics Consensus: Annabelle: Creation adds another strong chapter to the Conjuring franchise - and offers further proof that freaky-looking dolls remain reliably terrifying.
A couple still grieving the death of their daughter take in children from a local orphanage, but the family are... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.745%
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.
A five-man unit of cops on night patrol get more than they bargain for when they arrive at a creepy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.094%
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.
Trick or treat! Ten different tales of Halloween horror taking place in one suburban town are included in this anthology,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.265%
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.
When police officer Carter (Aaron Poole) discovers a blood-soaked man limping down a deserted road, he rushes him to a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.166%
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.
Evil resurfaces in Derry as director Andy Muschietti reunites the Losers Club in a return to where it all began... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.764%
Critics Consensus: Suspiria attacks heady themes with garish vigor, offering a viewing experience that's daringly confrontational - and definitely not for everyone.
A darkness swirls at the center of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe's artistic director (Swinton),... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.179%
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.
A strange disorder suddenly causes parents to violently turn against their own children, forcing a suburban teen (Anne Winters) and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.49%
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.
Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.826%
Critics Consensus: Kill List is an expertly executed slow-burn crime thriller that thrives on tension before morphing into visceral horror.
From director Ben Wheatley, Kill List is a mind-blowing genre concoction being called the "#1 Horror Film of the Year"... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.001%
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.
Acclaimed horror filmmaker Bryan Bertino (The Strangers) directs this suspenseful and scary new film, in which a divorced mother (Zoe... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.087%
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.
In their secluded farmhouse, a mother, formerly a surgeon in Portugal, teaches her daughter, Francisca, to understand anatomy and be... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.171%
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.
On a desolate stretch of desert highway, weary travelers-two men on the run from their past, a band on their... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.84%
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.
I SAW THE DEVIL is a shockingly violent and stunningly accomplished tale of murder and revenge from Korean genre master... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.113%
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.
London, 1905. Prodigal son Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) has returned home, only to learn that his sister is being held... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.099%
Critics Consensus: Imperfect yet intriguing, The Wind offers horror fans an admirably ambitious story further distinguished by its fresh perspective and effective scares.
An unseen evil haunts the homestead in this chilling, folkloric tale of madness, paranoia, and otherworldly terror. Lizzy (Caitlin Gerard)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.407%
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.
When a bloodthirsty supernatural being that lurks in the shadows preys upon a family, a young woman must fight to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.45%
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.
Described by Jimmy Kimmel as "Scary and the Hendersons" and by writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait himself as "The Blair-Squatch Project," found... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.566%
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.
A zombie apocalypse threatens the sleepy town of Little Haven -- at Christmas -- forcing Anna and her friends to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.223%
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.
When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.123%
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.
How much can you really know about another person? The unsettling truth that even those closest to us can harbor... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.536%
Critics Consensus: You're Next's energetic and effective mix of brutal gore and pitch black humor will please horror buffs and beyond.
One of the smartest and most terrifying films in years, YOU'RE NEXT reinvents the genre by putting a fresh twist... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.493%
Critics Consensus: Compact and effective, In Fear offers discerning horror fans a smart and disturbing plunge into the depths of cinematic anxiety.
In Fear is a tense psychological horror about a young couple's fight to make it through the night. Home invasion... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.639%
Critics Consensus: Creepy, provocative, and aesthetically absorbing, Evolution marks a satisfying step forward for director/co-writer Lucile Hadzihalilovic.
10-year-old Nicolas lives with his mother on a remote island, in a village inhabited solely by women and young boys.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.705%
Critics Consensus: Trollhunter is a mockumentary with an appropriate level of creeping dread, but one that also benefits from generous helpings of dry wit.
Shot in a vérité style, Trollhunter is the story of a group of Norwegian film students that set out to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.885%
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.
From director Ti West comes The Innkeepers. Set in the venerable Yankee Pedlar Inn, which is about to shut its... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.081%
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.
Best friends Sadie and McKayla are on a mission to boost their social media fandom as amateur crime reporters hot... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.713%
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.
Derek Cho (Steven Yeun) is having a really bad day. After being unjustly fired from his job, he discovers that... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.035%
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.
An official selection at the Cannes Film Festival, writer/director Michael O'Shea's debut feature The Transfiguration follows troubled teen Milo who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.066%
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.
In this horror sequel, a game of Ouija leads to supernatural activity. Annalise Basso, Henry Thomas, Doug Jones, and Elizabeth... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.261%
Critics Consensus: Rich in atmosphere and intelligence, Spring is a singular horror film with a sneaky, lingering impact.
"Spring" follows young man in a personal tailspin as he flees California to the Italian coast, where he meets a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.754%
Critics Consensus: Luz takes a refreshingly unique approach to horror possession tropes, elevated by a chilly mood and minimalist scares.
In this slick and disturbing horror film, Luz is a young cab driver fleeing from the grasp of a possessed... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.068%
Critics Consensus: Lean and solidly crafted, The Shallows transcends tired shark-attack tropes with nasty thrills and a powerful performance from Blake Lively.
In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.708%
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.
Experience three spine-tingling tales of terror to haunt your dreams. A debunker of all thing paranormal, Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.879%
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.
Tucker & Dale vs Evil is a hilariously gory, good-spirited horror comedy, doing for killer rednecks what Shaun of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.133%
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.
In the 1970s, a British sound technician is brought to Italy to work on the sound effects for a gruesome... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.47%
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.
Chris (Steve Oram) wants to show Tina (Alice Lowe) his world and he wants to do it his way -... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.181%
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.
Sarah and her young son Chris move to a new home in the Irish countryside, next to a forest that... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.87%
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.
It's l968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind... but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.795%
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.
The Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank rules his family with... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.094%
Critics Consensus: Recklessly assembled and occasionally compelling in spite of itself, A Field in England showcases a singularly brilliant voice in British cinema.
England : 1648 AD. A small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.342%
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.
It's just another night at the morgue for a father (Brian Cox) and son (Emile Hirsch) team of coroners, until... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.43%
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.
Reprising their roles, Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga ("Up In the Air," TV's "Bates Motel") and Patrick Wilson (the "Insidious" films),... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.708%
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.
A young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest fear--but is it... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.558%
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.
The legend of Frankenstein gets a provocative modern update in the stylishly disturbing new film from indie horror master Larry... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.859%
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.
With only hours until D-Day, a team of American paratroopers drop into Nazi-occupied France to carry out a mission that's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.05%
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.
When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.348%
Critics Consensus: Smart, suspenseful, and visually distinctive, Julia's Eyes marks another modern Spanish thriller that quickens the pulse while engaging the mind.
A woman is trying to unravel a mystery that she literally can no longer see in this thriller from Spanish... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.461%
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.
In suburban Perth during the mid 1980s, people are unaware that women are disappearing at the hands of serial killer... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.656%
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.
The near future humanity has been all but destroyed by a mutated fungal disease that eradicates free will and turns... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.897%
Critics Consensus: Carried by its charismatic young cast, Better Watch Out is an adorably sinister holiday horror film.
This holiday season, you may be home, but you're not alone... In this fresh and gleefully twisted spin on home-invasion... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.885%
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.
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]
Adjusted Score: 91.072%
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.
In the heat of the summer. A lonesome house in the countryside between woods and corn fields. Nine-year-old twin brothers... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.255%
Critics Consensus: Gleefully nasty and darkly hilarious, Cheap Thrills lives down to its title in the best possible way.
Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.3%
Critics Consensus: The Invitation makes brilliant use of its tension-rich premise to deliver a uniquely effective -- and surprisingly clever -- slow-building thriller.
In this taut psychological thriller by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer's Body), the tension is palpable when Will (Logan Marshall-Green, Prometheus)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.483%
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.
Staten Island filmmakers Joshua Zeman and Barbara Brancaccio reveal how an urban legend conjured up to keep kids from exploring... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.505%
Critics Consensus: Rare Exports is an unexpectedly delightful crossbreed of deadpan comedy and Christmas horror.
It's the eve of Christmas in northern Finland, and an 'archeological' dig has just unearthed the real Santa Claus. But... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.001%
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.
Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who made his name with classics Cure and Bright Future, gets back to his roots by putting the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.193%
Critics Consensus: Well-crafted and gleefully creepy, The Conjuring ratchets up dread through a series of effective old-school scares.
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. "The Conjuring" tells the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.299%
Critics Consensus: The Devil's Candy playfully subverts horror tropes while serving up more than enough stylish thrills to satisfy genre enthusiasts.
An artist and his family think they've moved into the house of their dreams, but when he is possessed by... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.495%
Critics Consensus: Carla Gugino carries Gerald's Game's small-scale suspense with a career-defining performance.
Gerald Burlingame (Bruce Greenwood) and his wife Jessie (Carla Gugino) attempt to rekindle the flames of their marriage with a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.771%
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.
A pitch black, wryly British comedy from the mind of Alice Lowe, "Prevenge" follows Ruth, a pregnant woman on a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.852%
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.
Newly arrived from England to marry his fiancee Zaneta (Agnieszka Zulewska, Chemo), Peter (Israeli actor Itay Tiran, Lebanon) has been... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.895%
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.
When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.023%
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.
MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND is a psychological thriller examining the plight of undocumented female immigrants hoping to make a life in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.358%
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.
From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.934%
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.
Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.854%
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.
Twelve-year old Owen is viciously bullied by his classmates and neglected by his divorcing parents. Achingly lonely, Owen spends his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.801%
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.
In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years - and demands... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.805%
Critics Consensus: Alternately hilarious, gross, and simply diverting, Housebound is the rare horror-comedy that delivers on both fronts.
Kylie Bucknell is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.493%
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.
A trio of reckless thieves breaks into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they'll get away with the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.481%
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.
CAM is a technology driven psychological thriller set in the world of webcam porn. It follows Alice, an ambitious camgirl,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.221%
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.
Imagine the end of the world. Now imagine something worse. Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his incredible debut feature... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.555%
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.
TRAIN TO BUSAN is a harrowing zombie horror-thriller that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.714%
Critics Consensus: Thelma plays with genre tropes in unexpected ways, delivering a thoughtfully twisty supernatural thriller with a lingering impact.
Thelma, a shy young student, has just left her religious family in a small town on the west coast of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.802%
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.
Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, acclaimed filmmakers Moorhead and Benson return with this mind-bending thriller that follows two... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.896%
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.
Jen (fearlessly embodied by Matilda Lutz, Rings) is enjoying a romantic getaway with her wealthy boyfriend which is suddenly disrupted... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98.64%
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.
Elaine, a beautiful young witch, is determined to find a man to love her. In her Gothic Victorian apartment she... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.919%
Critics Consensus: Green Room delivers unapologetic genre thrills with uncommon intelligence and powerfully acted élan.
GREEN ROOM is a brilliantly crafted and wickedly fun horror-thriller starring Patrick Stewart as a diabolical club owner who squares... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.674%
Critics Consensus: Smart, subversive, and darkly funny, Ready or Not is a crowd-pleasing horror film with giddily entertaining bite.
Ready Or Not follows a young bride (Samara Weaving) as she joins her new husband's (Mark O'Brien) rich, eccentric family... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.239%
Critics Consensus: Successfully mixing the conventions of the teen and horror genres with a twist, Australian director Sean Byrne makes a striking directorial debut.
Lola Stone asked Brent Mitchell to the prom, but Brent said no, and now he's screwed. What happens when Lola... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.369%
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.
Everyone in Justine's family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At sixteen she's a brilliant student starting out at veterinary... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.002%
Critics Consensus: Ambitious, impressively crafted, and above all unsettling, Midsommar further proves writer-director Ari Aster is a horror auteur to be reckoned with.
Dani and Christian are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.587%
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.
The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut basks in the sheer pleasure of pulp. A joyful... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.896%
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.
Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.066%
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.
A haunting horror fairytale set against the backdrop of Mexico's devastating drug wars, TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID follows a group... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.438%
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.
Five friends go to a remote cabin in the woods. Bad things happen. If you think you know this story,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.363%
Critics Consensus: The Wailing delivers an atmospheric, cleverly constructed mystery whose supernatural thrills more than justify its imposing length.
The arrival of a mysterious stranger in a quiet rural village causes suspicion amongst the villagers- but as they begin... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.831%
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.
New Line Cinema's horror thriller "IT," directed by Andy Muschietti ("Mama"), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.746%
Critics Consensus: Under the Shadow deftly blends seemingly disparate genres to deliver an effective chiller with timely themes and thought-provoking social subtext.
Shideh (Narges Rashidi) and her family live amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war, a period known as The War... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102.496%
Critics Consensus: Smarter, fresher, and funnier than a modern vampire movie has any right to be, What We Do in the Shadows is bloody good fun.
WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS chronicles the adventures of four vampire roommates trying to get by in a modern... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102.538%
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.
In this exquisitely made and terrifying new horror film, the age-old concepts of witchcraft, black magic and possession are innovatively... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104.793%
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.
When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105.595%
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.
After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107.1%
Critics Consensus: The Babadook relies on real horror rather than cheap jump scares -- and boasts a heartfelt, genuinely moving story to boot.
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline... [More]
Adjusted Score: 111.17%
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.
In the modern horror thriller A QUIET PLACE, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious... [More]
Adjusted Score: 113.923%
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.
Now that Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend... [More]
Adjusted Score: 117.184%
Critics Consensus: With Jordan Peele's second inventive, ambitious horror film, we have seen how to beat the sophomore jinx, and it is Us.
Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar (R) winner Lupita Nyong'o... [More]