Ask anyone who knows us, they’ll tell you that horror movies are one of our go-to’s when it comes to deciding what to watch. We’ve watched a shit-tonne of awful horror films over the years but every now and then, a movie comes out that is both creepy and entertaining.
Whether you’re getting in the festive spirit for Halloween or you’re throwing a horror night with your girls, we’ve put together some of our favourite horror movies from the last decade that are definitely worth a watch.
Special mention goes out to the Nightmare on Elm Street and Wes Craven because Freddy Krueger is the ultimate horror villain.
The Descent (2004)
Remember that period of time when almost every horror movie featured some caves? Well out of that mess came this great eerie little film with a few psychological twists thrown in amongst the horror. That ending is still one of our favourites in the horror genre.
A trapped caving expedition are pursued by a strange breed of predators in this claustrophobic horror. After a tragic accident, a sextet of friends reunite for a caving expedition led by adrenaline junkie Juno (Mendoza). But 3km underground, a collapse traps them. With limited supplies and rising tension, friendships rapidly deteriorate. The panic begins to suffocate them when the find themselves face to face with a hungry and savage breed of predators that lurk the darkness.
Starring Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Jackson Mendoza, Alex Reid, Nora-Jane Noone
This movie came out of nowhere, drowned us in blood and spurred a bunch of average sequels. This first film is the best in the series but if you can’t handle blood, maybe give it a miss.
Torture-horror – the first of a seven-film franchise – about two men who wake up in a dingy factory bathroom, chained by their ankles. Their captor is known as Jigsaw, a psychopath who traps his victims in deadly devices and leaves them with two choices: shed their own blood and escape or accept their death.
The 2004 film ascended above cult status, spawning its six sequels annually and being responsible for popularising the term ‘torture porn’. This also marks the directorial debut of James Wan, who would go on to helm the successful 2013 horror The Conjuring as well as the seventh instalment of The Fast and the Furious.
Starring Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Ken Leung, Dina Meyer
The Conjuring (2013)
When this came out it was one of the best movies we’d seen in a long time that actually manages to mix horror and suspense elements seamlessly.
From the director of Saw and Insidious comes this paranormal horror based on the true story of married demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga). Called upon to help a family terrorised by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse, the Warrens confront a powerful entity and the most terrifying case of their lives.
Starring Vera Farmiga, Mackenzie Foy, Patrick Wilson, Joey King, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston
A brilliant reboot of the original miniseries that gave us chills and has cemented our fear of clowns and storm drains.
Bill Skarsgård is It, a being that terrorises seven small town Maine children in this supernatural horror adapted from Stephen King’s 1986 novel. When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, seven kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
Starring Bill Skarsgård, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Jack Grazer, Chosen Jacobs, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Nicholas Hamilton, Steven Williams
A Quiet Place (2018)
Easily on its way to becoming a cult classic, A Quiet Place uses silence to play on the audiences fears and couples it with an unforgiving creature to build tension in this post-apocalyptic world.
If they hear you, they hunt you.
Rule #1: Don’t make a sound
Rule #2: Never leave the path
Rule #3: Red means run
John Krasinski (The Office) directs, co-writes and stars alongside Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow) in this horror in which a family must stay silent to hide from an evil presence that hunts by sound.
Starring John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds, Cade Woodward
Written by Monique Renee
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