The 10 Best Horror Movies Of The Decade (According To Rotten Tomatoes) (2023)

Horror movies are highly subjective from the start. A film that scares the heck out of an entire audience could end up hated by another audience for being generic, repetitive, or too intense. What scares one person could disgust another and bore another, and what one person thinks is lame horror could send another into a state of panic.

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That fact makes the scores on Rotten Tomatoes so crucial for fans of horror because it takes the average rating of a movie based on both critics and audiences and allows a person to see if the majority of fans were scared and thrilled or bored to tears from the latest horror flicks. Here is a look at the 10 best horror movies of the decade, according to Rotten Tomatoes scores.

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (2012) - 91%

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Released in 2012 by director Drew Goddard and writer Joss Whedon, The Cabin in the Woods was a horror movie that subverted fan's expectations in a good way. The film was a love letter to horror movies and had teens head to a cabin in the woods only to find themselves hunted by monsters.

It turned out that the entire cabin was set up by an organization that held different monsters and creatures captive and set them off after defenseless kids as a sort of experiment. Reviews called the meta-movie funny, strange, and scary.

US (2019) - 93%

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Jordan Peele has two movies on this list, and the lower-ranked came in 2019 with Us. The film starred Lupita Nyong'o as a survivor of a scary experience at a carnival as a child only to find that the past had caught back up with her when her family's doppelgangers show up to try to kill them.

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Things then went crazy when otherdoppelgangers came out and started to kill their duplicates, and society began to break down completely. While some critics said it was a step down fromGet Out, it was still considered "inventive" and "ambitious."

A QUIET PLACE (2018) - 95%

Office alumni John Krasinskipleasantly surprised audiences when he directed the 2018 horror movieA Quiet Place. The film starred Krasinski and his real-life wife Emily Blunt as parents who are trying to keep their three children alive when aliens arrive on Earth that are blind, but hunts and kills based on sound.

When one of their children dies, they scramble to keep their family together despite a new baby being on the way and the monsters closing in. With an almost silent soundtrack, this is a movie that digs its nails in and won't let go until the end.

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (2015) - 96%

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Moving over to a horror movie from New Zealand, What We Do In the Shadows was one of the funniest and crazily inventive horror films of the past decade. This was a mockumentary directed by Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi about several vampires who live together in a flat and invite a documentary film crew into their home.

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The low budget film was a financial success and ended up gaining a lot of fans in the United States, where it ended up remade as a television series on FX. Critics called it "smart," "fresh," and "bloody good fun."

IT FOLLOWS (2015) - 96%

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Released in 2014, It Follows was a small indie horror movie that ended up with a massive cult following. The film, directed by David Robert Mitchell, follows a teenager named Jay who has sex with a boy and then learns that he passed on a curse through intercourse, and she will die if she doesn't pass it on herself.

The film was considered one of the scariest since the evil entity took the form of nightmarish visions and only ambled after the victims, never allowing them to escape and showing their inevitable fate if they don't pass the curse on to someone else. Critics called is smart, original, and terrifying.

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT (2014) - 96%

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One of the best horror movies of the decade, based on Rotten Tomatoes scores, is one that many people missed out on. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is an Iranian vampire western. Any horror fan who has never heard of this movie but read that description should be sold on it immediately.

The film follows a young man who cares for his father and has to deal with threats from a local drug dealer. When a vampire kills the drug dealer, it sets up a series of events where the young man and vampire meet and begin to fall in love. This horror film is as unconventional as they come.

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THE LOVED ONES (2012) - 98%

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The Loved Onesis an Australian horror movie by Sean Byrne, for which he won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival for the Midnight Madness category. This horror film received its limited theatrical release in the United States in 2012, receiving rave reviews.

The Loved Ones tells the story of a young man who accidentally killed his father in an auto accident and has become withdrawn and suicidal. When he rejects the advances of a girl named Lola for an invitation to the prom because he already has a girlfriend, she kidnaps him and has a demented prom of her own in her house.

THE BABADOOK (2014) - 98%

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The Babadook was another Australian horror movie, this one taking the world by storm in 2014. Instead of using cheap horror scares, The Babadook succeeded in scaring audiences with a disconcerting and scary horror tale of a woman who was widowed and raised her son alone.

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When her son begins to fear a monster called the Babadook, strange events start to occur in the house. By the end of the movie, the allegories of mental illness and parents wanting to kill their children, fighting that monster inside, are scarier than any supernatural being.

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GET OUT (2017) - 98%

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The second Jordan Peele movie on this list is Get Out, one of the top critically acclaimed horror movies of the decade, with 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and an Oscar nomination for Best Picture under its belt.

The film was also slightly controversial as it approached the often ignored liberal racism where white people feel they need to "help" others. The film has an interracial couple visiting the white girlfriend's parents with the young man getting a lot more than he bargained for when they set out to help him.

UNDER THE SHADOW (2016) - 99%

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Not only is Under the Shadow one of the best horror movies of the decade, but it was almost unanimously loved on Rotten Tomatoes, with a 99% fresh rating out of 88 professional film critics. Even the one rotten vote said it was a movie to be admired.

Under the Shadow was a 2016 horror movie from Iranian horror director Bobak Anvari. It takes inthe war-tornpost-revolutionary Tehran where a Djinn arrives and haunts a former medical student and her daughter as the war rages around them.

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What horror movie has the best rotten tomatoes? ›

Best Horror Movies 2021
  • #1. A Quiet Place Part II. 91% #1. ...
  • #2. My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To. 98% #2. ...
  • #3. The Boy Behind the Door. 97% #3. ...
  • #4. The Amusement Park. 96% #4. ...
  • #5. Slaxx. 96% #5. ...
  • #6. Candyman. 84% #6. ...
  • #7. The Delivered. 95% #7. ...
  • #8. Lucky. 93% #8.

What are the top 10 scariest horror movies? ›

Critic's Picks: 15 Scariest Movies of All Time
  • Don't Look Now (1973) ...
  • Halloween (1978) ...
  • Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975) ...
  • The Shining (1980) ...
  • The Exorcist (1973) ...
  • The Blair Witch Project (1999) ...
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) Photo : Everett. ...
  • Funny Games (1997) Photo : Attitude Films/ Courtesy Everett Collection.
Oct 20, 2022

What is the scariest movie in the past decade? ›

The 21st century's taste for horror came of age during the past decade, creating new classics of the genre.
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  • The Conjuring (2013) ...
  • Us (2018) ...
  • Let the Right One In (2007) ...
  • The Cabin in the Woods (2012) ...
  • It Follows (2014) ...
  • The Witch (2015) ...
  • Hereditary (2018) ...
  • Get Out (2017)
Oct 14, 2022

What are the big 3 horror movies? ›

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.

What is the #1 scariest movie rated? ›

1. The Exorcist (1973)

What is the number 1 horror movie? ›

All Time Worldwide Box Office for Horror Movies
RankReleasedMovie
12017It
22007I am Legend
31975Jaws
42019It: Chapter Two
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What are the top 5 best 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 is the #1 scariest movie on Netflix? ›

The Best Horror Movies on Netflix
  • #8. Cam (2018) 93% #8. ...
  • #7. Sweetheart (2019) 93% #7. ...
  • #6. Pan's Labyrinth (2006) 95% #6. ...
  • #5. The Old Ways (2021) 95% #5. ...
  • #4. Jaws (1975) 97% #4. ...
  • #3. Under the Shadow (2016) 99% #3. ...
  • #2. Creep 2 (2017) 100% #2. ...
  • #1. His House (2020) 100% #1.

What is the most traumatizing horror movie? ›

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  • Hostel (2005) ...
  • mother! ...
  • Saw (2004) ...
  • The Thing (1982) ...
  • House of 1000 Corpses (2003) ...
  • Raw (2017) ...
  • The Human Centipede II (Full Sequence) (2011)
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What is the scariest found footage film? ›

The 20 best found-footage horror films
  • 1 of 20. "Cannibal Holocaust" (1980) ...
  • 2 of 20. "Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh & Blood" (1985) ...
  • 3 of 20. "The Blair Witch Project" (1999) ...
  • 4 of 20. "Incident at Loch Ness" (2004) ...
  • 5 of 20. "The Collingswood Story" (2006) ...
  • 6 of 20. "Paranormal Activity" (2007) ...
  • 7 of 20. "[REC]" (2007) ...
  • 8 of 20.
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What is the scariest movie in the past 5 years? ›

Ranking of Horror Movies in the last 5 years
  • Jujutsu Kaisen 0 (2021) Sunghoo Park. ...
  • The Innocents (2021) Eskil Vogt. ...
  • Pearl (2022) Ti West. ...
  • Unicorn Wars (2022) Alberto Vázquez. ...
  • Last Night in Soho (2021) Edgar Wright. ...
  • The Wolf House (2018) Joaquín Cociña, Cristóbal León. ...
  • A Quiet Place (2018) John Krasinski. ...
  • The Lighthouse (2019)

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.

Who is the biggest horror killer? ›

  1. Dracula. Dracula is the most influential horror villain of all time.
  2. Hannibal Lecter. ...
  3. Frankenstein's Monster. ...
  4. Norman Bates. ...
  5. Michael Myers. ...
  6. Candyman. ...
  7. Ghostface. ...
  8. Freddy Krueger. ...
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Which one of the scary movies is the funniest? ›

1) 'Scary Movie 3' (2003)

The first of the series to be helmed by David Zucker, Scary Movie 3 is the most consistently funny entry. Riffing on massive pop-cultural hits like The Ring, the Matrix films, 8 Mile, and M.

Which movie is scarier it 1 or 2? ›

Parents need to know that It Chapter Two is the follow-up to the hugely successful It (2017); both films are based on Stephen King's novel. This one -- which is more centered on adults than kids -- is very long and less scary than the first, but it's definitely entertaining, with great characters and true teamwork.

Which scary movie has the best ratings? ›

Best Horror Movies of 2022 Ranked: New Scary Movies Best to Worst
  • #1. Hellbender. 97% #1. ...
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  • #3. Sissy. 96% #3. ...
  • #4. Saloum. 96% #4. ...
  • #5. A Wounded Fawn. 96% #5. ...
  • #6. X. 94% #6. ...
  • #7. Prey. 93% #7. ...
  • #8. You Won't Be Alone. 93% #8.

What is the best horror story ever written? ›

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  • 1Pet Sematary. by Stephen King. ...
  • 2The Island of Doctor Moreau. by H. G. Wells. ...
  • 3The Cask of Amontillado. by Edgar Allan Poe. ...
  • 4The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. ...
  • 5The Turn of the Screw. by Henry James. ...
  • 6Frankenstein. by Mary Shelley. ...
  • 7The Exorcist. ...
  • 8Something Wicked This Way Comes.

What is the scariest movie on HBO Max? ›

Featured Horror
  • The Witch (HBO)
  • The Exorcist.
  • The Fly (HBO)
  • Night of the Living Dead.
  • Halloween Kills (HBO)
  • Texas Chainsaw 3D (HBO)
  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (HBO)
  • The Forever Purge (HBO)

What is considered to be the most disturbing movie ever made? ›

1. Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (Pier Paolo Pasolini – 1975) Writing about Salò is as challenging as watching the film itself because it goes against everything that conventional definitions of cinema prescribe.

What is the scariest psychological horror? ›

These must-see psychological horror movies will leave even the most reverent scary film fans questioning what's waiting out there in the darkness.
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  1. Psycho (1960)
  2. The Shining (1980) ...
  3. M (1931) ...
  4. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) ...
  5. The Sixth Sense (1999) ...
  6. Misery (1990) ...
  7. Se7en (1995) ...
  8. Wait Until Dark (1967) ...
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What movies were so disturbing that people walked out? ›

People Are Sharing Horror Movies That Terrified Them So Much, They Had To Leave The Theater Or Turn Them Off Halfway Through
  • The Strangers (2008) ...
  • The Open House (2018) ...
  • Arachnophobia (1990) ...
  • Martyrs (2008) ...
  • Terrifier (2017) ...
  • Pet Sematary (1989) ...
  • Hereditary (2018) ...
  • Smile (2022)
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Is there a horror movie that is based on a true story? ›

Arguably the most famous horror film based on horrifying, allegedly real events, The Amityville Horror has spent more than four decades giving audiences a permanent case of night terrors with the story of a young couple and their house in Amityville, New York haunted by violent spirits.

What horror movie takes place in a morgue? ›

It stars Shay Mitchell, Kirby Johnson, Stana Katic, Grey Damon and Nick Thune, and follows a former policewoman who encounters the supernatural while working in a morgue.
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The Possession of Hannah Grace
Directed byDiederik van Rooijen
Written byBrian Sieve
Produced byTodd Garner Sean Robins
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What is the oldest horror story? ›

The genre was invented by Horace Walpole, whose Castle of Otranto (1765) may be said to have founded the horror story as a legitimate literary form.

What was the golden age of horror films? ›

When you look at the movies released between 1931 and 1946, it's undeniable that this period was the Golden Age of the horror movie. This was also the era in which Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi became stars and horror legends as they created iconic representations of literary and mythological monsters.

What is the longest running horror movie? ›

Here are ten horror series that have definitely earned themselves a lifespan.
  • Night of the Living Dead (6 Films and Counting) ...
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre (8 Films) ...
  • The Conjuring (8 Films) ...
  • Children of the Corn (10 Films) ...
  • Friday the 13th (12 Films)
Mar 22, 2020

Which five are classic horror movies? ›

5 Classic Horror Movies That Are Still Shocking Today
  • Psycho (1960)
  • Peeping Tom (1960)
  • Freaks (1932)
  • Eyes Without a Face(1960)
Sep 19, 2022

Who is the most popular horror character? ›

The 10 Most Iconic Horror Movie Villains
  • Ghostface – Scream. ...
  • Pinhead – Hellraiser. ...
  • Norman Bates – Psycho. ...
  • Hannibal Lecter – The Silence of the Lambs. ...
  • Leatherface – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. ...
  • Jason Voorhees – Friday the 13th. ...
  • Freddy Krueger – Nightmare on Elm Street. ...
  • Michael Myers – Halloween.
Aug 15, 2013

What is Stephen King favorite movie? ›

My favourite film of all time – this may surprise you—is Sorcerer, William Friedkin's remake of the great Henri-Georges Clouzot's The Wages of Fear.

Who is the master of horror movies? ›

The original ten "masters" attending were John Carpenter, Larry Cohen, Don Coscarelli, Joe Dante, Guillermo del Toro, Stuart Gordon, Tobe Hooper, John Landis, Bill Malone, and Garris himself.

Who is the 1 serial killer? ›

Serial killers with the highest known victim count
NameCountryYears active
Hadj Mohammed MesfewiMorocco1906 and earlier
Vera RencziKingdom of Romania Yugoslavia Hungary (alleged)1920–1930
Ted BundyUnited States1974–1978
John Wayne GacyUnited States1972–1978
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Who is the strongest horror villain? ›

Though there are many to choose from, here is the list of the strongest horror movie villains in cinema history.
  1. Death (Final Destination)
  2. Pennywise the Dancing Clown (It) ...
  3. Pazuzu (The Exorcist) ...
  4. Deadites (The Evil Dead) ...
  5. The Thing (The Thing) ...
  6. Mister Babadook (The Babadook) ...
  7. Pinhead (Hellraiser) ...
Oct 11, 2022

Who is the most feared horror character? ›

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

What is the most viewed horror movie? ›

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 is scariest movie on Amazon Prime? ›

Here are the 40 best horror movies on Amazon Prime:
  1. Let the Right One In. Year: 2008. Director: Tomas Alfredson. ...
  2. The Wailing. Year: 2016. ...
  3. Night of the Living Dead. Year: 1968. ...
  4. Train to Busan. Year: 2016. ...
  5. Hellraiser. Year: 1987. ...
  6. We Need to Talk About Kevin. Year: 2012. ...
  7. We Are Still Here. Year: 2015. ...
  8. House on Haunted Hill. Year: 1959.
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