- The Conjuring (2013) - Perhaps one of the best modern day horror films out there, The Conjuring is a perfect example of how to mix suspense and the supernatural together. If you are not about blood and gore, then this is the film for you.
- No One Lives (2012) - Another modern day horror film, but with a slight twist. There are a number of ingenious horror cliches turned on their head here, with Luke Evans providing a phenomenal performance in the lead role. However, beware the level of violence - the title is definitely not misleading.
- Poltergeist (1982) - An old-y but a good-y. Poltergeist commands praise, simply because of the ground-breaking shift in the horror genre it brought with it. It's not flashy or blood-spattered like horror-fare tends to be nowadays. It's the good old fashioned 'we actually used real human skulls' style creepy.
- Scary Movie (2000) - Okay, it's not really a horror movie to be fair, but this one makes the list for all of those who want to say they've watched a horror movie, but are too frightened to actually watch a horror movie. Plus there are some amazing parodies to classic horror flicks, as well as classic one-liners like the 'Ghostface killer's' "Wasssssssssuuuuuppp".
- It Follows (2014) - The film critics have been praising as the best horror film of the year. Rightly so too, considering it is atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, and completely transforms the horror trope that the virgin survives. A threat that's you can't get rid of; now that's a scary thought...
- The Guest (2014) - Although it took forever to make it into the overseas market (Australia only just received the film last month), The Guest is another tension filled psychological thriller that ventures into the realm of horror. Dan Stevens produces a compelling turn as a Soldier who claims to know the family of a dead marine; until it turns out he might be hiding a darker secret.
- Sleepy Hollow (1999) - Johnny Depp and Tim Burton at their kookiest and best, Sleepy Hollow is a faithful and deserving adaptation of Washington Irving's novel, that follows the story of the Headless Horseman. If you want stylised gore and gothic romance, (and aren't willing to pay to see Crimson Peak (2015) in the cinema), this is the next best thing.
- The Babadook (2014) - One of Australia's best exports in the genre of horror, outside of Wolf Creek (2005) which basically just put everyone off coming to Australia for a while, The Babadook is a creepy and monstrous psychological look at how the mind can unravel. Monsters lurk everywhere, even within us. Because if it's in a word, or it's in a look, you can't get rid of the Babadook...
- The Ring (2002) - It is hard to find frightening and believable adaptations of Japanese horror which live up to the original, but the closest one to date would arguably have the be The Ring. The story of a cursed horror tape is one so profound, that it has even been taken up as an urban legend since its release.
- You're Next (2011) - Australian actress Sharni Vinson can certainly kick ass, and that is exactly what you are rooting for in this low-budget cult flick. The film is not a well-scripted or impressively acted piece, but what it does do is show you the complete and utter chaos of the world we live in. Where a bunch of strangers can break into your house for no reason, and leave you needing to use all your wits to outsmart them in the game of life or death.
With the hair-raising night of All Hallow's Eve almost upon us, it's time to check out all the horrors lurking within the frames of Hollywood's best fright films. The only question is which ones may be worth your time perusing on the dark and stormy night, considering there's only so many times you can watch John Carpenter's 1978 classic slasher flick Halloween.
As someone who absolutely adores horror, I have attempted to find ten of the better horror features, as many from the recent years as possible, to aide you in your quest to find the best scares. And with tastes ranging from smart psychological thrillers, all the way through to the senseless slasher fare, there's bound to be something from the list below that tickles your fancy. So as they say in Zombieland (2009) check out the list below and Nut Up or Shut Up!
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