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The Best Horror Movies of 2005

Updated September 23, 2019 21.6k votes 837 voters 68.2k views82 items

List of the best 2005 horror movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. All types of scary movies are represented below, including thrillers, slashers, gore, psychological horror films and more. These are all the horror movies that defined the year 2005, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

War of the Worlds and Hostel are included in this list. This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 2005, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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  • The Descent1
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    The Descent

    Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza

    Released2005

    Directed byNeil Marshall

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  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose2
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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose

    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2005

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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  • Beneath Still Waters3
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    Beneath Still Waters

    Charlotte Salt, Josep Maria Pou

    Released2005

    Directed byBrian Yuzna

  • Boy Eats Girl4
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    Boy Eats Girl

    Domhnall Gleeson, Samantha Mumba

    Released2005

    Directed byStephen Bradley

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  • Saw II5
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    Saw II

    Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith

    Released2005

    Directed byDarren Lynn Bousman

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  • The Amityville Horror6
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    The Amityville Horror

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Douglas

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  • The Veil7
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    The Veil

    Richard Chance, Michael Himsworth

    Released2005

    Directed byRichard Chance

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  • The Call of Cthulhu8
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    The Call of Cthulhu

    Andrew Leman, John Klemantaski

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Leman

  • The Cave9
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    The Cave

    Lena Headey, Piper Perabo

    Released2005

    Directed byBruce Hunt

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  • Bad Reputation10
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    Bad Reputation

    Jeff Kueppers, Jerad Anderson

    Released2005

    Directed byJim Hemphill

  • Chandramukhi11
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    Chandramukhi

    Rajinikanth, Nayantara

    Released2005

    Directed byP. Vasu

  • Wolf Creek12
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    Wolf Creek

    Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt

    Released2005

    Directed byGreg McLean

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  • Killers by Nature13
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    Killers by Nature

    Jason Contini, Alan Sciranko

    Released2005

    Directed byEric Spudic

  • Chaos14
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    Chaos

    Sage Stallone, Kevin Gage

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid DeFalco

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  • The Ring Two15
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    The Ring Two

    Naomi Watts, Emily VanCamp

    Released2005

    Directed byHideo Nakata

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  • Doll Graveyard16
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    Doll Graveyard

    Hannah Marks, Jared Kusnitz

    Released2005

    Directed byCharles Band

  • Desperate Souls17
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    Desperate Souls

    Benjamin McKenzie, Ryan Barrett

    Released2005

    Directed byChad Archibald

  • One Missed Call18
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    One Missed Call

    Kou Shibasaki, Anna Nagata

    Released2004

    Directed byTakashi Miike

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  • Devon's Ghost: Legend of the Bloody Boy19
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    Devon's Ghost: Legend of the Bloody Boy

    Karan Ashley, Johnny Yong Bosch

    Released2005

    Directed byJohnny Yong Bosch, Koichi Sakamoto

  • Man-Thing20
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    Man-Thing

    Rachael Taylor, Alex O'Loughlin

    Released2005

    Directed byBrett Leonard

  • Urban Legends: Bloody Mary21
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    Urban Legends: Bloody Mary

    Kate Mara, Rooney Mara

    Released2005

    Directed byMary Lambert

  • War of the Worlds22
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    War of the Worlds

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Anniyan23
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    Anniyan

    Vikram, Prakash Raj

    Released2005

    Directed byS. Shankar

  • Doom24
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    Doom

    Dwayne Johnson, Rosamund Pike

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrzej Bartkowiak

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  • The Gravedancers25
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    The Gravedancers

    Josie Maran, Dominic Purcell

    Released2005

    Directed byMike Mendez