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The Best Horror Movies of 2005

Updated September 23, 2019 11.3k votes 839 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 Amityville Horror2
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    The Amityville Horror

    Chloë Grace Moretz, Ryan Reynolds

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Douglas

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  • The Exorcism of Emily Rose3
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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose

    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2005

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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    #11 of 20 20 Horrifying Crime Movies Whose True Stories Are Way More Terrifying#3 of 67 The Best Demonic Possession Movies

  • The Skeleton Key4
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    The Skeleton Key

    Kate Hudson, John Hurt

    Released2005

    Directed byIain Softley

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  • The Call of Cthulhu5
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    The Call of Cthulhu

    Andrew Leman, John Klemantaski

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew Leman

  • Saw II6
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    Saw II

    Emmanuelle Vaugier, Shawnee Smith

    Released2005

    Directed byDarren Lynn Bousman

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  • Strange Circus7
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    Strange Circus

    Fujiko, Mai Takahashi

    Released2005

    Directed bySion Sono

  • Wolf Creek8
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    Wolf Creek

    Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt

    Released2005

    Directed byGreg McLean

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  • Hostel9
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    Hostel

    Eli Roth, Ashley Robbins

    Released2005

    Directed byEli Roth

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  • The Devil's Rejects10
    124
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    The Devil's Rejects

    Diamond Dallas Page, Danny Trejo

    Released2005

    Directed byRob Zombie

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  • Beneath Still Waters11
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    Beneath Still Waters

    Charlotte Salt, Josep Maria Pou

    Released2005

    Directed byBrian Yuzna

  • Dark Water12
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    Dark Water

    Jennifer Connelly, Tim Roth

    Released2005

    Directed byWalter Salles

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  • The Cave13
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    The Cave

    Lena Headey, Piper Perabo

    Released2005

    Directed byBruce Hunt

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  • War of the Worlds14
    119
    46

    War of the Worlds

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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  • Dead Season15
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    27

    Dead Season

    Audrey Elizabeth Evans, Chris Daly

    Released2005

    Directed byJoey Evans

  • Anniyan16
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    30

    Anniyan

    Vikram, Prakash Raj

    Released2005

    Directed byS. Shankar

  • Fragile17
    95
    30

    Fragile

    Calista Flockhart, Elena Anaya

    Released2005

    Directed byJaume Balagueró

  • All Souls Day18
    102
    36

    All Souls Day

    Danny Trejo, Laura Harring

    Released2005

    Directed byJeremy Kasten, Mark A. Altman

  • Pterodactyl19
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    Pterodactyl

    Coolio, Mircea Monroe

    Released2005

    Directed byMark L. Lester

  • Boy Eats Girl20
    99
    35

    Boy Eats Girl

    Domhnall Gleeson, Samantha Mumba

    Released2005

    Directed byStephen Bradley

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  • Killers by Nature21
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    Killers by Nature

    Jason Contini, Alan Sciranko

    Released2005

    Directed byEric Spudic

  • Hellraiser: Hellworld22
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    Hellraiser: Hellworld

    Henry Cavill, Katheryn Winnick

    Released2005

    Directed byRick Bota

  • Dead Life23
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    Dead Life

    Bruce Taylor, Dominic Koulianos

    Released2005

    Directed byWilliam Victor Schotten

  • The Ring Two24
    104
    39

    The Ring Two

    Naomi Watts, Emily VanCamp

    Released2005

    Directed byHideo Nakata

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  • The Eye 1025
    88
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    The Eye 10

    Isabella Leong, Bongkoj Khongmalai

    Released2005

    Directed byOxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang Phat