The Best Horror Movies of 2008  

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List of the best 2008 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 2008, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding movies that you haven't seen before, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page.

These movies, like Let the Right One In and Cloverfield include images when available. If you're looking for a list of all horror movies from 2008 then you've found the right page. Order the list alphabetically by clicking on "Sort Alphabetically" in the options dropdown.
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Kim Basinger, Lukas Haas, Craig Sheffer
While She Was Out is a 2008 American thriller horror film starring Kim Basinger and Lukas Haas. Basinger plays a suburban housewife who is forced to fend for herself when she becomes stranded in ...more
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Anna Paquin, Leslie Bibb, Brian Cox
Trick 'r Treat is a 2007 American-Canadian anthology horror film written and directed by Michael Dougherty. The film stars Dylan Baker, Brian Cox and Anna Paquin, and centers on four ...more
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Carrie Keagan, Laura Slade Wiggins, Lucas Till
This film is a 2008 American independent zombie comedy, directed by Gregg Bishop and written by Joe Ballarini. The film featured Jared Kusnitz, Greyson Chadwick, Chandler Darby, and Carissa ...more
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Amber Heard, Anson Mount, Robert Earl Keen
All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is a 2006 American slasher film directed by Jonathan Levine, and starring Amber Heard, Michael Welch, Whitney Able and Anson Mount. The plot centers on a group of ...more
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Mylène Jampanoï, Morjana El Alaoui, Xavier Dolan
Martyrs is a 2008 horror film written and directed by Pascal Laugier. It was first screened during the 2008 Cannes Film Festival at the Marché du Film, and the film's French release was ...more
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Jenna Jameson, Tito Ortiz, John Hawkes
Zombie Strippers is a 2008 American zombie comedy film written and directed by Jay Lee, starring Robert Englund, Jenna Jameson, and Tito Ortiz and distributed by Sony Pictures Home ...more
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Willy Ortlieb, Brett Gipson, Matt Severson
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Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones
Quarantine is a 2008 American science fiction horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and starring Jennifer Carpenter, Jay Hernandez, Columbus Short, Greg Germann, Steve Harris, Dania Ramirez, ...more
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Stephen McHattie, Daniel Fathers, Boyd Banks
Pontypool is a 2008 horror film directed by Bruce McDonald and adapted by Tony Burgess from Burgess' novel Pontypool Changes Everything.
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Bradley Cooper, Brooke Shields, Leslie Bibb
The Midnight Meat Train is a 2008 mystery horror-thriller film based on Clive Barker's 1984 short story of the same name, which can be found in Volume One of Barker's collection Books of Blood. ...more
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Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh
Let the Right One In is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson. A 12-year-old boy (Kåre Hedebrant) develops a friendship with a vampire child (Lina Leandersson) in ...more
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Ron Perlman, Dominic Monaghan, Larry Fessenden
I Sell the Dead is a 2008 comedy horror film, the feature film debut from Irish director Glenn McQuaid. The film is a period horror comedy about grave robbing and stars Dominic Monaghan, Ron ...more
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Jolene Blalock, Catherine Oxenberg, Boris Kodjoe
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder is an American military science fiction film, written and directed by Ed Neumeier and starring Casper Van Dien from the original movie and Jolene Blalock. The film ...more
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Tara Reid, Mercedes McNab, Corbin Bernsen
Vipers is a 2008 film directed by Bill Corcoran. It stars Tara Reid and Jonathan Scarfe. It premiered on the Syfy Channel on September 21, 2008, and was released on DVD on September 23, 2008. ...more
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Liv Tyler, Gemma Ward, Scott Speedman
The Strangers is a 2008 American horror film written and directed by Bryan Bertino and starring Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman as a young couple who are terrorized by three masked assailants, who ...more
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Andy Serkis, Jennifer Ellison, Doug Bradley
The Cottage is a 2008 British darkly comic horror film, written and directed by Paul Andrew Williams.
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Rider Strong, Gabrielle Tuite, Judah Friedlander
Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever is an 2009 American horror film about a high school prom that descends into sheer panic when a deadly flesh-eating virus spreads via a popular brand of bottled water. ...more
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Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly, Jack O'Connell
Eden Lake is a 2008 British thriller film written and directed by James Watkins and starring Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender and Jack O'Connell.
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Jena Malone, Bar Paly, Laura Ramsey
The Ruins is a 2008 horror film directed by Carter Smith which stars Jonathan Tucker, Shawn Ashmore, Jena Malone, Laura Ramsey, and Joe Anderson. Released in 2008, the American-Australian ...more
Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 2008
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas
Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard. Before settling on an ...more
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Jessica Lucas, Katheryn Winnick, Laura Breckenridge
Amusement is a 2008 American horror film directed by John Simpson and starring Katheryn Winnick, Laura Breckenridge and Jessica Lucas. The film went direct-to-video in January 2009. It was the ...more
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Alysha Aubin, Morgan McCunn, Candice Mausner
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Jennifer Tilly, Judd Nelson, Jennifer Freeman
The Caretaker is a 2008 horror comedy film written by Jackie Olson and directed by Bryce Olson.
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Allison Hensel, Alexandra Andrews, Del Jenkins
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Grave Mistake is a 2008 American horror film directed by Shawn Darling. A young boy Alex goes on a journey to find his lost mother during an attack by zombies on his hometown.
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Ashley Greene, Kevin Pollak, Tracy Scoggins
Otis is a 2008 direct-to-DVD comedy horror film directed by Tony Krantz. It is the fourth Raw Feed horror film from Warner Home Video.