Foreign Films The Best Australian Horror Movies  

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List Rules Vote for the scariest Australian horror film, or simply vote for your favorite regardless of how scary it is.

For those looking for a scare from down under, here's our list of the best Australian horror movies of all time. Australia has contributed a lot to the horror genre over the years, featuring some of the best psychological and torture horror the world has ever seen. This list of Australian horror movies is a great guide for those looking to dive into the Australian horror scene, especially if you're not from the country.

If you love horror, then you know Australian director James Wan is credited as starting the massive franchise that is Saw. Featuring a dying psychopath who loves teaching life lessons to his unfortunate victims, there are currently five Saw movies that are streaming on Netflix instant, so marathon those if you haven't seen them.

Definitely check out the 2014 sensation The Babadook as well; a psychological horror film that is a bit slower than your usual horror flick, but definitely leaves a lasting impression. The film is critically acclaimed, with almost a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes.

What is your favorite Australian horror movie? Let us know what the scariest Australian movies are by voting on the poll below. 

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The Babadook Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Adam Morgan The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent, in which a woman and her son are tormented by a "boogie-man" type monster. The film ...more

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Razorback Gregory Harrison, Chris Haywood, Judy Morris Razorback is a 1984 Australian film written by Everett De Roche, based on Peter Brennan's novel, and directed by Russell Mulcahy. The film revolves around the attacks of a gigantic wild boar ...more

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Re-Animator Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, David Gale Re-Animator is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film loosely based on the H. P. Lovecraft episodic novella "Herbert West–Reanimator." Directed by Stuart Gordon, it was the ...more

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Wolf Creek Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi Wolf Creek is a 2005 Australian horror film written, co-produced, and directed by Greg McLean, and starring John Jarratt. The story revolves around three backpackers who find themselves held ...more

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Dead Silence Ryan Kwanten, Judith Roberts, Donnie Wahlberg Dead Silence is a 2007 supernatural psychological horror film directed by James Wan and written by Leigh Whannell, the creators of Saw. Jamie Ashen (Ryan Kwanten) and his wife, Lisa (Laura ...more

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The Ghost and The Darkness Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer The Ghost and the Darkness is a 1996 historical adventure film starring Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas set in Africa at the end of the 19th century. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins and the ...more

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Picnic at Hanging Rock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Horror Movies
TheWelshGuy added Picnic at Hanging Rock Jacki Weaver, Rachel Roberts, Tony Llewellyn-Jones Picnic at Hanging Rock is a 1975 Australian mystery drama film directed by Peter Weir and starring Anne-Louise Lambert, Helen Morse, Rachel Roberts, Vivean Gray and Dominic Guard. The film was ...more

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Dark City Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was written by Proyas, Lem Dobbs and David S. Goyer. The film stars Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, ...more

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The Loved Ones Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Gulliver McGrath The Loved Ones is a 2009 Australian horror film written and directed by Sean Byrne and starring Xavier Samuel and Robin McLeavy.

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Rogue Mia Wasikowska, Sam Worthington, Radha Mitchell Rogue is a 2007 Australian independent horror film about a group of tourists in Australia who fall prey to a giant, man-eating crocodile. Rogue was released in Australia on 8 November 2007. The ...more

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Saw Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's directorial debut. In the film, Adam (Whannell) and Lawrence (Cary Elwes) awaken chained in a large ...more

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Bad Boy Bubby Audine Leith, Grant Piro, Ralph Cotterill Bad Boy Bubby is a 1994 Australian-Italian black comedy/drama film written and directed by Rolf de Heer. It stars Nicholas Hope and Carmel Johnson. The film became notorious for pushing the ...more

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Snowtown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Australian Horror Movies
Fassbinderisdead added Snowtown Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris, David Walker Snowtown, also known as The Snowtown Murders, is a 2011 Australian film based on the true story of the Snowtown murders directed by Justin Kurzel and written by Shaun Grant.

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Dead Calm Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane Dead Calm is a 1989 Australian thriller film starring Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane. It was based on the 1963 novel of the same name by Charles Williams. The film was directed by ...more

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Daybreakers Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill Daybreakers is a 2009 science-fiction thriller film written and directed by Australian filmmakers Michael and Peter Spierig. The film takes place in a futuristic world overrun by vampires. A ...more

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Killing Ground is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Australian Horror Movies
Killing Ground Harriet Dyer, Ian Meadows, Aaron Pedersen The Killing Ground is a 2017 Australian horror film written and directed by Damien Power. During a camping trip, a young couple (Harriet Dyer and Ian Meadows) find themselves being hunted.

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Species Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge Species is a 1995 American science fiction horror film directed by Roger Donaldson, and starring Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina, Forest Whitaker and Marg ...more

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The Proposition

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Patrick Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann, Julia Blake Patrick is a 1978 Australian horror film directed by Richard Franklin and written by Everett De Roche. It is the pivotal movie of respected Australian director Richard Franklin's career.

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Wolf Creek 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Australian Horror Movies
AlanRapsey added Wolf Creek 2 John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Gerard Kennedy Wolf Creek 2 is a 2013 Australian horror film co-written and directed by Greg McLean.The film serves as a sequel to his 2005 film Wolf Creek and features John Jarratt reprising his role as Mick ...more

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Long Weekend Briony Behets, John Hargreaves, Michael Aitkens Long Weekend is an Australian horror film shot in 1977 and first shown in 1978. The film was directed by Colin Eggleston and stars John Hargreaves and Briony Behets.

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Queen of the Damned Aaliyah, Lena Olin, Paul McGann Queen of the Damned is a 2002 vampire horror film and a loose adaptation of the third novel of Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles series, The Queen of the Damned, although the film contains many ...more

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A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Wally George A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child is a 1989 American slasher horror film and the fifth film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins, stars Robert ...more

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Undead Robyn Moore Gibson, Felicity Mason, Steven O'Donnell Undead is a 2003 Australian zombie horror comedy film written and directed by Michael and Peter Spierig and starring Felicity Mason, Mungo McKay and Rob Jenkins. It was then-relatively-unknown ...more

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The Boys

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Celia Deborra-Lee Furness, Victoria Longley, Rebecca Smart Celia is a 1988 Australian drama film written and directed by Ann Turner.

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Dark Age John Jarratt, David Gulpilil, Max Phipps Dark Age is a 1987 Australian film about a killer crocodile.

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The Last Wave Richard Chamberlain, Vivean Gray, David Gulpilil The Last Wave is an Australian mystery drama from 1977, directed by Peter Weir. It is about a white solicitor in Sydney whose seemingly normal life is disrupted after he takes on a murder case ...more

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Road Games Andrew Simpson, Joséphine de La Baume, Frédéric Pierrot Road Games (also known as Fausse Route) is a 2016 British-French co-production thriller film directed by Abner Pastoll. Hitchhiking duo Jack and Véronique find trouble when they become ...more

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Wake in Fright Donald Pleasence, Jack Thompson, John Meillon Wake in Fright is a 1971 Australian-American thriller film directed by Ted Kotcheff and starring Gary Bond, Donald Pleasence and Chips Rafferty. The screenplay was written by Evan Jones, based ...more

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Two Hands Rose Byrne, Heath Ledger, Bryan Brown Two Hands is a 1999 Australian comedy crime film, written and directed by Gregor Jordan. The film stars Heath Ledger as Jimmy, a young man in debt to Pando, a local gangster played by Bryan ...more

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Howling III Barry Otto, Michael Pate, Frank Thring Howling III is a 1987 Australian horror sequel to The Howling, directed by Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf director Philippe Mora and filmed on location in and outside Sydney, Australia. ...more

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The Interview Hugo Weaving, Michael Caton, Aaron Jeffery The Interview is a 1998 Australian thriller film from writer-director Craig Monahan, and is the first of two films directed by Monahan. Almost the entire film takes place in a police ...more

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Visitors Radha Mitchell, Dominic Purcell, Susannah York Visitors is a 2003 thriller film dealing with the experiences of a young woman sailing solo on a yacht around the world. The loneliness makes her start to lose her sanity. The movie was directed ...more

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Dead End Drive-In Brett Climo, Lyn Collingwood, Peter Whitford Dead End Drive-In is a 1986 Ozploitation film about a teenage couple trapped in a drive-in theater which is really a concentration camp for societal rejects. The inmates, many of whom sport punk ...more

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The Plumber Ivar Kants, Judy Morris, Robert Coleby The Plumber is a 1979 Australian psychological thriller film. Written and directed by Peter Weir, The Plumber was originally made and broadcast as a television film in Australia in 1979 but was ...more

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Dying Breed Leigh Whannell, Melanie Vallejo, Bille Brown Dying Breed is a 2008 Australian horror film that was directed by Jody Dwyer and stars Leigh Whannell and Nathan Phillips.

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The Cars That Eat People

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The Tunnel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Australian Horror Movies
Glenn Ghoul added The Tunnel Luke Arnold, Peter Overton, Goran D. Kleut The Tunnel is a 2011 Australian horror film directed by Carlo Ledesma, and co-written, co-produced and co-edited by Julian Harvey and Enzo Tedeschi. The film stars Bel Deliá, Andy ...more

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Lost Things Steve Le Marquand, Leon Ford, Alex Vaughan Lost Things is a 2003 horror, thriller film written by Stephen Sewell and directed by Martin Murphy.

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Thirst David Hemmings, Henry Silva, Rod Mullinar Thirst is a 1979 Australian Vampire film by Rod Hardy. It stars Australian actors Chantal Contouri and Max Phipps and British actor David Hemmings. It has been described as a blend of vampire ...more

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Bliss

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Metal Skin Ben Mendelsohn, Nadine Garner, Aden Young Metal Skin is a 1994 Australian film written and directed by Geoffrey Wright, starring Aden Young, Tara Morice, Nadine Garner and Ben Mendelsohn. The film follows the lives of four adolescents ...more

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Ghosts... of the Civil Dead Nick Cave, David Field, Vincent Gil Ghosts... of the Civil Dead is a 1988 Australian drama-suspense film directed by John Hillcoat. The script was written by Hillcoat, Evan English, Gene Conkie, Nick Cave and Hugo Race. It is ...more

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The Well Miranda Otto, Frank Wilson, Steve Jacobs The Well is a 1997 Australian film, based on the novel by Elizabeth Jolley.

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Resurrection