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The Best Australian Horror Movies

Updated October 12, 2019 1.1k votes 326 voters 12.4k views47 items

List RulesVote 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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    Wolf Creek

    Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt
    66
    16

    Released2005

    Directed byGreg McLean

    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 captive...  more
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    The Babadook

    Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall
    76
    29

    Released2014

    Directed byJennifer Kent

    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 stars Essie...  more
  • 3

    The Ghost and The Darkness

    Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas
    43
    2

    Released1996

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    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
  • 4

    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter
    53
    15

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

    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 dilapidated...  more
  • 5

    The Loved Ones

    Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy
    46
    14

    Released2009

    Directed bySean Byrne

    The Loved Ones is a 2009 Australian horror film written and directed by Sean Byrne and starring Xavier Samuel and Robin McLeavy....  more
  • 6

    Dead Silence

    Ryan Kwanten, Judith Roberts
    40
    12

    Released2007

    Directed byJames Wan

    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 Regan),...  more
  • 7

    Razorback

    Gregory Harrison, Chris Haywood
    30
    5

    Released1984

    Directed byRussell Mulcahy

    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
  • 8

    Daybreakers

    Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke
    28
    9

    Released2009

    Directed byMichael Spierig, Peter Spierig

    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 vampiric...  more
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    Snowtown

    Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris
    23
    4

    Released2011

    Directed byJustin Kurzel

    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....  more
  • 10

    Species

    Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley
    28
    12

    Released1995

    Directed byRoger Donaldson

    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
  • 11

    Rogue

    Mia Wasikowska, Sam Worthington
    22
    6

    Released2007

    Directed byGreg McLean

    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 film...  more
  • 12

    Re-Animator

    Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs
    23
    7

    Released1985

    Directed byStuart Gordon

    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 first film in...  more
  • 13

    Dead Calm

    Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill
    18
    6

    Released1989

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

    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 Australian...  more
  • 14

    Killing Ground

    Harriet Dyer, Ian Meadows
    18
    7

    Directed byDamien Power

    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....  more
  • 15

    The Proposition

    16
    4
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    Picnic at Hanging Rock

    Jacki Weaver, Rachel Roberts
    23
    14

    Released1975

    Directed byPeter Weir

    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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    Wolf Creek 2

    John Jarratt, Ryan Corr
    14
    4

    Released2013

    Directed byGreg McLean

    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
  • 18

    Dark City

    Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland
    24
    16

    Released1998

    Directed byAlex Proyas

    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, Jennifer...  more
  • 19

    Bad Boy Bubby

    Audine Leith, Grant Piro
    17
    9

    Released1993

    Directed byRolf de Heer

    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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    The Tunnel

    Luke Arnold, Peter Overton
    10
    0

    Released2011

    Directed byCarlo Ledesma

    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 Rodoreda, Steve...  more
  • 21

    Patrick

    Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann
    12
    4

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Franklin

    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....  more
  • 22

    Lost Things

    Steve Le Marquand, Leon Ford
    4
    0

    Released2003

    Directed byMartin Murphy

    Lost Things is a 2003 horror, thriller film written by Stephen Sewell and directed by Martin Murphy....  more
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    Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

    Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey
    7
    0

    Released2015

    Directed byKiah Roache-Turner

    Wyrmwood is a 2014 Australian action-horror film directed by Kiah Roache-Turner. The film follows a mechanic who finds himself faced with zombie hordes in the Australian outback....  more
  • 24

    The Plumber

    Ivar Kants, Judy Morris
    3
    0

    Released1979

    Directed byPeter Weir

    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
  • 25

    Visitors

    Radha Mitchell, Dominic Purcell
    4
    2

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Franklin

    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 by...  more
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