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The Best Australian Horror Movies 

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Updated October 12, 2019 817 votes 301 voters 11.4k views 47 items

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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Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Adam Morgan

Released: 2014

Directed by: Jennifer 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 ...more
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Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt, Kestie Morassi

Released: 2005

Directed by: Greg 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 ...more
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Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Shawnee Smith

Released: 2004

Directed by: James 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 ...more
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Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Gulliver McGrath

Released: 2009

Directed by: Sean Byrne

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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Dead Silence Ryan Kwanten, Judith Roberts, Donnie Wahlberg

Directed by: James 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 ...more
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Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Melissa George

Released: 1998

Directed by: Alex 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, ...more
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Picnic at Hanging Rock ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Australian Horror Movies
TheWelshGuy added Jacki Weaver, Rachel Roberts, Tony Llewellyn-Jones

Released: 1975

Directed by: Peter 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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Mia Wasikowska, Sam Worthington, Radha Mitchell

Released: 2007

Directed by: Greg 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 ...more
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Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, David Gale

Released: 1985

Directed by: Stuart 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 ...more
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Snowtown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Australian Horror Movies
Fassbinderisdead added Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris, David Walker

Released: 2011

Directed by: Justin 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.
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Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer

Released: 1996

Directed by: Stephen 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
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Audine Leith, Grant Piro, Ralph Cotterill

Released: 1993

Directed by: Rolf 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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Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill, Billy Zane

Released: 1989

Directed by: Phillip 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 ...more
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Wolf Creek 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Australian Horror Movies
AlanRapsey added John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Gerard Kennedy

Released: 2013

Directed by: Greg 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
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Gregory Harrison, Chris Haywood, Judy Morris

Released: 1984

Directed by: Russell 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
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Robert Englund, Lisa Wilcox, Wally George

Released: 1989

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

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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Killing Ground is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Australian Horror Movies
Harriet Dyer, Ian Meadows, Aaron Pedersen

Directed by: Damien 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.
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Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann, Julia Blake

Released: 1978

Directed by: Richard 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.
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Willem Dafoe, Ethan Hawke, Sam Neill

Released: 2009

Directed by: Michael 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 ...more
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Michelle Williams, Ben Kingsley, Natasha Henstridge

Released: 1995

Directed by: Roger 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
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Briony Behets, John Hargreaves, Michael Aitkens

Released: 1978

Directed by: Colin Eggleston

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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Wyrmwood: Road of the De... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Australian Horror Movies
MikeyJL added Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill

Released: 2015

Directed by: Kiah 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.
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Brett Climo, Lyn Collingwood, Peter Whitford

Released: 1986

Directed by: Brian Trenchard-Smith

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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Steve Le Marquand, Leon Ford, Alex Vaughan

Released: 2003

Directed by: Martin Murphy

Lost Things is a 2003 horror, thriller film written by Stephen Sewell and directed by Martin Murphy.