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The Best Australian Horror Movies

Updated October 12, 2019 1.0k votes 315 voters 12.1k 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 Creek1
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    Wolf Creek

    Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt

    Released2005

    Directed byGreg McLean

    Wolf Creek is a 2005 Australian horror film written, co-produced, and directed by Greg McLean,...  more
  • The Babadook2
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    The Babadook

    Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall

    Released2014

    Directed byJennifer Kent

    The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer...  more
  • Saw3
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    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

    Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's...  more
  • The Loved Ones4
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    14

    The Loved Ones

    Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy

    Released2009

    Directed bySean Byrne

    The Loved Ones is a 2009 Australian horror film written and directed by Sean Byrne and...  more
  • Dead Silence5
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    14

    Dead Silence

    Ryan Kwanten, Judith Roberts

    Released2007

    Directed byJames Wan

    Dead Silence is a 2007 supernatural psychological horror film directed by James Wan and...  more
  • Dark City6
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    7

    Dark City

    Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland

    Released1998

    Directed byAlex Proyas

    Dark City is a 1998 neo-noir science fiction film directed by Alex Proyas. The screenplay was...  more
  • Snowtown7
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    Snowtown

    Daniel Henshall, Louise Harris

    Released2011

    Directed byJustin Kurzel

    Snowtown, also known as The Snowtown Murders, is a 2011 Australian film based on the true...  more
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock8
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    Picnic at Hanging Rock

    Jacki Weaver, Rachel Roberts

    Released1975

    Directed byPeter Weir

    Picnic at Hanging Rock is a 1975 Australian mystery drama film directed by Peter Weir and...  more
  • Rogue9
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    Rogue

    Mia Wasikowska, Sam Worthington

    Released2007

    Directed byGreg McLean

    Rogue is a 2007 Australian independent horror film about a group of tourists in Australia who...  more
  • Re-Animator10
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    Re-Animator

    Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs

    Released1985

    Directed byStuart Gordon

    Re-Animator is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film loosely based on the H. P....  more
  • The Ghost and The Darkness11
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    The Ghost and The Darkness

    Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas

    Released1996

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    The Ghost and the Darkness is a 1996 historical adventure film starring Val Kilmer and Michael...  more
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child12
    19
    6

    Released1989

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child is a 1989 American slasher horror film and the...  more
  • Dead Calm13
    19
    6

    Dead Calm

    Nicole Kidman, Sam Neill

    Released1989

    Directed byPhillip Noyce

    Dead Calm is a 1989 Australian thriller film starring Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane....  more
  • Bad Boy Bubby14
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    Bad Boy Bubby

    Audine Leith, Grant Piro

    Released1993

    Directed byRolf de Heer

    Bad Boy Bubby is a 1994 Australian-Italian black comedy/drama film written and directed by...  more
  • Wolf Creek 215
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    Wolf Creek 2

    John Jarratt, Ryan Corr

    Released2013

    Directed byGreg McLean

    Wolf Creek 2 is a 2013 Australian horror film co-written and directed by Greg McLean.The film...  more
  • Killing Ground16
    16
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    Killing Ground

    Harriet Dyer, Ian Meadows

    Directed byDamien Power

    The Killing Ground is a 2017 Australian horror film written and directed by Damien Power....  more
  • The Last Wave17
    12
    2

    The Last Wave

    Richard Chamberlain, Vivean Gray

    Released1977

    Directed byPeter Weir

    The Last Wave is an Australian mystery drama from 1977, directed by Peter Weir. It is about a...  more
  • Razorback18
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    5

    Razorback

    Gregory Harrison, Chris Haywood

    Released1984

    Directed byRussell Mulcahy

    Razorback is a 1984 Australian film written by Everett De Roche, based on Peter Brennan's...  more
  • Patrick19
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    4

    Patrick

    Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Franklin

    Patrick is a 1978 Australian horror film directed by Richard Franklin and written by Everett...  more
  • The Tunnel20
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    The Tunnel

    Luke Arnold, Peter Overton

    Released2011

    Directed byCarlo Ledesma

    The Tunnel is a 2011 Australian horror film directed by Carlo Ledesma, and co-written,...  more
  • Long Weekend21
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    Long Weekend

    Briony Behets, John Hargreaves

    Released1978

    Directed byColin Eggleston

    Long Weekend is an Australian horror film shot in 1977 and first shown in 1978. The film was...  more
  • Lost Things22
    5
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    Lost Things

    Steve Le Marquand, Leon Ford

    Released2003

    Directed byMartin Murphy

    Lost Things is a 2003 horror, thriller film written by Stephen Sewell and directed by Martin...  more
  • Dark Age23
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    2

    Dark Age

    John Jarratt, David Gulpilil

    Directed byArch Nicholson

    Dark Age is a 1987 Australian film about a killer crocodile....  more
  • The Cars That Eat People24
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    The Cars That Eat People

  • Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead25
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    Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead

    Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey

    Released2015

    Directed byKiah Roache-Turner

    Wyrmwood is a 2014 Australian action-horror film directed by Kiah Roache-Turner. The film...  more