The Best Horror Movies of 2014 

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List Rules Horror films released in theaters in 2014 only. Don't downvote a movie you haven't seen just because it doesn't look good.

Audiences all across the country (and the globe) were frightened in theaters in 2014, thanks to the best horror movies out of Hollywood on the list below. These movies were creepy, eerie, and some were even downright scary - which is exactly what horror-loving audiences want. Horror film is a genre in and of itself. In 2014, there were plenty of top horror films in theaters to provide thrills, chill, and scares and if you missed seeing any of them, be sure to rent, buy or stream them for a fright-filled night. 

But which were the best? Did The Quiet Ones, Under the Skin, Tusk, or Life After Beth scare you enough to earn a thumbs up? Did paranormal horror movies like OuijaParanormal Activity: The Marked Ones, or Annabelle creep you out? How about the zombie movie Life After Beth or horror thriller movies like Willow Creek or As Above, So Below? Maybe there is a scary horror movie you enjoyed in 2014 not on the list? Be sure to add it so others can vote for it as well! Looking for more great horror movies? Then check out our Best Classic Horror Movies and The Scariest Movies Ever Made lists as well.

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Jennifer Kent

Actors: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Adam Morgan, Hayley McElhinney, Craig Behenna, + more

Released: 2014

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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Released: 2013

Oculus is a 2013 American supernatural psychological horror film directed by Mike Flanagan. A young woman (Karen Gillan) is convinced that an antique mirror is responsible for the death and ...more
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John R. Leonetti

Actors: Alfre Woodard, Annabelle Wallis, Brian Howe, Eric Ladin, Ward Horton, + more

Released: 2014

Annabelle is a 2014 American supernatural psychological horror film directed by John R. Leonetti, produced by James Wan, and written by Gary Dauberman. It is both a prequel to and spin-off of ...more

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As Above, So Below John Erick Dowdle

Actors: Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge, François Civil, Marion Lambert, + more

Released: 2014

As Above, So Below is a 2014 American found footage horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and written by Dowdle and his brother Drew. The film was produced by Legendary Pictures and ...more

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Eliza Graves is a 2014 thriller film directed by Brad Anderson.

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Released: 2014

Housebound is a 2014 New Zealand horror comedy film written, edited, and directed by Gerard Johnstone. It is his feature film directorial debut. The film had its world premiere on March 10, ...more
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Actors: Melanie Papalia, Bill Oberst Jr., Matt Riedy, Adam Shapiro

Released: 2013

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Released: 2013

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Released: 2014

What We Do in the Shadows is a 2014 New Zealand mockumentary comedy horror film directed by Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi. Vampire roommates Viago (Waititi), Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), and ...more

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Greg Mclean

Actors: John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Gerard Kennedy, Shane Connor, Annie Byron, + more

Released: 2013

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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Ti West

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Released: 2013

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Kevin Greutert

Actors: Ana de la Reguera, Amber West, Larisa Oleynik, Joelle Carter, Mark Webber, + more

Released: 2014

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Released: 2013

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Released: 2014

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John Pogue

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Released: 2014

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Released: 2014

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Released: 2014

13 Sins, also known as 13: Game of Death, is a 2014 American comedy horror film directed by Daniel Stamm. The film is a remake of the 2006 Thai horror comedy film 13 Beloved. Mark Webber stars ...more
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Tusk Kevin Smith

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Released: 2014

Tusk is a 2014 American body horror film written and directed by Kevin Smith, based on a story from his SModcast podcast. The film stars Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, ...more

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MatthewGill added Exists Eduardo Sánchez

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Released: 2014

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