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
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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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 Erick Dowdle
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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Amy J. Berg
Deliver Us from Evil is a 2006 American documentary film directed by Amy J. Berg which explores the life of Catholic priest Oliver O'Grady, who admitted to having molested and raped ...more
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John R. Leonetti
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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The Den is a 2013 found footage film by Zachary Donohue and his feature film directorial debut. The film was first released in Russia on December 23, 2013, and was given a simultaneous limited ...more
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Brad Anderson
Eliza Graves is a 2014 thriller film directed by Brad Anderson.
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Gerard Johnstone
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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Ti West
The Sacrament is a 2013 horror thriller film written and directed by Ti West.
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Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement
What We Do in the Shadows is a 2014 New Zealand mockumentary comedy horror film about a group of vampires who live together in Wellington. Directed and written by Taika Waititi and Jemaine ...more
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Jonathan Glazer
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Under the Skin is a 2013 science fiction film directed by Jonathan Glazer, loosely based on Michel Faber's 2000 novel. A mysterious young woman (Scarlett Johansson) seduces lonely men in the ...more
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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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Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a 2014 American horror film meta-sequel to the 1976 film of the same name. The film is produced by Ryan Murphy of Ryan Murphy Productions and Jason Blum of ...more
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Derek Lee, Clif Prowse
Afflicted is a 2013 Canadian found footage film that was written and directed by Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, and is their feature film directorial debut. It had its world premiere on September 9, ...more
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Gary Shore, Andy Cockrum
Dracula Untold is a 2014 American dark fantasy action horror film directed by Gary Shore in his feature film debut and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Rather than focus on Irish ...more
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Kevin Greutert
Jessabelle is an American psychological horror film directed by Kevin Greutert and written by Ben Garant. The film stars Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter, David Andrews, Amber Stevens and ...more
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Ouija is a 2014 American supernatural horror film directed by Stiles White in his directorial debut and co-written by White and Juliet Snowden, who previously both worked together on The ...more
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MatthewGill added Matty Beckerman
Alien Abduction is a 2014 found footage science fiction horror film and the directorial debut of Matty Beckerman. The movie was released to VOD on April 4, 2014, and also had a limited ...more
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John Pogue
The Quiet Ones is a 2014 British supernatural horror film directed by John Pogue. Released theatrically on 10 April 2014 in the United Kingdom and 25 April 2014 in the United States, the film ...more
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MatthewGill added Eduardo Sánchez
Exists is a 2014 horror film that was directed by Eduardo Sánchez. The film had its world premiere on March 7, 2014 at South by Southwest and stars Chris Osborn and Samuel Davis as two ...more
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Daniel Stamm
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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MatthewGill added David Jung
The Possession of Michael King is a horror film directed by David Jung.
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Kevin Smith
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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Doug Aarniokoski
Nurse 3-D is a 2012 Thriller film written by David Loughery and directed by Douglas Aarniokoski.
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Jerome Sable
Stage Fright is a 2014 Canadian musical horror comedy film directed by Jerome Sable and is his feature-film directorial debut. The film had its world release on March 10, 2014 at South by ...more