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The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked 

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Updated December 6, 2019 2k votes 268 voters 9.2k views 41 items

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This list contains information on the best indie horror movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best indie horror films come in many forms. Some indie horror movies are based on classic literature while other good indie horror films feature completely original characters and storylines. A few of the best indie horror films even generated sequels.

What films will you find on this top independent horror movies list? The Blair Witch Project has to be at the top. This 1999 horror film turned its $60,000 budget into over 248 million box office dollars worldwide. Part of this film's unique appeal was its ability to convince movie-goers that it was a real documentary. The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre is another great indie horror film.

The independent Australian horror movie, The Babadook, terrified people all over the world when it was released in 2014. Other good independent horror films include Halloween, Evil Dead, and The House of the Devil.

Do you have a favorite indie horror movie? Give the best films a thumbs up and please add any good features we may have missed.

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The Final Girls is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
Nina Dobrev, Malin Åkerman, Taissa Farmiga

Released: 2015

Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson

The Final Girls is a 2015 American slasher comedy film directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson. Max Cartwright (Taissa Farmiga)'s mother was scream queen Nancy (Malin Åkerman), who starred in ...more

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Dark Skies is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
Keri Russell, J.K. Simmons, Josh Hamilton

Released: 2013

Directed by: Scott Stewart

Dark Skies is a 2013 American science fiction horror film written and directed by Scott Stewart and produced by Jason Blum starring Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton and Dakota Goyo. The film was ...more

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The Bay is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly, Andrew Stahl

Released: 2012

Directed by: Barry Levinson

The Bay is a 2012 American found footage horror film directed by Barry Levinson and written by Michael Wallach. It premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in ...more

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A Girl Walks Home Alone ... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò, Dominic Rains

Released: 2014

Directed by: Ana Lily Amirpour

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is a 2014 American vampire western film directed by Ana Lily Amirpour. Arash (Arash Marandi) is caring for his addict father and being harrassed by a drug dealer ...more
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Clown is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
Norman Reedus

Released: 2008

Directed by: Tate Steinsiek

Clown is a 2008 short horror thriller film directed by Tate Steinsiek.
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Worm is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
Worm John Ferguson, Shane O'Brien, Jes Mercer

Released: 2013

Directed by: Doug Mallette

Worm is a 2013 American sci-fi/horror film directed by Doug Mallette. In a time where recreational parasites induce your wildest fantasies, one luckless loser struggles to keep the life of his ...more
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The Void is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
Malcolm McDowell, Amanda Tapping, Adrian Paul

Released: 2001

Directed by: Gilbert M. Shilton

The Void is a 2001 American direct-to-DVD science-fiction thriller film which follows a scientist who has discovered that a man who's been attempting to solve an energy crisis has inadvertently ...more
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The Lords of Salem is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
María Conchita Alonso, Dee Wallace, Bruce Davison

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rob Zombie

The Lords of Salem is a 2013 independent horror film written, produced and directed by Rob Zombie, and starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Judy Geeson, Patricia Quinn, Dee Wallace, ...more
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Kill List is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
MyAnna Buring, Ben Crompton, Emma Fryer

Released: 2011

Directed by: Ben Wheatley

This film is a 2011 British horror film directed by Ben Wheatley, co-written and co-edited with Amy Jump, and starring Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley, and MyAnna Buring. When a British soldier ...more

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Willow Creek is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
Peter Jason, Bryce Johnson, Alexie Gilmore

Released: 2013

Directed by: Bobcat Goldthwait

Willow Creek is a 2013 independent found footage film about a couple interested in Bigfoot lore, written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. The film was premiered at the 2013 Independent Film ...more
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The ABCs of Death is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Harold Torres, Erik Audé

Released: 2012

Directed by: Noboru Iguchi, Yūdai Yamaguchi, Anders Morgenthaler, Adrián García Bogliano, Yoshihiro Nishimura, + more

The ABCs of Death is a 2012 anthology horror comedy film produced by International producers. The film contains 26 different shorts, each by different directors spanning fifteen countries. It ...more

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The Afflicted is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
Kane Hodder, Leslie Easterbrook, Tammy Trull

Released: 2010

Directed by: Jason Stoddard

The Afflicted is a 2010 horror thriller film directed by Jason Stoddard.
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The Amityville Haunting ... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
Luke Barnett, Jason Williams, Casey Campbell

Released: 2011

Directed by: Geoff Meed

The Amityville Haunting is a direct to video film released on December 13, 2011. It is the tenth production to be inspired by the 1977 book The Amityville Horror. The film was produced by The ...more
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Antiviral is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
Malcolm McDowell, Sarah Gadon, Nicholas Campbell

Released: 2012

Directed by: Brandon Cronenberg

Antiviral is a 2012 Canadian horror film directed by Brandon Cronenberg. The film competed in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Cronenberg re-edited the film after ...more
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Devil May Call is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
Devil May Call Traci Lords, Tyler Mane, Daniel Hugh Kelly

Released: 2013

Directed by: Jason Cuadrado

Devil May Call is a 2013 horror film directed by American filmmaker Jason Cuadrado and written by Jason Cuadrado and Wyatt Doyle. The film stars Corri English as Samantha, a crisis hotline
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Smiley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
Keith David, Shane Dawson, Roger Bart

Released: 2012

Directed by: Michael J. Gallagher

Smiley is a 2012 horror film written by Glasgow Phillips and Michael J. Gallagher and directed by Michael J. Gallagher.