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The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked

Updated December 6, 2019 2.8k votes 293 voters 10.1k views42 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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    Resolution

    Sarah Oliver, Zahn McClarnon

    Released2012

    Directed byAaron Moorhead, Justin Benson

    Resolution is a 2012 horror, mystery and thriller film written by Justin Benson and directed by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson....  more

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    The Collector

    Daniella Alonso, Madeline Zima

    Released2009

    Directed byMarcus Dunstan

    The Collector is a 2009 horror film written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton and directed by Dunstan. Originally titled The Midnight Man, the script was originally intended to be a Saw prequel,...  more

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    Smiley

    Keith David, Shane Dawson

    Released2012

    Directed byMichael J. Gallagher

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

    Luke Barnett, Jason Williams

    Released2011

    Directed byGeoff 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 Asylum...  more
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    Paranormal Activity

    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat

    Released2007

    Directed byOren Peli

    Paranormal Activity is a 2007 American supernatural horror film written, co-produced, photographed, edited, and directed by Oren Peli. The film centers on a young couple, Katie and Micah, who are...  more

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    The ABCs of Death

    Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Harold Torres

    Released2012

    Directed byNoboru Iguchi, Yūdai Yamaguchi, Anders Morgenthaler, Adrián García Bogliano, Yoshihiro Nishimura

    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

    Kane Hodder, Leslie Easterbrook

    Released2010

    Directed byJason Stoddard

    The Afflicted is a 2010 horror thriller film directed by Jason Stoddard....  more
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    Worm

    John Ferguson, Shane O'Brien

    Released2013

    Directed byDoug 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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    A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

    Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnò

    Released2014

    Directed byAna 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 when...  more

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    The Final Girls

    Nina Dobrev, Malin Åkerman

    Released2015

    Directed byTodd 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 the 1986...  more

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    The Bay

    Will Rogers, Kristen Connolly

    Released2012

    Directed byBarry 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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    Clown

    Norman Reedus

    Released2008

    Directed byTate Steinsiek

    Clown is a 2008 short horror thriller film directed by Tate Steinsiek....  more
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    The Void

    Malcolm McDowell, Amanda Tapping

    Released2001

    Directed byGilbert 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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    Antiviral

    Malcolm McDowell, Sarah Gadon

    Released2012

    Directed byBrandon 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 the...  more
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    Willow Creek

    Peter Jason, Bryce Johnson

    Released2013

    Directed byBobcat 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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    Let Us In

    Tobin Bell, Lauren Stamile

    Released2021

    Directed byCraig Moss

    Let Us In is a 2021 American science fiction thriller film directed by Craig Moss. A 12-year-old girl is ostracized in her small town for something she never did. When there’s a rash of missing...  more

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    Devil May Call

    Traci Lords, Tyler Mane

    Released2013

    Directed byJason 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 counselor....  more