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The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked

Updated December 6, 2019 2.4k votes 289 voters 10.0k views41 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.

  • 1

    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns
    This movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote...  more

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  • 2


    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards
    Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John...  more

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  • 3


    Max Schreck, John Gottowt
    Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens is a 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by...  more

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  • 4

    Get Out

    Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener
    Get Out is a 2017 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A young African-American...  more

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  • 5

    It Follows

    Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist
    It Follows is a 2014 supernatural psychological horror film written and directed by David...  more

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    The Babadook

    Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall
    The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer...  more

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    Danny Glover, Monica Potter
    Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's...  more

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    Evil Dead

    Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas
    This film is a 2013 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It...  more

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  • 9

    The Blair Witch Project

    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard
    The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American found footage horror film written, directed and...  more

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  • 10


    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey
    Insidious is a 2011 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan, written by Leigh...  more

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  • 11

    Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

    Alan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons
    Tucker & Dave vs. Evil is a 2010 American comedy horror film directed by Eli Craig. Tucker...  more

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    Mark Duplass, Patrick Kack-Brice
    Creep is a 2014 comedy horror film directed by Patrick Brice, based on a script written by...  more


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    You're Next

    Sharni Vinson, Barbara Crampton
    You're Next is a 2011 American independent action-horror slasher film directed by Adam...  more

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    Wrong Turn

    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui
    Wrong Turn is a 2003 American horror film directed by Rob Schmidt and written by Alan B....  more

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    Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs
    Re-Animator is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film loosely based on the H. P....  more

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    Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard
    V/H/S is a 2012 American anthology horror film. It features a series of found-footage shorts...  more

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  • 17

    Cabin Fever

    Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent
    Cabin Fever is a 2002 American black comedy horror film directed by Eli Roth and starring...  more

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    The House of the Devil

    Lena Dunham, Greta Gerwig
    The House of the Devil is a 2009 horror film written, directed, and edited by Ti West,...  more
  • 19

    Kill List

    MyAnna Buring, Ben Crompton
    This film is a 2011 British horror film directed by Ben Wheatley, co-written and co-edited...  more

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    Wolf Creek

    Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt
    Wolf Creek is a 2005 Australian horror film written, co-produced, and directed by Greg McLean,...  more

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    Paranormal Activity

    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat
    Paranormal Activity is a 2007 American supernatural horror film written, co-produced,...  more

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    The ABCs of Death

    Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Harold Torres
    The ABCs of Death is a 2012 anthology horror comedy film produced by International producers....  more
  • 23

    House of 1000 Corpses

    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick
    House of 1000 Corpses is a 2003 American exploitation horror film directed by Rob Zombie. Two...  more

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    Sarah Oliver, Zahn McClarnon
    Resolution is a 2012 horror, mystery and thriller film written by Justin Benson and directed...  more

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    The Collector

    Daniella Alonso, Madeline Zima
    The Collector is a 2009 horror film written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton and directed...  more

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