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The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked

Updated December 6, 2019 2.5k votes 281 voters 9.8k 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.

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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John... more on Wikipedia

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns

    Released1974

    Directed byTobe Hooper

    This movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote... more on Wikipedia
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    Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Nosferatu

    Max Schreck, John Gottowt

    Released1922

    Directed byF. W. Murnau

    Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens is a 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by... more on Wikipedia

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    It Follows is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    It Follows

    Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist

    Released2014

    Directed byDavid Robert Mitchell

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    Get Out is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Get Out

    Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener

    Released2017

    Directed byJordan Peele

    Get Out is a 2017 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A young African-American... more on Wikipedia

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    The Babadook is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Babadook

    Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall

    Released2014

    Directed byJennifer Kent

    The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer... more on Wikipedia
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    Saw is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Saw

    Danny Glover, Monica Potter

    Released2004

    Directed byJames Wan

    Saw is a 2004 horror film written by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, in Wan's... more on Wikipedia

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    The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Blair Witch Project

    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard

    Released1999

    Directed byDaniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

    The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American found footage horror film written, directed and... more on Wikipedia

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    Insidious is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Insidious

    Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey

    Released2010

    Directed byJames Wan

    Insidious is a 2011 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan, written by Leigh... more on Wikipedia
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    Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Evil Dead

    Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas

    Released2013

    Directed byFede Alvarez

    This film is a 2013 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

    Alan Tudyk, Chelan Simmons

    Released2010

    Directed byEli Craig

    Tucker & Dave vs. Evil is a 2010 American comedy horror film directed by Eli Craig. Tucker... more on Wikipedia

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    You're Next is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    You're Next

    Sharni Vinson, Barbara Crampton

    Released2011

    Directed byAdam Wingard

    You're Next is a 2011 American independent action-horror slasher film directed by Adam... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Creep is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Creep

    Mark Duplass, Patrick Kack-Brice

    Released2014

    Directed byPatrick Kack-Brice

    Creep is a 2014 comedy horror film directed by Patrick Brice, based on a script written by... more on Wikipedia

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    Wrong Turn is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Wrong Turn

    Eliza Dushku, Emmanuelle Chriqui

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Schmidt

    Wrong Turn is a 2003 American horror film directed by Rob Schmidt and written by Alan B.... more on Wikipedia
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    V/H/S is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    V/H/S

    Joe Swanberg, Adam Wingard

    Released2012

    Directed byJoe Swanberg, Adam Wingard, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett, Justin Martinez

    V/H/S is a 2012 American anthology horror film. It features a series of found-footage shorts... more on Wikipedia

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    Cabin Fever is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Cabin Fever

    Eli Roth, Cerina Vincent

    Released2002

    Directed byEli Roth

    Cabin Fever is a 2002 American black comedy horror film directed by Eli Roth and starring... more on Wikipedia

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    Re-Animator is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Re-Animator

    Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs

    Released1985

    Directed byStuart Gordon

    Re-Animator is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film loosely based on the H. P.... more on Wikipedia
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    The House of the Devil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The House of the Devil

    Lena Dunham, Greta Gerwig

    Released2009

    Directed byTi West

    The House of the Devil is a 2009 horror film written, directed, and edited by Ti West,... more on Wikipedia
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    House of 1000 Corpses is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    House of 1000 Corpses

    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Zombie

    House of 1000 Corpses is a 2003 American exploitation horror film directed by Rob Zombie. Two... more on Wikipedia

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    Wolf Creek is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Wolf Creek

    Teresa Palmer, John Jarratt

    Released2005

    Directed byGreg McLean

    Wolf Creek is a 2005 Australian horror film written, co-produced, and directed by Greg McLean,... more on Wikipedia

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    Paranormal Activity is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Paranormal Activity

    Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat

    Released2007

    Directed byOren Peli

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    Resolution is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Resolution

    Sarah Oliver, Zahn McClarnon

    Released2012

    Directed byAaron Moorhead, Justin Benson

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    Willow Creek is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    The Collector is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    The Collector

    Daniella Alonso, Madeline Zima

    Released2009

    Directed byMarcus Dunstan

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    Worm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Indie Horror Movies, Ranked
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    Worm

    John Ferguson, Shane O'Brien

    Released2013

    Directed byDoug Mallette

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