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The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years 

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Updated July 29, 2020 63.3k votes 4.7k voters 58.3k views 115 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite scary movies released on or after January, 1 2015.

The best new horror films find a lot of different ways to scare audiences. They offer ghosts, witchcraft, creepy clowns, space aliens, mask-wearing psychopaths, animals coming back from the grave,  the devil himself, and a whole lot more. That's just scratching the surface. There's something in them to scare just about anyone. No matter what sends shivers down your spine, you'll find it in recent horror movies. 

The last few years have been an especially fruitful time for the genre. Major studios continue to produce frightening films, but there's also a vibrant indie horror scene that is cranking out some groundbreaking stuff. If you like going to the cinema to be scared, then you're living in the right era because there's never been more diversity than there is right now. The top current horror films also take a varied approach in tone, with some going for outright shocks and others opting for more subtle slow-burns. 

This list of new horror movies looks at releases that came out from 2015 until now. Vote up the modern horror films that you found most terrifying. If your favorite isn't here, add it to the list. Don't forget to check back to see how other users rank it. 

 

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It is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Jeremy Ray Taylor

Released: 2017

Directed by: Andy Muschietti

It (also known as It: Chapter One) is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, based on the 1986 novel by Stephen King. In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied ...more

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Get Out is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Allison Williams

Directed by: Jordan Peele

Get Out is a 2017 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A young African-American (Daniel Kaluuya) visits his white girlfriend's parents for the weekend, where his simmering uneasiness ...more

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A Quiet Place is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe

Released: 2018

Directed by: John Krasinski

A Quiet Place is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by John Krasinski. A family living on a farm hides from a supernatural evil attracted to sound by avoiding making sound and ...more

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Hereditary is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff

Released: 2018

Directed by: Ari Aster

Hereditary is a 2018 American horror film directed by Ari Aster. As an overwhelming terror takes over their household, the Graham family's peaceful existence is ripped apart, forcing their ...more

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Dont Breathe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovatto

Directed by: Fede Alvarez

Rocky (Jane Levy), Alex and Money are three Detroit thieves who get their kicks by breaking into the houses of wealthy people. Money gets word about a blind veteran who won a major cash ...more

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Split is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Split is a 2016 American psychological horror thriller film directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan. After a wholesome teen birthday party, three girls are taken in broad daylight: friends ...more

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Us is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jordan Peele

Us is a 2019 American horror film directed by Jordan Peele. A mother (Lupita Nyong'o) and a father (Winston Duke) take their children to their beach house expecting to unplug and unwind with ...more

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Ready or Not is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O'Brien

Released: 2019

Directed by: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

Ready or Not is a 2019 American thriller film, directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett. On the night of her wedding, a young bride (Samara Weaving) joins her new husband’s (Mark ...more

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Hush is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Trucco

Directed by: Mike Flanagan

Hush is a 2016 American horror thriller film directed by Mike Flanagan. A deaf writer (Kate Siegel) must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer (John Gallagher Jr.) appears at her

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak

Released: 2018

Directed by: David Gordon Green

Halloween is a 2018 horror film directed by David Gordon Green, and the 11th film in the Halloween franchise. Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers ...more

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It: Chapter Two is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Bill Skarsgård, James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain

Released: 2019

Directed by: Andy Muschietti

It: Chapter Two is a 2019 American horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, based on the 1986 novel by Stephen King. 27 years later, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a ...more

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Midsommar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter

Released: 2019

Directed by: Ari Aster

Midsommar (Swedish for "Midsummer") is a 2019 American horror film written and directed by Ari Aster. A couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend's rural hometown for its fabled ...more

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The Visit is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

The Visit is a 2015 American found footage horror film directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Two siblings become increasingly frightened by their grandparents' disturbing behavior while visiting them ...more

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10 Cloverfield Lane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
MIKEBTM added John Goodman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Gallagher

Directed by: Dan Trachtenberg

10 Cloverfield Lane is a 2016 American science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Dan Trachtenberg. The film was developed from a script titled The Cellar, but under production by ...more

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Happy Death Day is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine

Released: 2017

Directed by: Christopher B. Landon

Happy Death Day is a 2017 American slasher film directed by Christopher B. Landon. A college student (Jessica Rothe) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and ...more

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Lights Out is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia

Directed by: David F. Sandberg

Lights Out is a 2016 American supernatural horror film directed by David F. Sandberg. It stars Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke and Maria Bello. It is based on ...more

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The Invisible Man is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge

Released: 2020

Directed by: Leigh Whannell

The Invisible Man is a 2020 American science fiction psychological horror film directed by Leigh Whannell and loosely adapted from both the novel of the same name by H. G. Wells and a remake of ...more

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Annabelle: Creation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Talitha Bateman, Stephanie Sigman, Anthony LaPaglia

Released: 2017

Directed by: David F. Sandberg

Annabelle: Creation is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by David F. Sandberg. It is a prequel to 2014's Annabelle and the fourth film in The Conjuring franchise. It tells the ...more

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Doctor Sleep is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Scott Merritt added Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran

Released: 2019

Directed by: Mike Flanagan

Doctor Sleep is a 2019 American horror film directed by Mike Flanagan, based on the 2013 novel by Stephen King. Years following the events of "The Shining", a now-adult Dan Torrence ...more

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Bird Box is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
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Released: 2018

Directed by: Susanne Bier

Bird Box is a 2018 American post-apocalyptic film directed by Susanne Bier, based on the novel by Josh Malerman. A woman (Sandra Bullock) and a pair of children are blindfolded as they make ...more

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Green Room is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
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Directed by: Jeremy Saulnier

Green Room is a 2015 American horror-thriller film written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier. It focuses on a punk band who find themselves attacked by neo-Nazi skinheads after witnessing a murder ...more

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Annabelle Comes Home is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife

Released: 2019

Directed by: Gary Dauberman

Annabelle Comes Home is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Gary Duaberman, based on the legend of the Annabelle doll and a sequel to Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation. ...more
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Ouija: Origin of Evil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson

Directed by: Mike Flanagan

Ouija: Origin of Evil is a 2016 American supernatural horror film directed and edited by Mike Flanagan and written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard. The film is a prequel to the 2014 film Ouija. ...more

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Brightburn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
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Released: 2019

Directed by: David Yarovesky

Brightburn is a 2019 American superhero horror film directed by David Yarovesky. After adopting a baby that crash-landed on Earth, a couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) attempt to raise ...more

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Crawl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson

Released: 2019

Directed by: Alexandre Aja

Crawl is a 2019 American horror film directed by Alexandre Aja. A young woman (Kaya Scodelario) becomes trapped in a flooding house trying to save her father (Barry Pepper) during a Category 5 ...more

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