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The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years  

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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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Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow
Pet Sematary is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer, based on the novel by Stephen King. When his toddler son is killed in an auto accident, ...more
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Green Room is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
MIKEBTM added Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat
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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Ready or Not is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Mark O'Brien
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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Krampus is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Toni Collette, Adam Scott, Allison Tolman
Krampus is a 2015 American dark fantasy comedy horror film based on the eponymous character from Austro-Bavarian folklore, written and directed by Michael Dougherty. Three days before Christmas, ...more
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The Nun is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir, Charlotte Hope
The Nun is a 2018 American horror film directed by Corin Hardy, and the fifth installment in The Conjuring series. In 1952 at the Cârța Monastery in Romania, a nun (Charlotte Hope), a ...more
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Ouija: Origin of Evil is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson
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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The Curse of La Llorona is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Linda Cardellini, Patricia Velasquez, Sean Patrick Thomas
The Curse of La Llorona is a 2019 American supernatural horror film directed by Michael Chaves. Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker ...more
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The Purge: Election Year is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson
The Purge: Election Year is a 2016 American dystopian action horror film written and directed by James DeMonaco and starring Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell and Mykelti Williamson. A sequel to ...more
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Insidious: The Last Key is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell
Insidious: The Last Key is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by Adam Robitel, and the fourth installment in the Insidious franchise. Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) goes on to ...more
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Happy Death Day 2U is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma
Happy Death Day 2U is a 2019 American slasher film directed by Christopher B. Landon, and the sequel to the 2017 film Happy Death Day.
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The Boy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans
The Boy (previously known as The Inhabitant) is a 2016 American-Chinese psychological horror film directed by William Brent Bell and written by Stacey Delay. The film stars Lauren Cohan and ...more
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Jigsaw is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Matt Passmore, Callum Keith Rennie, Clé Bennett
Jigsaw is a 2017 American horror film directed by Michael and Peter Spierig. The eighth installment in the Saw franchise picks up over a decade after the death of the eponymous Jigsaw killer ...more
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Ghost Stories is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Alex Lawther
Ghost Stories is a 2017 British horror film written and directed by Andy Nyman and Jeremy Dyson, adapted from their stage play. Arch skeptic Professor Phillip Goodman (Andy Nyman) embarks upon a ...more
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Bird Box is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
bnicekribs2091 added Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar
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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Alien: Covenant is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup
Alien: Covenant is a 2017 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott, and the sixth film in the Alien film series. The crew of a colony ship, bound for a remote planet, discover an ...more
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Brightburn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
yassersirhan321 added Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn
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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Satanic Panic is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Rebecca Romijn, Hayley Griffith, Jerry O'Connell
Satanic Panic is a 2019 comedy horror film directed by Chelsea Stardust. A pizza delivery girl discovers that she has delivered food to a group of high society Satanists, intent on turning her ...more
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The Devil's Candy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Kiara Glasco
The Devil's Candy is a 2015 American horror film written and directed by Sean Byrne. A struggling painter (Ethan Embry) is possessed by satanic forces after he and his young family move into ...more
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The Neon Demon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Elle Fanning, Karl Glusman, Jena Malone
The Neon Demon is a 2016 psychological horror film directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. An aspiring model (Elle Fanning) in Los Angeles generates intense fascination and jealousy within the
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Veronica is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
petefearing added Sandra Escacena, Bruna González, Claudia Placer
Verónica is a 2017 Spanish horror thriller film directed by Paco Plaza. In 1991 Madrid, Spain, a teen girl (Sandra Escacena) finds herself besieged by an evil supernatural force after she ...more
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Escape Room is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Logan Miller, Deborah Ann Woll, Taylor Russell
Escape Room is a 2019 American psychological horror-thriller film directed by Adam Robitel. Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control, and must use their wits to
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Raw is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Laurent Lucas
Raw is a 2016 French-Belgian horror film written and directed by Julia Ducournau. When a young vegetarian (Garance Marillier) undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden ...more
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Rings is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Matilda Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki
Rings is a 2017 American supernatural psychological horror film directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez. Set 13 years after The Ring, the sequel follows a woman (Matilda Lutz) finds herself on ...more
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Depraved is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
David Call, Joshua Leonard
Depraved is a 2019 American horror film written and directed by Larry Fessenden. A veteran Army medic suffering from PTSD, Henry (David Call) uses body parts to construct a man, Adam (Alex ...more
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Haunt is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Katie Stevens, Will Brittain, Lauryn Alisa McClain
Haunt is a 2019 American horror film directed by Scott Beck and Bryan Woods. Looking for the best thrills on Halloween, a group of friends encounters a real haunted house that preys on their ...more