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The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years 

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Updated February 14, 2020 23.3k votes 1.8k voters 18.6k views 116 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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The Conjuring 2: The Enf... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor

Released: 2016

Directed by: James Wan

The Conjuring 2 is a 2016 American supernatural horror film, directed by James Wan. It is the sequel to 2013's The Conjuring and the third installment in The Conjuring series. Ed and Lorraine ...more
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Hereditary is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Us is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Split is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Dont Breathe is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Hush is listed (or ranked) 10 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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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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The Witch is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

Released: 2015

Directed by: Robert Eggers

The Witch (stylized as The VVitch, subtitled A New-England Folktale) is a 2015 historical period supernatural horror film written and directed by Robert Eggers in his directorial debut and stars ...more
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Happy Death Day is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine

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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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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Midsommar is listed (or ranked) 15 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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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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Annabelle: Creation is listed (or ranked) 17 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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The Visit is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Insidious: Chapter 3 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Stefanie Scott, Dermot Mulroney, Lin Shaye

Released: 2015

Directed by: Leigh Whannell

Insidious: Chapter 3 is a 2015 supernatural horror film directed by Leigh Whannell, and a prequel to the Insidious movies. Gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) reluctantly agrees to use her ...more
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Child's Play is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Gabriel Bateman, Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry

Released: 2019

Directed by: Lars Klevberg

Child's Play is a 2019 American horror film directed by Lars Klevberg, and a reboot of the 1988 film. A mother (Aubrey Plaza) gives her son (Gabriel Bateman) a toy doll for his birthday, unaware ...more
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Ouija: Origin of Evil is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Ready or Not is listed (or ranked) 22 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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Bird Box is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
bnicekribs2091 added Sandra Bullock, Sarah Paulson, Rosa Salazar

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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Crawl is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Pet Sematary is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Horror Movies of the Last Few Years
Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow

Released: 2019

Directed by: Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer

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