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List Rules Scary movies released in 2014 only. Don't downvote films you haven't seen just because their trailers, like, didn't even scare you.

These scary movies from 2014 brought as many scares as the classic horror films of the '70s and '80s. Hopefully you were lucky enough to catch these films in theaters, but they're also great scary movies to watch on DVD or Netflix, during a spooky night in. No matter when or where you watch them, 2014's best scary movies will probably haunt your dreams. But that's why you watch horror films, right?

Whether you like zombies, blood and gore, supernatural horror, terrifying monsters, masked villains, or psychological thrillers, the movies on this list will scare you. Featuring the latest installments from franchises like Paranormal Activity and The Purge, as well as new scary stories like The Babadook, Under the Skin and Tusk these movies were sure to give you the creeps. There's paranormal horror movies like Annabelle and Ouija as well as the zombie movie Life After Beth.

Don't see the film that scared you the most below? Add it to the list, as long as it was released in theaters in 2014, to make this poll a complete ranking of 2014's scariest films.
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The Babadook Jennifer Kent The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent, in which a woman and her son are tormented by a "boogie-man" type monster. The film ...more

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MarcoBorges added The Conjuring James Wan The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were American paranormal investigators and ...more

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The Purge: Anarchy James DeMonaco The Purge: Anarchy is a 2014 American social science fiction action horror directed and written by James DeMonaco. It is the sequel to the 2013 film The Purge and stars Frank Grillo, Carmen ...more

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As Above, So Below John Erick Dowdle As Above, So Below is a 2014 American found footage horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and written by Dowdle and his brother Drew. The film was produced by Legendary Pictures and ...more

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Deliver Us from Evil Amy J. Berg Deliver Us from Evil is a 2006 American documentary film directed by Amy J. Berg which explores the life of Catholic priest Oliver O'Grady, who admitted to having molested and raped ...more

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Oculus Mike Flanagan Oculus is a 2013 American supernatural psychological horror film directed by Mike Flanagan. A young woman (Karen Gillan) is convinced that an antique mirror is responsible for the death and ...more

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Annabelle John R. Leonetti Annabelle is a 2014 American supernatural psychological horror film directed by John R. Leonetti, produced by James Wan, and written by Gary Dauberman. It is both a prequel to and spin-off of ...more

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Under the Skin Jonathan Glazer Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Under the Skin is a 2013 science fiction film directed by Jonathan Glazer, loosely based on Michel Faber's 2000 novel. A mysterious young woman (Scarlett Johansson) seduces lonely men in the ...more

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Odd Thomas Stephen Sommers Odd Thomas is a 2013 American mystery thriller film based on Dean Koontz's novel of the same name. It is directed, written and co-produced by Stephen Sommers and stars Anton Yelchin as Odd ...more

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Horns Alexandre Aja Horns is a 2013 American dark fantasy horror film directed by Alexandre Aja, loosely based on the novel by Joe Hill. Accused of raping and murdering his girlfriend (Juno Temple), a man (Daniel ...more

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The Guest Adam Wingard The Guest is a 2014 American thriller film directed and edited by Adam Wingard and written by Simon Barrett. The film stars Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Brendan Meyer, and Lance Reddick. The film ...more

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The Quiet Ones John Pogue The Quiet Ones is a 2014 British supernatural horror film directed by John Pogue. Released theatrically on 10 April 2014 in the United Kingdom and 25 April 2014 in the United States, the film ...more

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Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead Tommy Wirkola Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead is a 2014 Norwegian-Icelandic horror comedy film directed by Tommy Wirkola. It is a sequel to Wirkola's 2009 film Dead Snow. The film was released in the United States ...more

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The Sacrament Ti West The Sacrament is a 2013 horror thriller film written and directed by Ti West.

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The Green Inferno Eli Roth The Green Inferno is a 2013 American cannibal adventure horror-thriller film directed by Eli Roth and co-written with Guillermo Amoedo. The film stars Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy, Sky Ferreira and ...more

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Wolf Creek 2 Greg Mclean Wolf Creek 2 is a 2013 Australian horror film co-written and directed by Greg McLean.The film serves as a sequel to his 2005 film Wolf Creek and features John Jarratt reprising his role as Mick ...more

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Afflicted Derek Lee, Clif Prowse Afflicted is a 2013 Canadian found footage film that was written and directed by Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, and is their feature film directorial debut. It had its world premiere on September 9, ...more

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MatthewGill added The Borderlands Elliot Goldner The Borderlands, released in the United States as Final Prayer, is a 2013 British found footage horror film directed by Elliot Goldner. A group of Vatican investigators research an old church ...more

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13 Sins Daniel Stamm 13 Sins, also known as 13: Game of Death, is a 2014 American comedy horror film directed by Daniel Stamm. The film is a remake of the 2006 Thai horror comedy film 13 Beloved. Mark Webber stars ...more

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Housebound Gerard Johnstone Housebound is a 2014 New Zealand horror comedy film written, edited, and directed by Gerard Johnstone. It is his feature film directorial debut. The film had its world premiere on March 10, ...more

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Jessabelle Kevin Greutert Jessabelle is an American psychological horror film directed by Kevin Greutert and written by Ben Garant. The film stars Sarah Snook, Mark Webber, Joelle Carter, David Andrews, Amber Stevens and ...more

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Stonehearst Asylum Brad Anderson Eliza Graves is an upcoming 2014 thriller film directed by Brad Anderson.

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Devil’s Due Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett

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Dracula Untold Gary Shore, Andy Cockrum Dracula Untold is a 2014 American dark fantasy action horror film directed by Gary Shore in his feature film debut and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Rather than focus on Irish ...more

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MatthewGill added Alien Abduction Matty Beckerman Alien Abduction is a 2014 found footage science fiction horror film and the directorial debut of Matty Beckerman. The movie was released to VOD on April 4, 2014, and also had a limited ...more

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Life After Beth Jeff Baena Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Life After Beth is a 2014 American zombie comedy film written and directed by Jeff Baena. The film stars Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser, ...more

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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Christopher B. Landon, Gregory Plotkin Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is a 2014 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Christopher B. Landon. Released on January 3, 2014 in the United States, it is the first ...more

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What We Do in the Shadows Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement What We Do in the Shadows is a 2014 New Zealand mockumentary comedy horror film about a group of vampires who live together in Wellington. Directed and written by Taika Waititi and Jemaine ...more

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Tusk Kevin Smith Tusk is a 2014 American body horror film written and directed by Kevin Smith, based on a story from his SModcast podcast. The film stars Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, ...more

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Nurse 3-D Doug Aarniokoski Nurse 3-D is a 2012 Thriller film written by David Loughery and directed by Douglas Aarniokoski.

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Ouija Joseph McGinty Nichol, Stiles White Ouija is a 2014 American supernatural horror film directed by Stiles White in his directorial debut and co-written by White and Juliet Snowden, who previously both worked together on The ...more

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Stage Fright Jerome Sable Stage Fright is a 2014 Canadian musical horror comedy film directed by Jerome Sable and is his feature-film directorial debut. The film had its world release on March 10, 2014 at South by ...more

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Willow Creek Bobcat Goldthwait Willow Creek is a 2013 independent found footage film about a couple interested in Bigfoot lore, written and directed by Bobcat Goldthwait. The film was premiered at the 2013 Independent Film ...more

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Late Phases Adrián García Bogliano Late Phases is a 2014 horror drama film by Adrián García Bogliano and his first feature film in the English language. The film had its world premiere on March 9, 2014 at South by ...more

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In Fear Jeremy Lovering In Fear is a 2013 British psychological horror film directed and written by Jeremy Lovering. The movie premiered on 20 January 2013 at the Sundance Film Festival. It stars Iain De Caestecker and ...more

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The Last Showing Phil Hawkins