The Scariest Movies of 2014  

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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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MarcoBorges added James Wan
The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and the first installment in the Conjuring series. Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are ...more
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ti West
The Sacrament is a 2013 horror thriller film written and directed by Ti West.
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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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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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MatthewGill added 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Brad Anderson
Eliza Graves is an upcoming 2014 thriller film directed by Brad Anderson.
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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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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