20 of the Best Horror Movies from This Decade


We only have a couple more months before the 2010s is in the history books and we get to start a new one. So what will be the legacy of the past ten years?

No, I’m not talking about politics or big news events, I’m talking about HORROR MOVIES. People always talk about the classics from the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, but the 2010s haven’t exactly been a slouch when it comes to scary movies.

Here are 20 that you might want to check out to get a good scare.

These responses come to us from the Buzzfeed Community.

1. Lights Out (2016)

“I had to sleep with my closet light on for a week after watching this movie!”

2. The Babadook (2014)

“At first you think it’s just another haunting by an evil supernatural being but it actually has a deeper real-world meaning that addresses mental health and the impact it can have on you and those around you.”

3. Sinister (2012)

“I legit had to pause in the INTRODUCTION scene, where the family is being hung from a tree in slow motion, because I was already overcome with anxiety.”

4. Get Out (2017)

“Horror movies don’t really scare me, so for me they are mostly meh. Sometimes there are gems with a great atmosphere like Midsommar, but Get Out was the first horror movie that gave me chills. And it’s an Oscar winner as well.”

5. Hereditary (2018)

“Toni Collette’s scream when seeing her daughter made me wish that there was an Oscar category for best scream. It’s that good and terrifying! I had to stop the movie after that scene before I could go on.”

6. The Conjuring (2013)

“The first one terrified me so badly I couldn’t walk down the hall to my bedroom. Slept downstairs for MONTHS. I can’t even explain what it was but it was so unsettling it caused me anxiety and paranoia for a very long time. Jump scares don’t normally do that much to me but man…. I was just a wreck.”

7. Mama (2013)

“I feel like not enough people talk about how scary Mama was. I saw that movie when I was 25 and still had to sleep with the lights on for a week.”

8. Hush (2016)

“Hush is one of the best stalker movies I’ve seen in a long time. I thought it was going to be one of those typical slasher films but it turned out to be a really intense game of cat and mouse.”

9. Insidious (2010)

“It truly packs a punch when it comes to scare factor on the first viewing. The concept was fresh and truly terrifying. Just a great ride overall.”

10. Last Shift (2014)

“Last Shift is the scariest f$&@ing movie I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen everything known to man. Lights were ON for a while at bedtime that night.”

11. Train to Busan (2016)

“Train to Busan was the best zombie movie I have seen in a long time. As someone who travels on the train often the thought of getting stuck on a train full of zombies is terrifying. The pacing was brilliant and the characters were really well thought out, you care about what happens to the characters. I have loved Gong Yoo ever since I saw him in Goblin and this was on my bucket list and it definitely did not disappoint.”

12. The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015)

“The Blackcoat’s Daughter was terrifying. The twist ending wasn’t hard to see coming, but the slow boil up to that point created a sense of dread that made me petrified to see what was about to happen.”

13. The Witch (2015)

“It was the type of movie that sits in your mind, plays tricks on you for weeks, unsettles you for longer. I saw it months ago and it still knocks me off kilter when I think of it.”

14. Oculus (2013)

“Oculus is phenomenal! I love horror but I don’t spook easily. This one makes you question what you’re even watching and where it falls in the timeline. It definitely had me jump but it leans more on psychological horror than jump scares.”

15. Creep (2014)

“I’m a horror fanatic and the only horror film that has ever genuinely scared me is The Duplass Brothers’ Creep. Peachfuzz actually gave me nightmares. It’s a found footage film and it’s just two characters (one of whom is hardly ever on screen), but it’s legitimately terrifying.”

16. Shadow People (2012)

“The one that made me have to sleep with the lights on for a WEEK is…Shadow People. Super creepy and way underrated!”

17. Us (2019)

“The film had me at the edge of my seat the whole time but what’s scarier is after you leave the film and really think about all of the hidden meanings and social commentary about the film, it feels far too real and that plot twist at the end is heartbreaking but also makes you question everything.”

18. 1922 (2017)

“1922 was horrifying because the main character can’t escape his murderous act no matter what he does, and everything in his life falls apart.”

19. The Invitation (2015)

“The Invitation was soooooooo unsettling. You have no idea if the protagonist really is just paranoid or if there’s something truly sinister going on. The last 15 minutes scared the crap out of me.”

20. Bone Tomahawk (2015)

“Scarier than anything else in these comments by far. I love scary movies but this one fucked me up.”

What are some of your own favorite horror films from the 2010s?

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