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20 Great Horror Movies of the Past Few Years

Anna is a writer, mom, crafter, and movie buff. Her favorites are horror movies and horror stories, thanks to some inspiring parents.


So Many More Than This

This is by no means a comprehensive list. There are a lot of great horror movies that have been made in the past few years, but I would be really busy, and this would be really long, if I included them all. I am always looking for great movies, so if you have recommendations, by all means, let me know!!

As with my other movie lists, these are all in alphabetical order. I don't rank them. Watch them yourself, and decide which ones you like best. I tend to steer clear of big budget horror movies, as they tend to be rather predictable, safe, and boring.

1: After (2012)

After...after what?

After...after what?

After is an interesting movie. It follows two bus crash survivors, Freddy (played by Steven Strait from the kid's movie, Sky High) and Ana (played by Karolina Wydra who played House's wife in House, M.D. and Violet in True Blood). They try to solve the mystery of where they are, how they got there, and why they are the only people to be found anywhere.

After is a slower paced movie, which may be a turn off for those looking for an action packed, gore-filled horror flick. This is not that kind of movie. It is a well crafted, well acted indie horror movie. It has elements of the old Resident Evil or Silent Hill games, in that it has the darkness, eeriness and an interesting puzzle to solve, without the zombies and gore, of course. This is a great horror movie for those that don't really like horror movies. It isn't cheesy, gory, or terrifying, but it is a strong, character driven narrative that keeps you enthralled the entire time.

After Trailer

2: American Mary (2012)

Katherine Isabelle

Katherine Isabelle

American Mary is strangely enough, a Canadian film. It's the second good Canadian horror movie that I have stumbled across. There may be more, who knows...

American Mary centers around a med student, Mary Mason (Katherine Isabelle, from Hannibal (TV) and Freddy Vs. Jason and Ginger Snaps), down on her luck, who stumbles into an interesting profession to make some extra money.

This is a horror film written and directed by women (Jen and Sylvia Soska), with a strong female lead. It stands out in the male dominated genre of horror movies, that often center around women as the dim-witted damsel in distress. This movie is a refreshingly unique movie in many respects. The clever plot and great acting truly set it apart. This movie has the potential to become a well-loved cult film in the not to distant future. I loved it.

American Mary Trailer

3: The Babadook (2014)

The that is a terrifying children's book...

The that is a terrifying children's book...

The Babadook has gotten a lot of attention in the horror world, and with good reason. The movie is disturbing, confusing, and scary! Some panned this movie, and to be honest, I am not really sure why.

The film centers around a young mother, Amelia, played by Essie Davis (Maggie in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions). Her husband died in a car crash while on the way to the hospital to deliver her son, Samuel. A struggling, grief stricken single mom has enough to deal with, but add in to that a child who appears to have some serious emotional and social issues, and a disturbing children's book, and what you get is an uncomfortable, disquieting horror movie with elements of a ghost story and elements of a movie about a disturbed child (think The Bad Seed or We Need to Talk About Kevin).

Through the whole movie, you aren't really sure if it's all in her head, if it's Samuel, or if there is something else going on. It leaves you feeling incredibly confused. I love that about the movie. So often, movies are too predictable, and while that can still be entertaining, I love being surprised, confused, and just plain scared.

The Babadook Trailer

4: Byzantium (2013)


Byzantium is an interesting take on the vampire mythos. Granted, there have been a lot of different takes on the vampire legends, but I love them all the same. Ever since Bram Stoker, writers and film makers have been obsessed with vampires. These vampires may be beautiful, but thankfully, they aren't sparkly.

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