Each year, movie fans are excited to see what the new offerings are going to be. From comedies that tell intelligent stories to romantic dramas that make people swoon, there’s usually at least one good film from each genre.
Horror fans know that there’s a big difference between a guilty pleasure movie and one that is fresh, actually scary, and worth telling friends and family about. In the past five years, there have been many horror movies that have gotten people talking, as they have told such compelling stories and gone above and beyond typical fare. Some fans took to Reddit to share their opinions on some of the latest horror movies.
Updated on May 12th, 2021 by Kristen Palamara: Horror movies continue to be an intriguing and creative genre as so many actors, directors, and writers are testing what the genre is capable of while figuring out new ways to scare its audiences. There are overdone horror movie tropes that can become a little frustrating if there’s not a fresh new twist introduced to the story, and these are some of the best scary movies that achieve this goal, particularly movies from A24. Here are the best horror movies according to Reddit that have been released recently and engaged and terrified audiences.
14 Midsommar (2019)
Midsommar is director Ari Aster’s follow-up to the popular and bone-chilling Hereditary released a year earlier, and Midsommar was just as well-received by Reddit as Hereditary was.
Although there are some similarities between the two A24 movies, there are also some big differences that make them feel like two completely separate films. Midsommar follows a group of college students who travel to Sweden to visit their friend’s hometown and participate in their famous midsummer festival activities. Their vacation quickly turns into a nightmare when they learn of the true activities at the event.
13 The Killing Of A Sacred Deer (2017)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer is another A24 production and creative psychological horror movie that Reddit fans enjoyed.
The movie follows a cardiovascular surgeon who has a seemingly perfect life with his wife, kids, and a strikingly clean house. A teenager enters his life and begins to embed himself in the surgeon’s perfect world and threatens to ruin his existence when the movie slowly reveals the real reason the teen is there.
12 The Witch (2016)
The Witch is another slow burn A24 horror movie that Reddit users enjoyed and the first full-length movie from director Robert Eggers.
The movie is set in the 1600s in New England and follows a young woman who is accused of witchcraft when her baby sibling vanishes in the woods and she was the only one with him. The paranoia of the village escalates as no one knows who to trust and what supernatural horrors might be lurking in the woods.
11 The Lighthouse (2019)
The Lighthouse is another A24 production and director Robert Eggers’ follow-up to The Witch. It’s a black and white movie with a 1.19:1 aspect ratio which is a more compressed image on the screen, closer to a square, instead of across the entire widescreen.
The horror movie has a slow burn and increasingly claustrophobic feel that’s achieved through the aspect ratio, cinematography, and the acting of Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson stuck together in a confined area as lighthouse keepers.
10 Halloween (2018)
A few horror fans suggested the 2018 Halloween movie, which makes sense, as this is one of the most popular horror franchises. The movies have great characters, especially Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis), the final girl who is babysitting in the 1978 original film when she comes upon Michael Myers.
While the 2018 movie might not have been as well-crafted as the first one, it’s still an enjoyably nostalgic watch, and it still has all the great creepy vibes of the evening of October 31st.
9 A Quiet Place (2018)
Another horror fan shared on Reddit that they love A Quiet Place and said, “there was so much hype around it.” It’s true that many people loved watching this 2018 movie, which John Krasinski directed.
It was terrifying watching Lee (Krasinski) and Evelyn (Emily Blunt) move through the world with their children, trying not to make any noise because of the creatures ready to pounce on any sound at all. This movie has both a premise that sucks audiences in and it’s also beautiful to look at.
8 Hereditary (2018)
Hereditary had a scary, bewildering conclusion, and it’s safe to say that the entire movie terrified anyone who watched it. Starring Toni Collette, this horror movie won praise for its portrayal of a dysfunctional family and its surprising twists.
Several people responded in a thread on Reddit that they enjoyed watching Hereditary, and many fans of this genre have made a case for this one. It has it all: impressive performances, actual scares, twists, and moments that are tough to look away from. While there are many horror movies that are impressive, Hereditary is truly unforgettable.
7 Green Room (2016)
Green Room was another contender for one of the best horror movies of the past five years. If a good horror movie focuses on characters who find themselves in an awful situation or place, then Green Room is definitely in that category.
Premiering at Cannes Film Festival in 2015 but not released theatrically until 2016, the movie tells the story of a punk band who finds a dead body in a bar frequented by Neo-Nazis. While, of course, they want to leave immediately, that’s not possible, and the movie feels terrifying the whole time. The late Anton Yelchin played Pat, one of the musicians, along with Alia Shawkat.
6 Get Out (2017)
Many fans of horror movies posted on Reddit that Get Out deserves to be considered one of the best from the past five years. Jordan Peele’s movie is widely considered to be a masterpiece, with Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) learning that his girlfriend Rose’s (Alison Williams) family is evil.
The movie addresses racism and is both a horror movie with surprises and a social commentary. Everything from the performances to the dialogue is pitch-perfect. Catherine Keener and Bradley Whitford give layered performances as Rose’s parents, and they’re really good at projecting hospitality that has a sinister undertone.
5 Hush (2016)
Hush came up in a discussion of the best horror movies of 2016 on Reddit. While there are many horror movies about killers who prey upon people who are home alone, this one is particularly good.
Mike Flanagan, known for his work on the Netflix horror anthology series Hill House and Bly Manor, wrote and directed Hush, the story of a deaf writer named Maddie (played by Flanagan’s wife Kate Siegel), who has to fight for her life when a murderer finds her at home. Maddie takes charge of the situation and realizes that she has the power to save her own life. Maddie’s courage makes the movie incredibly captivating.
4 His House (2020)
As one Reddit user wrote, the Netflix horror movie His House is incredibly well-crafted. They wrote, “I hope this gets the attention it deserves, it’s currently sitting at 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, and, for once, it actually lives up to the praise.”
The movie builds its horror on the refugee experience, telling the story of a couple who leave Sudan and go to England. They’re haunted by what they had to do in order to get out. His House is written and directed by Remi Weekes.
3 Ready Or Not (2019)
While hide and seek is a game that is often reserved for children, it becomes a dangerous way to spend the evening in this scary movie.
Ready Or Not was mentioned in a Reddit discussion about 2019’s best horror movies, and it’s definitely well-made. Samara Weaving stars as newlywed Grace, and Adam Brody plays Grace’s husband’s brother Daniel. Grace has just married into a family who is literally trying to kill her because it’s part of a ritual that will keep their family rich and successful.
2 Tragedy Girls (2017)
Tragedy Girls came out in 2017 and is a new kind of teenage horror movie. Instead of focusing on high schoolers running away from a masked killer, the two main characters are the ones jumping into the horror.
Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand) and McKayla (Alexandra Shipp) are so obsessed with crime that they begin murdering people and gaining more followers on social media. This is not only a great premise for a horror movie, as it’s so unexpected, but it comments on how addicted people can get to being social media famous.
1 The Invisible Man (2020)
A Reddit user loved The Invisible Man, and this 2020 movie stars Elisabeth Moss as a woman stuck in an abusive relationship.
This is the latest movie to take on the well-known H.G. Wells horror character. The movie is worth watching for the opening scene alone, as Cecilia leaves Adrian’s mansion in the middle of the night. It’s the kind of scene that people will watch while holding their breath, unsure what’s about to happen and how bad things are going to get. The entire movie is intelligent and terrifying and has a lot to say about abuse and fear.
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