The following table shows the 80 highest rated thriller and horror movies with no more than 25,000 ratings on IMDb. By excluding movies with more than 25,000 votes we hope to provide a diverse list of horror and thriller movies that are relatively unknown to most people.
Our overall ratings for each movie are calculated as as average of each movies’ Metacritic score, Rotten Tomatoes critic and audience rating, IMDb rating, and Letterboxd rating. Due to a lack of Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes scores for many older movies, only films released from the year 1999 onwards are included.
Non-English-language movies are listed in italics. You might also be interested in the top foreign horror films from around the world.
|Under the Shadow||2016||Horror||84||80||78||70||72||76.8|
|A Girl Walks Home|
Alone at Night
|The Love Witch||2016||Horror/Comedy||81||77||76||69||72||75|
|Why Don't You Play in Hell?||2013||Thriller/Comedy||68||71||76||72||76||72.6|
|Red White & Blue||2010||Horror/Thriller||81||68||70||64||68||70.2|
|Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale||2010||Horror/Fantasy||71||70||72||67||66||69.2|
|Berberian Sound Studio||2012||Horror||80||71||64||62||66||68.6|
|Behind the Mask:|
The Rise of Leslie Vernon
|Sound of My Voice||2011||Thriller/Mystery||67||69||70||67||68||68.2|
|He Never Died||2015||Horror/Comedy||72||69||72||64||64||68.2|
|A Field in England||2014||Horror/Drama||73||72||66||63||66||68.0|
|Tale of Tales||2015||Horror/Fantasy||72||69||68||64||66||67.8|
|Dead Snow 2:|
Red vs. Dead
|Witching and Bitching||2013||Horror/Comedy||73||66||68||64||64||67.0|
|The Eyes of My Mother||2016||Horror/Drama||64||68||68||63||68||66.2|
|In My Skin||2002||Horror/Drama||68||60||70||63||66||65.4|
|The Final Girls||2015||Horror/Comedy||59||62||72||67||66||65.2|
|The Happiness of the Katakuris||2002||Horror/Comedy||60||62||58||72||72||64.8|
|We Are What We Are||2013||Horror||71||70||62||58||62||64.6|
|I Am Not a Serial Killer||2016||Horror/Thriller||54||67||72||62||66||64.2|
|Some Guy Who Kills People||2011||Horror/Comedy||N/A||60||70||64||62||64.0|
|We Are Still Here||2015||Horror||65||72||64||57||60||63.6|
|100 Bloody Acres||2012||Horror/Comedy||63||65||62||60||62||62.4|
|The Taking of Deborah Logan||2014||Horror||N/A||66||62||60||60||62.0|
|Tell Me Something||1999||Horror/Crime||61||55||64||66||64||62.0|
|The Dark Hours||2005||Horror/Thriller||63||58||64||61||62||61.6|
|I Sell The Dead||2008||Horror/Comedy||62||59||62||61||60||60.8|
|What We Become||2015||Horror||60||66||56||58||58||59.6|
|The Perfect Host||2010||Thriller/Comedy||48||51||68||68||62||59.4|
Current Top 10
The Wailing is a South Korean horror movie that combines elements of the crime procedural, exoricsm, and zombie subgenres. The Wailing follows a police officer investigating a mysterious sickness that causes residents of his small town to go on a murderous rampage. Could a mysterious man seen around the villiage provide the answers?
This gem went under the radar somewhat as it was overshadowed by the more popular South Korean movie Train To Busan which was also released in 2016. At two and a half hours in length, The Wailing is a long, but rewarding watch.
Iranian film that appeared on many critics’ top year-end lists for 2016. Babak Anvar’s debut feature length film follows a mother, Shideh, and daughter, Dorsa, who are struggling to cope with life in 1980s Tehran after the Iranian Revolution. One day a missile strikes their building causing a large crack to open in the ceiling and soon after, Dorsa comes to believe that a malevolent spirit has taken residence in their house. Under The Shadow was one of the most critically acclaimed movies of 2016 and provides some insight into life in 1980s Iran as well as providing some genuine chills.
A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is the second Iranian horror film on our list. It is a beautifully shot film that is heavy on style and atmosphere and although there is very little dialogue or action in this film, it is still a thought provoking film that explores themes such as feminism, revenge, and loneliness.
The Love Witch is something of a homage to sexploitation films of the 1960s and 1970s. It is a horror/thriller about a beautiful young woman who seduces a string of men with a vast array of spells and potions before killing them when they inevitably disappoint her. Critics praised the cinematography and overall look of the film although some found the plot didn’t justify its two hour run time.
A Spanish crime thriller with a tone and atmosphere that many have compared to the TV series True Detective. Two ideologically different detectives are sent to a small town to investigate the disappearance of two teenage sisters. Marshland cleaned up at the Goya Awards in 2015 (which honors the best Spanish films of the previous year).
From Japanese director Sion Sono (Suicide Club, Love Exposure, Cold Fish), Why Don’t You Play in Hell? is a bloody and over the top action film about two rival Yakuza clans.
Ink is a supernatural fantasy film about spirits who fight for control over people’s souls while they dream. Director Jamin Winans has been called a low budget Christopher Nolan as he manages to translate big ideas into easy to follow films. Unfortunately at times the limited budget shows, particularly with some of the acting and special effects however Ink is still worth a watch due to the sheer inventiveness of the director.
A Hungarian/Austrian production, Taxidermia is a truly bizarre film that is difficult to sum up in a single paragraph. It is an epic surrealist comedy/drama/horror film that spans several decades from the Second World War to present day. Some of the bizarre elements of the movie include sex with animals, competitive speed eating, and autotaxidermy (a man performing taxidermy on himself).
One of the better neo-noir films of the 2000s, The Square is a criminally underrated Australian film about a man called Ray, who plans to run off with his lover’s husband’s drug money goes horribly awry. The Square is written by well known actor Joel Edgerton and directed by his brother Nash.
Resolution is an inventive blend of mumble-core and horror and was unfortunate to come out at a similar time to The Cabin in the Woods as they both explore horror movie tropes in a similar way. The film takes place at an abandoned cabin where a man is trying to save his best friend from a methamphetamine addiction while simultaneously exploring mysterious events that occur in and around the cabin. Most of the movie follows a conventional path where supernatural elements are only hinted at before a truly bizarre final scene.