The Top 10 Most Terrifying Horror Movies of the Last 5 Years

Lupita Nyong'o, Evan Alex, and Shahadi Wright Joseph in "Us"

We’ve been offered some pretty poor horror movies in the last few years *cough* Happy Death Day *cough* The Strangers: Prey At Night *cough*. Among the money grabs, however, have been some truly terrifying cinematic gems. Here is our top 10.

The Witch (2015)

Why We Love It: The Witch put the genre of folk horror on our radar and horrified and disturbed us into many a restless nights sleep.

Hereditary (2018)

Why We Love It: Unlike many horror movies of the last decade, Hereditary explores the genuine horror of a haunting without relying on jump scares and gory monsters.

A Quiet Place (2018)

Why We Love It: A Quiet Place is less about loud jump scares and more about the silent moments of terror that make Krasinski’s post-apolcayptic world a real nightmare.

Bird Box (2018)

Why We Loved It: Partly, we loved it because weren’t expecting it to be so darn scary. The film popped up on Netflix and left everyone in an apocalyptic frenzy and right after Christmas nonetheless.

Get Out (2017)

Why We Loved It: Jordan Peele’s directorial debut had us on the edge of our seat and wondering what on earth is going on. We were big supporters of Peele’s Oscar win.

Us (2019)

Why We Love It: Following the success of Get Out, we had high hopes for Us and it didn’t disappoint. The movie is chilling from start to finish.

IT (2017)

Why We Loved It: IT was the Stephen King remake we were all ready for. Although it was more of a blockbuster than an artistic masterpiece, it was very entertaining and got the Entertainment For Us stamp of approval.

Annihilation (2018)

Why We Love It: Annihilation is visually stunning and sustains the horrible feeling of being lost in the unfamiliar.

Babidook (2014)

Why We Love It: Babidook came out several years before Hereditary and masterfully terrifies by relying not on jump scares, but on psychological terrors and the horror of loss.

It Follows (2014)

Why We Love It: It Follows is a pretty low budget horror but the concept of being relentlessly followed to no end is extremely frightening.