Best new Horror movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best horror movies of 2018 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Robert Eggers, David Robert Mitchell & Severin Fiala our new horror genre directors? The main focus is on international art house & American and British indie cinema.

It’s hard being a fan of horror, since the vast majority of the movies being released is crap. So please make sure to watch these standouts! And truth be told, the amount of quality horror movies is increasing yearly. Production value goes up, as well as the artistic value.

Being a horror lover is a frustrating affair. You keep digging for that one movie that actually gives you the creeps, but the overwhelming majority of horror movies is boring, horribly cliche or a waste of your time in one or another way. Making a film that manages to scares the shit out of you seems close to impossible nowadays.

Which is not to say great horror films aren't being made anymore. You just have to be patient, every once in a while a great one still pops up. In case you don't have the patience; we here's a list of the best ones of last year, PLUS a list of the 10 most scary/interesting films the decade so far. We strived for diversity here; you'll find both solid formula projects and edgy independent productions here. Enjoy!

New horror movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • Hereditary

    DIRECTOR: Ari Aster
    CAST: Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro

    Ellen Graham was a reclusive, eccentric women. When she dies at old age, strange things start happening to her daughter's family. 'Hereditary' has been hailed as this century's 'Exorcist' or 'Rosemary's Baby'. Read more

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  • Summer of ’84

    DIRECTOR: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
    CAST: Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery, Cory Gruter-Andrew

    It's easy to call 'Summer of '84' another nostalgic 80's horror VHS homage. The story, evolving around four goofy teenagers trying to track down a serial killer, doesn't particularly bring something new to the table. But for everyone who loved 'The Goonies', 'Stand By Me' or more recently 'Stranger Things' will definitely have a good time with this one. Read more

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  • Halloween

    DIRECTOR: David Gordon Green
    CAST: Judy Greer, Jamie Lee Curtis & Virginia Gardner

    Four decades later, Jamie Lee Curtis is back in a new Halloween movie. Thankfully, 'Halloween 2018' isn't a continuation of the increasingly bad Halloween sequels that came out lately. Read more

    RATING: 91/100

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  • The Strangers: Prey at Night

    DIRECTOR: Johannes Roberts
    CAST: Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, Martin Henderson

    After the modest success of 2008's 'The Strangers', a sequel was inevitable. 'The Strangers: Prey at Night' evolves around a family that, due to unforeseen circumstances, is forced to spend the night in a secluded trailer park. And yes, again three psychopaths turn up. With creepy masks and all. If you're in for an entertaining invasion flick, you'll find lots to enjoy here. Read more

    RATING: 78/100

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  • Winchester

    DIRECTOR: Michael Spierig & Peter Spierig
    CAST: Helen Mirren Sarah Snook Jason Clarke

    Sarah Winchester is the heiress of the Winchester Rifle Company. She lives in an enormous mansion in California. At some point, she started to believe that the house was haunted by all the souls of the people who died at the hands of the Winchester rifles. Helen Mirren stars in this interesting horror movie which was inspired by true events. Read more

    RATING: 79/100

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Best horror movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 horror movies

  • It

    DIRECTOR: Andy Muschietti
    CAST: Bill Skarsgård Jaeden Lieberher Finn Wolfhard

    Pennywise is back! Everyone who grew up in the late 80's/beginning of the 90's probably had nightmares about that creepy clown. It was about time for another adaptation of Stephen King's beloved horror story. And the result didn't disappoint; Billy Skarsgard is absolutely stunning as the clown from hell and the 80's vibe of the movie is just perfect. Read more

    RATING: 88/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 5th, 2017

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  • It Comes at Night

    DIRECTOR: Trey Edward Shults
    CAST: Joel Edgerton Riley Keough Christopher Abbott

    In a world struck by an unmentioned pandemic, Paul lives in the woods with his wife and teenage son. When all of a sudden a young father stumbles upon their doorway, Paul's meticulously crafted safety net seems to crumble. A truly gripping post-apocalyptic thriller. Don't expect too much jump scares; 'It comes at night' is first and foremost a harrowing tale of how far people are prepared to under extreme circumstances. Read more

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 9th, 2017

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  • A Cure for Wellness

    DIRECTOR: Gore Verbinski
    CAST: Jason Isaacs Dane DeHaan Mia Goth

    An ambitious young executive is sent to retrieve his company's CEO from an idyllic but mysterious "wellness center" at a remote location in the Swiss Alps but soon suspects that the spa's miraculous treatments are not what they seem. Read more

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 16th, 2017

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  • Get Out

    DIRECTOR: Jordan Peele
    CAST: Allison Williams Lakeith Stanfield, Daniel Kaluuya

    Get Out might seem like a genre film, but goes deeper than just being scary and plays into subtle social fears. It's about a black guy who visits the parents of his new white girlfriend for the first time. His parents seem perfectly fine, stereotypical liberal people at first. But the longer he stays at his in-laws, the more unsettling things start to unravel. A brilliant movie that is scary, hilarious AND thought-provoking at the same time. Read more

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 24th, 2017

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  • Train to Busan

    DIRECTOR: Sang-ho Yeon
    CAST: Yoo Gong Soo-an Kim Yu-mi Jung

    While a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, passengers struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan. Read more

    RATING: 87/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 24th, 2017

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Best horror movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated horror movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • The Witch

    DIRECTOR: Robert Eggers
    CAST: Anya Taylor-Jo Ralph Ineson Kate Dickie

    In 1630’s New England, a devout farmer family moves to an isolated plantation on the edge of a vast wood. And soon unsettling things start to happen. Their newborn son vanishes into thin air, their harvest fails miserably, and terror and paranoia falls upon them. Don’t expect any scare jums here. The Witch is a beautifully shot, dark fairytale that’ll get under your skin right from the very first second. Read more

    RATING: 90/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 19th, 2016

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  • It Follows

    DIRECTOR: David Robert Mitchell
    CAST: Maika Monroe Keir Gilchrist Olivia Luccardi

    After having sex, a young girl from a Detroit suburb is 'infected' with the most peculiar STD; she is being followed by 'It', which can take any human shape thinkable. It's is slow, but deadly and will always keep coming. The only way to get rid of if, is to pass it on to someone else by having sex. On paper, you might not give much for this film, but in the hands of David Robert Mitchell, it became a modern classic. With its effective camera shots and fantastic 1980's aesthetics, It Follows is unlike anything you've seen and will hunt you for a long time. Read more

    RATING: 90/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 27th, 2015

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  • Stoker

    DIRECTOR: Chan-wook Park
    CAST: Mia Wasikowska Nicole Kidman Matthew Goode

    Korean mastermind Chan-Woon Park (Old Boy) made his American debut with Stoker, a highly stylized and elegant film about India, a teenage girl who lives with her mother (a very creepy Nicole Kidman) in a lavish Californian villa. Her father has just died in a car crash, when suddenly her uncle Charlie appears. Charlie is charming and well-dressed, but underneath these layers of civilization appears to something much darker. A strange alliance between the traumatized girl and the sleeky uncle emerges. Read more

    RATING: 90/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 1st, 2013

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  • The Invitation

    DIRECTOR: Karyn Kusama
    CAST: Logan Marshall-Green Emayatzy Corinealdi Michiel Huisman

    A man visits a dinner party, hosted by his ex-wife and her new lover. But right from the start, he can’t shake the idea off that something sinister is about to happen. In thrillers, the unexpected is usually quite expectable. The great thing about ‘The Invitation’ is that you’re waiting for a twist, as is usual in these kinds of films. But there never really is a twist, which is all the more shocking in the end. Read more

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 8th, 2016

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  • The Babadook

    DIRECTOR: Jennifer Kent
    CAST: Essie Davis Noah Wiseman Daniel Henshall

    ‘The Babadook’ is one of those rare, low-budget horror debuts we encounter once in every five years or so. The unnerving story of a widowed mother with her young son, both slowly crumbling under the fear of a mysterious book that comes to life at night, is just spot on. Director/writer Jennifer Kent does what horror filmmakers rarely do so effectively; that it is often ourselves we should fear. Read more

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: May 30th, 2014

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  • You’re Next

    DIRECTOR: Adam Wingard
    CAST: Sharni Vinson Joe Swanberg AJ Bowen

    Adam Wingard is without a doubt one of the most prolific and interesting independent horror filmmakers of our times. 2011’s ‘You’re Next’ was a major departure from his earlier mumble-gore work and gained quite some mainstream attention. And rightfully so. The film, about a family reunion ruined by bloodthirsty attackers wearing animals masks, is suspenseful, gory AND darkly funny. Read more

    RATING: 83/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 24th, 2011

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  • Goodnight Mommy

    DIRECTOR: Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz
    CAST: Lukas Schwarz Elias Schwarz Susanne Wuest

    Two boys live with their mother in a stylish, luxurious bungalow at the edge of a forest. One day, she comes home after a cosmetic surgery, her head covered in bandages. The twins grow suspicious of her; is she really their mother? A chilling psychological warfare between them sets out. A frightening, highly stylized modern horror story which will leave its viewers puzzled and disturbed. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 11th, 2015

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  • Lost River

    DIRECTOR: Ryan Gosling
    CAST: Christina Hendricks Iain De Caestecker Matt Smith

    When Ryan Gossling announced he was about to make his directorial debut, lukewarm reactions fell upon him. Even worse when the film came out; according to many, 'Lost River' was the sum of obvious influences. A bit of Lynch, a bit of Nicolas Winding Refn and a pinch of Harmony Korine. Indeed, Gosling's first effort as a director feels as a homage to the mentioned filmmakers, but in a good way. 'Lost River' is a creepy fairytale with lots of memorable scenes and stark images. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 10th, 2015

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  • La Piel Que Habito

    DIRECTOR: Pedro Almodovar
    CAST: Antonio Banderas Elena Anaya Jan Cornet

    Horror movies are typically made by directors who exclusively do horror. So when a filmmaker who’s usually in the art house business suddenly decides to try something else, this raises eyebrows. When Pedro Almodovar’s ‘La Piel Que Habito’ came out in 2011, the critics were severely divided. A loud and extravagant Frankestein-ish horror? Well yeah, that’s exactly what it is, and its briljant. Antonio Banderas stars as a twisted plastic surgeon trying to create the perfect synthetic skin. In order to do so, he needs a guinea pig… Read more

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 14th, 2011

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  • Trolljegeren

    DIRECTOR: André Øvredal
    CAST: Otto Jespersen Robert Stoltenberg Knut Nærum

    What would be the result if you’d crossbreed ‘The Blair Witch’ with some Scandinavian folkloric tale? Well, ‘Trolljegeren’ probably comes pretty close. One of the finest found footage horror films you are likely to find, this Norwegian gem evolves around a bunch of journalists traveling to the far north of the country in pursuit of giants trolls. The film is scary at times for sure, but it’s biggest strength is the faux earnestness of the whole project. ‘Trolljegeren’ proves scary movies can be funny too. Read more

    RATING: 79/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 10th, 2011

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