The 2010s were a great decade for the horror movie genre. The Conjuring, Insidious, Sinister, and many others rode the coattails. Babadook became the first horror movie to ever be nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars. Though It lost to Birdman, it set a precedent and now horror movies are being taken more seriously. The Conjuring Universe is a testament to that.
In this Chlorine listicle, we have compiled a list of the 20 best horror movies released in the 2010s. Enjoy the list.
1. The Conjuring | 2013 | 7.5/10 IMDB
The first film on the list, “The Conjuring,” focuses on the story of the Perron family who moved into an old house in Rhode Island when strange supernatural encounters start happening. The Warrens visited the family and tried to help them get rid of the demonic spirits in their house.
2. Exorcist House of Evil | 2015 | 3.8/10 IMDB
Exorcist: House of Evil is a 2016 Hollywood Horror movie that revolves around a young woman, who is haunted by the spirit of a demon. In an effort to be free of the demon, she seeks the help of a priest who is already trying to rid himself of a demon haunting him.
The movie is directed by Fred Olen Ray and stars Ed Quinn, Allison McAtee, and Richard Speight Jr.
3. The Conjuring 2 | 2016 | 7.3/10 IMDB
The Warrens, a husband and wife team of paranormal investigators, travel to England to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house that’s marked for death. When the youngest daughter is targeted by a powerful entity, the Warrens come to her aid. The Warrens must try to rescue her and her siblings before evil takes them all.
4. Annabelle | 2014 | 5.4/10 IMDB
Annabelle is a 2014 American supernatural horror film directed by John R. Leonetti, produced by James Wan, and written by Gary Dauberman. It is an origin story about the demon Annabelle, a possessed doll. The film was inspired by a story of a doll named Annabelle told by Ed and Lorraine Warren, who investigated the doll for authenticity. The Warrens later sold the doll to a private owner. The film stars Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, and Alfre Woodard. It was released worldwide on October 3, 2014.
5. House of Good and Evil | 2013 | 6.1/10 IMDB
House of Good and Evil is a 2013 American supernatural horror-thriller film directed by Scott McAboy and Chad Archibald, and starring David Chokachi, Rachelle Lefevre, and John Schneider.
6. The Enfield Poltergeist | 2015 | N/A
The Enfield Poltergeist is a 2015 British paranormal documentary film directed by Tony Harman about the events said to have occurred at a council house in Enfield, England, between 1977 and 1979, and the involvement of parapsychologists from the Society for Psychical Research.
7. The Haunting in Connecticut | 2009 | 5.9/10 IMDB
The HauntingConnecticut in Connecticut is a 2009 American supernatural horror film directed by Peter Cornwell and written by David Coggeshall. The film is based on the novel The Haunting in Connecticut by Peter Underwood. The movie stars Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan, Kyle Gallner, and Elias Koteas. It was released in the United States on September 25, 2009.
8. The Haunting in Connecticut 2 | 2013 | 5.3/10 IMDB
Ghosts of Georgia: The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by Tom Elkins. It is the sequel to 2009’s The Haunting in Connecticut. The film stars Leigh Whannell, Barbara Hershey, Megalyn Echikunwoke, and Jason Priestley.
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9. Annabelle Creation | 2017 | 6.5/10 IMDB
Creation is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by David F. Sandberg and written by Gary Dauberman. It is a prequel to 2014’s Annabelle and the fourth installment in The Conjuring series.
The film stars Stephanie Sigman, Talitha Bateman, Anthony LaPaglia, and Miranda Otto, and tells the story of a dollmaker and his wife who, after losing their daughter, welcome a nun and several orphans into their home. When the doll maker’s possessed creation Annabelle sets her sights on the children, the group must find a way to defeat her.
10. The Autopsy of Jane Doe | 2016 | 6.8/10 IMDB
The story follows a single mother and her daughter who live in an apartment in Los Angeles. They are visited by a priest who claims that the daughter is possessed by the Devil and that he is the only person who can save her soul.
11. The Shining | 1980 | 8.4/10 IMDB
The plot follows Jack Torrance, a writer and recovering alcoholic who accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, a large, isolated, and haunted resort in the Colorado mountains. His family accompanies him, and as winter arrives, the all-male staff gradually dwindles. The hotel, built on the site of an American Indian burial ground, becomes snowed-in during the winter, and the family is isolated for months.
Jack’s son Danny Torrance possesses psychic abilities and has telepathic communication with the hotel’s former caretaker, who warns Danny of the hotel’s violent history. The Shining is regarded as one of the greatest horror films ever made and is one of Kubrick’s most critically acclaimed films.
12. The Amityville Horror | 1979 | 6.2/10 IMDB
The Amityville Horror is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by Franck Khalfoun, a remake of the 1979 film of the same name.
13. Paranormal Activity | 2007 | 6.3/10 IMDB
Paranormal Activity is a 2007 film directed by Oren Peli. It was filmed in 2005 and was released in 2007. The movie is Peli’s first feature-length film. Paranormal Activity was shot using a handheld Digital 8 camcorder.
The film was given a limited release at the time and garnered mostly negative reviews from critics. Since its release on September 25, 2007, the film has become a cultural phenomenon, spawning six sequels and a spin-off.
14. Sinister | 2012 | 6.8 IMDB
Sinister is a 2012 American-found footage supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. It stars Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone, Fred Dalton Thompson, and Clare Foley. The film was released on October 12, 2012.
15. Paranormal Activity 2 | 2010 | 5.7/10 IMDB
Paranormal Activity 2 is the 2010 sequel to the 2007 horror film Paranormal Activity. The film was written and directed by Tod Williams and Scott Derrickson and is a pseudo-sequel to the original film. It was released in theaters on October 22, 2010. The film grossed $107 million on a $5 million budget.
16. Paranormal Activity 3 | 2011 | 5.3/10 IMDB
Paranormal Activity 3 is the 2011 sequel to the two previous films and is the third movie in the Paranormal Activity series. The film was directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman. It was released in theaters on October 21, 2011.
17. The Nun | 2018 | 5.3/10 IMDB
The Nun is an American supernatural horror film directed by Corin Hardy in his feature directorial debut and written by Gary Dauberman and James Wan. It is a spin-off of The Conjuring 2 (2016) and the fifth film in The Conjuring series. The film stars Taissa Farmiga, Bonnie Aarons, and Demián Bichir. It is scheduled to be released on September 7, 2018, by Warner Bros Pictures.
18. Paranormal Activity 4 | 2012 | 5.6 IMDB
Paranormal Activity 4 is the 2012 sequel to the previous films. The film was directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost and was released in theaters on October 19, 2012. The film grossed $118 million on a $5 million budget.
19. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones | 2014 | 5/10 IMDB
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is the fifth installment in the Paranormal Activity series. It is a spin-off prequel to the 2009 film Paranormal Activity 2. The film was released on January 3, 2014.
20. The conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do it | 2021 | 6.3/10 IMDB
The 2021 movie takes Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren on one of the most sensational investigations of their careers. This starts when a policeman stumbles upon a dazed and bloodied man walking down the street. When the suspected murderer is investigated further, he claims demonic possession as his defense. This puts the investigation on a whole new track.