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25 Best Horror Movies Of 2014

New: Top 20 Best Horror Movies 2014Let’s take a look at the best horror movies of 2014. The scary list features the usual mix of sequels (‘Wolf Creek 2’), adaptations (‘Horns’) and original fare (‘Oculus’).

Although oddly there hasn’t been a single prominent remake this year. It has been a good one for indies.

25th – Open Grave
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Joseph Morgan, Thomas Kretschmann, Josie Ho
Director: Gonzalo López-Gallego
Released: January 3, 2014 (US Dates)

Best Horror Movies 2014
 -Seen It-  A man (Copley) wakes up in a huge pit of dead bodies with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Fleeing the scene, he breaks into a nearby house and is met at gunpoint by a group of strangers all suffering from the same memory loss. The group tries to piece together clues about their identities, but when they encounter a deadly threat they’ll have to figure out the whole picture before it’s too late… Think Agatha Christie meets ‘The Last of Us’, in fairly uninspired hands. It does a good job of creating mystery by posing intriguing questions, the first 40 minutes are pretty gripping for this reason, and when the solution is revealed it just about holds together. But as the characters are there only to serve the mystery plotting they come off flat and lifeless. When you don’t know who anyone is until virtually the last five minutes, it’s hard to care too much about their fates.

24th – As Above, So Below
Starring: Ben Feldman, Perdita Weeks, Edwin Hodge, Josh Kervarec
Director: John Erick Dowdle
Released: August 15, 2014

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Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris. When a team of explorers venture into the uncharted maze of bones they uncover the deadly secret of the city of the dead. Descending into madness and terror they will be forced confront their sins head on or be extinguished. From the writer and director of the not-great ‘Quarantine’. The director took a step up with the underrated ‘Devil’. Here they are back to found-footage and fighting to avoid the cliches that go with it. Lifting heavily from ‘The Descent’ and 2007’s ‘Catacombs’, mixed with a bit of ‘Tomb Raider’, this does well on atmosphere and scares. Your enjoyment probably depends on whether ‘REC’ underground sounds appealing or tired at this stage.

23rd – Wolf Creek 2
Starring: John Jarratt, Ryan Corr, Shannon Ashlyn
Director: Greg Mclean
Released: May 16, 2014

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 -Seen It-  Lured by the promise of an authentic Australian holiday, three backpackers visit the notorious Wolf Creek crater. But their dream Outback adventure becomes a nightmare when they encounter the site’s most infamous local, Mick Taylor (imagine a murderous Mick Dundee). As they flee, he pursues them on an epic, white knuckled rampage across hostile wasteland, and at least one will be dragged back to his lair to witness the true magnitude of his monstrosity. To survive, they must become as ruthless as him. The writer/director of the first ‘Wolf Creek’ returns, as does its star (who’s still a compelling presence). The 2005 original was creepy and disturbing but also a sadistic and depressing movie that dwelt on torture. This shifts focus more toward black humour and suspense-action with a second half that’s part road-chase thriller ala ‘Duel’. However it remains sadistic, with the German backpacker sequence in particular exhibiting a very disturbed psyche. The final scene is implausible and unsatisfying too. Still the movie’s neatly crafted, nicely acted and a well-paced gory ride. Worth seeing – if you enjoyed the first.

22nd – 13 Sins
Starring: Mark Webber, Ron Perlman, Rutina Wesley, Pruitt Taylor Vince
Director: Daniel Stamm
Released: April 18, 2014

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 -Seen It-  A meek social services coordinator who’s drowning in debt and about to marry his love receives a call informing him that he’s on a hidden camera game show where he will receive $6 million for completing 13 tasks. After he agrees, for task one/two, to kill and eat the fly that is bothering him, thousands of dollars appear in his bank account. From there is he led through progressively challenging, degrading, and dangerous stunts by the mysterious caller, to a devastating point of no return. From the director of ‘The Last Exorcist’, this is a remake of the quirky 2006 Thai horror/thriller ’13: Game of Death’. It’s a surprisingly entertaining film that continues to throw satisfying plot twists and interesting scenarios into the mix as it esculates. Watching the protagonist grow in confidence is fun. It has a very similar premise to this year’s equally good but smaller-scale ‘Cheap Thrills’ (although that one’s more thriller than horror).

21st – The Sacrament
Starring: Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Gene Jones
Director: Ti West
Released: May 1, 2014

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 -Seen It-  Two journalists (for VICE magazine’s video documentaries) film their friend’s visit to the Eden Parish, a religious commune where his troubled sister has been living since her drug rehabilitation program. The sister seems healthy and the inhabitants they interview speak of the commune utopia in glowing terms. However they gradually discover there is a sinister edge to the cult that belies the seemingly peaceful setting… From producer Eli Roth and writer-director Ti West (‘House of the Devil’, ‘The Innkeepers’), this is based quite closely on the harrowing Jonestown Massacre of 1978 (the preacher even wears Jim Jones’s glasses). The slow-build-up opening hour features great writing, performances and direction, with effective use of the ‘found footage/documentary’ style. Things turn deadly a bit too abruptly, and while those events are intense, their horror should have been pushed even further – the real life story was far more grand-scale and shocking (1000 died). Watching this unofficial adaptation could have left audiences mentally scarred, but instead it’s simply a solid, cleverly-made horror-thriller with a (cinematically) original premise.

20th – Tusk
Starring: Justin Long, Michael Parks, Haley Joel Osment, Génesis Rodríguez
Director: Kevin Smith
Released: September 19, 2014

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 -Seen It-  When a podcast host (Long) goes missing in the backwoods of Canada while interviewing a mysterious seafarer (Parks), his co-host (Osment) teams with his girlfriend (Rodríguez) to find him. Little do they know that the nautical madman plans to surgically transform his victim into a walrus… The story grew out of a discussion on Kevin Smith’s Smodcast (episode 259) about the viral prank Gumtree ad where a homeowner offers a living situation free of charge, if the lodger agrees to dress as the sea creature. Whether you enjoy the movie depends largely what you think of writer-director Kevin Smith’s personality, since Justin Long is playing Smith and the podcast in the movie is near identical to Smith’s own, and Long’s jokes are all from Smith’s sense of humour. While I liked Smith in the early days of ‘Clerks’ and ‘Mallrats’ I find him a pretty insufferable egomaniac these days, complete with an obsession for really unfunny sex jokes. After Long-Smith is silenced in the film, the last 30 minutes are dominated by Johnny Depp in an uncredited role as a French-Canadian cop. Depp has raided the dressing up box and is in full pantomine mode, given free rein to drag things out and it gets tiresome quickly. There’s a good confrontational dinner scene 40 minutes in and some man-walrus imagery you’ll not forget, but seeing someone tortured and tormented for an hour doesn’t do it for me, give me tension and an active protagonist any day. If you are drawn to the weird and loved ‘Human Centipede’ it might be for you.

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  • AshesFend said

    The fact The Marked Ones needs to cling on the Paranormal Activity name means they don’t have enough faith in it to make it officially a spin-off. P.A. is completely following The Blair Witch Project’s fate (remember Blair Witch Project 2?), and hopefully we’ll see this tired franchise finally disappear.

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  • G said

    When it comes to horror, it’s the movies that slip under the radar that always end up being the most interesting. So I hope you didn’t jinx any of these.

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  • Coddie said

    Afflicted sounds good!! also Dracula Untold!! wow there are going to be a lot of scary movies in 2014 !! I wish I could act in one somehow, taking off all stress making the shots, hehehehe just saying

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  • Gouppa Mabut said

    Good God in Heaven. Haley Joel Osment looks like a fat Jared Leto, wearing the flayed skin of Haley Joel Osment.

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  • B'White said

    There are some franchises that just don’t know when to quit. Anyway The Babadook is my number one top horror movie of 2014 hands down and after that I would put Wolf Creek 2. PLus I’m eager to see Radcliffe go evil.

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  • Gouppa Mabut said

    “While authorities charge the brother with murder, his sister believes the true culprit is a haunted antique mirror.”

    Also, 13 SINS sounds good.

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  • Murano said

    Does ANYONE know any new supernatural or ghost movies that will make me take notice! My problem is i watch all of them , now i cant find any movie to intrigue me! Of all the new horror movies 2014 has to offer the ONLY one Im excited about maybe is Oculus. thankss

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  • nip said

    seems like a pretty bad year for horror except green inferno noone seems especially interessting.. pretty sure dead snow 2 will be the most hilarious horror this year and probably the best 2014 horror movie. wolf Creek 2 was a dissapointment i Think it was watchable but not more. 13 sins was supprisingly good-sry for my bad English on behalf : )

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  • Beth Verbiar said

    Okay…the list looks good…and I’m pumped to see a bunch of these…but I just want to add that ‘Haunt’ was actually a great horror flick, in my opinion…and I’m SUPERRRRR picky and quick to judge…thanks, and happy horror-film-hunting to all!!!

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    • Shalonne said

      Totally agree with you it was an excellent horror flick with a good plot and very suspenseful mystery story line which captivated me till the end.

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  • leap said

    I think the best horror movies of 2014 will be Housebound and What We Do in the Shadows. New Zealand got this.

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  • AlanSonic said

    Man, good list but it’s missing something: V/H/S. Maybe you don’t like it or maybe it’s not comming out this year but man, you missed that spot.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      Sure, it’s V/H/S Viral that’s out this year, aka V/H/S 3. In the US it should be available for download in some form on 23rd October 2014 and gets a limited theatrical run on 21st November. I heard it’s very disappointing, not as good as the other two.

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  • Erin said

    So I watched Under the Skin last night & it was quite possibly the worst movie I’ve ever seen. If that’s the scariest movie of 2014, I give up.

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      These are the best horror films of the year, not necessarily in order of the scariest, other elements matter too. I’m surprised you didn’t find it unsettling and creepy, but each to their own. It is a divisive film and atypical. Try the rest of the top 5. They’re all quite different.

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  • Annie said

    Annabelle sounds interesting … waiting for its release as i loved ‘The Conjuring’… Apart from that i dont think anything seems good out of the lst… Oculus seemed to be a little confusing… Devil’s Due is just junk…It was just a waste of time..

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    • Sheridan Passell said
      Sheridan Passell

      To be clear, Devil’s Due is NOT in the top 25. It’s in the category marked ‘Not good enough to get on the list’.

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  • Srrakis said

    Horns? Story sounds like another teenager crap.

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    • lisa b said

      Horns is based on the book by Joe Hill, who is a fantastic writer and the son of Stephen King – recommend his novel NOS4A2, its one of the best books i’ve read in ages. Occulus is an awesome movie, chilling and slightly confusing (but in a really good way). When it finished for the first time in years I just sat staring at the blank screen going over it in my head with my mouth a little bit open and a slightly befuddled yet happy look on my face. Definitely recommend it! It should have been #1.

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        Horns was a very good movie to me, even the special effects was spectacular.

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  • DavidD_2Real said

    After waiting all year I can now comment and tear down your top 25.

    For one, I think every movie you listed was pretty good , ALL EXCEPT the movie “Under The Skin”. That movie was horrible and I think didnt even deserve to be made, I mean unless you want to see Scarlett Johansson naked every few minutes then watch it, other than that….DONT.

    Oculus was a great film, top 5 is a good placing but with whats on the list couldve been a little higher. As for PA:The Marked Ones and Devil’s Due, they weren’t scary, both gave headaches if you watched them in 3D just to see the camera shake the entire time but none the less could’ve beat out what was ranked as number one. Overall the list wasn’t too bad, but movies I would’ve moved up in ranking would be the following: Annabelle, Deliver us from Evil, Dracula (maybe), The Green Inferno and Oculus.

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    • the wondo said

      hmmmmmm Under the Skin is one of the better movies to come out in ages, it is horific but it is not straight horror, transcends the medium. Its rare that a book can become a movie that may be better then the book itself. I guess you don’t “get it” (oh no I am an eliteist!) but its a fantastic movie, its no suprise it got fairly good reviews for being a “horror” movie. Probably got the highest all around marks then any movie on this list…

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    • Chethan said

      I get that Under the Skin isn’t for everyone and isn’t very accessible, but it seems pretty stupid to say it was horrible and shouldn’t have been made. It was unique had great cinematography and had a lot of emotionally impactful scenes even if there wasn’t much dialogue.

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