Goodnight Mommy (2014): Goodnight Mommy had its movie trailer go viral a few years back as “one of the scariest movie trailers.” The movie isn’t quite that level, but it’s still decently shocking and spooky. A pair of 9-year-old twins start doubting it’s actually their mother who comes back covered in bandages after a surgery.
Ju-on: The Grudge (2002): The classic tale of insidious curses and haunted houses. A house haunts all of its inhabitants following a grisly murder inside its walls years prior.
Train to Busan (2016): Train to Busan may be one of the greatest zombie movies ever made. Thrilling, violent, emotional, and well-made. A businessman gets stuck on a train with his daughter in the midst of a zombie virus infecting South Korea.
High Tension (2003): This French thriller is well-known for its shocking violence and surprising twist midway through. Two girls on a secluded farmhouse have to fend for their lives against a crazed killer.
The Happiness of the Katakuris (2001): Takashi Miike’s off kilter and genre defying movie has been described as “The Sound of Music meets Dawn of the Dead.” A family starts renting out their guest house and has to deal with their tenants dying on them, through song.
Angst (1983): As opposed to the last entry, this movie does not make light of a serious situation. Based on a real serial killer’s story, Angst is a German film that takes place from the perspective of a mentally ill man who breaks into a house and brutally kills its inhabitants.
Pulse (2001): Pulse is, and will indefinitely, be the scariest movie I’ve ever seen, but don’t let me overhype it. The plot is a little difficult to follow at times, but it takes place in the early 2000s where a mysterious message pops onto people’s computers asking if they want to see a ghost.
Blue My Mind (2017): A female coming-of-age mermaid horror movie sounds like it would be a bad idea for a movie, but this movie really stands its ground. At times gross and disturbing, other times filled with uncomfortable female experiences. If you’re a fan of puberty-as-a-monster metaphors, you’ll enjoy this movie.
The Wailing (2016): A beautiful, intricate, and terrifying tale of a possession in South Korea. A policeman is caught up in a mysterious illness that infects people in his small town following a stranger moving in.
The Loved Ones (2009): This Australian horror flick doesn’t hold back. A high school boy is kidnapped and tortured after turning down a girl who asks him to the prom.