My 10 Favourite Horror Films of the Last Decade

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Mwahahahaha, welcome to my lair of horror……

Well firstly, there’s loads of scary movies from the last ten years that I really enjoyed. And even more that I just ‘enjoyed’. How do you whittle it down? Some were obvious choices but this post did take some Wikipedia memory research.

I basically just went for the obvious and chose films that I loved the first time (and remember watching that first time) – and also stuff that I still get pretty excited about when having a repeat session. None of the films below have I only seen once and thinking about it, I own all of them on DVD or Blu-Ray.

They’re in no particular order, but the top five are the Most Special. Enjoy!

My Favourite Horror Films of the Last Decade (2010 – 2019)

10. The Babadook (2014)

A genuinely creepy delight that made it hard to sleep after. A rarity that almost lives up to outlandish advert claims of ‘scariest film ever!’. Not too many films are genuinely creepy or chilling nowadays, but The Babadook certainly is and when you add the clever story and characters – highlighting here the darkness of the mother-son relationship – I just don’t think you can honestly talk about horror films of the last decade without mentioning this Australian gem. Read my original review here.

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9. Warm Bodies (2013)

Rookie choice I know but in truth I had a hard job deciding on my tenth movie. And then I remembered how much I loved Warm Bodies – which IS described on the IMDB as a horror. Look there’s genuine brain eating scenes so I think it’s okay. What I liked most about this quirky (hate that word usually when associated with movies) story was just the total charm and loveliness. Nicholas Hoult is so likable and the overall message about kindness and understanding was – for once – not a vomit inducer, but actually so brilliant. Great soundtrack too.


8. IT (2017)

After a big build-up, IT turned out to be a pleasurable ride. It felt made with love and the 1980s setting – as well as all the differences between this and the 1990 adaptation – worked well, including the guy who played Pennywise and the bunch of kids (who were likable and funny – and that’s damn important). IT was also scary and objectively speaking I’d say it was a better horror than the 1990 version – though the nostalgia and love for Tim Curry will always remain in our hearts (I know). Though the second part wasn’t as good you can’t really moan about it. With the kids all grown up it’ll never be as good. But as far as ‘re-imaginings of classics’ go, IT ticked all the boxes for me. Read my original review here.

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7. It Follows (2014)

Another one that (in a slightly pretentious way perhaps) is hard to ignore when discussing horror films of this decade. Not because it’s like soooo amazing as such but it was definitely different to the commercial norm – both in plot and execution. It Follows has a hazy, indie film feel and lacks the generic teen horror formula – to some degree at least. I mean yeah Quentin Tarantino’s “not just disappointed but almost a little angry” speech was pretty funny but it was still a great flick – interesting and creepy too. One of things I liked the most was the soundtrack. You can read my review of it here.

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6. Evil Dead (2013)

One of the finest horror remakes I’ve had the pleasure of viewing. Evil Dead is just BAM – in your face like a massive, rusty knife. So much blood. So much gore. SO MUCH BLOOD (it rains blood). Even the music is brilliant and adds to the OTT feel. And it definitely has an OTT feel. Now I like the original and I like this, I’m not really comparing them. I just found Evil Dead such refreshing fun with its 18 Rating and actual loads of scary shit that happens.

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5. Ghost Stories (2017)

I like anthology horrors, I like British horrors – and I definitely like creepy, disturbing horrors. Ghost Stories is all of those things thrown together, with a smart story and a well written, humorous script. It made my spine tingle, it made me laugh and it made me think (not in a philosophical way, just about the plot I mean). Perhaps not for everyone but a definite personal favourite. I was about 10 minutes into it on the first watch and knew it was me all over. You can read my original review here.

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4. The Green Inferno (2013)

I watched this the two times I found it on Prime for free and then ended up buying it in a 2 for £10 deal in HMV (the other film was Ghost Stories). The rest is history. I guess this Eli Roth movie is some kind of homage to old cannibal films, horrid and ominous stuff like Cannibal Holocaust. But I don’t know… I never saw it like that. Cannibal Holocaust is nasty and unclean, this is just a laugh. Most of the characters are unlikable or forgettable and seeing their gory fates is quite fun. The violence is OTT, highly gross even, but never actually upsetting. Watching some guy have his eyeballs dug out by someone’s finger (and eaten) whilst he’s laying there screaming – popcorn movie! Loads of cool stuff happens and it’s a pleasure to watch.

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3. Black Swan (2010)

I know I’m stating the obvious here but truly the main reason I like Black Swan so much is because – for me at least – it’s super duper scary. It happily contains all the nightmarish ingredients guaranteed to freak me The Fuck Out and now I’m no longer a scared little kid hiding under a blanket whilst watching Strange But True on TV in the 90s, I do struggle to find real chills. Black Swan has it all – scary faces, scary dreams, scary eyes, scary paintings, scary visions, scary Winona Ryder making holes in her face with a nail file (wow the first time that scene made me jump!). I have to be in the mood for Black Swan but when I am in the mood, I love it every time.

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2. Kill List (2011)

Kill List is just so strange and disturbing I can’t help but LOVE it. The atmosphere is dynamite – something dreadful and unspeakable is constantly hanging over the story and you’re never really given a break. The plot following a couple of hit-men seems simple enough at first glance, but you go way down the rabbit hole with this one. With super violent, graphic scenes and an unforgettably awful (in a good way) and terrible climatic ending – this crazy Ben Wheatley film is unforgettable – and highly original – both in story and execution. A big favourite of mine.


1. Hereditary (2018)

What an absolute joy this film was and I’m not being sarcastic. One of the best big budget horror movies of recent years, Hereditary is involved, clever, horrible and completely disturbing throughout. With a story that actually stands up alongside the scares and a distinct, dark atmosphere, Hereditary feels like quite a triumph in modern horror and only gets better each time I watch it. So horrid! So delightful! Such an all-round pleasure. Nice to go to the cinema and see a horror film that actually frightens you, that shocks you to some degree even. A story different to the norm and a great definition of the horror genre in general. You can read my original review here.

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So there we have it and I hope you enjoyed reading. Any thoughts? I guess if I had to choose my MOST very very favourite it would be Kill List. Honestly that film is just so weird and original and screwed up and brilliant. And for those wondering I did almost include Get Out but can’t honestly say I loved it. And I pretty much hated A Quiet Place.

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36 Responses to My 10 Favourite Horror Films of the Last Decade

  1. Zoë says:

    Great list Emma! I freaking loved IT, and the Evil Dead remake is also one I return to. Man, there have been some solid horror movies in the last decade. Lots of crappy ones, mind, but the ones that are good, are really good.

    • emmakwall says:

      Thanks Zoe!! Yeah I was so pleased with IT, came out the cinema singing its praises! And Evil Dead was so much fun, don’t care if it’s a remake or not, it rocked!!! If I did a list of horror films from the last decade I really, really liked or just really liked – I’d have loads!

  2. alexraphael says:

    Great post. Cool mix of films. Really like the dilm poster for IT Follows

  3. Urspo says:

    For me what makes horror is not gore or violence but Dread. If it evokes Dread it is good horror

    • emmakwall says:

      Horrors that scare me the most are generally supernatural based – ghosts mainly. Or something like The Ring (ahhh!) they’re the ones that keep me up at night .

      Not all these films were scary in that way, but I enjoyed them all. What are your favourites? 🙂

  4. Great list! The only one I was not overly found about was Black Swan. Maybe I’ll give it another go.

  5. Ryan says:

    The genre is just so strong right now (and has been for years). Such a great time to be a horror fan. I would have included many of these on my list as well!

    • emmakwall says:

      Thanks Ryan! That’s a great point, I hadn’t even really thought about it but you’re spot on! Thanks for taking the time to comment, glad you agree with some of my choices!

  6. I dont like horror films

  7. clmuileboom says:

    Quite a few movies on this list, I haven’t watched yet. Thanks for sharing.

  8. ManInBlack says:

    “It” followed by “It Follows” ….. Never change Emma… 😉 😛

  9. johnrieber says:

    FYI I loved this post but I wasn’t allowed to comment…not sure why


  10. beetleypete says:

    I’m looking forward to Hereditary. I slagged off The Babadook in my review on my blog, but reckon It Follows is amazing. Because it is ‘photographed’! It’s a ‘real’ film! Black Swan is superb for so many reasons, and some of the others I have yet to see.
    Always a joy to see you posting, Em!
    As ever, Pete. XXX

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