The Best Horror Movies to Watch Now

The Best Horror Movies to Watch Now

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The horror genre can be notoriously divisive, with cult favorites derided by critics and critical darlings called out as pretentious by the genre’s fans. At agoodmovietowatch, our job is to bridge that gap—recommending you a healthy dose of scary movies that offer more than your standard blood and gore and jump scares, but that still scratch your itch to see something creepy and messed up. Here we’ve prepared a list of horror films we still think are underseen by most people, but whose quality we’d cross our hearts and hope to die for.

40. I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

6.9

Country

United States of America

Director

Charlie Kaufman

Actors

Abby Quinn, Anthony Grasso, Ashlyn Alessi, Colby Minifie

Moods

Thought-provoking, Weird

Toni Collette, Jessie Buckley, and Jesse Plemons star in this mind-bending drama from Charlie Kaufman, the writer of Being John Malkovich.

The Young Woman, as she is known in the movie, takes a day trip with her boyfriend to his family’s secluded farm in Oklahoma. On the way, she thinks about breaking up with him.

But once there, she meets her boyfriend’s unusual mom (Colette) and everything gets progressively weirder for The Young Woman. The dialogue of the movie is complex and so reference-heavy that it begs either a second viewing or a handful of explanation articles online.

39. Swallow (2019)

6.9

Country

France, United States of America

Director

Carlo Mirabella-Davis

Actors

Alyssa Bresnahan, Austin Stowell, Babak Tafti, David Rasche

The disturbing conceit of a housewife swallowing inanimate objects may push some away, but those that can stomach it will find a searing exploration of patriarchal control over women’s bodies – an issue more relevant than ever in the US, as anti-choice zealots push closer to overturning abortion rights nationwide. 

An odd twist towards the end, and a tone-deaf bit about a Syrian refugee, make the film uneven. But, the edge of the seat suspense, sumptuously colorful cinematography, and Haley Bennet’s resonant performance make this worth seeing nonetheless. 

38. Bone Tomahawk (2015)

6.9

Country

UK, United States of America

Director

S. Craig Zahler

Actors

Alex Meraz, Brandon Molale, David Arquette, David Midthunder

Moods

A-list actors, Dark, Suspenseful

A peculiar Western that might not please everyone if it wasn’t for its main star, Kurt Russel. It’s a mix between classic western material, a horror flick, and a fantasy movie. Yes, it’s a lot. And not only that, it can be slow at times. However, in those perks it also finds a lot of originality in a saturated genre, and one more time: Kurt Russel. He’s amazing as can be expected, playing the sheriff of a quiet town that gets struck by sudden disappearances. The suspect is a faraway tribe known for its cannibalism practices, the movie follows the sheriff as he leads an expedition to save a disappearing woman.

37. The Platform (2019)

7.0

Country

Spain

Director

Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

Actors

Alexandra Masangkay, Algis Arlauskas, Antonia San Juan, Chema Trujillo

Moods

Challenging, Intense, Thrilling

The Platform is the closest thing to Parasite released so far. This interesting Spanish movie is about 90% a science-fiction drama and 10% a horror movie. It’s an allegory set in a future where prisoners live in vertical cells, and each cell has to wait for the cell above it to eat to get food. Depending on the floor where prisoners wake up, they might not get any food at all. This creates for disturbing situations that are hard to see as not representative of our modern societies.

36. Possessor (2020)

7.0

Country

Australia, Canada, Canada United Kingdom

Director

Brandon Cronenberg

Actors

Andrea Riseborough, Ayesha Mansur Gonsalves, Christopher Abbott, Christopher Jacot

Possessor announces a visionary new voice in Brandon Cronenberg, and is one to watch for the concept alone, brilliantly melding science fiction and horror into one. Cronenberg’s direction is reminiscent of a cross between Christopher Nolan’s Inception and Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin, but has more than enough originality to stand well on its own. However, unfortunately, it is surprisingly slow at times, and is far from the mind-blowing gore fest that was promised, resulting in a well made but underwhelming experience. BUT, if you were in the mood for a trippy introspective sci-fi thriller and are able to keep your expectations tempered, this is well worth a watch

35. [REC] (2007)

7.0

Country

Spain

Director

Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza

Actors

Akemi Goto, Ana Isabel Velásquez, Ben Temple, Carlos Lasarte

Moods

Intense

TV reporter documenting a day with a local fire crew, they encounter a deadly virus trapped in a tower block. This film is bloody brilliant! Innovative camera work and a simple idea perfectly executed. When I watched this, I was alone in the dark and ended up constantly jumping around with fright and excitement. A real wake up for other horror filmmakers, Hollywood hasn’t come close to anything like this.

34. Shaun of the Dead (2004)

7.0

Country

France, UK, United Kingdom

Director

Edgar Wright

Actors

Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Bill Nighy, Carol Barnes, Chris Martin

Moods

Dramatic, Easy, Lighthearted

One of those movies that even if you know all the jokes by heart, you’ll still laugh at them whenever you see the movie. The chemistry between Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright is exceptional, and the jokes are spot-on.  The movie starts with Shaun character trying to turn his life around by winning back his ex and reconnect with his mother. Only problem? Oh yeah, everyone is coming back from the dead.  

33. Climax (2018)

7.1

Country

Belgium, France, United States of America

Director

Gaspar Noé

Actors

Adrien Sissoko, Alaia Alsafir, Alexandre Moreau, Alou Sidibé

Moods

Challenging, Original, Weird

This twisted movie is actually two movies, the credits even roll in between. The first half is gorgeous: talented dancers get together for a party and perform beautiful contemporary dance sequences. They introduce themselves through their audition tapes to join the dance group, but also through conversations at the party. The second half is less fun. It turns out someone had laced the sangria they’ve been drinking with a psychedelic drug. Not for the faint of heart or anyone who didn’t like director Gaspar Noé’s past movies (Enter the Void, I Stand Alone, etc).

32. Timecrimes (2007)

7.1

Country

Spain

Director

J.T. Petty, Nacho Vigalondo

Actors

Bárbara Goenaga, Candela Fernández, Juan Inciarte, Karra Elejalde

Moods

Thought-provoking, Thrilling

A man accidentally gets into a time travel machine and travels one hour back in time. He finds himself stuck in a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences, with unusual and thrilling moments at every corner. Similarly to Primer, this movie goes to prove that with intelligence and attention to detail, you don’t need a big budget to create an unforgettable story. Great acting, great story-line, and a great thriller.

31. Re-Animator (1985)

7.2

Country

United States of America

Director

Stuart Gordon

Actors

Barbara Crampton, Bruce Abbott, Bunny Summers, Carolyn Purdy-Gordon

Moods

Dark, Intense, No-brainer

Taking the Frankenstein story to its low-budget ’80s extremes, Re-Animator finds lots of dry humor and gory thrills in the simple story of a mad scientist in medical school. But instead of any Frankenstein’s monster terrorizing the university, it’s the hubris of man and their arrogance in denying the inevitability of death that constantly threatens every other innocent person in the film. The scare to minute ratio here is refreshingly low, meaning Re-Animator isn’t driven by a need to manipulate audiences, but by the primal thrills of fake guts and blood—and a sharp, snarky performance from Jeffrey Combs.

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