Putting up a list of the best and most rated horror movies of the decade is no easy task. We have compiled some notable movies that may not score highly with critics or fans but did receive a considerable amount of accolade from either. Horror movies may not have as many fans as thriller movies or comedy and drama, but it is still a popular genre. How many ways can one do the same thing? That’s the difficulty directors and producers face during their production of horror movies. It takes more than just creaking doors and weird noises to deliver a good scare these days, and the directors and cast on this list of rated horror movies brought their best.
1. Tigers Are Not Afraid
With a blend of fantasy and reality, ‘Tigers are not afraid’ is a movie presented to the audience in a documentary-style view of the horrific events carried out by drug cartels in South America. It features a plot of the fear of ghosts and the fear of reality. To add to the intensity of the movie, the director and writer, Issa Lopez, tells this horrifying story of cartel violence through the lenses of children. What more could be more intense, than having to see children witness the most horrific of crimes.
Estrella is 10 years old and has 3 wishes: The first one is that her missing mother comes back, and it happens. Her mother returns, but she is dead and follows Estrella everywhere. Petrified, Estrella tries to escape from her by joining a gang orphaned by violence. Soon she realizes that the dead are never left behind, and when you are in the middle of brutality and violence, wishes never come true the way you want them to be.
A sublime mixture of dark social realism and magical fantasy. – Richard Whittaker(Critic on Rotten Tomatoes).
Critics from Rotten Tomatoes were very rewarding with the ratings of this movie. With a rating of 97%, it deserves to be on our list of best-rated horror movies of the decade. The movie performs well in the eyes of other reputable critics. On IMBD, the movie is rated 6.9/10 with many positive remarks from critics and the audience.
2. Upgrade (2018)
Leigh Whannell, the director of the upgrade, gives us a peek into the vengeful heart of a man who has lost everything he loves in life. Lead Actor Logan Marshall (plays Grey Trace), delivers a captivating performance that has left the audience in chills. He portrayed his character’s pain remarkably and manages to secure the audience’s sympathy even though he became the embodiment of evil.
Grey’s wife, Asha, is a stay-at-home mechanic. Grey approaches Asha one day and requests her assistance in returning an automobile to a client. Grey and Asha’s self-driving car crashes as a result of a fault. As Asha bleeds to death next to him, Grey stands helplessly by.
Grey, a widower quadriplegic, goes home to his mother’s care. He became depressed when his wife died, and authorities were unable to locate their assailants. After attempting suicide, he is offered a high-tech chip that will allow him to walk again.
He’s persuaded to have the operation after first being hesitant. He begins on a semi-comedic and graphic quest for vengeance now that he has been given a computer chip called STEM.
Many critics applaud the actors of the movie for their outstanding performance but give heavy criticism on the plot of the movie. Many commend the fun that the movie provides and emphatically mention the lack of creativity and novelty of the movie.
The kind of pulpy, low-pretense, non-franchise thriller that bigger studios have done their best to usher toward extinction. – Jesse Hassenger
It’s still a small, silly movie and there’s nothing particularly novel or even of the moment about its technosceptic stance on machines, but as a genre exercise, it’s a fun ride. – Simran Hans
Even though there has been some criticism of the movie’s plot, critics on Rotten Tomatoes still awarded it an 88% score, making it worthy of our best-rated movies of the past decade.
Although this movie isn’t necessarily an intense horror movie and almost didn’t make it to our top-rated horror movie list, it should be applauded for the inhuman imagination of the plot. The Sci-Fi scenery blended with the scary moment in the movie makes this movie one of the best on the list. James Ward Byrkit, who directed the movie set out to blow the mind of his audience. Coherence is a unique movie, utilizing the minimum number of cast and budget, but stills swept critics and audience off their feet.
Eight people gather for a dinner party on the night of an astrological aberration and are subjected to a sequence of bizarre happenings. Heady theoretical notions like “quantum decoherence” and parallel universes lie at the center of the plot. The picture, which was reportedly made on a shoestring budget of $50,000, cleverly restricts most of its action to a single area.
The movie is notorious for the handful of cast and minimum budget used in the movie. However, these restraints didn’t hinder the cast from delivering top-notch quality entertainment. The movie sat well with critics and was justifiably rewarded, scoring 88% on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.2/10 on IMBD
Coherence was a highlight. A deceptively simple film made with minimal cast, crew, and budget, it boasts more than enough sheer imagination to tip the scale in its favor. – Samuel B. Prime
Considering how much of the film consists of a single group of people becoming increasingly unhinged in a suburban living room, it’s impressive how effectively Byrkit manages to suggest multiple realities and ominous other worlds. – Mark Kermode
Constantine is famous for starring Keanu Reeves as a man on the desperate hunt for redemption. Constantine suffered a lot of negative reviews from critics. Its plot revolves around the old ‘good vs evil’ battle we all know too well. It misses a lot of opportunities to dazzle the audience with drama, thrill, and horror.
The movie also features a lot of familiar faces like Rachel Weisz(Angela Dodson) Djimon Hounsou(papa midnite). Probably if a different entertainment company had handled the production, it might not have attained the success it did on the Box Office.
Demon hunter John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) has gone to hell and returned as a suicide survivor, and he knows that when he dies, he’ll be destined for Satan’s world unless he can earn enough goodwill to climb God’s stairway to heaven. Constantine becomes entangled in a mysterious scheme involving both demonic and angelic forces while assisting policewoman Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz) in the investigation of her identical twin’s apparent death. Based on the DC/Vertigo comic “Hellblazer.”
Ratings for this movie is sometimes on the good side and other times on the evil side. Some critics like Rotten Tomatoes score it poorly, even though the audience disagrees. 46% was awarded to the movie. This score should put it on our best-rated movies of the decade, however, its performance on the market suggests that people loved it. That’s all that matters! Contrary to the poor remark from Rotten Tomatoes, the movie did well on IMDB with a score of 7.0/10. The movie was nominated 10 times and eventually won 2 of them.
5. The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Horror films with plots impregnated with scenes of a scare from demonic possessions and paranormal activity would always fascinate fans. The Exorcism of Emily Rose does just that. Even though it was a television sensation, the exorcism of Emily Rose faced some backlash from critics.
The court case scenario of the movie portrays a dilemma of ‘church vs. state’, which society fails to address properly. Should the state punish the priest for negligence, or would the priest acknowledge the existence of something sinister like the supernatural demon? Should this Movie be on our ‘ best-rated horror’ movies list? We’d leave that to you to decide.
Because he delivered the church-sanctioned exorcism that ultimately killed her, the Rev. Moore (Tom Wilkinson) is charged with the wrongful death of a girl claimed to be demonically possessed. Ethan Thomas (Campbell Scott), the prosecuting attorney, claims that Emily (Jennifer Carpenter), the young woman, had schizophrenia and should have been diagnosed. Meanwhile, Emily’s defence counsel Erin Bruner (Laura Linney) contends that science alone cannot explain Emily’s condition.
Is The Exorcism of Emily Rose a best-rated movie?
Although it’s not the focus of the film, the movie also offers a few very cool scare moments, and seeing Emily possessed is terrifying. This is my favorite “underdog” movie of the year so far. – Potty-Man
Having received 4 wins out of 9 nominations, one would expect that the movie is applauded for its spectacular cinematography. However, the exorcism of Emily Rose does not sit well with many critics. Most criticisms were targeted at the watered-down horror of a horror movie. Although a refreshing idea, the court scenes of the movie ate the bulk of it, leaving little room for the scare of the movie. The movie manages to obtain a 6.7 /10 from IMBD, and a disappointing 44% on Rotten Tomatoes.
6. The Exorcist: The beginning
“Our past comes back to haunt us”, Father Merrin(played by Stellan Skarsgård) believes the past had come to haunt him when he came face to face with the devil himself. “What could go wrong in an archaeological excavation?” is a question the audience would ask at the start of the movie, but would late find out that a lot worse can go wrong.
Father Merrin (Stellan Skarsgard) is haunted by his World War II memories, in which occupying Nazi troops forced him to participate in their atrocities. He has since forsaken his beliefs and begun working as an archaeologist as a result of the incident.
He travels to Kenya, where he finds ancient artifacts in a fifth-century Byzantine church. Sarah (Izabella Scorupco), a doctor and concentration camp survivor, meets him there. Strange happenings eventually reintroduce him to the evil he had hoped to avoid. Workmen go insane, and a little kid gets mauled by a group of hyenas while his younger brother Joseph is utterly ignored. They discovered traces of desecration within the church. Merrin is compelled to reconsider his lack of religion and meet the devil face to face.
“It isn’t quite hell, but clambering to the end of this dusty remnant of an idea is certainly purgatory. Unlike the first film, in which audience members fainted and threw up, the showdown between good and evil prompted more laughter amongst the audience than terror.” – Ian Nathan
While the movie went ahead to get nominated 6 times, critics couldn’t hold back their disappointment with the movie. Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer portrayed the minds of the critic perfectly, scoring the movie with a 10%. It is far from the best and scores very low rates compared to other movies on this list. Some critics say “The serious Catholic themes that made the original film genuinely disturbing have been flattened out into a cartoonish backstory pitting Merrin against Nazi storm troopers.”
7. Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
Dominion features the same priest from its sequel, the exorcist: the beginning. Stellan Skarsgård played the role of father Merrin again. It would seem critics don’t like his horror movies. Like its sibling, Dominion also received a lot of negative reviews from critics. It follows a similar style to its sequel, the Exorcist: the beginning, it attempts to play at the psychology of the audience but fails.
Horror movies need a lot of visual effects to deliver the scare, but Dominion also falls short of that. The movie does, however, shine a light on the scarcely discussed topics of clashes between locals and archaeologists. Although performing poorly on review websites, the movie grossed at $41.8M on the USA box office.
Lankester Merrin is a professional archaeologist who was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest but has since lost faith and abandoned his vocation. He is plagued by what he was compelled to perform during World War II in his home in Holland.
The church he discovered in Northern Kenya dated from the Byzantine period, which means it was built hundreds of years before Christianity arrived in the area. The church was covered in sand to the roof, and as its structure is revealed, the camp spirals into lunacy. The local tribesmen are willing to go to war if the church is not buried. Soon after, two British soldiers are discovered dead, and their commanding officer, Major Granville, murders one innocent civilian.
Schrader’s intelligent, quietly subversive pic emphasizes spiritual agony over horror ecstasy, while paying occasional lip-service to the need for scares. – Leslie Felperin
Rotten Tomatoes didn’t think the movie ought to score above 30%. The average rating of 10000 people summed up to 25%. Dominion wasn’t going to be shown any mercy. We still put it on our list because even though critics didn’t think it deserve the title of “best-rated horror movie,” it sold a lot at many theatres.
8. A Quiet Place
A quiet place is a blend between Sci-Fi, drama, and horror. A quiet place utilizes all these devices to thrill its audience. sending them into a dimension of fear, compassion, and thrill. With a gross of more than 350 Million dollars, this movie ought to be on our list. It’s a must-watch!
Director John Krasinski, along with his cast and team of producers like Micheal Bay, really took the audience by surprise. A Quiet Place is the best-rated horror movie on this list, and we recommend you start with this.
What’s the story about?
The Abbotts are striving to survive amid the remoteness of upstate New York, defined by a new era of complete stillness, in a shattered Earth overrun by indestructible predators of suspected extraterrestrial origin.
Indeed, because this new sort of invader is attracted to noise, even the tiniest sound can be fatal; nonetheless, it’s been over a year since the fierce monsters first appeared, and this tenacious family is still standing strong. Of course, mastering the rules of survival in this muted dystopia is crucial; nevertheless, now, more than ever, an otherwise pleasant event jeopardizes the already fragile equilibrium. The Abbotts must not make a sound now more than ever. Should this movie make the best-rated horror movie list?
Does it Deserve The ‘Best Rated Horror Movie’ Title?
Sure, it’s just a movie but A Quiet Place is so effective that you’ll be deathly afraid of making a sound – just like the main characters. – Perri Nemiroff
A Quiet Place is a film that will satisfy horror fans, but its family drama also gives it a broader appeal. Either way, it’s a quietly chilling experience that you won’t soon forget. The movie receives appropriate accolades from critics who praise the movie for exploiting every possible angle it could to keep audiences hooked. Rotten Tomatoes scored the movie with 96%.
9. The Conjuring (2013)
The Conjuring takes your traditional demonic possession movie to the next level. While it would leave you clinging to your partner in fear, it also leaves the audience with a sad aura. The movie leaves the audience in a tense state of suspense and fear, then unleashes all the scare it had been saving for the end.
Director James Wan does an amazing job and also delivers in the sequels of the movie. Vera Farmiga(as Lorraine warren) and Patrick Wilson(as Ed Warren) were fit for the job and nailed every scene of it. The Conjuring is another contender for the ‘Best Rated Horror Movie’ on this list and in 2022.
Carolyn and Roger Perron move their family into a derelict Rhode Island farmhouse in 1971, and weird things begin to happen around it, increasing into terrifying nightmarish fear. Carolyn enlists the help of renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren to investigate the residence. What the Warrens find is a whole area engulfed in a diabolical enchantment that is now pursuing the Perron family wherever they go.
To put an end to this evil, the Warrens will have to summon all of their abilities and spiritual strength to combat this phantom threat at its source, which threatens to harm everyone involved.
How scary did critics find it?
If you’re looking for some really good scares, The Conjuring is what you want. –Damond Fudge
Critics graced the movie with their applaud overlooking some flaws, and commended the efforts of the director in bringing out the dread of history. Some critics like Rotten Tomatoes score the movie highly, awarding it an 86%.
10. It – The Best Rated Horror Movie Yet?
It has a lot of kids in it, but it’s no kids movie. The adoption of the highly-rated horror book by Stephen King, “It”, was a sensation at the time of its release and still is. Directed by Andy Muschietti, the movie takes a comical character -a clown- and turns it into the most terrifying creature in the small town. It starts with a heavy scene where a little kid is tricked by a clown hiding in the sewer and eaten. Don’t be fooled by the cute kids hanging around, it is a dark movie and my most recommended movie for you to watch. It can easily claim the seat of the best movie of the decade. Critics rated it justifiably. ‘it’ is a major contender to ‘A Quiet Place’ on our best-rated horror movie list.
Something is afoot in the once-peaceful late-1980s town of Derry, Maine, as a seemingly endless string of violence, murder, and unexplained kid disappearances terrorize the little town. The Losers’ Club—troubled Georgie’s older brother, Bill; the bullied new classmate, Ben Hanscom; the ill-treated, Beverly Marsh; the playful, Richie Tozier; home school kid, Mike Hanlon; the asthmatic, Eddie Kaspbrak; and the fastidious, Stanley Uris—pluck up the courage to face their well-hidden childhood fears against the backdrop of anguished remorse after the recent death of the innocent six Is the malicious bright-eyed demon, however, really the terrifying entity that Derry fears?
The production, the performances, the visuals, the story, the horror, and everything else gels together into one of the best Stephen King movies ever made. – Drew Dietsch
For its careful use of children in a PG 13 movie, IT killed it(pun intended). It not just focuses on creaking doors and strange sounds, it strongly holds its audience in a state of suspense and fear. Watching a little kid get eaten is the most terrifying scene any horror fan would be dreadful of. However, the casts were careful not to do too much to scare parents off. It was discrete, captivating, and scary. On platforms like IMBD, critics rated the movie with 7.3/10.
Thank you for going through our list of rated horror movies of the decade, we hope that you were scared to get to the end but eventually did and that you would be checking out the great movies on the list. You could Watch it and tell us how would you rate these horror movies?