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13 Australian Horror Movies That'll Scare The Shit Out Of You

Have fun not sleeping for a week.

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1. Lake Mungo (2008)

Arclight Films

Set in documentary format, Lake Mungo is eerie as hell. You also won't see the ending coming, and you'll probably spend a lot of time analysing your photos after watching this.

2. Dying Breed (2008)

Ambience Entertainment

There's cannibalism, gore, and extinction involved, so you're in for a real treat. Saw writer and actor Leigh Whannell (he's the one who didn't cut off his leg) also features in this bloodbath.


3. The Babadook (2014)

Cinetic Media

"If it's in a word or it's in a look, you can't get rid of the Babadook." A recently widowed single mother struggles with her son's fear of a monster in their house. There's a dog AND a kid. Basically everyone is screwed.

4. Rogue (2007)

Emu Creek Pictures

A big-ass man-eating crocodile is the villain in this story, so you get the picture already. Rogue was written and directed by the Greg McLean, the man behind Wolf Creek, so you know you're in for a great time. It also stars Sam Worthington and Mia Wasikowska before they hit it big in Hollywood.

5. Black Water (2007)

AV Pictures

Yes, this is another killer crocodile film (surprisingly released in the same year as Rogue, too), but that doesn't mean you should skip it. This is still a fun ride with impressive special effects – it used real crocodiles, with very little CGI.

6. Wolf Creek (2005)

Roadshow Entertainment

This film did for backpacking what The Blair Witch Project did for camping. As an added bonus, there's a 2013 sequel that isn't as good, but is still worth watching. And if that isn't enough, there's also a miniseries on the way.


7. Road Games (1981)

Embassy Pictures

The location alone is enough to make you feel creeped out, with the film taking place on a desolate Australian highway (ugh, no thanks). It also stars iconic scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis, because it wouldn't be a true horror flick without her.

8. The Loved Ones (2009)

Madman Entertainment

You'll never listen to Kasey Chambers' "Not Pretty Enough" the same way again. This is an absolutely creepy masterpiece with a female horror villain – which is unfortunately a rarity – and a bloody great performance from all of the cast members (including Xavier Samuel, who is so pretty that it hurts to watch him squirm).

10. Snowtown (2011)

Madman Films

Based on the true story of the Snowtown murders (also known as the bodies-in-barrels murders), this film has a lot of crime and drama elements involved. Be warned though, it's intense at times. But if you can handle that, it's definitely worth a watch.


12. Wyrmwood (2014)

Guerilla Films

Wyrmwood is more or less about zombies in the outback, which is why it's been described as Mad Max meets Dawn of the Dead. People lost their shit over this film, so much so that it became one of the most torrented films in the world.

13. The Tunnel (2011)

Distracted Media

You'll never, ever want to stand near a train tunnel again after watching this beautifully creepy flick. It follows a reporter and her film crew as they venture into the abandoned underground below Sydney in the hope of finding a great story. Instead they find a bunch of creepy shit and you'll basically never sleep again.

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