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31 Of The Scariest Movies From This Decade

You'll probably want to sleep with the lights on after watching these.

We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us what they thought the scariest movie of the 2010s was. In no particular order, here are the bone-chilling results...

Warning: Mild and creepy spoilers ahead!

1. Lights Out (2016)

Warner Bros.

"I had to sleep with my closet light on for a week after watching this movie!"


"There are parts of my campus where the streetlights don't reach, so if I'm finishing late, I run so fast through the dark bits because I'm scared I'm gonna get grabbed by the demon from that movie. Security saw me and thought it was hilarious, but that movie really messed me up."


2. The Babadook (2014)

Entertainment One

"At first you think it’s just another haunting by an evil supernatural being, but it actually has a deeper real-world meaning that addresses mental health and the impact it can have on you and those around you."


"It was so disturbing — everything from the characters to the visuals. Still can’t watch this one alone!"


3. Sinister (2012)

Summit Entertainment

"I legit had to pause in the INTRODUCTION scene, where the family is being hung from a tree in slow motion, because I was already overcome with anxiety."


4. Get Out (2017)

Universal Pictures

"Horror movies don't really scare me, so for me they are mostly meh. Sometimes there are gems with a great atmosphere, like Midsommar, but Get Out was the first horror movie that gave me chills. And it's an Oscar winner as well."


5. Hereditary (2018)


"Toni Collette's scream when seeing her daughter made me wish that there was an Oscar category for best scream. It's that good and terrifying! I had to stop the movie after that scene before I could go on."


"Overall, the movie is just super uneasy until the end, when it gets REALLY messed up. That movie is truly scary."


6. The Conjuring (2013)

Warner Bros.

"The first one terrified me so badly I couldn't walk down the hall to my bedroom. Slept downstairs for MONTHS. I can't even explain what it was, but it was so unsettling it caused me anxiety and paranoia for a very long time. Jump scares don't normally do that much to me, but man...I was just a wreck."


"The Conjuring still makes me wear headphones to bed for a night or two after I watch it, terrified of hearing clapping in the middle of the night."


7. Mama (2013)

Universal Pictures

"I feel like not enough people talk about how scary Mama was. I saw that movie when I was 25 and still had to sleep with the lights on for a week."


8. Hush (2016)


"Hush is one of the best stalker movies I've seen in a long time. I thought it was going to be one of those typical slasher films, but it turned out to be a really intense game of cat and mouse."


9. Insidious (2010)


"It truly packs a punch when it comes to scare factor on the first viewing. The concept was fresh and truly terrifying. Just a great ride overall."


"That demon face from Insidious will ALWAYS be the one thing I cannot look at without feeling like I’m being attacked. What kind of monster!"


"I watched that movie five or six years ago with my dad as a sophomore in high school. I didn't sleep a wink that night. Tried to shower at 4 a.m., but I kept getting freaked that the red demon was behind me, so I ended up crying on the floor of my bathroom until the sun came up. I listen to music in the shower to this day because of that movie."


10. Last Shift (2014)

Magnet Releasing

"Last Shift is the scariest f$&@ing movie I've ever seen, and I've seen everything known to man. Lights were ON for a while at bedtime that night."


"It’s a unique horror film that needs very little to scare. The cast is minimal, and it all takes place in the same building. It’s creepy because it gives off Manson cult vibes, and the appearance of the cult leader is the stuff of nightmares."


11. Train to Busan (2016)

Next Entertainment World

"Train to Busan was the best zombie movie I have seen in a long time. As someone who travels on the train often, the thought of getting stuck on a train full of zombies is terrifying. The pacing was brilliant and the characters were really well thought out; you care about what happens to the characters. I have loved Gong Yoo ever since I saw him in Goblin and this was on my bucket list, and it definitely did not disappoint."


12. The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015)


"The Blackcoat's Daughter was terrifying. The twist ending wasn't hard to see coming, but the slow boil up to that point created a sense of dread that made me petrified to see what was about to happen."


13. The Witch (2015)


"A good story doesn't need to rely on cheap scares. The final scene with Black Phillip sent chills down my spine."


"It was the type of movie that sits in your mind, plays tricks on you for weeks, unsettles you for longer. I saw it months ago and it still knocks me off-kilter when I think of it."


14. Oculus (2013)

Relativity Media

"Oculus is phenomenal! I love horror, but I don’t spook easily. This one makes you question what you’re even watching and where it falls in the timeline. It definitely had me jump, but it leans more on psychological horror than on jump scares."


15. Creep (2014)

The Orchard

"I'm a horror fanatic, and the only horror film that has ever genuinely scared me is the Duplass Brothers' Creep. Peachfuzz actually gave me nightmares. It's a found-footage film, and it's just two characters (one of whom is hardly ever onscreen), but it's legitimately terrifying."


16. Shadow People (2012)

Anchor Bay Films

"The one that made me have to sleep with the lights on for a WEEK is...Shadow People. Super creepy and way underrated!"


17. Us (2019)

Universal Pictures

"The film had me at the edge of my seat the whole time, but what’s scarier is after you leave the film and really think about all of the hidden meanings and social commentary about the film, it feels far too real — and that plot twist at the end is heartbreaking but also makes you question everything."


18. 1922 (2017)


"1922 was horrifying because the main character can't escape his murderous act no matter what he does, and everything in his life falls apart."


19. The Invitation (2015)

Drafthouse Films

"The Invitation was soooooooo unsettling. You have no idea if the protagonist really is just paranoid or if there's something truly sinister going on. The last 15 minutes scared the crap out of me."


20. Dig Two Graves (2014)

Area 23a

"Dig Two Graves didn't feel too much like a horror movies because it's so poignant, but that doesn't stop it from having some really intense moments. It's about a girl who feels so guilty after the death of her brother that she makes a pact with three gypsies to bring him back. But they want something from her in return."


21. A Quiet Place (2018)

Paramount Pictures

"It's so different from anything I've ever seen before, the acting is amazing, and it leaves you on the edge of your seat the entire time. Great movie."


22. The Devil's Candy (2015)

IFC Midnight

"The Devil's Candy was surprisingly scary! It's about a man who thinks he hears the voice of the devil and begins stalking the family who's just bought his old house. The ending was terrifying!"


23. It (2017)

Warner Bros.

"It was really terrifying. That goddam creepy freak show smile. Ugh!"


"I know a lot of people kind of don’t think it’s scary, but It's face gives me nightmares, and when Pennywise is dancing, it’s just creepy!"


24. Hell House LLC (2015)

Terror Films

"I recently just heard of it, even though it came out in 2015, and there are two other movies in the series. Psychological, jumpy,'s seriously SO good. How is no one else talking about it?!"


25. Veronica (2017)

Film Factory Entertainment

"I nearly shit my pants watching Veronica on Netflix. That night in the apartment when Veronica and her siblings are sleeping in the living room and you see the demon's body through all the glass doors was terrifying."


26. Bone Tomahawk (2015)

RLJ Entertainment

"Scarier than anything else in these comments by far. I love scary movies, but this one fucked me up."


27. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

IFC Midnight

"I have never been so in suspense and confused and intrigued than when I watched that movie. Just wow."


28. Ghost Stories (2017)

Lionsgate Films

"I LOVE horror films and I watch them all the time! Out of all the films I've watched, the scariest one is definitely the British film Ghost Stories! This is the only film that managed to elicit real terror from me, and that is saying something, as I'm not usually one to react with explicit terror from movies. It's three stories, one creepier than the one before, and the film wraps up in a way that makes you equal parts uncomfortable and baffled."

James Tiu

29. Evil Dead (2013)

TriStar Pictures

"It is the only horror movie I’ve seen that I’ve never watched twice."


30. Gerald's Game (2017)


"It was so intense — the idea of being tied up and no one can hear or help me is terrifying. And the idea of someone watching me while in the same room with me and I can’t see them is one of my biggest phobias, and this played on it very well."


31. It Follows (2014)


"Reminded me of so many nightmares growing up. And had me afraid to turn the lights out and checking under the bed at night."


Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.