Movies in the Horror/Thriller genre

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Hitcher, The

1986's The Hitcher is not representative of a classic of the 1980s horror boom, so the decision by Michael Bay and company to re-make it is merely unnecessary, not sacrilegious. 20 years later, the original stands up well; there is no need to re-i...

Run Time: 1:25
U.S. Release Date: 2007-01-19
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: HORROR/THRILLER
Director: Dave Meyers
Cast: Sean Bean, Sophia Bush, Zachary Knighton, ...
Invisible Man, The

Aside from the title, the basic concept, and the use of the surname “Griffin,” Leigh Whannell’s “reboot” of The Invisible Man bears little resemblance to the 1933 classic Universal monster movie and even less resemblance to the 1897 ...

Run Time: 2:05
U.S. Release Date: 2020-02-28
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Leigh Whannell
Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid, ...
It Comes at Night

Over the past two decades, horror movies have increasingly gravitated toward jump-scare experiences: stories more interested in delivering sudden shocks than developing suspense through mood and atmosphere. This dumbing down of horror, which h...

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: 2017-06-09
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Disturbing Images)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, ...
Ma

On the surface, Ma is seemingly just another entry into the generic horror/thriller category about a seemingly good-hearted stranger who worms her way into the bosom of a group before showing her true (psychopathic) tendencies. Although these ...

Run Time: 1:32
U.S. Release Date: 2019-05-31
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity, Nudity, Drugs)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Tate Taylor
Cast: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis, ...
mother!

Kudos to Darren Aronofsky for having the courage to make this film. Kudos to Paramount Pictures for having the guts to open this wide rather than burying it or hiding it as a VOD release. It’s too bad it doesn’t work.With mother!, Aronofs...

Run Time: 2:01
U.S. Release Date: 2017-09-15
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Content, Nudity)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, ...
Piercing

"There are eight million stories in the naked city. This [is] one of them." That iconic closing line from the TV series Naked City is one of the things I thought of at the beginning of Nicolas Pesce’s Piercing, which shows an art deco versio...

Run Time: 1:21
U.S. Release Date: 2019-02-01
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Nicolas Pesce
Cast: Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Laia Costa
Prophecy, The

Every once in a while, someone gets the bright idea of making an apocalyptic horror film. The Omen series is probably the best-known example of this sub-genre, but it's not the only one. Now, The Prophecy, with its tale of warring angels and lost...

Run Time: 1:38
U.S. Release Date: 1995-09-01
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: HORROR/THRILLER
Director: Gregory Widen
Cast: Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Christopher Walken, ...
Purge, The: Election Year

The Purge: Election Year represents writer/director James DeMonaco’s attempt to squeeze one more movie out of a premise that has run dry. The first movie of the series offered little more than The Concept - an alternate universe tale that took ...

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Release Date: 2016-07-01
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Gore, Profanity)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: James DeMonaco
Cast: Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell, Mykelti Williamson, ...
Quiet Place Part II, A

My review of John Krasinski’s 2018 A Quiet Place called the movie “a superb exercise in understated terror that puts to shame ‘horror’ films that rely on jump scares and cheap theatrics.” It was one of the best films of the year and ...

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: 2021-05-28
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Gore)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: John Krasinski
Cast: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe, ...
Silent House

For about 50 minutes, Silent House represents one of the most intense, unsettling horror movies I have recently viewed. This is Halloween territory, where the tension is so thick as to be almost unbearable. It's the kind of experience hard-core hor...

Run Time: 1:28
U.S. Release Date: 2012-03-09
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: HORROR/THRILLER
Director: Chris Kentis, Laura Lau
Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens