Movies in the Horror/Thriller genre

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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, ...
Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, The

Spoilers! (Is that relevant for a film that’s 100 years old??)In no way does any aspect of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari resemble what we today would identify as “film.” With its bizarre set design, over-the-top acting, and operatic style, ...

Run Time: 1:15
U.S. Release Date: -
MPAA Rating: "NR"
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Robert Wiene
Cast: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, ...
Unsane

I’m a sucker for movies that question the sanity of the main character and thereby cause the viewer to wonder about the reliability of the narrative. Such films, if made right, can offer a wild ride. Unsane, Steven Soderbergh’s second post...

Run Time: 1:37
U.S. Release Date: 2018-03-23
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Cast: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Amy Irving, ...
Stepfather, The

Spoilers (including revelations about the ending)!By 1987, the (first) slasher-film craze had reached its apex. Proven box office winners because of their gory appeal, slashers could be made for next-to-nothing and almost always turned a profi...

Run Time: 1:29
U.S. Release Date: 1987-01-23
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity, Sexual Content)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Joseph Ruben
Cast: Terry O’Quinn, Jill Schoelen, Shelley Hack, ...
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, ...
Antebellum

Antebellum, a Twilight Zone-ish thriller from the writing/directing duo of Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz, takes its time establishing itself as one thing before transitioning to something completely different. The non-chronological nature of ...

Run Time: 1:45
U.S. Home Release Date: 2020-11-03
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Content, Profanity)
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Director: Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz
Cast: Janelle Monae, Eric Lange, Jena Malone, ...
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, ...
Strangers, The

We tend to think of our homes as places of safety and refuge. The illusory nature of such a belief is quickly dispelled in Bryan Bertino's debut feature, The Strangers. A chilling horror film about a home invasion, this movie doesn't break any ne...

Run Time: 1:25
U.S. Release Date: 2008-05-30
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Sexual Situations)
Genre: HORROR/THRILLER
Director: Bryan Bertino
Cast: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman
Uninvited, The

The temptation is to think this: Just what we need - another PG-13 remake of an Asian horror film. These come along so frequently that they have become more like punch lines to bad jokes than serious cinematic endeavors. Not so fast, though. The U...

Run Time: 1:27
U.S. Release Date: 2009-01-30
MPAA Rating: "PG-13" (Violence, Profanity, Sexual Situations)
Genre: HORROR/THRILLER
Director: The Guard Brothers
Cast: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, David Strathairn, ...
Daybreakers

Daybreakers argues there still may be some new terrain to be strip-mined in the rush to exploit the bloodsucking undead. As far removed from the Twilight series as possible (with more in common with Children of Men), Daybreakers brings its vampires...

Run Time: 1:36
U.S. Release Date: 2010-01-08
MPAA Rating: "R" (Violence, Profanity, Nudity)
Genre: HORROR/THRILLER
Director: Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
Cast: Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, Claudia Karvan, ...