13 Must-See Horror Movies After ‘It,’ From ‘Green Room’ to ‘It Follows’ (Photos)

Kailey Marsh, creator of BloodList.com, gives the scoop on movies to keep you up at night

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“Starry Eyes” (2014)

Written & directed by Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Widmyer

Cool imagery, solid performances, and a harrowing take on how far a person will go to become a star.

Available to rent: Amazon Video, YouTube, iTunes

“Honeymoon” (2014)

Directed by Leigh Janiak

Janiak made a solid directorial debut with “Honeymoon.” The whole film rests on the shoulders of the two leads with excellent chemistry who take you through a well-paced story of paranoia and freaky scares.

Available to rent: iTunes, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV

“What We Do in the Shadows” (2015)

Written & directed by Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement

This film is a joyride of a horror comedy. This mockumentary stars all of your favorite monsters, and will make you smile with it’s charm.

Available to rent: Amazon Video, iTunes

“Goodnight Mommy” (2015)

Written & directed by Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala

I caught this out of Fantasia 2015, and was blown away. I admittedly shielded my eyes during the more torture-y parts at the end, but I didn’t see the twists, and it’s one of the most visually stunning genre films in recent years.

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“The Visit” (2015)

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

Fun story: I was invited by my former boss Steven Schneider (and EP on the film) to a small screening, and he wouldn’t tell me what it was. I walk in and M. Night is there and only a couple of other people. I was so scared, and unfortunately was sitting in the front row so everyone could see me jump. I was over found footage, but I powered through that element because the story is so fun to watch unfold. Signature Shyamalan Twist works like a charm, and with this and “Split” getting great reviews it’s great to have M. Night back.

“Green Room” (2016)

Written & directed by Jeremy Saulnier

As a huge fan of “Blue Ruin,” I was equally as impressed with how “Green Room” as a a brutally relentless thriller that is both tense and entertaining.

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The Guest (2014)

Directed by Adam Wingard.

I caught this on the big screen at Next Fest in 2014. Maika Monroe and Dan Stevens are captivating to watch. Period. It’s a quick-paced thriller wrapped into a poppy homage to throwback horror films.

“In Order of Disappearance” (2014)

Directed by Hans Petter Moland

I was lucky enough to see this at Fantastic Fest in 2014. It’s an intense Norwegian revenge story set against the beautifully snowy backdrop of Norway in winter. Tonally it reminded me of “Fargo” with added thriller elements and tense scenes.

Available to rent: Amazon Video, YouTube, iTunes

“Afflicted” (2014)

Written & directed by Derek Lee, Clif Prowse

I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Lee and Prowse put a unique spin on the well-tread vampire sub genre by giving the viewer an experience of what it’s like to make the transition into a vampire after you’ve been bitten by one. Shot on a very limited budget, the effects are impressive and mostly practical and they make great use of the docu-style filmmaking.

Available on Amazon Video, iTunes, Vudu

“Hush” (2016)

Directed by Mike Flanagan

Home invasion movie out of SXSW 2016. Reminiscent of “The Strangers” and “Wait Until Dark,” it’s a very minimalist movie, and is intense, nonstop and entertaining. It’s low budget, but it doesn’t take away from the quality in this gem.

Available to rent: Netflix

“The Taking of Deborah Logan” (2014)

Directed by Adam Robitel

Jill Larson carries the film well in the title role that requires her to go from happy to sad to positively terrifying in the same scene. I wish it wasn’t found footage because I felt like that was one of the weak elements of it, but if you want to watch a possession film that won’t disappoint give this a look. I’m excited to see what Robitel does with “Insidious 4.”

Available to rent: Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV

“Under the Skin” (2014)

Directed by Jonathan Glazer

This film is gorgeous. It’s eerie. It’s an artsy take on “Species,” and will gross you out as much as it will impress you with it’s visuals. It’s a very polarizing film, but the lovely Scarlett Johansson makes it work on so many levels. It’s sure to stick with you after viewing.

Available to rent: Vudu, Amazon Video, YouTube, Google Play Movies & TV, iTunes

“It Follows” (2014)

Written and Directed by David Robert Mitchell.

I’m sure you’ve at least heard of this film. A testament to its quality is that it’s one of the few films horror films to get an expanded release after doing high number in its limited run. Spooky soundtrack, 80’s vibes, and a new twist on the slasher sub-genre. Watch this in the dark. There are multiple gasp-worthy scenes.

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