Top Horror Movies from 2006 – 2020

15 Years. 15 Horror Movies.

Patrick’s granddad was a horror film enthusiast with hundreds of films on VHS video. It’s probably where he gets his love for all things creepy (film-wise that is). His first childhood memory of watching a horror was the Living Dead, which he watched with his brothers and mother in the comfort of their family living room. Convinced by Patrick’s older brother that the film is suitable for his little brother’s to watch, little did his mother know what she was in for when she settled down with a nice cuppa tae for some light family entertainment.

Me? My first childhood memory of watching a horror film and horror movies was in my beloved granny’s farmhouse in Monaghan with my brother and cousin. It was really late, pitch black outside. We were surrounded by hills on every side of the house. The nearest neighbours were ages away, down old country roads with not a street lamp to be seen, and there we were happy as larry to have the living room to ourselves to watch the late night movie.

The name of the film is hazy but as far as I remember it was Poltergeist. What I distinctly remember though is being more freaked by the abundance of holy pictures adorning the walls in the house. I remember feeling that I’d probably be cursed now for watching such ‘blasphemy’. The feeling didn’t last of course and like Patrick and his grandfather before him, I love a good fright night in front of the big or small screen. And sure isn’t it in our blood and culture … after all the Irish invented Halloween!

So with my love for a good fright, here are my My Top 15 Horror Movies from 2006 – 2020. This list is based on the films I’ve seen. I’d love to know what you think of my picks and especially if you think I’ve missed a ‘better’ film for a particular year – so let me know in the comment section below this post. Happy Horrors!


My Top 15 Horror Movies

Year: 2006

15 Years 15 Horror Films. My Top 15 from 2006 - 2020 - The host

Name: The Host

IMDB – Metascore: 85% | Viewers rating: 7.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 93% | Audience Score: 72%

Length: 1 hour 48 minutes

Directed by: Bong Joon Ho

Starring: Kang-ho Song, Hee-Bong Byun, Hae-il Park

Synopsis: For me 2006 wasn’t overflowing with great horror movies, or perhaps I just missed them. If you’ve seen Saw and Saw II then you’ll know what to expect from Saw III. Jigsaw, which was released in this year is back to his bad behaviour with lots of gore.

On the other hand if you’re looking for something a little fresher, monster-wise, then you need to give The Host a watch. Based in Seoul in South Korea, a country I have a soft spot for, a monster has emerged from the Han River and it’s plan to take over the city needs to be quashed.


Year: 2007

10 Years 10 Horror Films. My Top Ten from 2006 - 2016

Name28 Weeks Later

IMDB – Metascore: 78% | Viewers rating: 7/10

Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 70% | Audience Score: 66%

Length: 1 hour 40 minutes

Directed by: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

Starring: Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Robert Carlyle

Synopsis: A deadly virus throughout Great Britain, the US Army trying to protect a small group of survivors in London. Sure what could possibly go wrong?


Year: 2008

10 Years 10 Horror Films. My Top Ten from 2006 - 2016

NameLet The Right One In

IMDB – Metascore: 82% | Viewers rating: 8/10

Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 98% | Audience Score: 90%

Length: 1 hour 55 minutes

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar

Synopsis: Oskar and Eli, a bullied boy and a very special little girl will entertain and intrigue you through their special friendship. I could tell you more but I’d hate to ruin it for you.


Year: 2009

10 Years 10 Horror Films. My Top Ten from 2006 - 2016

NameDrag Me To Hell

IMDB – Metascore: 83% | Viewers rating: 6.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 92% | Audience Score: 62%

Length: 1 hour 39 minutes

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Starring: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Ruth Livier

Synopsis: Just as the poster says ‘Christine Brown has a good job, a great boyfriend, and a bright future. But in three days, she’s going to hell’ Tis not a good week for Christine!


Year: 2010

10 Years 10 Horror Films. My Top Ten from 2006 - 2016

NameTucker and Dale Vs. Evil

IMDB – Metascore: 65% | Viewers rating: 7.6/10

Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 84% | Audience Score: 84%

Length: 1 hour 29 minutes

Directed by: Eli Craig

Starring: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden

Synopsis: Definitely one of my favourite films from the last 15 years. Tucker and Dale, you can’t help but love ’em. Unfortunately though their idea of a holiday in the mountains in a ‘quaint’ cottage doesn’t go to plan, at all at all! Funny and horror filled at the same time this film, in my opinion, definitely deserve a place on this Top 15 Horror Movies list.


Year: 2011

10 Years 10 Horror Films. My Top Ten from 2006 - 2016

Name: You’re Next

IMDB – Metascore: 66% | Viewers rating: 6.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 75% | Audience Score: 59%

Length: 1 hour 35 minutes

Directed by: Adam Wingard

Starring: Sharni Vinson, Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen

Synopsis: As with 2006, I found 2011 a difficult year to choose my favourite horror film, and not because there was abundance. Perhaps I didn’t watch enough of them? You’re Next isn’t my usual type of horror flick, however it did entertain for most of its length. What’s it about? A family getting attacked by mysterious killers in the night, in their home! Make sure you lock the door before watching this one.


Year: 2012

10 Years 10 Horror Films. My Top Ten from 2006 - 2016

Name: Sinister

IMDB – Metascore: 53% | Viewers rating: 6.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 63% | Audience Score: 61%

Length: 1 hour 50 minutes

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

Starring: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, James Ransone

Synopsis: A true-crime writer, a box of super 8 home movies, and a serial killer from the 60’s, need I say more?


Year: 2013

10 Years 10 Horror Films. My Top Ten from 2006 - 2016

Name: Conjuring

IMDB – Metascore: 68% | Viewers rating: 7.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 86% | Audience Score: 82%

Length: 1 hour 52 minutes

Directed by: James Wan

Starring: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ron Livingston

Synopsis: So apparently before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on the ‘true case files’ of Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were called to help a family terrorised in their own home, a secluded farmhouse by the way, by an evil presence. Creepy with a capital ‘C’.


Year: 2014

10 Years 10 Horror Films. My Top Ten from 2006 - 2016

Name: The Babadook

IMDB – Metascore: 86% | Viewers rating: 6.8/10

Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 86% | Audience Score: 82%

Length: 1 hour 33 minutes

Directed by: Jennifer Kent

Starring: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall

Synopsis: Creepy AF. A single mother, a dead father, a little son who’s afraid of a monster in his room. But what happens when the monster in the closet isn’t really make-believe! Agh!


Year: 201510 Years 10 Horror Films. My Top Ten from 2006 - 2016Name: Bone Tomahawk

IMDB – Metascore: 72% | Viewers rating: 7.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 90% | Audience Score: 72%

Length: 2 hours 12 minutes

Directed by: S. Craig Zahler

Starring: Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox

Synopsis: Is it a Horror? Is it a Western? I suppose with a soft spot for Kurt Russell since my childhood days of ‘Big Trouble in Little China’, I couldn’t help but choose this film for my ‘Top 15 Horror Movies’ What’s it about? A cave, cannibal kidnappers, and a wild west rescue mission!


Year: 2016

10 Years 10 Horror Films. My Top Ten from 2006 - 2016

Name: The Boy

IMDB – Metascore: 42% | Viewers rating: 6/10

Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 27% | Audience Score: 39%

Length: 1 hour 37 minutes

Directed by: William Brent Bell

Starring: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell

Synopsis: This film got a low rating compared to others but ratings aren’t always everything (well about 90% of the time). I enjoyed this film. I found the imagery freaky and its story creepy. It’s about an American nanny who comes to a remote English village to care for an eight year old boy. However the boy isn’t really a boy at all, and this isn’t a story about Pinocchio.


Year: 2017

15 Years 15 Horror Films. My Top 15 from 2006 - 2020 - Get Out

Name: Get Out

IMDB – Metascore: 85% | Viewers rating: 7.7/10

Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 98% | Audience Score: 86%

Length: 1 hour 44 minutes

Directed by: Jordan Peele

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford

Synopsis: Is it a thriller? Is it a mystery? It’s definitely horrible, that’s for sure – and a deserves a place on this Top Horror Movies list. What’s it about? Well let’s just say Chris played by Daniel Kaluuya really should have done a little background check on his beautiful girlfriend, and their parents.


Year: 2018

15 Years 15 Horror Films. My Top 15 from 2006 - 2020 - A Quiet Place

Name: A Quiet Place

IMDB – Metascore: 82% | Viewers rating: 7.5/10

Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 96% | Audience Score: 83%

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

Directed by: John Krasinski

Starring:: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds

Synopsis: Imagine living in a post-apocalyptic world, and being forced to live in silence as you hide from monsters with ultra-sensitive hearing. Yeah well imagine no more, because this film brings it to life! Shhhh…


Year: 2019

15 Years 15 Horror Films. My Top 15 from 2006 - 2020 - US

Name: US

IMDB – Metascore: 81% | Viewers rating: 6.9/10

Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 93% | Audience Score: 59%

Length: 1 hour 56 minutes

Directed by: Jordan Peele

Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss

Synopsis: You know when you spot someone that looks like someone you know? It’s gas isn’t it … like really funny, you know to spot a friends or your own doppelgänger. Yeah well this isn’t gas, it’s horrific.


Year: 2020

15 Years 15 Horror Films. My Top 15 from 2006 - 2020 - The Invisible Man

Name: The Invisible Man

IMDB – Metascore: 72% | Viewers rating: 7.1/10

Rotten Tomatoes – Tomatometer: 91% | Audience Score: 88%

Length: 2 hours 41 minutes

Directed by: Leigh Whannell

Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Harriet Dyer

Synopsis: Ever heard of friends snooping on their exes social media accounts. Yeah well this fella basically took stalking his ex, Cecilia, aka Elizabeth Moss to the next level! Sure he was so good at it she didn’t even see him!


So that’s it!

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