The 2010s were a golden era for horror films, introducing audiences to a variety of sub-genres and innovative storytelling techniques. From psychological thrillers to paranormal investigations, the decade offered something for every horror aficionado. Let’s take a trip down memory lane and revisit the best horror movies of each year in the 2010s.
The Insidious franchise kicked off the decade with a bang, introducing us to a purgatory-like dimension filled with restless spirits. The film stars Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne as a couple trying to save their son from this eerie realm. The franchise has since expanded, but the original remains a standout for its unique concept and chilling atmosphere.
2011: You’re Next
In a year dominated by psychological thrillers, “You’re Next” emerged as a traditional slasher film with a twist. The story revolves around a family reunion gone horribly wrong, as masked killers begin picking off family members. The film’s twist reveals a conspiracy within the family, adding another layer to the horror.
“Sinister” stood out for its creative storytelling, introducing audiences to Bughuul, a malevolent deity that influences children to commit horrifying acts. Ethan Hawke’s character discovers this dark secret and attempts to save his family, only to find that escaping Bughuul is easier said than done.
2013: The Conjuring
“The Conjuring” took the horror world by storm, based on the real-life investigations of paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren. The film’s blend of historical accuracy and supernatural elements made it a standout, solidifying its place as one of the decade’s best.
2014: The Babadook
“The Babadook” explores the psychological horror of a mother and her son haunted by a nightmarish entity. The film received critical acclaim for its nuanced storytelling and has since become a modern classic in the horror genre.
2015: It Follows
“It Follows” introduced a unique concept: a supernatural entity that relentlessly pursues its victims after a sexual encounter. The film’s open-ended conclusion leaves viewers questioning the fate of its characters, making it a memorable entry in the horror canon.
2016: Don’t Breathe
“Don’t Breathe” flips the script by making the initial villain, a blind man, the victim of a home invasion. However, as the story unfolds, dark secrets are revealed, turning the tables in a shocking twist.
2017: Get Out
Jordan Peele’s directorial debut, “Get Out,” combined social commentary with psychological horror, creating a groundbreaking film that dominated the year. The story revolves around a Black man who uncovers a horrifying secret about his white girlfriend’s family.
“Hereditary” took audiences on a rollercoaster ride of psychological and supernatural horror. The film’s intricate storytelling and shocking twists make it a standout, leaving viewers on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
Jordan Peele’s “Us” closed out the decade with a psychological horror film that explores identity through the lens of doppelgängers. The film’s complex narrative and stellar performances make it a fitting end to a decade of innovative horror films.