2010's Best Horror Films

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Listing of the best horror films of the year from best to worst based on critical ratings, user rantings, and personal rankings. A down year for horror.

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1. Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010)

R | 89 min | Comedy, Horror

65 Metascore

Affable hillbillies Tucker and Dale are on vacation at their dilapidated mountain cabin when they are mistaken for murderers by a group of preppy college students.

Director: Eli Craig | Stars: Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss

Votes: 158,001 | Gross: $0.22M

2. The Crazies (2010)

R | 101 min | Horror, Thriller

55 Metascore

After a strange and insecure plane crash, an unusual toxic virus enters a quaint farming town. A young couple are quarantined, but they fight for survival along with help from a couple of people.

Director: Breck Eisner | Stars: Radha Mitchell, Timothy Olyphant, Danielle Panabaker, Joe Anderson

Votes: 106,575 | Gross: $39.12M

3. Rammbock (2010)

R | 63 min | Action, Drama, Horror

Just when Michael arrives in Berlin to visit his ex-girlfriend Gabi, a terrible virus starts spreading across the city at a rapid pace, turning people into mindless homicidal maniacs. Much ... See full summary »

Director: Marvin Kren | Stars: Michael Fuith, Theo Trebs, Anka Graczyk, Emily Cox

Votes: 5,017

4. Bedevilled (2010)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A woman subject to mental, physical and sexual abuse on a remote island seeks a way out.

Director: Cheol-soo Jang | Stars: Yeong-hie Seo, Seong-won Ji, Min-ho Hwang, Min Je

Votes: 12,103

5. Stake Land (2010)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

In a world of vampires, an expert vampire hunter and his young protégé travel toward sanctuary.

Director: Jim Mickle | Stars: Connor Paolo, Nick Damici, Kelly McGillis, Gregory Jones

Votes: 39,431 | Gross: $0.02M

6. 7 Days (2010)

Not Rated | 105 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A doctor seeks revenge by kidnapping, torturing and killing the man who raped and murdered his young daughter.

Director: Daniel Grou | Stars: Claude Legault, Rémy Girard, Martin Dubreuil, Fanny Mallette

Votes: 6,843

7. Trollhunter (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

61 Metascore

A group of students investigates a series of mysterious bear killings, but learns that there are much more dangerous things going on. They start to follow a mysterious hunter, learning that he is actually a troll hunter.

Director: André Øvredal | Stars: Otto Jespersen, Robert Stoltenberg, Knut Nærum, Glenn Erland Tosterud

Votes: 65,454 | Gross: $0.25M

8. Insidious (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye

Votes: 263,241 | Gross: $54.01M

9. Nine Dead (2010)

R | 98 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Nine strangers are kidnapped and forced to figure out the connection they have to each other as one has to die every ten minutes.

Director: Chris Shadley | Stars: Melissa Joan Hart, William Lee Scott, John Terry, James C. Victor

Votes: 11,747

10. The Final (I) (2010)

R | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A group of high school outcasts get revenge on the students that torment them.

Director: Joey Stewart | Stars: Marc Donato, Jascha Washington, Whitney Hoy, Justin Arnold

Votes: 10,127

11. Monsters (2010)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

63 Metascore

Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion, a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border.

Director: Gareth Edwards | Stars: Scoot McNairy, Whitney Able, Mario Zuniga Benavides, Annalee Jefferies

Votes: 85,449 | Gross: $0.24M

12. Mother's Day (I) (2010)

R | 112 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

34 Metascore

The sadistic members of a villainous family return to their childhood home to terrorize the new home owners and their guests.

Director: Darren Lynn Bousman | Stars: Rebecca De Mornay, Jaime King, Shawn Ashmore, Briana Evigan

Votes: 15,324

13. Devil (2010)

PG-13 | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

44 Metascore

A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them.

Director: John Erick Dowdle | Stars: Chris Messina, Caroline Dhavernas, Bokeem Woodbine, Logan Marshall-Green

Votes: 124,518 | Gross: $33.58M

14. Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night (2010)

90 min | Horror, Thriller

A young woman returns to Tokyo, following a car accident that fractured both of her legs. While her brother Koichi provides hospitality for Haruka, weird noises and events transpire in the house - leading to a more horrifying truth.

Director: Toshikazu Nagae | Stars: Aoi Nakamura, Noriko Aoyama, Kousuke Kujirai, Ayako Yoshitani

Votes: 4,226

15. A Serbian Film (2010)

NC-17 | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An aging porn star agrees to participate in an "art film" in order to make a clean break from the business, only to discover that he has been drafted into making a pedophilia and necrophilia themed snuff film.

Director: Srdjan Spasojevic | Stars: Srdjan 'Zika' Todorovic, Sergej Trifunovic, Jelena Gavrilovic, Slobodan Bestic

Votes: 53,399

16. The Killer Inside Me (2010)

R | 109 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

53 Metascore

A West Texas Deputy Sheriff is slowly unmasked as a psychotic killer.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Casey Affleck, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Ned Beatty

Votes: 32,216 | Gross: $0.21M

17. Rare Exports (2010)

R | 84 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

71 Metascore

In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 meters deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up. This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.

Director: Jalmari Helander | Stars: Jorma Tommila, Onni Tommila, Peeter Jakobi, Tommi Korpela

Votes: 24,855 | Gross: $0.26M

18. The Last Exorcism (2010)

PG-13 | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.

Director: Daniel Stamm | Stars: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr, Louis Herthum

Votes: 46,654 | Gross: $41.03M

19. Saw: The Final Chapter (2010)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery

24 Metascore

As a deadly battle rages over Jigsaw's brutal legacy, a group of Jigsaw survivors gathers to seek the support of self-help guru and fellow survivor Bobby Dagen, a man whose own dark secrets unleash a new wave of terror.

Director: Kevin Greutert | Stars: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Cary Elwes

Votes: 85,932 | Gross: $45.71M

20. The Silent House (2010)

Not Rated | 86 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

A girl becomes trapped inside a house and becomes unable to contact the outside world as supernatural forces haunt it.

Director: Gustavo Hernández | Stars: Florencia Colucci, Abel Tripaldi, Gustavo Alonso, María Salazar

Votes: 7,262

21. Piranha 3D (2010)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Horror

53 Metascore

After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.

Director: Alexandre Aja | Stars: Elisabeth Shue, Jerry O'Connell, Richard Dreyfuss, Ving Rhames

Votes: 83,185 | Gross: $25.00M

22. Let Me In (I) (2010)

R | 116 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

79 Metascore

A bullied young boy befriends a young female vampire who lives in secrecy with her guardian.

Director: Matt Reeves | Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Chloë Grace Moretz, Richard Jenkins, Cara Buono

Votes: 109,384 | Gross: $12.13M

23. Legion (2010)

R | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

32 Metascore

When a group of strangers at a dusty roadside diner come under attack by demonic forces, their only chance for survival lies with an archangel named Michael, who informs a pregnant waitress that her unborn child is humanity's last hope.

Director: Scott Stewart | Stars: Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Charles S. Dutton, Lucas Black

Votes: 95,181 | Gross: $40.17M

24. Atrocious (2010)

R | 75 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Two teenage siblings endure a terrifying experience while investigating a rural legend near their family's vacation home.

Director: Fernando Barreda Luna | Stars: Cristian Valencia, Clara Moraleda, Chus Pereiro, Sergi Martin

Votes: 4,660

25. Undocumented (2010)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

A documentary crew accompany a group of undocumented immigrants crossing the Border, but their plans run afoul when they are captured by a gang of sadistic radicals in New Mexico.

Director: Chris Peckover | Stars: Scott Mechlowicz, Alona Tal, Yancey Arias, Greg Serano

Votes: 1,191

26. The Ward (2010)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

38 Metascore

An institutionalized young woman becomes terrorized by a ghost.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker, Laura-Leigh

Votes: 38,996

27. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

R | 91 min | Horror

53 Metascore

After experiencing what they think are a series of "break-ins", a family sets up security cameras around their home, only to realize that the events unfolding before them are more sinister than they seem.

Director: Tod Williams | Stars: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Molly Ephraim, David Bierend

Votes: 95,170 | Gross: $84.75M

28. The Shrine (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror

Two female journalists and a photographer travel to Europe to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances, only to find themselves embroiled in a struggle against a kind of evil they never expected.

Director: Jon Knautz | Stars: Aaron Ashmore, Cindy Sampson, Meghan Heffern, Trevor Matthews

Votes: 12,753

29. I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

R | 108 min | Horror, Thriller

27 Metascore

A writer who is brutalized during her cabin retreat seeks revenge on her attackers, who left her for dead.

Director: Steven R. Monroe | Stars: Sarah Butler, Jeff Branson, Andrew Howard, Daniel Franzese

Votes: 71,646 | Gross: $0.09M

30. 6 Souls (2010)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

28 Metascore

A forensic psychiatrist discovers that all but one of her patient's multiple personalities are murder victims. She will have to find out what's happening before her time is finished.

Directors: Måns Mårlind, Björn Stein | Stars: Julianne Moore, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jeffrey DeMunn, Frances Conroy

Votes: 31,099

31. Devil's Playground (2010)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Horror

As the world succumbs to a zombie apocalypse, Cole, a hardened mercenary, is chasing the one person who can provide a cure. In his way aren't only the flesh-eating, super-athletic cannibals... See full summary »

Director: Mark McQueen | Stars: Craig Fairbrass, Danny Dyer, MyAnna Buring, Jaime Murray

Votes: 4,717

32. Vanishing on 7th Street (2010)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

50 Metascore

The population of Detroit has almost completely disappeared, but a few remain. As daylight disappears they realize that the Dark is coming for them.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo, Jacob Latimore

Votes: 24,324 | Gross: $0.02M

33. The Wolfman (2010)

R | 103 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

43 Metascore

Upon his return to his ancestral homeland, an American man is bitten, and subsequently cursed by, a werewolf.

Director: Joe Johnston | Stars: Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Simon Merrells

Votes: 99,788 | Gross: $61.98M

34. My Soul to Take (2010)

R | 107 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

25 Metascore

A serial killer returns to his hometown to stalk seven children who share the same birthday as the date he was allegedly put to rest.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Max Thieriot, John Magaro, Denzel Whitaker, Zena Grey

Votes: 18,926 | Gross: $14.64M

35. We Are What We Are (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror

65 Metascore

When the patriarch of the family passes away, the teenage children must take responsibility for the family chores: the preparation of the rituals, the hunting and putting the all-important ... See full summary »

Director: Jorge Michel Grau | Stars: Francisco Barreiro, Paulina Gaitan, Alan Chávez, Carmen Beato

Votes: 4,388

36. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (2010)

R | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

56 Metascore

A young girl sent to live with her father and his new girlfriend believes that she has released creatures from a sealed ash pit in the basement of her new home.

Director: Troy Nixey | Stars: Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison, Bruce Gleeson

Votes: 45,408 | Gross: $24.04M

37. A Horrible Way to Die (2010)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

An escaped murderer is in pursuit of his ex-girlfriend, who has fled to start a new life in a small town.

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: AJ Bowen, Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, Brandon Carroll

Votes: 3,264

38. And Soon the Darkness (2010)

R | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

When two American girls on a bike trip in a remote part of Argentina split up and one of them goes missing, the other must find her before her worst fears are realized.

Director: Marcos Efron | Stars: Amber Heard, Odette Annable, Karl Urban, Adriana Barraza

Votes: 15,789

39. Exorcismus (2010)

PG-13 | 98 min | Horror

A family allows their young daughter's exorcism to be recorded secretly.

Director: Manuel Carballo | Stars: Sophie Vavasseur, Stephen Billington, Richard Felix, Jo-Anne Stockham

Votes: 3,426

40. Altitude (2010)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After a mysterious malfunction sends their small plane climbing out of control, a rookie pilot and her four teenage friends find themselves trapped in a deadly showdown with a supernatural force.

Director: Kaare Andrews | Stars: Jessica Lowndes, Julianna Guill, Ryan Donowho, Landon Liboiron

Votes: 9,595

41. YellowBrickRoad (2010)

R | 98 min | Horror, Thriller

52 Metascore

1940: the entire population of Friar, New Hampshire walked up a winding mountain trail, leaving everything behind. 2008: the first official expedition into the wilderness attempts to solve the mystery of the lost citizens of Friar.

Directors: Jesse Holland, Andy Mitton | Stars: Michael Laurino, Anessa Ramsey, Alex Draper, Cassidy Freeman

Votes: 5,511

42. Uninhabited (2010)

TV-14 | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

A young couple go to a remote and deserted coral island for a camping holiday, only to find that the island is inhabited by a ghost seeking retribution for a past outrage.

Director: Bill Bennett | Stars: Geraldine Hakewill, Henry James, Bob Baines, Billy Milionis

Votes: 2,681

43. The Clinic (II) (2010)

R | 94 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

While traveling across country with her fiancé, Beth wakes alone in an isolated clinic to find her unborn baby has been removed. Just how far will she go to get her child back?

Director: James Rabbitts | Stars: Tabrett Bethell, Freya Stafford, Andy Whitfield, Clare Bowen

Votes: 6,029

44. The Possession of David O'Reilly (2010)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror

When David comes to their Victorian apartment in search of help, Alex and Kate welcome in their old friend. However they soon learn that David is convinced demonic monsters are trying to break in.

Directors: Andrew Cull, Steve Isles | Stars: Giles Alderson, Francesca Fowler, Paul McGuinness, Zoe Richards

Votes: 1,317

45. Wreckage (I) (2010)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

Four friends are forced to enter an out of town junk-yard and throughout the night it's all hell and bullets as the local sheriff's men and the kids fight the mysterious killer that is stalking them one-by-one.

Director: John Asher | Stars: Aaron Paul, Mike Erwin, Cameron Richardson, Scoot McNairy

Votes: 1,066

46. The Final Storm (2010)

R | 92 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

3.6