Halloween viewing: best horror movies of the decade

Halloween viewing: best horror movies of the decade

It's that special night of the year again when things that go bump in the night are out in full force.

For this Halloween, we at the Advertiser have compiled a list of some of the best horror films of the decade.

From hilarious horror comedies to bone-chilling feats of tension, these movies since 2010 are among the best the genre has to offer.

So sit back, relax and get ready to have your nerves frayed.


What if Superman was actually the bad guy? It's this idea that spawned Brightburn, the first in a new horror subgenre: superhero horror.

While the film is not actually about Clark Kent, the child at the centre may as well be the young Man of Steel. He fell to Earth in a spaceship and was discovered by a couple on a farm, desperate to have children, who raised him as their own. But then he started developing superhuman powers.

What makes this film so creepy is that the kid - Brandon Breyer, played by Jackson A. Dunn - decides to use his fledgling powers to hurt people he doesn't like. Even people related to him.

There's plenty of gore to tickle your fancy, and some pretty gnarly moral dilemmas as well.

A really unique horror film that should impress all fans of the genre.

Ready or Not

It's only just hit Australian cinemas, but Ready or Not is already one of the best, most fun horror movies of the decade.

The hilarious film follows Aussie Samara Weaving's character Grace as she marries into the old-money Le Domas gaming family.

On the night of her wedding, she must play a game of hide and seek - the only catch is her new in-laws are trying to kill her.

The film is full of good laughs and interesting new ways to kill characters off - not to mention you'll be singing the creepy 'hide and seek song' for days to come.

While Ready or Not is not high on tension or jump scares, it does have plenty of blood.

The Cabin in the Woods

If you only watch one self-aware slasher horror comedy from the 2010s, it has to be The Cabin in the Woods.

The hugely inventive 2011 film (starring Australia's own Chris Hemsworth) takes every slasher trope you know and love - the backwoods cabin setting, the dumb youngsters character archetypes, the creepy dude warning that bad things await - and knowingly mashes them together, only to strip them back down again.

The end of this movie is one of the ages - it is as over-the-top as a horror movie could possibly be.

Lights Out

Lights Out doesn't beat around the bush. For all 81 minutes of its runtime, the film is straight up tension and scares.

Starring Aussie Teresa Palmer, the film doesn't hold its beasty back for a reveal mid-way through the movie. Nope, it shows audiences what it's working with right at the top, and keeps them on edge for the rest of the film.

There's not a lot of plot, and the actual backstory that's provided for the 'monster' is pretty silly, but it's the fun conceit that the baddie needs darkness to appear that drives the action. Our protagonists try their hardest to make more light, but, of course, they keep being stumped at every turn.

Lights Out is a great way to fray your nerves on Halloween.

Happy Death Day

If you loved Groundhog Day but just wished it had more of a murder-y vibe, then Happy Death Day is for you.

It follows our not-super-nice protagonist Tree who finds that she is living her birthday over and over again - and she ends each day being murdered.

So, the college student must try and figure out who is killing her by piecing together the clues every day. There are plenty of laughs to be had.

The film is a lot of fun and spawned an equally enjoyable sequel.

It: Chapter Two

As far as sequels go, this one does the job pretty well. Fans of Stephen King will enjoy the movie's similarities to his iconic novel and fans of horror will enjoy the scares.

Despite the fact that the Losers Club are all grown up now, Pennywise the clown (Bill Skarsgard) is still just as terrifying and sadistic as the first film, if not moreso.

It: Chapter Two manages to mix humour in with the horror, without taking away from the story.

While this one might be tame for horror fans, it will definitely scare the pants off of newbies to the genre.

It Follows

Indie horror can be pretentious, over-done or simply boring but It Follows is none of that. This movie is distinctly disturbing.

It's slow-moving entity will make even the most well-versed horror movie veterans uncomfortable.

The movie centres on a teen girl who contracts a sexually transmitted disease - however this disease isn't treatable with antibiotics. The disease is a communicable haunting.

This is the kind of offbeat film that horror fans will either love or hate but there is not doubt that it's bound to make you think.

A Quiet Place

There is nothing scarier than complete silence - and this movie makes the most of that. The film centres on a family trying to survive the aftermath of an alien invasion.

These particular aliens are attracted to sound and violently consume anything that makes unnatural noise - like children, for example.

This one scored rave reviews and it's easy to understand why. The writing is great, the cast is great, the tension is almost unbearable and the scares are...scary.


This one is a slow burn but it will have you squirming in your seat for its entire two hours and seven minutes - and long after that.

It's hard to explain what makes Hereditary so terrifying without giving away too much plot. The family at the centre of the story has many issues that become compounded with a sudden death.

But the film will keep you guessing about just how deep those issues are right until it's dying minutes.

Honestly, I haven't stopped thinking about this movie since I saw it. And now I feel uncomfortable all over again.

Get Out + Us

It was too hard to choose just one of these Jordan Peele masterpieces so we have combined the two.

These smart, psychological horrors are chock full of scares and social commentary. They also feature Peele's trademark sense of humour.

Get Out is arguably one of the best horror films ever made - let alone in this decade - with Us following closely in its footsteps.

Get Out centres on a man who is meeting his in-laws for the first time but there is something a little 'off' about his new family.

Us is about a family vacation that goes a little awry, to say the least.

I hope Peele keeps bringing out the goods, because if these two films are anything to go by he's set to be a horror movie legend we haven't seen the likes of since Hitchcock, Craven and Carpenter.

Honourable mentions: 10 Cloverfield Lane, Halloween, Child's Play, You're Next, Bird Box, Better Watch Out, Tucker and Dale vs Evil, It, The Babadook, Midsommar, Split, Don't Breathe, Sinister, Insidious trilogy