2023 was a fantastic year for horror movies, with a diverse range of films that chilled audiences to the bone and left them thinking long after the credits rolled. From psychological thrillers to supernatural scares, there was something for everyone in the genre. Here’s a look at the 10 best horror movies of 2023, according to critics and audiences alike:
1. Talk to Me
This Mexican horror film took the festival circuit by storm and earned critical acclaim for its unique blend of social commentary and supernatural chills. The film follows a radio host who begins to receive strange calls from a listener who may be more than they seem.
2. Huesera: The Bone Woman
Another critically acclaimed Mexican horror film, Huesera tells the story of a woman who seeks the help of a bone witch to avenge the death of her child. The film is a visually stunning and emotionally resonant exploration of grief, loss, and the power of revenge.
3. Infinity Pool
Brandon Cronenberg’s latest film is a mind-bending sci-fi horror that explores themes of identity, wealth, and the consequences of hedonism. The film follows a wealthy couple who vacation on a secluded island where they discover a dark secret that will change their lives forever.
4. Scream VI
The latest installment in the iconic Scream franchise takes Ghostface to New York City for a bloody rampage. The film is a fun and meta-slasher that delivers all the gore and thrills that fans have come to expect from the series.
This experimental horror film is not for the faint of heart. It tells the story of two young children who are left home alone and begin to experience strange and terrifying things. The film is shot in a grainy, VHS-style format and uses unsettling sound design to create a truly nightmarish atmosphere.
6. Evil Dead Rise
The long-awaited return of the Evil Dead franchise did not disappoint. The film is a gory and action-packed sequel that sees a young woman forced to confront the demons that have plagued her family for generations.
7. The Last Voyage of the Demeter
This Dracula origin story is a dark and atmospheric slow burn that will keep you guessing until the very end. The film follows the crew of a ship that picks up a mysterious passenger who may be more than he seems.
8. Knock at the Cabin
M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film is a psychological thriller that will have you questioning everything you think you know. The film follows a family who is taken hostage by four strangers who make them an impossible choice.
9. The Pope’s Exorcist
This based-on-a-true-story film tells the story of Father Gabriele Amorth, the official exorcist of the Vatican. The film is a chilling and suspenseful look at the world of exorcism and the dark forces that can possess us.
This comedic horror film takes a fresh look at the classic Dracula story from the perspective of Renfield, Dracula’s loyal but incompetent servant. The film is a hilarious and surprisingly touching look at the power of friendship and the importance of finding your place in the world.
Bonus: Five Nights at Freddy’s
The long-awaited video game adaptation of Five Nights at Freddy’s was a surprise hit with critics and audiences alike. The film is a faithful and terrifying recreation of the popular horror game, and it’s sure to please fans of the franchise.
So, whether you’re a fan of gore, scares, or just want to be entertained, there’s a horror movie on this list that’s sure to satisfy. So grab some popcorn, dim the lights, and get ready to scream!