Every A24 Horror Film From Worst to Best is ranked

Every A24 Horror Film From Worst to Best is ranked ...

A24, an independent filmmaker, is well-known for producing some of the most critically acclaimed horror films of recent years. Their films are notable for the many different approaches they take to the genre. From family, trauma, and loss through to the terrifying beings that lurk in our subconscious, they are all very interesting.


Kevin Smiths Tusk is the worst film on this list. An idea that came out of a podcast that might have stayed there, it takes us on a journey to Canada to interview a strange, reclusive guy who tries to make him a walrus. As Smith himself described it, the film is a more shady version of Human Centipede.

The most notable aspect of the 2014 film is that it certainly challenges the notion of what can be classified as a film. It is, quite literally, a stoned thought turned into a feature. It is defined by something resembling eccentricity and becomes the most boorish body horror film youll ever see. Smith certainly earns credit for somehow manipulating all of these people into making it with him, although the end result is a dull appearance.


Slice is a film that managed to get a lot of talent involved but that ended up with little to show for it. The most funny of horror comedies, it is set in a small town where a series of mysterious pizza deliverymen murders shows something serious about the people in the area. There is an intrepid journalist, some bumbling detectives, and cheesy effects; it feels like it was ever attempting to be a cult film without having the good craft to back it up.

With the genre's tropes, it's often questionable whether or not it's appropriate to go in a different direction. Such stoner comedy may and have been great, but they're often harmless. It's almost entirely unfunny, with barely a laugh to be found anywhere. See this years hilarious Werewolves Within, though it's better left on the cutting room floor.

21.Life After Beth

The delightful but tense Life After Beth is a film that has a lot of promise despite being so low on this list. The titular Beth, played by an outstanding Aubrey Plaza, emerges from beyond the grave and re-enters Zach's life. It is that dynamic that is at its core, and it holds a sweet spot in my heart.

The cast of Beth's parents is all excellent, and she does a fantastic job of directing. It gets very dark, although not in a way that feels out of place. Plaza is a talented actress to work with, and she has shown in previous films like Ingrid Goes West, but it just becomes stretched and disjointed.

20.The Monster

The Monster is a straightforward and typical monster film that explains most of what you need to know. Kathy (Zoe Kazan) and her daughter Lizzy (Ella Ballentine) have already had a rocky relationship. Most of this stems from Kathy's alcoholism, which Lizzy bears the brunt of, and she will often have to care for the parent who is supposed to be there for her. They will have to come together to halt the danger they face.

Bryan Bertino, a writer and director, has done some excellent work, with Last years The Dark and the Wicked being particularly admirable, though it never quite materializes here. Everything plays out as you would expect, with some additional emotional growth conveyed through flashback. It is completely uninterested in following any new directions, rather becoming increasingly predictable and even leaning towards moments that completely lose themselves in cliche.

19.The Hole in the Ground

The Hole in the Ground is a horror film based on Sarah (Seana Kerslake) who lives with her son Chris in the rural Irish countryside. One night, Chris disappears behind their house and returns behaving quite differently. This leads Sarah to believe he is an imposter and that the whole thing is linked to the titular hole in the forest near their house. Soon, Sarah starts to suspect that Chris is being manipulated.

The film does a decent job of shaming your expectations and has many strikingly horrifying visuals that carry the narrative through a somewhat unoriginal tale. The parental anxieties about losing your child or, perhaps worse, of not being able to recognize them anymore are a story that, unfortunately, never gets realized.

18.In Fabric

In Fabric is a film that is so powerful that it breaks my heart to put it down this low. As Sheila, a divorcee who discovers a blood-red gown that will forever engulf her life, the film begins to engulf her and even destroys her washing machine. The film is funny yet moving, making you wonder both at the dress and what will happen with Sheila.

Inexplicably, the film takes a hard turn and removes Sheila from the majority of the film. Instead, we are relegated to a fresh situation with new characters who come across the dress. The remainder of the film feels like a retread of everything that was already seen, going back through the discovery of the dress and its properties.


Climax, a hallucinatory drug trip, is a horror film that only could be imagined by the author. It is more controlled and straightforward than some of his earlier films, such as Enter the Void, but still maintains the directors unwavering surreality. It is a technical marvel with many extended shots of both dancing and violence that keeps you on your toes, moving from comedy to horror in the blink of an eye.

Sofia Boutella as Selva is an exception, though no one else can match the intensity of genuine terror she creates as she loses her mind in the final scene. It is by no means a terrible film, although it does resemble what will be released next.


Enemy is not exactly a horror film in the conventional sense. Most people would describe it as more of a psychological thriller, though it ends up leaving out a lot of the more horrific aspects, especially its visuals. As two men who are on opposite sides of the same coin, their worlds begin to blur when one discovers the other's existence.

The film is less about taking it literally as there aren't two identical men walking around at the same time. It's more about how they express different aspects of who they are. There's the creepy use of spider imagery, including a particularly disturbing moment when a woman has the head of an arachnid that makes your skin begin to crawl. These images are what make horror films so compelling, while still providing a flawed yet fascinating insight into the human condition.

15.Saint Maud

Saint Maud, a film that deserved better than it received, is a fantastic feature debut from writer-director Rose Glass. It is a brutally painful study of its central character that comes from both a deeply felt performance and expertly captured shots that send your emotions racing.

The whole film is centered around suffering, both physical and spiritual, which deepens your fear the longer it goes on. It isnt a long film, though at some moments it feels like an eternity. Every injury Maud inflicts on herself as she spirals out of control twists the knife even further, causing you to almost lose your mind.


Lamb is a family and loss story that takes place in the most terrifying place in the world, in rural Iceland. It's a wonderful but harrowing place where the isolation is exactly what matters. That's until they discover an unexpected gift that changes their life. It's revealing that the gift may be a curse in disguise.

The majority of scenes in this film are quite funny, with some oddness approaching some degree of surreal silliness that may catch some viewers off guard. However, the film plays it almost entirely straight and explores how the couple is willing to accept something so absurd as a form of healing. It plays out against a beautifully shot setting that is expertly juxtaposed against the dark forces at play here.

13.Bodies Bodies Bodies

Bodies Bodies Bodies is a modern horror whodunit that is enlivened with the terror that takes hold of its protagonists. This is a darkly playful tale of paranoia and distrust, where each character begins to engulf them in physical ways, but it never fails to make a point.


As Harper settles in, she discovers that the peaceful time she hoped she would have to spend with her family is doomed to ruin. The men of the town all begin to crush her.

With that in mind, the film is both sinister and spectacular when left hidden. Garlands' command of finding beauty despite brutality remains unshakeable even when they say very little. It is a film that sees the director shift away from science fiction to create an unending sense of fear.

11.Green Room

Green Room is one of the most brutal and gory films on this list. With the late Anton Yelchin in a nuanced performance as Pat, he must face Patrick Stewart in unusual form as the cruel white supremacist leader Darcy. It's a gritty, realistic approach that is extremely painful.

Green Room is a special piece of work because it is so compelling. There is no hope, no emotional triumph, and the situation they face is a hell with no hope. Every loss is felt with a soul-crushing intensity as it hammers home the reality that is being faced. There is only death and violence, a bleak representation of our world with all too human beings inside it.

10.The Blackcoats Daughter

The Blackcoats Daughter, a stunning directorial debut from writer-director Oz Perkins, who would go on to direct last years visually stunning Gretel & Hansel, is a film almost entirely built upon atmosphere. The less you know about it, the better. A strange woman (Emma Roberts) is on her way on a journey through the winter.

It all works: from the creepy score that hits every note perfectly to the ongoing sense of terror that the film creates, it all creates maximum impact. It is a slow burn that contains a burning fire at its core that is just waiting to set the world ablaze, one that more people should have seen, especially if you aren't quite sure where it all goes.

9.High Life

High Life, a film that many may consider a horror, is a hybrid of science fiction and horror by one of the most innovative directors of our time, Claire Denis. The cast includes Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Andre 3000, and Mia Goth. The film itself is profoundly unorthodox, taking the reader to some truly terrifying places.

One scene depicts a black hole that opens your mind in a moment of incredible yet terrible annihilation. The film's portrayion of space is all its own, often playing by its own rules while also demonstrating moments of wonder that can be found in the darkest reaches of our galaxy. It's a beautiful balancing act of film.


Before you dismiss the fact that Hereditary is ranked outside of the top five on this list, please know that it might have been a lot higher. It is a haunting tale that shifts the script on many common genre conventions. As Annie, the mother in a family who is going through a terrible loss, there is horror to be found in every corner of their home.

The movie The Last Airbender, which features 'Reborn,' is a must-see for anyone who hasnt already seen it. It's interesting to see how the ending turns out to be unexpected.

7.It Comes at Night

It Comes at Night is a great film that was marketed ill-conceived as a picture of paranoia, but the trailer was the nail in the coffin. It is a much more powerful study of humanity when challenged to the absolute limit.

All of the characters in this world are terrified of each other and, in the world of the film, the disease they may carry. The film is pitch black tonally and visually, often relying on the darkness of the scene to increase the suspicion of what is happening. It all wears you down to the bone in the final scene alone.

6.The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a film by Yorgos Lanthimos, who has created some of his finest films. His own father died, and Steven has stepped in to help, although he may be somewhat culpable as the doctor who was charged with operating on him. Martin begins to torture the family, leaving Steven's wife Anna (Raffey Cassidy) wondering why her children have also suffered.

The film's narration is often jarring, from a strange spaghetti eating scene to when Steven tries to determine which of his children he should allow to die. This is not a criticism, but a compliment as it leaves you wondering what the heck a character will do if they do not die.


Ti West's Xis a patient horror film that's both grounded in its origins and infinitely inventive in its brutal execution. Set in the 1970s, it follows a group of wannabe porn artists who decide that the best place to shoot their dirty film is on a remote farm. This turns out to be a major mistake as the smut connoisseurs find more than they initially expected.

The powerful and moving Maxine, who quickly cements her place as one of the most memorable recent horror films, is the cornerstone of this film. It is also one of West's finest works, in everything from its evocative score to its meticulous framing. It is also one of the greatest horror films of the genre at large, being glorious and surprisingly patient.

4.The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is a roaring good time about two 1890s lighthouse keepers who are slowly losing their sanity while secluded on a remote New England island. Yes, they are both named Thomas, and no, it isnt an accident. Both performers fully commit and complement each other extremely well.

Dafoe, who plays Pattinson in the film, has the highest marks in any of his previous performances as he confidently belts out a terrifying monologue. It is perhaps only matched by what preceded it when the two men are drunkenly arguing with each other that just consists of them saying what back and forth before Pattinson talks about having sex with a steak.