Best Horror Movies of 2009

1.

Orphan

5.7
7.0/10

A married couple with a rocky past adopt 9-year old, Esther to fill the void created by a recently-stillborn baby. However, Esther is not quite who she seems.

Starring: Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder, Jimmy Bennett
Directed by: Jaume Collet-Serra
Release date: 2009-07-24
2.

Triangle

5.6
6.9/10

The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas.

Starring: Melissa George, Liam Hemsworth, Emma Lung, Rachael Carpani, Michael Dorman
Directed by: Christopher Smith
Release date: 2009-10-16
3.

Pandorum

5.5
6.8/10

Two crew members wake up on an abandoned spacecraft with no idea who they are, how long they've been asleep, or what their mission is. The two soon discover they're actually not alone – and the reality of their situation is more horrifying than they could have imagined.

Starring: Ben Foster, Dennis Quaid, Cam Gigandet, Antje Traue, Cung Le
Directed by: Christian Alvart
Release date: 2009-09-08
4.

Antichrist

5.4
6.6/10

A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.

Starring: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche Sahlstrøm
Directed by: Lars von Trier
Release date: 2009-05-18
5.

Drag Me to Hell

5.3
6.6/10

After denying a woman the extension she needs to keep her home, loan officer Christine Brown sees her once-promising life take a startling turn for the worse. Christine is convinced she's been cursed by a Gypsy, but her boyfriend is skeptical. Her only hope seems to lie in a psychic who claims he can help her lift the curse and keep her soul from being dragged straight to hell.

Starring: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Lorna Raver, Dileep Rao, David Paymer
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Release date: 2009-03-15
6.

Paranormal Activity

5.1
6.3/10

After a young, middle class couple moves into a suburban 'starter' tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially when they sleep. Or try to.

Starring: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Mark Fredrichs, Amber Armstrong, Ashley Palmer
Directed by: Oren Peli
Release date: 2009-09-25
7.

The Loved Ones

4.8
6.7/10

Lola Stone asked Brent Mitchell to the prom, but Brent said no, and now he's screwed. What happens when Lola doesn't get what she wants? She enlists Daddy's help to throw a prom of her own, where she is queen and Brent is king -- whether he likes it or not. THE LOVED ONES is what happens when puppy love goes horribly, violently wrong. Brent should have said yes...

Starring: Xavier Samuel, Robin McLeavy, Victoria Thaine, Jessica McNamee, Richard Wilson
Directed by: Sean Byrne
Release date: 2009-09-13
8.

The Uninvited

4.7
6.4/10

Anna returns home after spending time in a psychiatric facility following her mother's tragic death and discovers that her mother's former nurse, Rachel, has moved into their house and become engaged to her father. Soon after she learns this shocking news, Anna is visited by her mother's ghost, who warns her that Rachel has evil intentions.

Starring: Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, David Strathairn, Elizabeth Banks, Maya Massar
Directed by: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard
Release date: 2009-01-30
9.

Splice

4.6
5.7/10

Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Named "Dren", the creature rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera, who forges a bond with both of her creators - only to have that bond turn deadly.

Starring: Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac, David Hewlett, Abigail Chu
Directed by: Vincenzo Natali
Release date: 2009-10-06
10.

The Revenant

4.5
6.3/10

A horror movie/buddy comedy about Joey and his undead friend Bart who comes back from the dead as a revenant: an articulate zombie that needs to drink blood to arrest the decomposition of his body.

Starring: Chris Wylde, David Anders, Louise Griffiths, Jacy King, Eric Payne
Directed by: D. Kerry Prior
Release date: 2009-08-16
11.

The House of the Devil

4.5
6.4/10

In the 1980s, college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret.

Starring: Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov, Greta Gerwig, AJ Bowen
Directed by: Ti West
Release date: 2009-04-25
12.

The Haunting in Connecticut

4.4
5.9/10

When the Campbell family moves to upstate Connecticut, they soon learn that their charming Victorian home has a disturbing history: not only was the house a transformed funeral parlor where inconceivable acts occurred, but the owner's clairvoyant son Jonah served as a demonic messenger, providing a gateway for spiritual entities to crossover.

Starring: Virginia Madsen, Kyle Gallner, Martin Donovan, Amanda Crew, Elias Koteas
Directed by: Peter Cornwell
Release date: 2009-03-27
13.

Jennifer's Body

4.4
5.2/10

A newly possessed cheerleader turns into a killer who specializes in offing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?

Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Megan Fox, Johnny Simmons, Amy Sedaris, J.K. Simmons
Directed by: Karyn Kusama
Release date: 2009-09-18
14.

Carriers

4.3
6.0/10

Four friends fleeing a viral pandemic soon learn they are more dangerous than any virus. A deadly virus has spread across the globe. Contagion is everywhere, no one is safe and no one can be trusted. Four young attractive people race through the back roads of the American West to the pounding beat of a vacation soundtrack. Their aim is to retreat to secluded utopian beach in the Gulf of Mexico, where they could peacefully wait out the pandemic and survive the apocalyptic disease. Their plans take a grim turn when their car breaks down on an isolated road starting a chain of events that will seal the fate of each of them in an inexorable and horrifying voyage of hell through a western landscape populated by only the hideous dead or the twisted living.

Starring: Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo, Emily VanCamp, Christopher Meloni
Directed by: David Pastor, Àlex Pastor
Release date: 2009-09-04
15.

Doghouse

4.3
6.0/10
Doghouse
Six men with mid-life anxiety set out for a weekend in the country in an attempt to reconnect with their masculinity. What they find is a catastrophe so horrible and bizarre that a mid-life crisis turns out to be exactly what they need to survive it...
Starring: Stephen Graham, Danny Dyer, Noel Clarke, Emil Marwa, Lee Ingleby
Directed by: Jake West
Release date: 2009-06-11
16.

The Tournament

4.3
6.1/10

Every ten or seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world's deadliest assassins. The last man standing receiving the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of Worlds No 1, which itself carries the legendary million dollar a bullet price tag.

Starring: Ving Rhames, Robert Carlyle, Ian Somerhalder, Kelly Hu, Liam Cunningham
Directed by: Scott Mann
Release date: 2009-05-01
17.

After.Life

4.3
5.9/10

Following a terrible car crash, a woman awakes to find an enigmatic mortician preparing her for burial.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Justin Long, Christina Ricci, Josh Charles, Chandler Canterbury
Directed by: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo
Release date: 2009-11-07
18.

The Descent: Part 2

4.2
5.8/10

Distraught, confused, and half-wild with fear, Sarah Carter emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system where she encountered unspeakable terrors. Unable to plausibly explain to the authorities what happened - or why she's covered in her friends' blood - Sarah is forced back to the subterranean depths to help locate her five missing companions.

Starring: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Gavin O'Herlihy, Josh Dallas, Anna Skellern
Directed by: Jon Harris
Release date: 2009-10-14
19.

Marble Hornets

4.2
8.3/10

When a film student decides to look through the tapes of a canceled project his friend Alex had directed, and he had participated in, he discovers that his friends have been stalked by a paranormal entity known as the Operator and decides to get himself involved.

Starring: Troy Wagner, Joseph DeLage, Tim Sutton, Brian Haight, Jessica May
Directed by: Troy Wagner, Joseph DeLage
Release date: 2009-06-30
20.

The Stepfather

4.2
5.6/10

Michael Harding (Penn Badgley) returns home from military school to find his mother (Sela Ward) happily in love and living with her new boyfriend, David (Dylan Walsh). As the two men get to know each other, Michael becomes more and more suspicious of the man who is always there with a helpful hand. Is he really the man of her dreams or could David be hiding a dark side?

Starring: Dylan Walsh, Sela Ward, Penn Badgley, Amber Heard, Sherry Stringfield
Directed by: Nelson McCormick
Release date: 2009-10-16

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