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9 Best A24 Horror Movies

Film studio A24 excels in divisive arthouse horror, and we’ve curated a sure-to-be-controversial list of our favorites.

Just 10 years into its existence, A24 has established itself as an indie horror film studio in the same league as the majors and even Blumhouse. When you see the A24 logo up front, you may not know exactly what you’re going to get, but you can rest (stress?) assured that it’s going to be uniquely frightening. Here are nine of our favorite A24 horror flicks—feel free to argue among yourselves.

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The 9 best A24 horror movies

Bodie Bodies Bodies (A24)

9. Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022)

It’s more of a black-humored mystery than a straight-up horror movie, but Bodies Bodies Bodies is still a bloody good time. A party at a remote mansion goes all the way wrong for a group of uber-privileged 20-somethings (including Pete Davidson) when a “murder” game becomes all too real and partygoers start getting dead. Bodies Bodies Bodies has drawn comparisons to Scream and Jennifer’s Body, which is some good alt-horror company.

Where to watch Bodies Bodies Bodies

Under the Skin (A24)

8. Under the Skin (2013)

Considering that it starred Scarlett Johansson just as her Marvel Cinematic Universe stardom was blowing up, her sci-fi oddity Under the Skin still lives in obscurity. The slow and creepy nature of the film, in which Johansson plays an alien in a human body, is the polar opposite of a glossy action flick, imbued with a lo-fi vibe that’s as bleak as it is fascinating. Weirdly enough, Johansson’s blank, emotionless performance is one of her best.

Where to watch Under the Skin

Green Room (A24)

7. Green Room (2015)

Ready to see amiable Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) as a terrifying neo-Nazi leader? No, you’re not. When a touring hardcore band needs to find a make-up gig for a canceled date, they end up at a way-off-the-grid punk club in the Pacific Northwest. Soon, they learn that the joint is a white supremacist watering hole (red flag), then they witness a murder (all the red flags). Green Room is a down-and-dirty fight-for-survival thriller with a—literally—killer soundtrack.

Where to watch Green Room

Midsommar (A24)

6. Midsommar (2019)

A troubled couple (Florence Pugh and Jack Reynor) travel to Sweden to attend a midsummer festival, but instead they find themselves trapped in a pagan orgy of drugs, sex, and death—Tripadvisor fails again. The flowery and dreamlike aura of Midsommar belies a dark and horrific underbelly, a paradox not unlike the critical reaction to the film, which ranges wildly from glowing to gruesome. One aspect everyone agrees upon: Pugh is, as always, fantastic.

Where to watch Midsommar

X (2022)

5. X (2022)

X is a tribute to and an upending of the slasher genre all at once, co-starring a pre-Wednesday Jenna Ortega as a member of a small crew shooting an adult film in 1979 Texas. They think they’ve found the perfect shot location at a countryside farmhouse, but when the elderly woman owner finds what they’re up to, things go sideways and bloody fast. Director Ti West turns the sex, gore, and terror up to 11, aided by the haunting soundtrack by goth rocker Chelsea Wolfe.

Where to watch X

Pearl (A24)

4. Pearl (2022)

In a clever twist, Pearl is an X prequel and an origin story for that film’s geriatric villain, who herself aspired to be a movie star in the early 1900s. Unfortunately, young Pearl (Mia Goth) has inherited a sadistic streak from her domineering mother. And when an affair with the town movie house projectionist and a big talent audition don’t go her way, the bodies begin piling up in dazzling Wizard of Oz-like Technicolor. West actually topped X here.

Where to watch Pearl

The Witch (A24)

3. The Witch (2015)

Anya Taylor-Joy’s film debut is a powerful one as Thomasin, a Puritan teenager facing the temptation of evil in 17th-century New England. Exiled from a settlement, Thomasin’s family builds a new home on the edge of a secluded forest, which turns out to be the home of—you guessed it—a witch. The family’s sense of joy and new beginnings turns to dread as a hallucinatory nightmare unfolds. The Witch has all of this and a talking goat.

Where to watch The Witch

A young woman in a yellow sweater sits in a chair. She holds a ceramic hand on the coffee table before her.

2. Talk to Me (2023)

The first film from brothers Danny and Michael Phillipou (of the YouTube channel RackaRacka) treats demonic possession as a party drug. Teens discover a ceramic hand that supposedly houses a medium’s embalmed paw. Hold it, say the magic words, and a demon moves into your body. It’s a hit with the kids, who post their experiences on social media and encourage friends to try it. If this sounds like a cautionary tale about drugs, it is. Talk to Me tackles teen substance abuse like another A24 film, Hereditary, deals with grief and family trauma—and it’s nearly as scary.

Where to watch Talk to Me

Hereditary (A24)

1. Hereditary (2018)

A benchmark horror movie that answers the question “How can things get any worse?” a dozen times in a quick-but-fraught 127 minutes, Hereditary was A24’s biggest hit before Everything Everywhere All at Once. After enduring a series of family tragedies, Annie (Toni Collette) begins dabbling in the occult, only to learn that her late, estranged mother was a coven leader. Hereditary’s calculated derangement accelerates by the minute like a runaway trauma train—in a good way.

Where to watch Hereditary

All A24 horror movies

  • Bodies Bodies Bodies (2022)
  • Beau Is Afraid (2023)
  • Men (2022)
  • Pearl (2022)
  • X (2022)
  • False Positive (2021)
  • Lamb (2021)
  • Saint Maud (2021)
  • Climax (2019)
  • The Hole In the Ground (2019)
  • In Fabric (2019)
  • High Life (2019)
  • The Lighthouse (2019)
  • Midsommar (2019)
  • Hereditary (2018)
  • Slice (2018)
  • The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2017)
  • It Comes at Night (2017)
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
  • Green Room (2016)
  • The Monster (2016)
  • The Witch (2016)
  • Ex Machina (2015)
  • Enemy (2014)
  • Life After Beth (2014)
  • Tusk (2014)
  • Under the Skin (2014)

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