Theatrical horror has been in trouble for quite some time. And while certain films appear to be putting it back on track, an overwhelming majority of quality horror flicks are coming to us by way of independent filmmakers. This isn’t anything new, but it can prove challenging to navigate through this landmine-ridden space all on your own. So we’re here to help.

Here are 15 modern indie horror movies that you should absolutely put on your radar.

Plot Synopsis: A group of archaeologists uncover a strange structure in Northern Canada, dating over ten thousand years before the present. The team finds themselves isolated when their communication systems fail and it’s not long before they begin to feel the effects of the solitude.

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Plot Synopsis: A night out turns deadly when three girls break into a seemingly empty mansion.


Plot Synopsis: When Ted’s beloved cat dies, the trauma triggers a terrible mental breakdown. His broken brain prompts him to bring his feline friend back – all he needs is nine human lives. Ted dons vicious deadly cat claw gloves and a creepy cat mask, and goes on a murderous rampage. As the butchery escalates, a twisted romance blossoms between Ted and Claire, a young woman who has also recently lost her cat in a horrifying incident.

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Plot Synopsis: Novella McClure is like most struggling actresses in Los Angeles: she’s in her early 30s, her fake name sounded cooler ten years ago, and she hasn’t landed a role in three years. To top it all off, she’s developed a disturbing habit of eating her own flesh. Novella desperately tries to hide her strange condition from her motherly landlord, Eesha, and somewhat psychopathic best friend, Candice, but her body and mind continue to deteriorate in the depressing world of failed auditions and sketchy night clubs. Can a romantic relationship with her psychiatrist prevent her from self destruction? Or will her fatal habit continue to eat away at her?


Plot Synopsis: Since her childhood, Jessica has been haunted by recurrent nightmares whose meaning escapes her. This peculiarity has led her to study the psychophysiology of dreams and to follow a therapy with Sean, her mentor and boyfriend, to try and understand the origin of her nightmares. Following the death of her maternal grandmother she hardly knew, Jessica reluctantly returns to the family home. Jessica then begins to wander in a nightmarish world inhabited by twisted versions of her family members. She gradually improves her skills as a lucid dreamer and investigates to solve the mystery that gnaws her and haunts the family home…

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Plot Synopsis: A psychological horror about a young woman coping with an unwanted pregnancy after moving into a seemingly haunted house.

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Plot Synopsis: After an American tourist steps on a landmine, he is forced to watch his girlfriend get assaulted.

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