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A list of… The Best Horror Films I Saw in 2023

Updated: Dec 7, 2023

I didn't see a lot of new horror films this year, but I did see a lot of horror films in general, thanks to Hooptober, a marathon of trying (and failing) to watch 31 horror films in the 31 days of October.

  1. . When Evil Lurks
    Directed by Demián Rugna
    Residents of a small rural town discover that a demon is about to be born among them. They desperately try to escape before the evil is born, but it may be too late.
  2. . The Skin I Live In
    Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
    A brilliant plastic surgeon creates a synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.
  3. . Diabolique
    Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot
    The cruel and abusive headmaster of a boarding school, Michel Delassalle, is murdered by an unlikely duo -- his meek wife and the mistress he brazenly flaunts. The women become increasingly unhinged by a series of odd occurrences after Delassalle's corpse mysteriously disappears.
  4. . Talk to Me
    Directed by Michael Philippou, Danny Philippou
    When a group of friends discover how to conjure spirits using an embalmed hand, they become hooked on the new thrill, until one of them goes too far and unleashes terrifying supernatural forces.
  5. . Scream
    Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
    Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past.
  6. . Possession
    Directed by Andrzej Żuławski
    A young woman left her family for an unspecified reason. The husband determines to find out the truth and starts following his wife. At first, he suspects that a man is involved. But gradually, he finds out more and more strange behaviors and bizarre incidents that indicate something more than a possessed love affair.
  7. . Resurrection
    Directed by Andrew Semans
    A woman's carefully constructed life is upended when an unwelcome shadow from her past returns, forcing her to confront the monster she's evaded for two decades.
  8. . Huesera: The Bone Woman
    Directed by Michelle Garza Cervera
    Valeria's joy at becoming a first-time mother is quickly taken away when she's cursed by a sinister entity. As danger closes in, she's forced deeper into a chilling world of dark magic that threatens to consume her.
  9. . Sick
    Directed by John Hyams
    While quarantining at her family's lake house during the pandemic, Parker and her best friend are threatened by an unexpected visitor.
  10. . Attachment
    Directed by Gabriel Bier Gislason
    Maja, a Danish actress past her prime, falls in love with Leah, a young Jewish academic from London. Leah suffers a mysterious seizure, and Maja returns with her to London. There, she meets Leah’s mother, an overbearing woman who could hold dark secrets.