Director: Jennifer Kent

Stars: Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman

The break-out horror hit of last year, this Australian supernatural chiller went on to be one of the most acclaimed films of 2014 not just with genre fans, but with proper critics as well. It’s a simple, dark film that plays on childhood nightmares, and familiar elements—a small boy, a scary book, and monsters in the shadows. There are gorier films out there, there are more shocking horrors, but not many will leave you genuinely not wanting to switch off the bedroom lights, and reduce you to being a tiny little scared baby.