A24 Films is an American independent entertainment company that has made many amazing horror movies. Here we’ll explore the history of the company and create a complete list of all A24 horror movies.
Daniel Katz, David Fenkel, and John Hodges founded the company on August 20, 2012. The name A24 was actually inspired by the motorway Katz was driving on when he decided to create the company. Although A24’s growth began after its release of Spring Breakers (2012), it become much better known after picking up the rights to Ex Machina (2014) and Room (2015), which both went on to win Academy Awards. Shortly after, they entered into deals with DirecTV Cinema and Amazon Prime.
Although A24 has made multiple comedies and dramas in the past, like Uncut Gems (2019) and The Spectacular Now (2013), they have developed a steady fanbase for their horror films. They have created a unique niche for themselves by developing artistically-dense, experimental films. They give filmmakers much more leniency during production than non-independent companies. Additionally, they frequently give new directors their debut. The freedom they offer results in unique storylines and settings that are rarely found in more traditional films.
If you’re a fan of horror, you should make sure to watch as many A24 films as you can. Luckily, we’ve created a list of every single A24 horror movie, so you can hold a movie marathon of your own. Outside of traditional horror movies, we’ve also included a few spooky sci-fi and psychological thrillers. Of course, this also includes horror comedy movies. Enjoy your jumps scares!
Tagline: You don’t want to wake up, do you?
Director: Johnathon Glazer
Writer: Johnathon Glazer and Walter Cambell
Summary: This film is about an alien entity that inhabits the form of a young woman. The character, played by Scarlett Johansson, searches through Scotland for human prey to plunder. Although this film came out in 2013, it took nearly ten years to be created. Early drafts of the script included a married alien couple. One half of that couple was originally meant to be played by Brad Pitt.
Tagline: You can’t escape yourself.
Director: Denis Villeneuve
Writer: Javier Gullón
Summary: When a man watches a movie rental, he notices an actor who looks exactly like him. Throughout the film, he grows more and more obsessed with finding his double. Jake Gyllenhaal was cast to play the main character in Enemy. However, Christian Bale was also offered the role. Although he was interested in taking the job, he had scheduling conflicts with other projects and was forced to turn it down. Javier Bardem was also offered the role, but he didn’t believe he suited the character well enough to accept.
Tagline: Some girls just want to watch the world burn.
Director/Writer: Jeff Baena
Summary: This is zomedy movie, otherwise known as a zombie comedy or zomcom. It’s about a young man who loses his girlfriend to a fatal snake bite. However, she soon comes back from the dead as a zombie with a very different personality. Aubrey Plaza plays the zombie. Her Parks and Recreation (2009–2020) co-star, Nick Offerman, can be heard early on in the film narrating a documentary. The sitcom is references several other times throughout the film.
Tagline: All that separates man from animal are the stories he tells.
Director/Writer: Kevin Smith
Summary: This film is about a man who plans on surgically and mentally turning another man into a walrus. Kevin Smith created it after encouragement from his fans. They were polled about the script idea on Twitter and were asked to respond #WalrusYes if they wanted the film to be made and #WalrusNo if they weren’t interested in the idea. Enough people voted positively that the film was created. It was shot in fifteen days.
Tagline: Her name is Krisha.
Director/Writer: Trey Edward Shults
Summary: This film is about a woman who returns for Thanksgiving dinner after ten years away from her family. The entire movie was shot within nine days, entirely at the director’s mother’s house in Houston, Texas. He wrote the lead character specifically for his aunt, Krisha Fairchild, to play. In fact, most of the family members in the film are actual family members. Even stranger, the grandmother was suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease at the time and had no idea she was acting in a film.
Tagline: Abandoned as a child. Raised by the dark.
Director/Writer: Oz Perkins
Summary: When two Catholic schoolgirls get left behind at their boarding school over winter break, they get swept up in the rumors that the nuns are Satanists. Emma Roberts, who also appeared in American Horror Story (2011-present) and Scream Queens (2015-2016), plays one of the leads. She was unable to sleep after reading the script for the first time because it scared her so much. The Blackcoat’s Daughter was shot toward the end of February in 2015 at the University of Geulph in Canada. Unfortunately, all of Robert’s outdoor scenes were filmed during the coldest weather in recorded history in the capital city.
Tagline: Love knows no boundaries.
Director: Lenny Abrahamson
Writer: Emma Donoghue
Summary: This film is about a young boy who was held captive for seven years. When his mother finally frees him, he gets to experience the outside world for the first time. The mother in the film is played by Brie Larson. In order to prepare herself for the role, she isolated herself in her home for a month without a phone or the internet. She claims that by her final week of isolation, she would cry all day.
Tagline: Now. Whatever you saw or did. Is no longer my concern. But let’s be clear. It won’t end well.
Director/Writer: Jeremy Saulnier
Summary: After witnessing a murder, a punk rock band has to fight for their survival. Sir Patrick Stewart, who appears in the film, originally read the script in his home in England. When he finished, he locked up the house, turned on his security system, and poured himself a drink. He accepted the role because he knew playing a character that horrifying would challenge him. The less you know about this movie going into it, the better, but it has a lot of tension and curve balls that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Tagline: There is nothing more human than the will to survive.
Director/Writer: Alex Garland
Summary: This film is about a programmer who wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat. However, once he arrives there, he has to participate in an experiment with the world’s first piece of artificial intelligence. A beautiful robot girl. This film won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, even though it was only made on a budget of $15 million and competed against films with much bigger budgets. Ex Machina was the lowest-grossing Oscar winner since What Dreams May Come (1998).
Tagline: Stay in the light.
Director/Writer: Bryan Bertino
Summary: When a mother and daughter break down on a deserted road, they are forced to confront a terrifying monster. Elizabeth Moss was originally cast as the alcoholic, smoke addicted mother. However, she was replaced by Zoe Kazan, who you might recognize from The Big Sick (2017). She delivers an excellent, emotional performance. Plus, the practical effects are impressive and there is heavy symbolism that gives deeper meaning to this monster movie.
Tagline: Evil takes many forms.
Director/Writer: Robert Eggers
Summary: This film takes place in New England in 1630. It’s about a family who is torn apart through witchcraft and black magic. The title is sometimes theatrically written as The VVitch, which is how the word would’ve been written during the story’s time period. Back then, the letter W was not commonly used. Overall, the film is an excellent psychological horror. Even Stephen King stated he was terrified by the story.
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Writer: Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou
Summary: After a teenage boy’s father dies on the operating table, he develops a sinister bond with the surgeon. The surgeon is played by Colin Farrell, who you will recognize from other horror films like Phone Booth (2002). Farrell said he felt nauseous after reading the script. However, all of the heart surgery scenes in this film are legitimate. Farrell actually visited the hospital during an operation on a man undergoing quadruple bypass surgery. It’s also worth noting this is one of our favorite slow burn horror movies.
Director/Writer: Trey Edward Shults
Summary: This film is about a man who lives with his wife and son, who are all hiding from a threat terrorizing the world. However, when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge, the monsters hidden within him come out. During a screening in Chicago, the director has explained the title can refer to multiple things. It can refer to the need to rest at night. However, it can also refer to the anxiety and fear that can overpower you at night.
Tagline: It’s all about time.
Director/Writer: David Lowery
Summary: This is an experimental ghost story about a white-sheeted ghost that returns home to connect with his wife. Casey Affleck, who also appeared in Manchester by the Sea (2016) and Gone Baby Gone (2007) played the ghost. He had to wear several petticoats and a hoop under his sheet while filming. Overall, this is a bold, powerful film that will put you in the shoes of a ghost. Although it has few scares, it will really make you think and is cinematically beautiful.
Director/Writer: Kate Mulleavy and Laura Mulleavy
Summary: This film is about a young woman who spirals after experiencing a profound loss. The main character is played by Kirsten Dunst, who also appeared in Spider-Man (2002) and Interview with the Vampire (1994). She has called this the most challenging role she has ever done. She has also admitted that she considers her final scene, where her character is levitating, one of the most incredible experiences of her life. Many viewers agree that this is her most haunting performance.
Tagline: A killer dress.
Director/Writer: Peter Strickland
Summary: This film is about a cursed dress that passes from person to person. Each time, the owner is met with devastating consequences. Although the concept of the story is a bit unconventional, the score is haunting and the visuals are stunning. The acting performances are also highly impressive. This is a comedy/horror film will make you laugh and make you gasp.
Tagline: Oblivion awaits.
Director/Writer: Claire Denis
Summary: This film is about a father and daughter who are trying to survive in deep space. It stars Robert Pattinson, from The Lighthouse (2019) and Twilight (2008). Funnily, Pattinson already knew the thirteen-month-old baby who plays his daughter. In real life, she is the daughter of his friend, a musician named Sam Bradley. The baby, Scarlett Lindsey, actually took her first steps while filming.
Tagline: Dead. In 30 minutes or less.
Director/Writer: Austin Vesely
Summary: This comedy is about a pizza delivery driver who gets murdered on the job. In the aftermath, the city searches for who is to blame for his untimely demise. This slapstick film includes familiar faces like Chance the Rapper, Zazie Beetz, and Chris Parnell. The only downside is that there are a lot of different characters and storylines. This is because the script was originally a pilot for a television show.
Director/Writer: Gaspar Noé
Summary: This French film follows French dancers who are rehearsing in an empty school building. When their sangria gets laced with LSD, it sends them into a hallucinatory nightmare. This entire film was only shot in fifteen days with a five-page script. However, it took about fifteen takes to shoot the first ten-minute opening scene, which is one continuous shot. Overall, this film is an intense, exhilarating experience that will hold your attention for the full hour and a half.
Tagline: Every family tree hides a secret.
Director/Writer: Ari Aster
Summary: Hereditary is about a grieving family who gets haunted by tragic, supernatural occurrences. Toni Collette, who also appeared in The Sixth Sense (1999) and Krampsus (2015), originally didn’t want to do any more horror films. She wanted to stick to comedies. However, she loved the Hereditary script so much that she couldn’t turn it down. In addition to having excellent rhythm and pacing, the performances are impressive and the sound design is superb.
Tagline: Fear will drag you down.
Director: Lee Cronin
Writer: Lee Cronin and Stephen Shields
Summary: This film is about a single mother living with her son in the Irish countryside. When he starts exhibiting disturbing behavior, she worries it is linked to the sinkhole in the forest behind their house. The film has a creepy atmosphere with strong visuals and a spooky soundtrack. Some viewers have considered it a cross between The Babadook (2014) and Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). Although there aren’t many jump scares, it contains several unsettling moments that will keep you glued to the screen.
Tagline: The light has its mysteries.
Director: Robert Eggers
Writer: Robert Eggers and Max Eggers
Summary: This film is about two lighthouse keepers who are struggling to maintain their sanity while living in a remote location. It takes place in New England during the 1890s. In reality, the cast and crew filmed in Cape Forchu during extreme weather conditions. There was freezing rain, intense winds, rain, and snow. Since they were exposed to the elements throughout filming, Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, the two main characters, barely spoke to each other throughout the entire shoot.
Tagline: Your savior is coming
Director/Writer: Rose Glass
Summary: This film is about a Christian nurse who experiences severe trauma. It follows her as she becomes obsessed with saving the soul of a dying patient. The story touches upon trauma, faith, fundamentalism, and sexuality. In addition to its loaded script, it has a fast pace and eerie sequences. Although this was Rose Glass’ directorial debut, she won the Schaffhausen Filmmaker Bursary Award for Saint Maud.
Tagline: Let the festivities begin.
Director/Writer: Ari Aster
Summary: This film is about a young couple who travels to Sweden to visit a festival. However, their idyllic retreat soon turns into a violent competition at the hands of a pagan cult. Although the story is set in Sweden, most of the film was actually shot in Hungary. Also, interestingly, a lot of the Swedish dialogue isn’t subtitled in order to make the audience feel as isolated as the characters. Although this film is considered a horror or a drama, most critics in Sweden found it funny and praised it as a hilarious black comedy.
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