10 Best Action Horror Movies

Monsters, killers, aliens, and extra are satisfied with force, violence, and action beatdowns.


By Rob Hunter · Published on Oct 1st, 2021

October is outlined in Webster’s Dictionary as “31 days of horror.” Really don’t hassle seeking it up it’s correct. Most persons consider that to imply highlighting just one horror film a day, but right here at FSR, we’ve taken that up a spooky notch or nine by celebrating each and every day with a major ten list. This post about the very best action horror motion pictures is section of our ongoing series 31 Times of Horror Lists.

This shouldn’t be information to you, but the environment is anything of a shitshow appropriate now. I will not bore you with the particulars as you know them all way too well, and as a substitute, we’re going to focus on the positive. The earth may well be burning, but horror fans are wanting for extremely tiny these days as we have been gifted with a steady stream of thrills and chills on screens equally big and modest (together with a prosperity of style-oriented property video releases). One of 2021’s highlights in this regard is James Wan’s Malignant. Adore it or loathe it, there is no denying it’s a wild, bonkers experience with some superior-electrical power action sequences.

And that turned the prompt for the first entry in this year’s 31 Days of Horror Lists. When I initially prompt this notion — why include just one movie for every working day, why not do a model new best ten list just about every working day in October?! — I predicted to be shunned for my hubris. In its place, my fellow horror nerds here at FSR eagerly joined up to make it a truth. 2021 marks our fourth year in a row with this grand experiment, and even though it carries on to get harder obtaining new lists to debate and discover, we have so far been making the most of the hell out of the problem.

This brings us again to action horror flicks. The subgenre is not typically discussed as a entire, but as a supporter of mixing expectations and genres, it’s a mix that is usually spoken to me. Most horror movies see people combating evil in a single way or an additional, but handful of elevate individuals sequences to true “action.” We’re below to honor those that do it best, so do some stretching, put in your mouth guard, and prepare to be pummeled bloody by the 10 Finest Action Horror Motion pictures as decided on by Chris Coffel, Brad Gullickson, Mary Beth McAndrews, Meg Shields, Anna Swanson, Jacob Trussell, and myself.

10. Overlord (2018)

Action Horror Movies: Overlord

A smaller band of U.S. troopers. A mission that will take them powering enemy strains. A slender chance in hell that any of them will live to convey to the tale. It’s the setup behind any selection of war-established motion films, but director Julius Avery and writers Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith have something fully more unhinged in brain. Combating Nazis is bad adequate, but these World War II heroes are also going deal with to face with mentioned Nazis’ vile experiments — an army of undead super troopers.

The movie opens guns blazing as paratroopers are lit up in advance of they’ve even jumped primary to a harrowing slide to Earth and struggle to survive even the to start with handful of minutes. A lot more clashes stick to, and the adrenaline-fueled antics really don’t allow up after the zombified terrors get there. Significant gunfights, hand-to-hand brawls, explosions, and much more rip via the display screen building this large blast of B-film entertaining a have to-see for supporters of all matters great. It’s a substantial-vitality affair blending the finest of the two worlds with fantastic creature consequences and bloodletting paired with fascinating motion sequences, and if audiences hadn’t failed it in theaters we could have had an additional sequel or two by now next this squad by means of horror-torn Europe. See it and engage in it loud! (Rob Hunter)

9. The Visitor (2014)

Action Horror Movies: The Guest

Really don’t roll your eyes at us for looking at The Visitor horror! Yes, Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard’s film has all the hallmarks of a schlocky action motion picture you’d hope to locate in the hallowed halls of Cannon Films. Having said that, the meat of The Visitor does not occur from a buffet of knuckle sandwiches, but from its fundamental horror motifs. A mysterious veteran (Dan Stevens) has arrived in a smaller city unannounced to pay back his respects to the spouse and children of his best friend who died through the war in Afghanistan. Is he the missing piece the relatives needs to recover from their son’s death, or is there a considerably deadlier mystery to who their new houseguest is?

What follows is a parade of headshots, damaged bones, and men and women jumping via home windows though taking pictures guns, but The Guest surrounds alone with a patchwork of horror tropes – like a killer with quasi-supernatural abilities likely on a Halloween rampage – that drag it out of pure motion and into a hybrid style of its have. That the film is established in the course of the spookiest time of the yr is just the icing on the film’s horror-flavored cake. (Jacob Trussell)

8. Revenge (2017)


Don’t intellect me, I’m just snagging an ice pack and a lozenge from hooting and hollering way too tough. Revenge attended the Mad Max: Fury Road faculty of motion pacing: a non-halt dash that sees our uber-knowledgeable protagonist enter and return from the desert after racking up a cruelly dispatched system count. Discarded and impaled on a rotting tree right after refusing to go quietly in the wake of a sexual assault, no 1, us included, anticipated Jen to be this sort of a badass.

Following prying herself from her would-be grave, Jen hits the floor functioning considerably less involved with vengeance than carrying out what she requirements to do to out-wit, out-last, and out-shoot her pursuers. Unrelenting, sweaty, and breath-snatchingly gratifying, then-newcomer Coralie Fargeat directs a single of the most heart-pumping entries in a sub-genre that way too commonly dehumanizes at the expense of catharsis. Also, and this can’t be overstated, this film has a chase scene in a gore-slicked hallway. Every single movie must have a blood slip and slide, just stating. (Meg Shields)

7. Assault the Block (2011)

Attack The Block

Monstrous aliens have landed in the wrong neighborhood. Some scrappy lads strap the alien feminine to Moses’ back again. With a katana in one hand and a collection of fireworks in the other, Moses darts into the hallway as the outer-place gorilla-wolves nip at his heels. Director Joe Cornish slows almost everything down. He would like us to see just about every second of Moses’ steely interesting heroism. The time for thrills and scares is in excess of.

Attack the Block merely would like you to marvel in its champion’s majesty. Everything that came just before was a race, the motion by no means allowing up at the time the very little beasties storm the building. Listed here, nonetheless, we’re salivating with the slo-mo, experiencing the victory we almost certainly believed was not coming. An icon is born when the apartment erupts in fire, and Moses pops out the window hanging on the Union Jack for pricey lifetime. In which is this man’s franchise? Definitely he’s as mighty as any Rambo or Terminator? Allow it. (Brad Gullickson)

6. Environmentally friendly Area (2015)

Green Room

Whilst Jeremy Saulnier‘s Blue Ruin is a masterclass in slowburn pressure, his abide by-up unleashes the floodgates to supply a much much more aggressively tense knowledge. Eco-friendly Room is as draining and nerve-racking a movie as you’re most likely to locate, but relatively than tease out the suspense it provides viewers a hugely efficient set up and then only cuts unfastened with pure horror, blistering action, and thrills that shred at every single switch.

The film sees a youthful, charismatic punk band caught up in problems soon after witnessing a murder at a remote “club” that’s dwelling to white nationalist scum. Hey, a gig’s a gig. It shifts right away into a siege film that explodes with terror, grim bloodletting, gun fights, and heinous brawls. We get particularly disturbing overall body horror along with wrestling retains and blade-induced carnage. No just one is harmless, and that sensation is a rarity even in genre films making this a film that crawls beneath your skin, requires keep of your coronary heart, and refuses to enable go until finally the conclusion credits roll. (Rob Hunter)

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Rob Hunter has been composing for Movie Faculty Rejects due to the fact in advance of you have been born, which is unusual viewing as he is so damn young. He’s our Chief Film Critic and Affiliate Editor and lists ‘Broadcast News’ as his beloved movie of all time. Sense free to say hello if you see him on Twitter @FakeRobHunter.

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