22 Australian Horror Films That Will Ruin Your Life

From Outback serial killers and man-eating crocodiles, to psychological terrors and Tasmanian cannibals, these flicks are putting the ‘RA!’ in ‘STRAYA’.

1. Snowtown (2011)

Snowtown (2011)

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Based on the true story of the ‘bodies-in-barrels’ murders, which is about as fun as it sounds.

2. Roadgames (1981)

Roadgames (1981)

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Jamie-Lee Curtis in her Scream Queen prime, playing a hitchhiker used as bait by a serial killer along a desolate Australian highway.

3. Dying Breed (2008)

Dying Breed (2008)

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The only thing more terrifying than Tasmania? Cannibals. Cannibals in Tasmania.

4. The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

The Cars That Ate Paris (1974)

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A small Aussie town with a flailing economy comes up with the novel – and horrifying – idea of causing car accidents to sell the valuables left over from the victims.

5. The Loved Ones (2009)

The Loved Ones (2009)

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Worst. Prom. Ever. #drill

6. Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)

Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)

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If you go down in the woods today, you’re sure for a big surprise…

7. The Tunnel (2011)

The Tunnel (2011)

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Who ever thought exploring the abandoned train tunnels under Sydney was a good idea? Bag full of NOPE.

8. Triangle (2009)

Triangle (2009)

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A yachting trip gone wrong. Did these people learning nothing from Dead Calm? Yeesh.

9. Saw (2004)

Saw (2004)

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“I want to play a game…”

10. Patrick (1978)

Patrick (1978)

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One of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite films. A comatose hospital patient harasses and kills using telekinetic powers. Avoid the 2013 remake.

11. The Babadook (2014)

The Babadook (2014)

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Creepy kid? Check. Grieving single mother? Check check. Monstorous murder? Triple check. Will have you jumping at the sound of creaking door? You betcha.

12. Wolf Creek (2005)

Wolf Creek (2005)

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Terrifying tourists and lovers of John Jarratt’s Playschool days in equal measure, Greg McLean’s debut has become an Aussie horror classic.

13. Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

Wolf Creek 2 (2014)

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Flying kangaroos, Donald Bradman and pig on a stick are all phrases that will make your blood run cold(er).

14. The Reef (2010)

The Reef (2010)

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The Blair Witch Project meets Finding Nemo, but with more sharks.

15. Turkey Shoot (1982)

Turkey Shoot (1982)

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The Hunger Games before The Hunger Games.

16. These Final Hours (2014)

These Final Hours (2014)

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Is there anything worse than spending the last 12 hours on Earth in Perth? Yes, it turns out. There is.

17. Daybreakers (2009)

Daybreakers (2009)

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Willem Dafoe as a crossbow wielding vampire hunter muttering this line: ‘Being human in a world full of vampires is about as safe as barebacking a five dollar whore’.

18. Black Water and Rogue (2007)

Black Water and Rogue (2007)

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A case of Dante’s Peak and Volcano, Armageddon and Deep Impact, Mirror Mirror and Snow White And The Hunstman… you get the drift. A movie double-up with two Australian man-eating crocodile = twice the terror.

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19. The Rover (2014)

The Rover (2014)

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Goodbye Edward Cullen, hello bleak Australian desert and the most terrifying version of Guy Pearce since Prometheus.

20. Luke Mungo (2008)

Luke Mungo (2008)

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Part psychological horror, part mockumentray, this low-budget but very clever look at grief is not for the faint-hearted.

21. Van Dieman’s Land (2009)

Van Dieman's Land (2009)

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The real-life tale of Australia’s most notorious convict Alexander Pearce, who ate fellow prisoners. Tasmania, man.

22. Razorback (1984)

Razorback (1984)

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Before there was Babe, there was a man-eating pig known as Razorback

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