Cry Wolf Movie 2005
Rogue Pictures

Catch the Killer: 10 Great Horror Whodunits that Aren’t SCREAM

Are you a fan of the classic ‘90s horror film, SCREAM? Of course you are!

Thusly, you know that the best part about it is its twist-filled, whodunit plot. If you’re looking for a movie that replicates the same thrilling suspense that SCREAM (or any of its gaggle of sequels) delivered, then you’re in luck – we’ve put together a list of the top 10 horror movie whodunits that will keep you guessing.

Make some popcorn, dim the lights, and get ready to catch the killer!


I Know What You Did Last Summer
Columbia Pictures

1. I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

This classic horror movie stars Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, and Ryan Phillippe as they battle a mysterious killer who knows their deep dark, murderous secret. The movie is full of suspense, mystery, and plenty of edge-of-your-seat terror as the friends try to figure out who’s behind the killings and why.



Cherry Falls 2000
Focus Features

2. Cherry Falls (2000)

After a local serial killer starts targeting the virgins of the town, Sheriff Brently and the desperate locals must hastily form a plan to save their children and figure out who is behind the murders before anyone else falls victim. With each clue, the identity of the killer becomes clearer, but things take an unexpected turn as the Sheriff discovers that the motive for the killing is another shocking secret.


Urban Legend (1998)
Tristar Pictures

3. Urban Legend (1998)

This classic post-Scream slasher movie follows the students of a college campus as they attempt to figure out the identity of a serial killer who is using urban legends as their MO. Starring Jared Leto, Alicia Witt, and Rebecca Gayheart, the movie is full of suspense and is sure to keep you guessing the entire time.



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Identity Psychological Thriller 2003
Sony Pictures


4. Identity (2003)

In this psychological thriller, ten strangers find themselves trapped in an abandoned motel, with no memory of how they got there. As tensions build and the mystery of their captor unfolds, the group soon discovers that the answers are not what they were expecting. The movie’s winding plot and intense performances make it one of the best thriller whodunits of the past two decades.



Club Dread Movie 2004 Coconut Pete
Searchlight Pictures

5. Club Dread (2004)

This stoner horror comedy adds a whole ‘nother level to the slasher whodunit. On Costa Rican party resort Pleasure Island, staff have more than angry guests to deal with. An unknown killer begins picking them off one by one. Come for the whodunit, stay for the late Bill Paxton as the gut-busting hammock crooner Coconut Pete.



Cry Wolf Movie
Rogue Pictures

6. Cry_Wolf (2005)

CRY_WOLF is a chilling gem (and personal fave) about a group of college students who decide to play a twisted game of truth and deceit. After a girl is found dead in the woods, the group set out to create a school-wide murder mystery to teach the student body a lesson. However, things get out of hand and they soon realize they’ve created a real and very deadly game. Who is the killer? That’s the suspenseful question to be answered as the clues slowly unravel in this engaging whodunit.



Prom Night Movie 1980 Prom Horror
Embassy Pictures

7. Prom Night (1980)

A group of teenagers (including scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis) party the night away at their high school prom as an anonymous killer stalks them one by one. With the finger pointing at anyone and everyone, it’s up to the viewers to discover who the real killer is. From the music to the costumes and the nostalgic early 80’s setting, Prom Night is sure to have you questioning the motives of every character and eagerly anticipating the climactic reveal!



Hot Fuzz Movie 2007

8. Hot Fuzz (2007)

The rib-tickling police action-horror-comedy Hot Fuzz follows the rather clumsy yet brilliant London cop Nicholas Angel and his lovable sidekick Danny Butterman as they polics a quaint village and unravel a series of mysterious accidents, only to discover that all is not as it seems in this sleepy little town. With a cleverly crafted whodunit plot full of outlandish twists and turns, Hot Fuzz will leave you laughing and guessing right until the very end.


The Prowler Movie 1981


9. The Prowler (1981)

This classic slasher movie follows a group of teens who are hunted by a mysterious killer in a small town. The movie features some intense sequences, and its slow-burn pacing makes it a great watch. If you’re a fan of classic slasher films, The Prowler will not disappoint.



Happy Birthday To Me (1981)
Columbia Pictures

10. Happy Birthday to Me (1981)

This slasher classic follows a group of high school students who find themselves targeted by a mysterious killer on the anniversary of their friend’s death. The movie is tense, with some memorable set pieces and creative kills. If you’re a fan of classic slasher whodunits, Happy Birthday To Me is a must-watch.


If you’re a fan of both horror and whodunit films, it’s time to start bingeing these 10 thrilling flicks. You’ll be kept in suspense until the very last minute, and even then, can you catch the killer? For an adrenalin rush that’s sure to put a chill down your spine, try a movie from this list of the best horror movie whodunits. Happy watching!

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