Frightening movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant frightening movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out frightening, suspense, tense, scary, atmospheric and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with supernatural, gory, storytelling, blood, dialogue, danger, violence, mentor, catastrophe and transformation plots mostly in Horror, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, Canada, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as frightening: Alien (1979), Annabelle (2014), As Above, So Below (2014), Poltergeist (1982), The Exorcist (1973), The Haunting (1963), Black Christmas (1974), The Frighteners (1996), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Insidious (2010).

List of frightening movies

 8.5
 702K
Alien (1979)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, frightening, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: space travel, spacecraft, evil alien, space and aliens, outer space, deadly creature, alien encounter, scientist, alien, monster, survival, alien invasion ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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 5.4
 119K
Annabelle (2014)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia - a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia's delight with Annabelle doesn't last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric, frightening ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, haunted house, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, evil doll, death, sacrifice, violence, toy comes to life, cult, danger, demonic possession ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1969
Place: california, usa, santa monica california, pasadena california
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As Above, So Below (2014)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.
Style: suspenseful, psychological, tense, dark, suspense ...
Plot: treasure hunt, supernatural, confined, uncover truth, ancient mystery, escapades, ghost, death, survival, found footage, treasure, adventure ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, paris france, iran
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 7.4
 127K
Poltergeist (1982)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Steve Freeling lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the neighborhood. It starts with just a few odd occurrences, such as broken ...
Style: scary, suspense, psychological, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, psychic, supernatural, missing child, poltergeist, parents and children, parallel world, child in peril, good versus evil, little girl, haunted ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california
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 8.0
 328K
The Exorcist (1973)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: 12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to ...
Style: scary, suspense, suspenseful, psychological, biblical ...
Plot: supernatural ability, evil force, supernatural, priest, curses spells and rituals, exorcism, devil, religions or cults, girl, clergy, good versus evil, losing-it hero ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: usa, iraq, washington d.c., middle east
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 7.6
 31K
The Haunting (1963)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity.
Style: atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, frightening, serious ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, alcohol, disappearance, orphan, obsession, old dark house, lesbian, supernatural, mentally unstable, mystery, mysterious character ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 19th century, 1870s, 1940s ...
Place: new england, usa
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Black Christmas (1974)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.
Style: psycho film, christmas horror, suspenseful, scary, frightening ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, christmas, serial killer, murder, prank telephone call, gory, knife murder, mystery killer, psychopath, cult, abortion, incest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: canada
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The Frighteners (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Country: New Zealand, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Once an architect, Frank Bannister now passes himself off as an exorcist of evil spirits. To bolster his facade, he claims his "special" gift is the result of a car accident that killed his wife. But what he does not count on is more ...
Style: dark humor, scary, humorous, suspenseful, frightening ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, serial killer, poltergeist, funeral, small town, architect, private detective, supernatural ability, judge, danger, cons and scams ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: usa
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The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: FBI trainee, Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. But her Faustian relationship ...
Style: suspenseful, suspense, scary, tense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, investigation, murder, crime, cannibalism, fbi, killings, special agents, deadly, psychology ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, bahamas, illinois ...
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 6.9
 250K
Insidious (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A family discovers that dark spirits have invaded their home after their son inexplicably falls into an endless sleep. When they reach out to a professional for help, they learn things are a lot more personal than they thought.
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, family in danger, parents and children, parallel world, demons, danger, evil spirit, curses spells and rituals, paranormal activity, psychic, fear ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 6.6
 13K
The Entity (1982)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Barbara Hershey stars as Carla Moran, a hard-working single mother until the night she is raped in her bedroom by someone - or something - that she cannot see. Despite skeptical psychiatrists, she is repeatedly attacked in her car, in the bath, and ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, suspense, scary, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, rape, ghost, sexual abuse, single parent, good versus evil, serial killer, invisibility, vengeance, haunted, evil spirit, psychological thriller ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
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 7.6
 311K
The Others (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, France, Italy
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Grace is a religious woman who lives in an old house kept dark because her two children, Anne and Nicholas, have a rare sensitivity to light. When the family begins to suspect the house is haunted, Grace fights to protect her children at any cost in ...
Style: scary, surprise ending, atmospheric, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, afterlife, mysterious character, supernatural, uncover truth, parallel world, psychic, seance, losing-it hero, single parent, isolation ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: england, europe, english channel
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 7.4
 150K
Carrie (1976)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Carrie White, a shy and troubled teenage girl who is tormented by her high school peers and her fanatically religious mother, begins to use her powers of telekinesis to exact revenge upon them.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, serious, frightening ...
Audience: teens
Plot: prom, high school life, rage, teenage life, teacher, abusive mother, social misfits, vengeance, high school, revenge, humiliation, school ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, near future, year 1979, future
Place: usa
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 8.4
 592K
Aliens (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: When Ripley's lifepod is found by a salvage crew over 50 years later, she finds that terra-formers are on the very planet they found the alien species. When the company sends a family of colonists out to investigate her story, all contact is ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, scary, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space travel, evil alien, space and aliens, deadly creature, survival, alien, outer space, space marine, space colony, cryogenics, heroine, mysterious planet ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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 7.5
 389K
The Conjuring (2013)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Style: scary, suspenseful, dark, psychological, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, ghost, danger, paranormal activity, witch, seance, exorcism, paranormal investigation, riddles and clues, haunted by the past, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1971, year 1968 ...
Place: rhode island, new england, usa
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 6.6
 79K
Pet Sematary (1989)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Dr. Louis Creed's family moves into the country house of their dreams and discover a pet cemetery at the back of their property. The cursed burial ground deep in the woods brings the dead back to life -- with "minor" problems. At ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, macabre, tense ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: afterlife, zombie, indian burial ground, pet, back from the dead, family in danger, grief, gory, grave robbing, supernatural, loss of pet, coffin ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: maine, usa, new england, chicago illinois
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 7.0
 69K
Stir of Echoes (1999)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After being hypnotized by his sister in law, Tom Witzky begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around her.
Style: suspense, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, tense ...
Plot: hypnosis, ghost, psychic, murder, haunted house, obsession, paranoia, afterlife, disappearance, clairvoyance, hearing voices, cemetery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 7.5
 143K
The Fly (1986)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Seth Brundle makes a huge scientific and technological breakthrough in teleportation, he decides to test it on himself. Unbeknownst to him, a common housefly manages to get inside the device and the two become one.
Style: suspense, scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: mutant, experiment, teleportation, scientist, tragic love, science, mad scientist, transformation, experiment gone awry, deadly creature, nightmare, mutation ...
Time: 80s
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 6.0
 3K
The Prodigy (2019)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A mother concerned about her young son's disturbing behavior thinks something supernatural may be affecting him.
Style: frightening
Plot: serial killer, supernatural, car accident, halloween, reincarnation, parent, doctor, child, hidden camera, bad guy wins, genius, blood ...
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 6.2
 26
The Garden (2017)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 55 min.
Story: After a silent, masked individual encounters a man with a television for an arm; horror, euphoria and madness ensue.
Style: frightening, student film
Plot: surrealism, television, mask, film making, nightmare, art, fear, student, filmmaking, artist, nature
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Waiting for the Storm (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A family's peaceful evening takes a horrifying turn when three men in masks and hoods break into their house and take them hostage. When they offer the home invaders to take anything they want, one of them reveals the true reason their house ...
Style: frightening, suspense
Plot: home invasion, love, betrayal, revenge, break in, danger, hate, murder, real time, fear, terror, night ...
Place: texas
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 7.3
 26K
The Changeling (1980)
Genre: Horror
Country: Canada
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A man staying at a secluded historical mansion, finds his life being haunted by the presence of a spectre.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, ghost, psychic, wheelchair, music box, little girl, guilt, hallucination, road accident, bodyguard, tape recording ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, turn of the century
Place: seattle, usa, new york, seattle washington, new york state
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 6.2
 157K
Mama (2013)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada, Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: ghost, supernatural, danger, children, adoption, parents and children, redemption, paranormal activity, secrets, afterlife, hospital, imaginary friend ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Wait Until Dark (1967)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: After a flight back home, Sam Hendrix returns with a doll he innocently acquired along the way. As it turns out, the doll is actually stuffed with heroin, and a group of criminals led by the ruthless Roat has followed Hendrix back to his place to ...
Style: tense, talky, suspenseful, atmospheric, clever ...
Plot: heroin, photographer, blindness, murder, disability, blind woman, search, police, apartment, doll, neighbor, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, montreal quebec
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Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A twisted new tale of terror begins for a teenage girl and her family, predating the haunting of the Lambert family in the earlier movies and revealing more mysteries of the otherworldly realm The Further.
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, surprise ending, frightening ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, parents and children, family in danger, danger, deadly, seance, family relations, domestic disturbance, curses spells and rituals, imaginary, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 80s
Place: usa
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 6.8
 56K
The Fog (1980)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Strange things begin to occurs as a tiny California coastal town prepares to commemorate its centenary. Inanimate objects spring eerily to life; Rev. Malone stumbles upon a dark secret about the town's founding; radio announcer Stevie witnesses ...
Style: suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: small town, gold, supernatural, ghost, fog, lighthouse, ship, sea, church, sword, beach, leprosy ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1979, 80s
Place: california, usa
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 7.1
 37K
Shutter (2004)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Thailand
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past.
Style: asian horror, atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: ghost, revenge, suicide, strobe light, polaroid, nightmare, secret lover, photographer, car accident, gory, supernatural, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: thailand, asia
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The Devil's Backbone (2001)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Spain, Mexico
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After losing his father, 10-year-old Carlos arrives at the Santa Lucia School, which shelters orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and is taken in by the steely headmistress, Carmen, and the kindly professor, Casares. Soon after his ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, tense, serious, scary ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, orphan, bully, spanish civil war, revenge, murder, orphanage, dormitory, bomb, fear, explosion ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 40s
Place: spain, europe, portugal
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 7.3
 58K
Ring (1998)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A mysterious video has been linked to a number of deaths, and when an inquisitive journalist finds the tape and views it herself, she sets in motion a chain of events that puts her own life in danger.
Style: suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, tense, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, investigation, family in danger, good versus evil, urban legend, loss of daughter, psychic, teacher, scientist, supernatural, obsession, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 6.7
 28K
Dark Water (2002)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A woman in the midst of an unpleasant divorce moves to an eerie apartment building with her young daughter. The ceiling of their apartment has a dark and active leak.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, psychological, serious ...
Plot: ghost, missing child, water, child custody, drowning, supernatural, mystery, single parent, family, nightmare, parent child relationship, custody ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia, kindergarten
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