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, scary, suspense, suspenseful, macabre and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with blood, danger, weird, storytelling, supernatural, mentor, violence, death, dialogue and catastrophe 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), The Conjuring (2013), Insidious (2010), The Exorcist (1973), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Aliens (1986), The Prodigy (2019), Carrie (1976), The Fly (1986), The Haunting (1963).

List of frightening movies

 8.4
 757K
Alien (1979)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 117 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, frightening, suspenseful, captivating, futuristic ...
Plot: alien, space travel, space and aliens, outer space, evil alien, monster, spacecraft, deadly creature, alien encounter, alien monster, scientist, fear ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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 7.5
 424K
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, atmospheric, frightening ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, ghost, supernatural, exorcism, danger, paranormal activity, witch, paranormal investigation, fear, haunted by the past, evil force, riddles and clues ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary, 60s ...
Place: rhode island, usa, new england
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 6.8
 268K
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, frightening, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, nightmare, evil spirit, family in danger, ghosts, parallel world, parents and children, psychic, paranormal activity, afterlife, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 8.0
 350K
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, frightening, biblical ...
Plot: supernatural, devil, evil force, curses spells and rituals, supernatural ability, priest, exorcism, religion, demon, clergy, psychiatrist, religions or cults ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: washington d.c., usa, asia, middle east, iraq
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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: scary, suspenseful, tense, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: serial killer, psychopath, mind game, crime, cannibalism, investigation, maniac, fbi, murder, psychology, killings, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: maryland, virginia, usa, washington d.c., memphis ...
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 8.3
 631K
Aliens (1986)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
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: frightening, suspenseful, scary, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: space travel, alien, evil alien, space and aliens, deadly creature, survival, outer space, mysterious planet, space marine, aliens, space colony, strong female character ...
Time: future, 22nd century
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 5.8
 21K
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, scary, tense, disturbing, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: supernatural, serial killer, genius, reincarnation, violence, child, bad guy wins, blood, nightmare, danger, doctor, metronome ...
Place: pennsylvania
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 7.4
 162K
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: suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, rough, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: abusive mother, high school life, telekinesis, rage, cruelty, prom, social misfits, classmate, teenage life, vengeance, humiliation, teen angst ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1979, future, near future
Place: usa
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 7.6
 153K
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: scary, suspense, atmospheric, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: mutant, science, experiment, scientist, mad scientist, tragic love, mutation, experiment gone awry, deadly creature, research, nightmare, transformation ...
Time: 80s
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 7.5
 33K
The Haunting (1963)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK
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: scary, suspenseful, psychological, suspense, gothic ...
Plot: haunted house, obsession, old dark house, supernatural, disappearance, ghost, gothic horror, mystery, mysterious character, haunted by the past, investigation, danger ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, 60s, 19th century ...
Place: new england, usa, boston
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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: christmas horror, scary, suspenseful, psycho film, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: slasher, christmas, inhaler, serial killer, murder, telephone call, abortion, psychopath, serial murder, attic, suicide attempt, pianist ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 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: scary, dark humor, humorous, suspenseful, cult film ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, poltergeist, serial killer, architect, judge, danger, supernatural ability, funeral, small town, private detective, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: usa
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 6.7
 14K
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, scary, disturbing, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, supernatural, sexual humiliation, ghost, invisibility, sexual abuse, woman in danger, single parent, good versus evil, serial killer, crimes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles
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 6.6
 91K
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, macabre, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: zombie, afterlife, family in danger, pet, pets, supernatural, back from the dead, indian burial ground, grief, loss of pet, coffin, grave robbing ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: maine, usa, new england, chicago illinois
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 7.0
 72K
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: atmospheric, psychological, suspense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: psychic, afterlife, ghost, clairvoyance, paranoia, hypnosis, murder, haunted house, supernatural, supernatural ability, obsession, rape ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
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 7.6
 327K
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: surprise ending, scary, suspense, twist ending, atmospheric ...
Plot: haunted house, afterlife, ghost, mysterious character, psychic, supernatural, uncover truth, parallel world, single parent, isolation, losing-it hero, parents and children ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: europe, england, english channel
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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, dark, tense, suspense ...
Plot: found footage, supernatural, archaeology, ancient mystery, confined, treasure hunt, ghost, survival, death, escapades, uncover truth, archaeologist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, iran
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 5.4
 135K
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, atmospheric, suspense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, ghost, evil doll, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, death, demonic possession, paranormal activity, sacrifice, violence, danger, graphic violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1969
Place: usa, california, santa monica california, pasadena california
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 6.2
 165K
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, gothic, suspenseful, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: ghost, supernatural, danger, afterlife, adoption, children, paranormal activity, parents and children, redemption, secrets, imaginary friend, psychologist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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 7.2
 61K
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, psychological, scary, macabre, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, investigation, supernatural, woman in danger, danger, back from the dead, dark secret, supernatural power, mysterious death, curse, journalist, scientist ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 1950s, 50s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 4.8
 39K
The Forest (2016)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Set in the Aokigahara Forest, a real-life place in Japan where people go to end their lives. Against this backdrop, a young American woman comes in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared.
Style: suspenseful, scary, psychological, twists and turns, suspense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, missing person, ghost, family relations, in the woods, suicide, hallucination, violence, american abroad, maggot, ghosts, haunted house ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, mount fuji, tokyo
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Seven Boxes (2020)
Genre: Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: 7 People, 7 Hours, 7 Deadly Boxes. Past events have brought them together and they must now figure out why in order to survive.
Style: frightening, scary
Plot: terror, hands tied behind back, male objectification, bondage, fear, queen, twink, scared, kidnapped, slasher, fright, scare ...
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 6.0
 27
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: scary, experimental, frightening
Audience: student film
Plot: television, surrealism, film making, artist, fear, student, nature, filmmaking, art, mask, nightmare
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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: suspense, disturbing, suspenseful, macabre, frightening ...
Plot: home invasion, fear, danger, revenge, betrayal, terror, deadly, robbery, sacrifice, gun, forgiveness, night ...
Place: texas
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 6.0
 76K
The Boy (2016)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, China
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A nanny, working for a family whose son has just passed away, finds herself put in charge of caring for a lifelike doll that the couple treat as a real child.
Style: tense, psychological, scary, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: doll, violence, ghosts, nanny, mansion, supernatural, murder, boy, haunted house, loss of son, dealing with death, plot twist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 18th century
Place: england, usa
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 6.5
 67K
[Rec] 2 (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The action continues from [REC], with the medical officer and a SWAT team outfitted with video cameras are sent into the sealed off apartment to control the situation.
Style: scary, twists and turns, bleak, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: quarantine, reporter, swat team, occult, trapped, heroic mission, supernatural, gory, rescue, isolation, danger, swat ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, spain
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 5.9
 69K
Quarantine (2008)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A television reporter and her cameraman are trapped inside a building quarantined by the CDC after the outbreak of a mysterious virus which turns humans into bloodthirsty killers.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: quarantine, virus, plague, gory, chaos, uncover truth, isolation, graphic violence, supernatural, deadly, danger, tv reporter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
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 5.9
 16K
Haunter (2013)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A teenager is stuck in a time loop that is not quite the same each time. She must uncover the truth but her actions have consequences for herself and others.
Style: scary, suspenseful, enigmatic, suspense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: afterlife, time loop, ghost, supernatural, uncover truth, haunted house, rescue, danger, ghosts, house, serial killer, teenager ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1953, year 1983, year 1985 ...
Place: usa, canada, california
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 7.2
 29K
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: scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, suspense, gloomy ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, murder, ghost, inheritance, seance, mystery, isolated house, haunted by the past, uncover truth, estate, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, turn of the century, 80s
Place: seattle, usa, washington d.c., new york, new york state ...
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Wait Until Dark (1967)
Genre: 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, suspenseful, clever, psychological, serious ...
Plot: heroin, disability, blindness, photographer, murder, search, stabbing, crimes, crime, drug dealing, neighbor, police ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: new york, usa, montreal quebec, montreal
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