Nightmare movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant nightmare movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out psychological, suspenseful, suspense, scary, weird and disturbing films and TV shows about / with nightmare, death, violence, supernatural, murder, blood, storytelling, monster, hallucination and ghost plots mostly in Horror, Thriller and Mystery genres shot in USA, Canada, UK and other countries.
nightmare movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as nightmare: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), The Babadook (2014), Event Horizon (1997), Insidious (2010), Jacob's Ladder (1990), Eraserhead (1977), Take Shelter (2011), American Horror Story (2011), The Others (2001), Twin Peaks (1990).

List of nightmare movies

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Teenagers in a small town are dropping like flies, apparently in the grip of mass hysteria causing their suicides. A cop's daughter, Nancy Thompson (Heather Langenkamp) traces the cause to child molester Fred Krueger (Robert Englund), who was ...
Style: slasher, scary, suspense, suspenseful, macabre ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: nightmare, supernatural, serial killer, fear, teenager, murder, nightmare comes true, high school, sleep deprivation, teenage life, disfigurement, burned alive ...
Time: 80s, year 1984, 20th century, year 1981
Place: ohio, usa
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The Babadook (2014)
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Country: Australia, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her.
Style: scary, psychological, macabre, tense, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: monster, supernatural, nightmare, ghost, single mother, family in danger, dysfunctional family, nightmare comes true, dealing with death, mental illness, isolation, insanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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Event Horizon (1997)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, futuristic, bleak, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: outer space, space travel, space station, trapped in space, space and aliens, insanity, nightmare, hallucination, survival, supernatural, violence, rescue team ...
Time: future, 2040s, 21st century
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Insidious (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
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, twist ending, macabre ...
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, paranormal activity, evil spirit, nightmare, afterlife, parallel world, ghost, fear, nightmare comes true, psychic, demon ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
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Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A traumatized Vietnam war veteran finds out that his post-war life isn't what he believes it to be when he's attacked by horned creatures in the subway and his dead son comes to visit him...
Style: twist ending, scary, surreal, bleak, twists and turns ...
Plot: hallucination, paranoia, nightmare, delusion, dealing with death, haunted by the past, mind game, conspiracy, mental illness, memory, soldier, heaven and hell ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1971
Place: new york, vietnam, asia, usa, brooklyn new york city
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Eraserhead (1977)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.
Style: surreal, art house, psychedelic, avant garde, psychological ...
Plot: surrealism, existentialism, nightmare, insanity, baby, cult, psychosis, art, psychology, eccentricity, loneliness, freak ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
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Take Shelter (2011)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, ambiguous ending, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: mental illness, paranoia, schizophrenia, obsession, nightmare, nervous breakdown, insanity, dreams, apocalypse, delusion, fear, storm ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011, year 1986
Place: ohio, usa
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American Horror Story (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: American Horror Story is an anthology horror drama series.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, scary, captivating, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, ghost, haunted house, witch, death, insanity, mental institution, evil force, coven, vampire, nun, creature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 20th century, year 2013, year 1952 ...
Place: new orleans, los angeles, usa, massachusetts, florida ...
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The Others (2001)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain, USA, France, Italy
Duration: 104 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: twist ending, surprise ending, suspense, scary, gothic ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, supernatural, afterlife, mysterious character, uncover truth, spiritualism, able to see the dead, psychic, nightmare, mansion, isolation ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: europe, england, english channel
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Twin Peaks (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
Story: The body of Laura Palmer is washed up on a beach near the small Washington state town of Twin Peaks. FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper is called in to investigate her strange demise only to uncover a web of mystery that ultimately leads him deep into ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, suspenseful, mind bending, neo noir ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: small town, serial killer, supernatural, investigation, small town life, murder, surrealism, hallucination, who done it, mysterious death, secret, double life ...
Time: 80s, 90s, year 1989, 20th century
Place: washington state, usa, washington d.c.
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The Shining (1980)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.
Style: psychological, scary, atmospheric, suspense, disturbing ...
Plot: isolation, hotel, ghost, insanity, supernatural, snow, evil, psychopath, father son relationship, caretaker, imaginary friend, winter ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1920s, 70s
Place: colorado, denver colorado, montana, oregon, usa ...
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Ghostland (2018)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A mother of two inherits a home from her aunt. On the first night in the new home she is confronted with murderous intruders and fights for her daughters' lives. Sixteen years later the daughters reunite at the house, and that is when things ...
Style: suspense, psychological, suspenseful, exciting, tense ...
Plot: home invasion, nightmare, insanity, violence, serial killer, sisters, sister sister relationship, mother daughter relationship, doll, escape, torture, female protagonist ...
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It Comes at Night (2017)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, a man has established a tenuous domestic order with his wife and son, but this will soon be put to test when a desperate young family arrives seeking refuge.
Style: suspense, rough, brutal, scary, psychological ...
Plot: post apocalypse, pandemic, paranoia, forest, infection, fear, dog, infected, interracial couple, survival, cabin in the woods, nightmare ...
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The Lighthouse (2019)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Brazil, Canada
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
Style: suspense, psychological, gothic, disturbing, scary ...
Plot: hallucination, lighthouse keeper, lighthouse, drunkenness, symbolism, isolation, storm, nightmare, homoeroticism, fight, seagull, stolen identity ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, victorian era
Place: new england
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Mulholland Drive (2001)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: After a car wreck on the winding Mulholland Drive renders a woman amnesic, she and a perky Hollywood-hopeful search for clues and answers across Los Angeles in a twisting venture beyond dreams and reality.
Style: psychological, surreal, twists and turns, neo noir, mind bending ...
Plot: lesbian, surrealism, amnesia, mystery, hollywood, hallucination, alternate reality, lesbian sex, obsession, lesbianism, lesbian love, filmmaking ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future, 2000s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
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You Should Have Left (2020)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In an effort to repair their relationship, a couple books a vacation in the countryside for themselves and their daughter. What starts as a perfect retreat begins to fall apart as one loses their grip on reality, and a sinister force tries to tear ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, disturbing, mystical, tense ...
Plot: house, missing child, jealous husband, nightmare, family life, drowning, time loop, murderer, father daughter relationship, husband wife conflict, countryside, husband wife relationship ...
Place: wales, new york, mexico, london
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A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The film that brings back horror icon Freddy Krueger as a darker and more sinister character than ever before. While Freddy is on the prowl a group of teenagers being stalked soon learn they all have a common factor making them targets for this ...
Style: slasher, scary, suspenseful, surreal, suspense ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: torture, serial killer, murder, death, nightmare, nightmare comes true, sleeping, revenge, monster, burned alive, youth, serial murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ohio, usa
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Jessabelle (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A young woman recuperating at her father's run-down home after a tragic accident soon encounters a terrifying presence with a connection to her long-deceased mother.
Style: scary, macabre, twist ending, suspenseful, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: voodoo, haunted house, ghost, supernatural, psychology, nightmare, curses spells and rituals, sacrifice, insanity, haunted by the past, uncover truth, mystery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1988
Place: louisiana, usa
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Birdboy: The Forgotten Children (2015)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Spain, Japan
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Birdboy and his animal friends plan their escape from an ecologically devastated island in this surreal, animated fantasy.
Style: suspense, gloomy, psychological, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: stranded, death, escape, nightmare, murder, hallucination, friends, monster, island, violence, chase, cemetery ...
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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: scary, twist ending, macabre, atmospheric, surprise ending ...
Plot: ghost, photographer, revenge, car accident, supernatural, secret lover, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, nightmare, suicide, dark past, gang rape, rape ...
Time: contemporary
Place: thailand, bangkok thailand, asia
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Hellraiser: Inferno (2000)
Genre: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A shady police detective becomes embroiled in a strange world of murder, sadism and madness after being assigned a murder investigation against a madman known only as "The Engineer".
Style: psychological, tense, serious, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: nightmare, murder, supernatural, police detective, torture, serial killer, police investigation, chase, psychopath, mind game, crimes, escapades ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
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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, psychological, suspense, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, supernatural, poltergeist, psychic, suburban life, child in peril, haunted, nightmare, parallel world, good versus evil, missing child ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california
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Sinister 2 (2015)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that's marked for death.
Style: scary, brutal, suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: ghost, supernatural, haunted house, murder, family in danger, burned alive, investigation, nightmare, evil child, deputy, found footage, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, norway
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Open Your Eyes (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Spain, France, Italy
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured.
Style: psychological, surreal, enigmatic, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Plot: paranoia, disfigurement, psychiatrist, nightmare, dreams, memory loss, jealousy, mystery, love triangle, car accident, suicide, doctor ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: spain, madrid, europe
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Masters of Horror (2005)
Genre: Horror
Country: Canada, Japan, USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Masters of Horror is an informal social group of international film writers and directors specializing in horror movies and an American television series created by director Mick Garris for the Showtime cable network.
Style: scary, disturbing, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, insanity, nightmare, fear, murder, serial killer, self destructing, disfigurement, ghost, evil force, mysterious character, mysterious place ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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The Ritual (2017)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them.
Style: suspense, psychological, enigmatic, tense, scary ...
Plot: lost in the woods, forest, hiking, ritual, paganism, cult, monster, creature, supernatural, sacrifice, norse mythology, guilt ...
Time: contemporary
Place: sweden, scandinavia, eastern europe
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Hidden (2015)
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A family takes refuge in a fallout shelter to avoid a dangerous outbreak.
Style: suspense, dark, scary, psychological, twist ending ...
Audience: kids
Plot: post apocalypse, virus, epidemic, quarantine, bomb shelter, survival, underground, father daughter relationship, murder, nightmare, mother daughter relationship, zombie ...
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Fallen III: The Destiny (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 81 min.
TV show
Story: Aaron and Azazel defeat the Powers, and force Mazarin and his second-in-command to leave. When the two return, they discover Camael has been released with the help of a rat. Aaron, Vilma, Gabriel, and Azazel travel up a mountain where the Light ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, disturbing
Plot: angel, supernatural, supernatural ability, nightmare, adventure, teenage life, youth, misfit, coming of age, high school, high school life, birthday
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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A Monster Calls (2016)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A boy imagines a monster that helps him deal with his difficult life and see the world in a different way.
Style: touching, emotional, dark fantasy, fairy tale, compassionate ...
Audience: family outing, teens, kids
Plot: bullying, terminal illness, monster, childhood, loneliness, imagination, life & death, nightmare, courage, destiny, depression, single mother ...
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Vanilla Sky (2001)
Genre: Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, Spain
Duration: 136 min.
Story: David Aames has it all: wealth, good looks and gorgeous women on his arm. But just as he begins falling for the warmhearted Sofia, his face is horribly disfigured in a car accident. That's just the beginning of his troubles as the lines between ...
Style: psychological, surreal, philosophical, enigmatic, twist ending ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: surrealism, disfigurement, hallucination, love, love triangle, virtual reality, obsession, disfigured face, alternate reality, psychology, lost love, tragic love ...
Time: 22nd century, future, 21st century, contemporary
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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