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Do you enjoy the adrenaline rush of being scared out of your wits? Are you a fan of horror movies and looking for a new way to experience fear? Look no further. In this article, we will explore some of the most terrifying scary horror games that will leave you trembling with fear. From haunted houses to zombies, these games will push your limits and keep you on the edge of your seat.
Haunted Houses: A Classic Thrill
If you’re a fan of haunted houses, then horror games that feature eerie mansions or abandoned buildings are sure to provide an exhilarating experience. One such game that comes to mind is “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.” Set in a dilapidated plantation house in rural Louisiana, this game combines atmospheric horror with intense gameplay. As you navigate through dark corridors and solve puzzles, you’ll encounter grotesque creatures and terrifying jump scares that will keep your heart pounding.
Another notable haunted house game is “Amnesia: The Dark Descent.” In this first-person survival horror game, players find themselves trapped inside an ancient castle with no memory of how they got there. With limited resources and a lurking presence that feeds on fear, this game is guaranteed to make even the bravest players feel vulnerable and terrified.
Zombies: A Never-Ending Nightmare
Zombies have been a staple in horror culture for decades, and scary horror games featuring these undead creatures are always popular among thrill-seekers. One standout title in this genre is “The Last of Us.” Set in a post-apocalyptic world overrun by infected humans turned into zombies, this action-adventure game blends intense combat with an emotionally gripping storyline. The realistic graphics and immersive gameplay make every encounter with the infected a heart-pounding experience.
For those seeking a more intense zombie experience, “Resident Evil 2” is a must-play. This remake of the classic survival horror game takes players back to Raccoon City, where a zombie outbreak has turned the population into flesh-eating monsters. With its atmospheric setting and relentless undead enemies, this game will keep you on your toes as you fight for survival.
Psychological Horror: A Mind-Bending Challenge
If you prefer horror games that mess with your mind, then psychological horror games are perfect for you. “Silent Hill 2” is often regarded as one of the best examples of this subgenre. As players control James Sunderland through the foggy town of Silent Hill, they unravel a deeply disturbing story filled with symbolism and psychological torment. The game’s haunting atmosphere and psychological twists will leave you questioning reality long after you’ve put down the controller.
Another mind-bending horror experience is “Layers of Fear.” In this first-person exploration game, players step into the shoes of a disturbed painter as they navigate through a constantly changing mansion. Delving into themes of madness and obsession, this game uses clever storytelling and visual trickery to create an unsettling experience that will keep you guessing until the very end.
Survival Horror: Fight or Flight
For those who enjoy intense gameplay and heart-pounding action, survival horror games provide an adrenaline-fueled experience like no other. “Outlast” is a prime example of this genre. Armed only with a camcorder, players must navigate through an abandoned psychiatric hospital filled with deranged inmates. With no means to defend yourself other than hiding or running away, every encounter becomes a tense battle for survival.
Another standout survival horror game is “Alien: Isolation.” Set fifteen years after the events of Ridley Scott’s iconic film “Alien,” players assume the role of Ellen Ripley’s daughter as she tries to survive aboard a space station infested by one relentless xenomorph. The game’s AI-driven alien enemy constantly adapts to the player’s actions, making every encounter a nerve-wracking game of cat-and-mouse.
In conclusion, if you’re a fan of being scared senseless, these scary horror games will provide an unforgettable experience. Whether you prefer haunted houses, zombies, psychological torment, or survival challenges, there is a game out there that will cater to your darkest fears. So grab your controller and prepare for a night of terror as you dive into these spine-chilling virtual worlds.
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Led by LaKeith Stanfield , Rosario Dawson , Tiffany Haddish , Owen Wilson , Danny DeVito , Chase W. Dillon, Hasan Minhaj , Jared Leto , Winona Ryder , Dan Levy , and Jamie Lee Curtis , the Haunted Mansion cast consists of Oscar- and blockbuster-verified talent who make prime additions to the 999 happy haunts inhabiting Gracey Manor. Before the film hits theaters Friday, read on for a full breakdown of the new characters the cast portray, as well as classic Haunted Mansion staples from the ride, as conjured up by the new movie.
LaKeith Stanfield as Ben
It's not all happy haunts and moody, grim, grinning ghosts nestled within the walls of Haunted Mansion . The story of Stanfield's Ben, a New Orleans-based inventor and paranormal tour guide, packs the film with an emotional core that will move you to tears by the time the credits roll. Before Gabbie pulls him out of his mundane existence by hiring him to vanquish pesky ghouls invading her home, we learn that Ben's connection to the afterlife is rooted in the death of his beloved wife, with whom he attempts to connect by making a special camera lens that can capture ghostly images. Along the way, the grieving Ben reluctantly forges a bond with Gabbie and her son, Travis (Chase W. Dillon), that opens new spiritual pathways he never saw coming, even with the help of his camera that can "see the unseen," as he says.
Rosario Dawson as Gabbie
As a lover of vintage finds, classic architecture, and vanilla-scented candles (a recurring, laugh-out-loud gag throughout the film), Dawson's Gabbie moves herself and her young son into the film's focal home. She almost immediately regrets the decision after a suit of armor comes to life before her very eyes. The Ahsoka actress' quest to rid the haunted, humble abode of infesting ghosts leads her to hire Stanfield's Ben for $10,000 Their journey together ultimately brings them closer to the spirits inside Gracey Manor, but also intertwines the duo's souls in unexpected ways.
Tiffany Haddish as Harriet
One of the most delightful new additions to the Haunted Mansion lore, Haddish's New Orleans psychic Harriet is — as the Emmy-winning Girls Trip and Afterparty star previously told EW — a melting pot of inspiration, from Whoopi Goldberg in Ghost to Miss Cleo . Harriet joins Ben's eclectic army of supernatural sleuths, with Haddish giving arguably the most consistently hilarious performance in the movie. She helps hold the ragtag batch together by bridging the gap between the living and the dead through seances and astral projection. She also forms a close bond with her idol, the historic and legendary Madame Leota, that comes to a satisfying (crystal ball-bound) head during the film's climax.
Owen Wilson as Father Kent
The Oscar nominee provides comedic relief and a shoulder for Ben to lean on throughout the movie, as a determined (yet ill-equipped, let's just say that) paranormal "expert" who helps rid Gracey Manor of its haunting spirits. By the end of the film, audiences will see this role from the Wedding Crashers actor in a new light, after he sets in motion a tectonic shift that aides Ben's quest in monumental — and visually amusing — ways.
Danny DeVito as Professor Bruce Davis
Ben's team eventually enlists the help of Professor Bruce Davis, a wise-cracking academic played by comedic legend Danny DeVito. The Academy Award-nominated Matilda and Batman Returns performer has some of the film's funniest lines, offering up much-needed levity amid the more frightening scenes. As one of the trailers previously suggested, he even grapples with ghostly possession in a particularly harrowing sequence.
Jared Leto as Hatbox Ghost
After sinking his teeth into Morbius and an Italian meatball in House of Gucci , the Oscar-winning Dallas Buyers Club actor continues his string of transformative roles as the Hatbox Ghost, a fan-favorite character who appears in the Disneyland version of the ride and as the primary villain of the new Haunted Mansion movie. Outside of simply sending his head down from his neck and into the box in his hand (just like he does on the attraction), there's far more to Leto's menacing take on the iconic figure, who serves as Gracey Manor's most terrifying haunt — and ultimately occupies pivotal space in the Haunted Mansion narrative.
Jamie Lee Curtis as Madame Leota
Perhaps the most recognizable figure from the Haunted Mansion rides, Madame Leota had big shoes — or, well, a big crystal orb — to fill in Simien's big-screen adaptation. Curtis, a horror icon and recent Oscar-winning actress , fit the ball perfectly, playing an aesthetically similar version of the fan-favorite medium who greets riders amid a seance halfway through the Disney attraction. However, the Halloween star's role is more than just a passing set piece in the film; Leota assists Ben and the gang by providing essential information on their quest to foil the Hatbox Ghost's nefarious plot.
Hasan Minhaj as a police sketch artist
The comedian and former Daily Show performer has a brief cameo as an unnamed sketch artist working for the New Orleans Police Department, who draws a scarily (and hilariously) accurate portrait of the Hatbox Ghost after listening to a description from Ben and Bruce.
Dan Levy and Winona Ryder as Crump Manor tour guides
Both Levy and Ryder appear for mere moments in Haunted Mansion , but they have some of the most amusing dialogue of the entire film. Ryder plays Pat, a snarky tour guide who assists Ben, Father Kent, and Travis with their upcoming stay inside Crump Manor — a similarly haunted abode that seemingly holds the key to resolving Gracey Manor's paranormal predicament. But first, the Schitt's Creek star's character — also a tour guide — serenades the group with his brief rendition of the beloved Disney tune "It's a Small World" on the piano.
Chase W. Dillon as Travis
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A Haunted House
2013, Comedy/Horror, 1h 26m
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Young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) have just moved into their dream home. As they settle in, they learn that they're not alone -- not because the house is haunted, but because Kisha is possessed by a demon. Desperate to salvage his relationship -- and more importantly -- his sex life -- Malcolm hires a coterie of paranormal specialists, which includes a priest and ghost busters, to banish the unwelcome intruder from Kisha's body.
Rating: R (Language|Crude and Sexual Content|Some Drug Use)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Original Language: English
Director: Mike Tiddes
Producer: Marlon Wayans , Rick Alvarez
Writer: Marlon Wayans , Rick Alvarez
Release Date (Theaters): Jan 11, 2013 wide
Release Date (Streaming): Aug 12, 2015
Box Office (Gross USA): $40.0M
Runtime: 1h 26m
Distributor: Open Road
Production Co: Baby Way
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Ah whatever, I dug "A Haunted House" which had me chuckling a fair bit throughout the movie. Sue me.
A film so monotonous, so lazy, so underwhelming that it is only mildly tolerable because of its 'all-star' supporting cast, which consists of the likes of Nick Swardson, Cedric the Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Andrew Daly and David Koechner. (Heavy sarcasm implied, hence the quotation marks.) Don't watch it with people you hold in high esteem unless those said people have an appreciation for fart/gay/masturbation jokes and (probably) inflicting both mental and physical pain upon themselves. I mean, seriously, just how bad must one film be in order for an appearance from Nick Swardson to be considered a redeeming quality?
A Haunted House to my surprise is one of the better horror spoofs I've seen since the first Scary Movie, and unless you have no sense of humor and a stick up your ass, then you'll probably find some humor in this film. I'm a pretty big fan of the Wayans brothers works and maybe that's why I'm one of the very few that actually had a fun time with this raunchy spoof and I think that there are far more worse films out there than this one. A Haunted House may not be a very clever spoof but most of the jokes were pretty hilarious if you like Reno 911! type of off the wall humor. It's a prime example that just because a movie has horrible reviews from just about every critic out there, doesn't necessarily mean that you won't enjoy it, because in the end that's all that matters. Bring on the sequel, because I could care less about the haters opinions. Marlon Wayans has made some pretty downright horrible films in the past like Dance Flick, Norbit, Dungeons and Dragons, and Marmaduke. This film though is one of his better comedic efforts at pure spoofing and his main and clear target is the Paranormal Activity series and he mostly gets the job done. He is an unapologetic and fearless comedic actor, who is willing to do anything for a laugh and I'm surprise that he hasn't hosted Saturday Night Live yet. Essence Atkins has great comedic timing and has great chemistry with Marlon Wayons and she makes a great comedic duo with him. The rest of the cast brought their game as well and were hilarious, including David Koechner as Dan the security man, Dave Sheridan as Bob his assistant, Nick Swardson as Chip the gay Psychic and Cedric the Entertainer as Father Williams, the list goes on. Director, Michael Tiddes makes his major film debut with A Haunted House, and though it's nowhere near an impressive one, it's not a horrible one either. He could of made more daring turns, but for a first time spoof he definitely picked the right guy to team up with. The writing, though far from clever, was consistently funny for the majority of the film and got the job done of making me laugh, thanks to writing team Marlon Wayons and Rick Alvarez. Overall, it was obvious that the filmmakers weren't going for a solid film, but they all seem to be having a blast spoofing the Paranormal Activity films and for that alone got the job done. Sure spoofs are getting old and should of been obsolete, but A Haunted House made me find the guilty pleasure in them all over again. For a film with so many bad reviews, I surprisingly had a pretty hysterical time watching A Haunted House and might actually watch its sequel in theaters.
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27 Best Haunted House Movies Ever For Horror Lovers
By Author Sheree Strange and Christine Frascarelli
Posted on Last updated: August 21, 2023
Watch the best haunted house movies for thrill-seekers and horror lovers – many of which are based on favorite books.
Are you scrolling for something spooky to watch right now? These comedic and terrifying movies about haunted houses are sure to satiate any film lover’s creepy cravings.
While you’ll find many haunted house horror movies, there are also quite a few that are a tad too ridiculous or just meant to be hilarious spoofs.
Some of these films are cult classics, and one was never allowed on TV again – it was too realistic! Of course, we are always adding newer movies too.
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27 Best Haunted House Movies
1. The Shining (1980)
One of the best haunted house movies isn’t set in a haunted house at all: it’s a haunted hotel!
Based on the 1977 Stephen King novel of the same name, The Shining is the story of a troubled writer – Jack Torrance, played by Jack Nicholson – and his young family.
They spend the off-season taking care of the historic Overlook Hotel.
Snowed in and isolated, the family is subjected to the influence of the malevolent supernatural forces of the hotel.
This is a classic of the horror genre – Stanley Kubrick’s shining directorial achievement – and gave rise to dozens of iconic images and lines (“Here’s Johnny!”).
If you enjoyed King’s The Shining , uncover even more hotel books – many of which are equally haunted.
Or, watch more movies set at and about hotels , and we promise, not all are as terrifying.
2. The Amityville Horror (1979)
Do you know how real estate agents have to disclose if a house they’re selling was the scene of a murder?
Haunted house movies like The Amityville Horror are the reason that rule exists.
While claims of a real haunting at the actual Amityville house in New York were later revealed to be false, the legend has persisted in this wildly successful film franchise.
The original movie, released in 1979, grossed over $80 million at the box office and went on to become one of the most successful independently-produced features of all time.
In it, James Brolin and Margot Kidder portray the real-life Lutz family (George and Kathy), moving into a new house.
A year earlier, a gruesome mass murder – committed by Ronald DeFeo Jr. – took place there.
The story follows the terrifying paranormal events that force them to leave. It’s literally a house of horror.
If you’re wondering where to start with movies about haunted houses, The Amityville Horror is an excellent choice.
You might also enjoy these books featuring haunted houses .
3. Paranormal Activity (2007)
If you’re a young couple haunted by a supernatural presence in your home, there’s one thing you absolutely must do: get proof!
That’s what Katie and Micah try to do in Oren Peli’s 2007 film Paranormal Activity .
Only, as with so many haunted house horror movies, the best laid plans go totally awry when the couple decides not to enlist the help of a demonologist.
At first, the cameras they set up in their bedroom capture mundane curiosities: flickering lights, slamming doors, your average low-level haunting.
When the paranormal presence starts setting fire to Ouija boards, though, and dragging Katie out of bed at night, things ramp up to a horrifying conclusion.
For scary movies, this film series never seems to end.
4. Hereditary (2018)
Not many debut haunted house movies make the splash that Hereditary did back in 2018.
In director Ari Aster’s first time out, he made a film that received worldwide critical acclaim and became the studio’s highest-grossing film to date.
A bereaved family suffers shock after shock, and a particularly gruesome accident nearly tears them apart.
The matriarch, Annie Graham (played by the inimitable Toni Collette), learns to perform seances to communicate with the departed, which opens the door to a terrifying haunting.
This is psychological horror done right, with a twisted turn of events guaranteed to stay with you.
5. Poltergeist (1982)
It’s a familiar enough story in haunted house movies: malevolent ghosts invade a suburban family home and focus their attention on the youngest daughter.
It’s the combined powers of directors Steven Spielberg and Tobe Hooper that make Poltergeist a true classic of the haunted house genre.
Their unique creative relationship gave rise to some of the most iconic jump-scares and haunting reveals in movie history – including the infamous clown doll attack.
Poltergeist was such a smash that it was followed by two sequels and remade completely in 2015. However, nothing beats the raw energy of the original.
6. Beetlejuice (1998)
If you prefer lighter movies about haunted houses, check out Beetlejuice , Tim Burton’s 1998 fantasy-comedy film.
It’s a cult classic now, beloved for its camp costumes and extra characters.
It tells the haunted house story from the other side, the perspective of the ghosts doing the haunting.
A newly-dead couple – played by Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin – calls upon the services of a “bio-exorcist” from the Netherworld to help them haunt the new (living) inhabitants of their home.
This one has more spills than chills. It offers a fascinating insight into Burton’s early creative vision.
7. The Skeleton Key (2005)
Who could forget that haunting movie poster with Kate Hudson?
Though she’s better known for her rom-coms than her movies about haunted houses, The Skeleton Key is not to be missed!
This Southern Gothic film follows a hospice nurse who takes a new job at a plantation home, not knowing that she’s stepping into a tangled web of hauntings, history, and Hoodoo.
The psychological elements of this film, along with its reckoning with the impact of America’s slave history, will have your mind reeling.
A must-see for all fans of the Southern Gothic – and keep your eyes peeled for the unexpected ending!
8. The Others (2001)
If you’re tired of haunted house movies with over-the-top special effects and gore galore, you should try watching The Others . This is a beautifully rendered story with stellar dramatic performances.
The central character, Grace, is played to perfection by Nicole Kidman, with her characteristic understated elegance.
The critically acclaimed score ramps up the spook factor without any of the schlock.
The Henry James-inspired story – a family discovers that ghosts in their home are disturbing their perception of reality, bringing them to the brink of madness – is so well served, The Others is proof that the best haunted house movies can be true works of art.
9. Ghostwatch (1992)
Can you imagine movies about haunted houses so scary and realistic that they cause a literal nationwide panic?
It actually happened with Ghostwatch back in 1992!
The mockumentary was aired on Halloween night, so viewers were already in the mood to have their pants scared off.
The made-for-TV movie was styled to be viewed as “breaking news” about suspected poltergeist activity in a house in London.
The broadcast caused a massive surge in phone calls to the BBC; over 1,000,000 people called the switchboard to register their complaints and concerns about its contents.
Ghostwatch has never been aired on TV again! Read more about the “ spoof that duped the nation .”
And, if you enjoy Ghostwatch , find even more scary British horror films to watch .
10. The Conjuring (2013)
“Paranormal investigator” sounds like a dream job for fans of haunted house films; doesn’t it?
That’s the job title of Ed and Lorraine Warren in The Conjuring , a supernatural horror movie about a case that “changes it all.”
The investigators come to the aid of the Perron family, new residents of a farmhouse that their dog refuses to enter, subject to the whims of malevolent spirits.
This film is based on the same supposed “real life” haunting that inspired the Amityville Horror franchise. However, it’s a very different take, and still worth a watch.
The franchise also has an interesting romantic subplot that will really subvert the horror fan’s expectations.
Notably, Academy Award-nominated actress (and with an expansive career), Vera Farmiga, plays paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren in all of the Conjuring films.
11. The Haunting (1999)
Before the 2018 Netflix drama series, The Haunting was one of the best haunted house movies based on Shirley Jackson’s book The Haunting Of Hill House .
There have been many adaptations; it’s extremely versatile source material!
There were many big names attached to the project; Steven Spielberg worked with Stephen King on the initial script, and Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Owen Wilson all scored starring roles.
The film, about an insomnia sleep study gone horribly wrong, was panned by critics but became a blockbuster success regardless.
12. Insidious (2010)
As with so many haunted house movies, Insidious begins with a young family moving into a new home.
But the supernatural horror flick still has some twists and turns in store for viewers, including endless jump scares!
This version of the haunted house tale has one of the sons of the family fall into a coma, and astrally project to do a malevolent spirit’s bidding.
Director James Wan has said that he developed the film in response to the Saw film franchise.
He wanted to prove that a movie could be just as good and just as scary without the level of gore for which that franchise is (in)famous.
Find a famous cast, including Tony award-winning and Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated Patrick Wilson, who was also in the film Phantom of the Opera .
13. The Sentinel (1977)
No, not the action-packed Michael Douglas political thriller of 2006 – this is the 1977 supernatural horror film of the same name, The Sentinel .
(Though surely the White House is haunted – if any filmmakers are looking for ideas for haunted house horror movies!)
It’s one of those so-bad-it’s-good movies that you’ll want to watch with friends and a big bowl of popcorn.
Cristina Raines stars as Alison Parker, an unstable fashion model who moves into a Brooklyn brownstone only to discover that it is, in fact, the gateway to Hell.
Variety called it “a grubby, grotesque excursion into religioso psychodrama,” so obviously it’s a must-watch.
14. The Sixth Sense (1999)
When it comes to haunted house movies and ghost stories, is there any more iconic line than “I see dead people?”
Haley Joel Osment was just eleven years old when he delivered the line to Bruce Willis’s shocked countenance in The Sixth Sense .
Over two decades later, it’s still the moment for which he’s best known.
The film’s storyline is pretty much encapsulated in that scene: a child confesses to his psychologist that he can communicate with the dead, and then there’s that twist .
This is the movie that introduced M. Night Shyamalan and his famous storyline curveballs to the world.
15. 1408 (2007)
Another one of the best haunted house movies for horror fans based on a Stephen King story is 1408 .
John Cusak stars as Mike Enslin, the skeptical author of books about supernatural phenomena.
At a particularly low point in his life, he receives an anonymous message on the back of a postcard from the Dolphin Hotel in New York.
The message says “Don’t enter 1408,” – so, which room do you think Cusak requests upon his arrival?
Samuel L. Jackson plays a supporting role as Gerald Olin, the hotel manager who tries to warn Mike about the dozens of deaths that have occurred in that haunted room.
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16. We Are Still Here (2015)
Of all the settings for haunted house movies, a former Victorian funeral home has to be one of the best!
How did the main characters of We Are Still Here not know it was going to be haunted?
Granted, Anne and Paul had a lot on their minds when they moved into the New England house.
Their son, Bobby, had recently been killed in a car accident, and Anne was spiraling into a deep depression.
When Anne starts claiming that Bobby’s spirit is with them in the house, and the neighbors warn them that they should leave, Paul is ready to pack his bags.
But Anne insists on hanging around, calling in spiritualist friends to see if she really can connect with her son across the divide.
17. What Lies Beneath (2000)
Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer were two iconic hotties in their prime.
They starred together in What Lies Beneath , making them one of the sexiest on-screen duos in the history of haunted house movies.
Ford plays a successful college professor, skeptical of his cellist wife’s belief that there is a spirit haunting their Vermont home.
It hits all the essential notes of movies about haunted houses: a failed seance, a young woman missing (or two!), demonic possessions, jewelry and locks of hair, mysterious messages appearing in the steamy mirror…
But, it’s all the better for being based on one of the filmmaker’s own personal experiences with the paranormal.
18. The Woman In Black (2012)
The Woman In Black was a 1983 Gothic horror novel by Susan Hill, which has since been turned into two great haunted house movies.
The first, released in 1989, was made for television and reached a relatively small audience (though it won multiple BAFTAs).
The 2012 version, however, starred Daniel Radcliffe (yes, that Daniel Radcliffe) and was released to critical acclaim and major commercial success worldwide.
The story follows a widowed lawyer investigating the malevolent ghost of a young woman, who appears to be seeking vengeance in the small village where she once lived.
Both versions are worth a watch, but beginners should start with the Daniel Radcliffe one to get the full experience.
19. The Grudge (2004)
If you’re a millennial, you probably remember The Grudge coming out in cinemas when you were in high school.
It was billed as the haunted house horror movie to beat all haunted house horror movies, with a huge (terrifying!) marketing campaign.
The worldwide theatrical release was actually a remake of the Japanese horror film Ju-On: The Grudge , though the same director worked on both versions.
The non-linear plot follows the results of a curse that is cast whenever someone dies “in the grip of extreme rage or sorrow.”
Anyone who encounters the curse will die, and it passes from victim to victim in the most twisted version of a game of pass-the-parcel ever.
20. Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark (2010)
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark is comic book artist, Nixey’s, first full-length film, directorial debut, with the screenplay written by Guillermo del Toro and Matthew Robbins.
Based on the 1973 made-for-TV movie of the same name, Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark levels up all of the tropes of haunted house movies.
A family moves into a 19th-century house in Rhode Island, and the kooky loner daughter begins seeing malevolent spirits rising from the mysterious pit of ash at the bottom of the house.
Critics praised all of the leads – Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, and Bailee Madison – for the performances that Nixey (and del Toro) drew from them, as well as his direction, atmosphere, and score.
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21. Affliction (2021)
If you are craving haunted house horror movies from Indonesia , tune into Affliction.
Nina might just learn the truth about her husband, Hasan, who left Central Java to pursue a career as a psychologist in Jakarta.
Having recently lost her mother, Nina is now fearful for Hasan’s mother, Dayu, who is also sick. Is it dementia, or is there something more sinister at play?
The family heads back to Hasan’s childhood home, but something is clearly off.
Is the house haunted? Are those bones in the backyard? And most importantly, will Nina and her family leave alive?
A newer haunted house movie on this list, there is a trigger warning for suicide, which happens at the beginning of the movie.
By Indonesian horror standards, this film is fairly tame and is a slow-burn thriller. Watch even more movies in all genres from Indonesia .
22. We Have A Ghost (2023)
For sweet movies about haunted houses, We Have A Ghost promises a delightful cast of your favorite actors.
Jennifer Coolidge plays a psychic while Stranger Things star David Harbour is our lost and mostly benign spirit.
You’ve also got American stand-up comedian, Tig Notaro, as well as the young Randall Pearson from This Is Us , Niles Fitch.
Based on Geoff Manaugh’s short story, “Ernest,” watch as the Presley family moves into a dilapidated haunted house.
While the father, Frank, is hoping to exploit the ghost due to his own life’s shortcomings – with newfound income/success via YouTube stardom – their youngest, Kevin, and his friend try to help Ernest crossover.
Add in a less-than-ethical intervention from the CIA, and we can all only hope that Ernest finds the peace he deserves.
23. The Innocents (1961)
If you are looking for old-school haunted mansion movies, The Innocents is a classic ghost story you won’t soon forget.
Miss Giddens is a governess played by Deborah Kerr. She takes care of two young orphans in a remote Gothic mansion as their previous governess died suddenly.
As the days pass, Miss Giddens becomes increasingly convinced that the children are possessed by malevolent spirits she senses within the house.
This Gothic horror film masterfully builds tension and psychological unease, blurring the lines between reality and the supernatural.
Of course, we’d expect nothing less as the movie is based on Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw and adapted by Truman Capote and William Archibald.
24. The Legend of Hell House (1973)
Another one of the classic haunted house horror films, The Legend of Hell House follows a team of researchers.
They are tasked with exploring the infamous Belasco House, also known as the “Mount Everest of haunted houses.”
It was here where millionaire Emeric Belasco lived, an alleged murderer and sadist.
The current team of paranormal investigators includes psychics and mediums along with Physicist Dr. Lionel Barrett. Each brings their own unique methods to uncover the dark secrets of the house.
As they dive deeper into the mansion’s malevolent history, they encounter terrifying manifestations while facing their own inner demons.
Today, The Legend of Hell House is considered a cult classic. Nothing beats its eerie setting.
25. House on Haunted Hill (1959)
With a 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer, House on Haunted Hill remains one of the best haunted house movies of all time.
Of course, it’s also 100% of its time and was remade in 1999 with a 2007 sequel, Return to House on Haunted Hill .
Eccentric millionaire, Frederick Loren invites five guests to spend the night in a supposedly haunted mansion that he rents.
He promises them a substantial reward of $10,000 if they can survive until morning, with the doors locked and windows barred shut after midnight.
As the night unfolds, eerie occurrences and ghostly apparitions terrify the guests. There might also be a killer on the loose… along with secret lovers and deadly weapons.
With its atmospheric black-and-white cinematography and Vincent Price’s iconic performance, House on Haunted Hill remains a creepy horror classic that continues to captivate audiences.
26. The Changeling (1980)
George C. Scott – known for playing complicated characters – performs as John Russell, a grieving composer who moves into a historic mansion after losing his wife and daughter in a tragic accident.
Soon after settling in, he begins to experience eerie and unexplained phenomena, including seeing disturbing apparitions and hearing loud, spooky noises.
Determined to uncover the truth behind these haunting events, John teams up with a local historian, Claire Norman, to investigate the house’s sinister past – and boarded-up rooms.
This includes the murder of its six-year-old inhabitant… who is allegedly alive and well.
The Changeling still stands as one of the great supernatural psychological horror movies about haunted houses because of George C. Scott’s outstanding performance.
However, some reviewers deemed it as a bit formulaic and predictable. But let’s be real, many haunted house movies are just that, which does not deter us.
27. Lake Mungo (2008)
If you are looking for found-footage haunted house horror movies, Lake Mungo is a unique mockumentary and Australian film.
The Palmer family is grappling with both their grief of the tragic drowning of their teenage daughter, Alice, and the paranormal activity that follows.
Alice’s older brother sets up cameras around the house to capture Alice’s ghost.
As they unravel the mysteries surrounding her death, a series of unsettling and inexplicable events unfold, leading them to question the boundaries between life and what lies afterward.
Can they help Alice move on? What is she trying to tell them?
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One to add that I highly recommend is called "The Changeling", starring George C. Scott that came out in 1979. It's very creepy and well written, with a mysterious twist to it. A must see!
Thanks so much for sharing! We will have to check it out.
Friday 4th of November 2022
Great list, but small note: while he did co-write the screenplay (adapted from a 1973 film), Del Toro didn't direct "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." That credit goes to Troy Nixey (https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2552536/?ref_=tt_ov_dr). I agree, though, he pulled some great performances out of Pearce (who rarely misses, in my opinion) and Holmes.
Hi Amy, Thanks so much for the correction; we appreciate it. We will be sure to update that particular write-up.
Disney's Haunted Mansion: An Updated Cast List Including Rosario Dawson And Owen Wilson
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Not only is Haunted Mansion one of the biggest upcoming 2023 movies , but this year marks a major anniversary for it. To be clear, I am NOT referring to the popular attraction at Disneyland or Walt Disney World , but the first movie based on that ride – from director Rob Minkoff and starring Eddie Murphy – which was released 20 years ago.
Disney has been hit and miss when it comes to turning theme park attractions into movies but the original Haunted Mansion movie, despite having a lot more going for it than you might remember , is seen as one of the misses. But the ride is still popular, and following the success of Jungle Cruise , Disney has assembled an impressive ensemble for the new Haunted Mansion cast to make it a hit with the public. See what foolish mortals are getting spooky – as classic characters and new ones alike – in director Justin Simien’s new cinematic take on the freaky favorite.
Rosario Dawson (Gabbie)
Leading the impressive cast of Haunted Mansion as Gabbie – a single mother, doctor, and new owner of the “strangely affordable” New Orleans mansion – we have Rosario Dawson , whose relationship with Disney dates back to her role on Star Wars TV show , The Mandalorian , as Ahsoka Tano, which she is reprising in her own upcoming, self-titled series on Disney+ . The actor broke into Hollywood as a teen with her underrated performance in Kids before becoming a “Geek Goddess” by playing multiple comic book characters like Wonder Woman in some DC animated movies , nurse Claire Temple in Daredevil and other MCU-canon shows, and, eventually, narrating Max’s new DC docuseries , Superpowered: The DC Story . Also recently, she received acclaim for her performance in Hulu’s Dopesick cast , reprised her Kevin Smith movies role in Clerks III , and – according to Variety – is lending her voice to an upcoming interactive animated adventure series called Ghosts of Ruin .
Owen Wilson (Father Kent)
If The Exorcist taught us anything, it’s that when you’re dealing with otherworldly beings, call a priest. In Haunted Mansion , that priest will be played by Owen Wilson , who also has previous ties to Disney as the voice of Lightning McQueen in the Cars franchise and playing Time Variance Authority officer, Mobius , in the MCU. The actor – who has an Oscar nomination for co-writing one of the best Wes Anderson movies , The Royal Tenenbaums – also made his debut under Anderson’s direction (one of many times) in 1994’s Bottle Rocket , before going on to an eclectic career involving a few blockbusters like Armageddon , many classic comedies like Meet the Parents and Wedding Crashers , and films that combine drama with comedy fair like Midnight in Paris and the more recent Paint , in which he plays a Bob Ross-like character hosting a public TV art show.
Lakeith Stanfield (Ben Matthias)
Widowed scientist-turned-failed paranormal expert, Ben, will be played by Dawson’s Sorry to Bother You co-star and one of the first people cast in Haunted Mansion , Lakieth Stanfield. After making his debut in the acclaimed 2013 drama Short Term 12 , the actor, went on to star on one of the funniest shows on Hulu , FX’s Atlanta , play a memorable role in Jordan Peele’s directorial debut , Get Out , and earn an Oscar nomination for Judas and the Black Messiah , among so many other highlights. Next in the pipeline for Stanfield is an Apple TV+ original sci-fi series called The Changeling and a biblical epic coming out in 2024 called The Book of Clarence .
Tiffany Haddish (Harriet)
Playing a psychic named Harriet, we have Stanfield’s co-star from Jay-Z’s “Moonlight” video , Emmy winner Tiffany Haddish, who has also worked with Jordan Peele to great effect in 2016’s Keanu , in addition to her many great scene-stealing and lead roles in comedies like Girls Trip and The Oath . She has also tried her hand at drama in the likes of The Kitchen and The Card Counter , and a mix of both with movies like Here Today and TV shows like The Afterparty as Detective Danner, whom she is reprising for Season 2 on Apple TV+. She is also known for lending her voice talents to many notable roles, such as Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and Netflix original-turned-Adult Swim series, Tuca and Bertie as Tuca.
Danny DeVito (Bruce)
As a “crotchety” college history professor named Bruce – according to D23.com – is an actor more than capable of embodying the concept of “crochety”: Danny DeVito , whose own previous Disney credits include Dumbo (which also reunited him with his Batman Returns co-star , Michael Keaton, and director, Tim Burton) and the One and Only Ivan voice cast in 2020. Years earlier, he was best-known for his Emmy-winning role on Taxi and movies like Throw Momma From the Train , The War of the Roses , and Matilda (all of which he also directed), but the Academy Award nominee (for co-producing Erin Brockovich ) has a special fanbase these days that know him as Frank from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia . Also this year, he lends his voice to Migration and will soon star alongside Chris Pine in his directorial debut, Poolman .
Chase Dillon (Travis)
Rounding out the key cast members as Gabbie’s son, Travis, is Stanfield’s The Book of Clarence co-star, Chase Dillon, who makes his theatrically released filmed debut with Haunted Mansion , as his only other film role was the Netflix original western, The Harder They Fall , in 2021. The young actor has appeared in several TV projects – including his debut on BET’s series reboot of First Wives Club ; the Max original sketch comedy, That Damn Michael Che , as the SNL star’s younger self; one of the best Amazon Prime original series , The Underground Railroad ; and Apple TV+’s animated series, Pinecone & Pony.
Jared Leto (The Hatbox Ghost)
It wouldn’t be much of a Haunted Mansion movie without some direct references to the popular attraction, and the new film has found some big names to take on some key roles, such as Jared Leto as the Hatbox Ghost, according to EW . The Academy Award winner (for 2013’s Dallas Buyers Club ) last played a creepy creature in his Marvel movie debut , 2022’s Morbius , (six years after his DC movie debut as the Joker in Suicide Squad ) but has a more longer history with horror, having starred in the 1998 slasher Urban Legend , a memorable scene from American Psycho , and the extremely disturbing thriller , Requiem for a Dream . From his breakout performance as Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life to his lead role in the upcoming Tron sequel, Ares , the Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman has led a pretty eclectic career.
Jamie Lee Curtis (Madame Leota)
Succeeding Jennifer Tilly in the role of the iconic Madame Leota – the head inside the floating crystal ball – is, arguably, the all-time best Scream Queen , Jamie Lee Curtis. Of course, in addition to being the face of the Halloween movies not named Michael Myers and starring in plenty of other great horror movies , the daughter of Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh has a couple of other Disney movies on her resume – namely Freaky Friday and Beverly Hills Chihuahua . Curtis – who recently won Best Supporting Actress for Everything Everywhere All At Once – will also soon appear in the film adaptation of the Borderlands video game.
Winona Ryder (Pat)
As a teaser for Haunted Mansion reveals , Winona Ryder is making a cameo as a tour guide named Pat – only her latest role in a long line of creepy credits. After breaking out in the Beetlejuice cast as Lydia (whom she is reprising in the upcoming sequel ), she led the dark teen movie, Heathers ; starred in a some more classic Tim Burton movies (such as Edward Scissorhands ); and played Mina Murray in Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula adaptation. Of course, the two-time Academy Award nominee (for Little Women and The Age of Innocence ) is also expected to return for Stranger Things Season 5 as Joyce Byers.
Dan Levy (Vic)
Along with Ryder, another actor revealed to be joining Haunted Mansion at D23 Expo in a small, unconfirmed role is Dan Levy, who is best known from the Schitt’s Creek cast as David Rose. The son of his co-star and co-creator, Eugene Levy, first got into acting with a small role on Degrassi: The Next Generation and more recently appeared in Hulu’s Happiest Season cast , lent his voice to Netflix’s Q-Force , and was on an episode of The Idol for HBO. He also created and judges a reality cooking competition for Max called The Brunch .
Hasan Minhaj (Sketch Artist)
Appearing as a police sketch artist whom Ben and Bruce enlist to identify a ghostly encounter, we have Hasan Minhaj – formerly of The Daily Show and Netflix’s Patriot Act . Some of his most notable acting credits include two of Kate McKinnon’s best movies ( Rough Night and The Spy Who Dumped Me ), and Jennifer Lawrence-led 2023 comedy , No Hard Feelings , more recently. The comedian also has a couple great Netflix original stand-up specials called Homecoming King and The King’s Jester .
There are plenty more other grim, grinning ghosts to behold, in addition to star-studded Haunted Mansion cast. Any volunteers to see the new film when it hits theaters Friday, July 28th?
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In the small town of Brownsville, farmhand Olaf Jentsen is being tried for the murder of his employer, Mary Blake, because her money was found in his room. Jimmie Atkins, an apprentice at the Brownsville Bugle , writes an editorial in which he proclaims Olaf's innocence, against the wishes of the paper's publisher, Albert Henshaw. Henshaw's niece, Mildred, then arrives for a summer vacation, and she and Jimmie investigate the murder. Believing that Mary Blake's sole heir, her nephew Heap, who runs a gas station, has no alibi for the night of the murder, Jimmie lures Heap to his grandmother's house to get him to confess, but Grandma Atkins remembers Heap brought her kerosene on the night of the murder. Henshaw fires Jimmie for a few days to teach him a lesson, although Mildred defends Jimmie to her uncle. Attorney Cy Burton then sends Jimmie on an errand, and Jimmie recognizes Burton's note paper as the same paper on which Olaf's alibi was written. Mildred and Jimmie talk to Olaf and deduce that on the night of the murder, Burton wrote a note to Olaf to keep him away from the farm so Burton could kill Mrs. Blake and hide the money in Olaf's room. Olaf reveals that before her death, Mrs. Blake had been afraid. Although it was assumed she was broke, she had kept a record of considerable savings, which were stored in a hidden iron box. Jimmie and Mildred go secretly to the deserted farmhouse and find the account book, which contains a record of $40,000 in savings and a stanza of verse that is a clue to the strong box's whereabouts. They then find a record of Burton's debt to Mrs. Blake for $11,000 and a reference to file "A" in "C. B.'s office." Jimmie and Mildred ransack Burton's office and find the Blake estate file just as Burton enters. When Mildred accuses Burton of murder, he shows her an envelope containing receipts for $11,000 signed by Mrs. Blake. Henshaw, furious that the youngsters have again accused an innocent man of murder, locks Mildred in her room. She and Jimmie sneak out to the farmhouse in a rain storm to retrieve the money themselves. As they search, Burton enters, and, while hiding, they watch him find the money. Burton's clerk, Simkins, who has discovered that Burton's receipts are forgeries, then arrives carrying a gun, and accuses Blake of having pilfered half of Mrs. Blake's income for ten years. After Burton hits Simkins, Jimmie intervenes just as Henshaw arrives with the sheriff, who arrests Burton. The Bugle then runs a series of articles written by Jimmie, and Mildred gives a dance in his honor.
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