Great Atmospheric Horror Movies

The list of some great atmospheric horror and dark themed movies i liked.
View:
Log in to copy items to your own lists.
1.
Sauna (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
As a 25-year war between Russia and Sweden concludes, two brothers who are part of an effort to outline new border accords become undone by their actions, and their mistreatment of a young woman during their journey. (83 mins.)
Director: AJ Annila
 
2.
Calvaire (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Marc, a traveling entertainer, is on his way home for Christmas when his van brakes in the middle of a jerkwater town with some strange inhabitans. (88 mins.)
Director: Fabrice du Welz
 
3.
Antichrist (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A grieving couple retreat to their cabin in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse. (108 mins.)
Director: Lars von Trier
 
4.
The Wicker Man (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hardy
 
5.
A Holy Place (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Sveto mesto (A Holy Place, 1990) is based on a literary classic, Nikolai Gogol's 1835 short story, 'Viy'... (90 mins.)
 
6.
Wilczyca (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
(98 mins.)
Director: Marek Piestrak
“ Pretty unknown polish horror movie. I loved it so much, great "real" atmosphere, story based on folk tales and superstitious tradition. ” - Decadentor
 
7.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. (137 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
8.
[Rec] (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. (78 mins.)
 
9.
The Thing (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A crew in Antarctica finds a neighboring camp destroyed and its crew dead. Whatever killed them is nowhere to be found, unless it's hidden in plain sight. (109 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
10.
Let the Right One In (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl. (115 mins.)
Director: Tomas Alfredson
 
11.
Shutter (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (97 mins.)
 
12.
The Shrine (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Two female journalists and a photographer travel to Europe to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances, only to find themselves embroiled in a struggle against a kind of evil they never expected. (85 mins.)
Director: Jon Knautz
 
13.
Häxan (1922 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe. (91 mins.)
 
14.
Cemetery Man (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A cemetery man must kill the dead a second time when they become zombies. (105 mins.)
Director: Michele Soavi
 
15.
Faust (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul. (85 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ Beautiful audiovisual experience ” - Decadentor
 
16.
Black Sabbath (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a patriarch who has become a vampire-like monster, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner. (92 mins.)
Director: Mario Bava
 
17.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
 
18.
Storm of the Century (1999 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A dangerous blizzard hits an isolated town and brings along a mysterious stranger intent on terrorizing people for his own desires. (257 mins.)
 
19.
Black Death (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Set during the time of the first outbreak of bubonic plague in England, a young monk is given the task of learning the truth about reports of people being brought back to life in a small village. (102 mins.)
 
20.
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Two young couples traveling across the backwoods of Texas searching for urban legends of murder end up as prisoners of a bizarre and sadistic backwater family of serial killers. (89 mins.)
Director: Rob Zombie
 
21.
The Woman in Black (1989 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate... (100 mins.)
Director: Herbert Wise
 
22.
In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational. (95 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
23.
Wild Flowers (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Seven seemingly unconnected fairy tales - glued together only by folklore, mood, color and light - make up this Czech collection of visual poetry... (81 mins.)
Director: F.A. Brabec
“ Omnibus of 7 folklore poems, beautiful and atmospheric, not too scary, barley a horror, but its must see especially if you are into folklore stuff. ” - Decadentor
 
24.
Dracula (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The centuries old vampire Count Dracula comes to England to seduce his barrister Jonathan Harker's fiancée Mina Murray and inflict havoc in the foreign land. (128 mins.)
 
25.
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A vampire tells his epic life story: love, betrayal, loneliness, and hunger. (123 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
 
26.
The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land. (89 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
27.
Beauty and the Beast (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In this gothic rendition of the classic fairy tale, a merchant's youngest daughter is held prisoner by a mysterious winged beast. (83 mins.)
Director: Juraj Herz
“ A more horrific and gloomy version of The Beauty and the Beast as IMDb says. Only adjective i need to add is gothic. ” - Decadentor
 
28.
The Devil (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
During the Prussian army's invasion to Poland in 1793, a young Polish nobleman Jakub is saved from the... (119 mins.)
 
29.
The Church (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
An old Gothic cathedral, built over a mass grave, develops strange powers which trap a number of people inside with ghosts from a 12th Century massacre seeking to resurrect an ancient demon from the bowels of the Earth. (102 mins.)
Director: Michele Soavi
 
30.
The Company of Wolves (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A teenage girl in a country manor falls asleep while reading a magazine, and has a disturbing dream involving wolves prowling the woods below her bedroom window. (95 mins.)
Director: Neil Jordan
“ Great movie with great fairytale and dreamy but still creepy atmosphere and folk elements ” - Decadentor
 
31.
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Great atmospheric well known horror movie. Only minuses are cgi atmosphere/effects and sometimes bad acting, i expected much more from Depp...but i dont mind it in this beauty ” - Decadentor
 
32.
Viy (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him. (77 mins.)
 
33.
Dark Waters (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A girl travels to an island, after the death of her father, to find out why the father funded a monestary on the island. (94 mins.)
Director: Mariano Baino
 
34.
The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
A young man returns to his recently deceased mother's charming gothic revival home, only to discover a sinister presence lying within that may be linked to a peculiar cult run by two strange brothers. (82 mins.)
Director: Rodrigo Gudiño
 
35.
Begotten (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
This gory and entirely visual film tells the surreal tale of the death and rebirth of gods. (72 mins.)
“ Hmmmmm i really don't know what to say about this movie. With Its distorted and maximum contrast visual effects and natural but still weird sound this movie makes you feel strange. There is also a plenty of morbid and unusual scene that makes that feel even vorse. But on the other side beggoten have a dose of monotony and repetition. Really slow movie with an ful artistic experimentation. ” - Decadentor
 
36.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
 
37.
On the Silver Globe (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A small group of cosmic explorers, including a woman, leaves Earth to find freedom and start a new civilization... (166 mins.)
“ Really dark SF with an bizzare scenes and somehow realistic look on human psyhology and religion. After all that "eye candy" stuff the movie is full of deep philosophy and its really mindblowing. One of best movies i've seen lately. ” - Decadentor
 
38.
La cinquième saison (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In a scenic Belgian village, nature is turning its back on man. How will the locals cope with this new reality? (93 mins.)
“ Beautiful and slow surreal movie with a folk elements. ” - Decadentor
 
39.
Witchhammer (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A very popular movie on the medieval persecution of witches (inquisition). (103 mins.)
Director: Otakar Vávra
 
40.
Gothic (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
The Shelleys visit Lord Byron and compete to write a horror story. (87 mins.)
Director: Ken Russell
 
41.
Alien (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
42.
Possession (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A woman starts exhibiting increasingly disturbing behavior after asking her husband for a divorce. Suspicions of infidelity soon give way to something much more sinister. (124 mins.)
 
43.
The Witch (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Eggers
 
44.
Kill List (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness. (95 mins.)
Director: Ben Wheatley
 
45.
Cremator (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Set in World War II, a demented cremator believes cremation relieves earthly suffering and sets out to save the world. (95 mins.)
Director: Juraj Herz