Cenobite's Nut House--a Horror List

by cenobitekiss | created - 07 Jan 2013 | updated - 13 Sep 2013 | Public

Everyone is just a little bit insane...a list of some of my favorite horror /chiller /creeper films that feature insane asylums, mental wards and hospitals.

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1. The Brood (1979)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.9
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A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman

Votes: 20,373

2. Manhunter (1986)

R | 120 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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78 Metascore

Former FBI profiler Will Graham returns to service to pursue a deranged serial murderer named "the Tooth Fairy" by the media.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen, Brian Cox

Votes: 54,678 | Gross: $8.62M

3. A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)

R | 96 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

6.6
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49 Metascore

A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund, Craig Wasson, Patricia Arquette

Votes: 56,598 | Gross: $44.79M

4. Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

R | 97 min | Horror, Thriller

6.5
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Kirsty is brought to an institution after the death of her family, where the occult-obsessive head resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites once again.

Director: Tony Randel | Stars: Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins, Kenneth Cranham

Votes: 33,880 | Gross: $11.09M

5. The Exorcist III (1990)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.3
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A police lieutenant uncovers more than he bargained for as his investigation of a series of murders, which have all the hallmarks of the deceased Gemini serial killer, leads him to question the patients of a psychiatric ward.

Director: William Peter Blatty | Stars: George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Jason Miller

Votes: 19,678 | Gross: $26.10M

6. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

8.6
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85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,005,331 | Gross: $130.74M

7. Nightwatch (1997)

R | 101 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.2
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40 Metascore

A law student, who takes a job as a night watchman at a morgue, begins to discover clues that implicate him as the suspect of a series of murders.

Director: Ole Bornedal | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Nick Nolte, Anais Evans, Erich Anderson

Votes: 17,096 | Gross: $1.20M

8. The Ugly (1997)

R | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.3
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A female psychologist wants to understand the minds of a confessed serial killer who spent the last five years in a mental hospital because of his state.

Director: Scott Reynolds | Stars: Paolo Rotondo, Paul Glover, Chris Graham, Darien Takle

Votes: 2,667

9. House on Haunted Hill (1999)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.6
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28 Metascore

An amusement park mogul offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past.

Director: William Malone | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, Taye Diggs, Peter Gallagher

Votes: 47,823 | Gross: $40.85M

10. Gothika (2003)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.8
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38 Metascore

A repressed female psychiatrist wakes up as a patient in the asylum where she worked, with no memory of why she is there or what she has done.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Robert Downey Jr., Charles S. Dutton

Votes: 95,196 | Gross: $59.69M

11. Session 9 (2001)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery

6.5
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58 Metascore

Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.

Director: Brad Anderson | Stars: David Caruso, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Guilfoyle, Josh Lucas

Votes: 47,129 | Gross: $0.38M

12. Madhouse (2004)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

5.6
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A young psychiatric intern unearths secrets about the mental health facility in which he works.

Director: William Butler | Stars: Joshua Leonard, Jordan Ladd, Natasha Lyonne, Lance Henriksen

Votes: 5,671

13. The Jacket (2005)

R | 103 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.1
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44 Metascore

A Gulf war veteran is wrongly sent to a mental institution for insane criminals, where he becomes the object of a doctor's experiments, and his life is completely affected by them.

Director: John Maybury | Stars: Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig, Kris Kristofferson

Votes: 98,844 | Gross: $6.30M

14. Room 6 (2006)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

4.2
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A schoolteacher with a phobia of hospitals finds herself searching for her boyfriend inside one while teaming up with a man suffering the same ordeal that she's in.

Director: Michael Hurst | Stars: Christine Taylor, Shane Brolly, Jerry O'Connell, Chloë Grace Moretz

Votes: 3,375

15. Asylum (IV) (2008)

R | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

4.1
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Six college students discover their dorm was once an insane asylum that conducted gruesome lobotomies on its teenage inmates during the 1930's.

Director: David R. Ellis | Stars: Sarah Roemer, Jake Muxworthy, Mark Rolston, Travis Van Winkle

Votes: 3,059

16. Autopsy (2008)

R | 84 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.0
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A young woman tries to find her injured boyfriend in a bizzare and dangerous hospital.

Director: Adam Gierasch | Stars: Jessica Lowndes, Ross Kohn, Ross McCall, Ashley Schneider

Votes: 5,649

17. Pathology (2008)

R | 95 min | Crime, Horror, Thriller

6.0
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55 Metascore

A group of medical students devise a deadly game: to see which one of them can commit the perfect murder.

Director: Marc Schölermann | Stars: Alyssa Milano, Milo Ventimiglia, Keir O'Donnell, Michael Weston

Votes: 28,268 | Gross: $0.11M

18. Insanitarium (2008 Video)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

5.1
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After he's institutionalized in order to cover for his sister, a young man encounters a doctor who is turning his patients into flesh-eating psychopaths.

Director: Jeff Buhler | Stars: Jesse Metcalfe, Kiele Sanchez, Peter Stormare, Kevin Sussman

Votes: 4,180

19. Psych:9 (2010)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

4.5
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Working alone at night in a recently closed hospital, an unstable woman witnesses events that may be connected to a string of murders.

Director: Andrew Shortell | Stars: Sara Foster, Cary Elwes, Michael Biehn, Gabriel Mann

Votes: 1,958

20. Shutter Island (2010)

R | 138 min | Mystery, Thriller

8.1
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63 Metascore

In 1954, a U.S. Marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderer, who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley

Votes: 897,989 | Gross: $128.01M

21. The Ward (2010)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.6
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38 Metascore

An institutionalized young woman becomes terrorized by a ghost.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker, Laura-Leigh Claire

Votes: 36,215

22. Asylum Blackout (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

5.6
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A group of cooks at an asylum for the criminally insane get locked in with the inmates during a massive thunderstorm.

Director: Alexandre Courtès | Stars: Rupert Evans, Kenny Doughty, Joseph Kennedy, Dave Legeno

Votes: 3,560

23. The Amityville Asylum (2013)

88 min | Horror

2.8
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Lisa Templeton begins a new job as a cleaner at High Hopes Hospital, a mental institution in Amityville, Long Island. Initially delighted to get the job, Lisa soon realises that all is not as it seems.

Director: Andrew Jones | Stars: Sophia Del Pizzo, Lee Bane, Jared Morgan, Eileen Daly

Votes: 1,083