Most Popular Horror Documentaries


1. Earthlings (2005)

95 min | Documentary, Horror

8.7
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Using hidden cameras and never-before-seen footage, Earthlings chronicles the day-to-day practices of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit.

Director: Shaun Monson | Star: Joaquin Phoenix

Votes: 13,840

2. The Nightmare (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Horror

5.8
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68 Metascore

A look at a frightening condition that plagues thousands; sleep paralysis.

Director: Rodney Ascher | Stars: Siegfried Peters, Estrella Cristina, Yatoya Toy, Steve Joseph

Votes: 4,673

3. The Slenderman Case (2018 Video)

Documentary, Horror, Mystery | Completed

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Director: Mr.Josh

4. Faces of Death (1978)

Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, Horror

4.0
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A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV-material to home-made super-8 movies The common factor is death by some means.

Director: John Alan Schwartz | Stars: Michael Carr, Samuel Berkowitz, Mary Ellen Brighton, Thomas Noguchi

Votes: 5,142

5. Killer Legends (2014)

86 min | Documentary, Crime, History

6.4
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Delving into our collective nightmares, this horror-documentary investigates the origins of our most terrifying urban legends and the true stories that may have inspired them.

Director: Joshua Zeman | Stars: Rachel Mills, Joshua Zeman, Stephen Winick, James Presley

Votes: 2,092

6. Cropsey (2009)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Crime, Horror

6.4
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73 Metascore

Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances.

Directors: Barbara Brancaccio, Joshua Zeman | Stars: Joshua Zeman, Barbara Brancaccio, Bill Ellis, Dorothy D'Eletto

Votes: 6,073 | Gross: $0.04M

7. Häxan (1922)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Fantasy, Horror

7.7
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Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.

Director: Benjamin Christensen | Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan

Votes: 8,535

8. Sharknado: Feeding Frenzy (2015)

TV-14 | 78 min | Documentary, Horror

5.0
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What began as another Syfy creature feature has now become an important piece of pop culture - poised to take over the entire world.

Director: Jeremy Wagener | Stars: Paul Bales, Michelle Beadle, Sasha Burrow, Sean Christopher

Votes: 68

9. Behind the Sightings (2017)

Documentary, Horror, Thriller | Post-production

Documentary discovery of multiple clown sightings around the US lead us to an unforgivable homicide.

Director: Tony Cadwell

10. The Blackout Experiments (2016)

78 min | Documentary, Horror

4.4
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49 Metascore

This documentary follows a group of people who discover the ultra-scary, psycho-sexual horror experience Blackout, and develop an obsession that hijacks their lives and blurs the line between reality and paranoid fantasy.

Director: Rich Fox | Stars: Andrew Gallagher, Allison Fogarty, Bob Glouberman, Abel Horwitz

Votes: 188

11. Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (2013 Video)

Not Rated | 400 min | Documentary, Horror

8.7
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A chronicle of the history of the Friday the 13th franchise.

Director: Daniel Farrands | Stars: Corey Feldman, Peter Bracke, Samantha Delutri, Kimberly Higgins

Votes: 1,132

12. Hostage to the Devil (2016)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

5.2
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A child possessed. An exorcist locked in combat with an ancient evil. In the battle for saving a soul, just who really is the 'Hostage to the Devil'?

Director: Marty Stalker | Stars: Malachi Martin, Eugene O'Neill, Robert Blair Kaiser, Robert Marro

Votes: 279

13. The Green Fairy (2016)

90 min | Documentary, Fantasy, History

6.4
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An intense docudrama that tells the history of Absinthe and the mystical creature that possess it. It delves into the lives of the famous artists and how it changed them.

Director: Dan Frank | Stars: Mindy Robinson, Richard Grieco, Roddy Piper, Manu Intiraymi

Votes: 21

14. Human Cake (2016 Video)

22 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy

9.7
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The YouTube content creators known as Filthy Frank, Maxmoefoe, and iDubbbz go on a quest to collect pieces of other YouTube content creators in order to use them as ingredients for the ultimate culinary creation - the Human Cake.

Director: George Miller | Stars: How To Basic, Ian Carter, Anthony Fantano, Jon Jafari

Votes: 1,910

15. Rats (II) (2016)

Not Rated | 84 min | Documentary, Horror

6.5
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62 Metascore

A history of rat infestations in major cities throughout the world.

Director: Morgan Spurlock | Stars: Ed Sheehan, Bobby Corrigan, Dr. Michael Blum

Votes: 946

16. Mondo cane (1962)

R | 108 min | Documentary, Horror

6.4
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A "shockumentary" consisting of a collection of mostly real archive footage displaying mankind at its most depraved and perverse, displaying bizarre rites, cruel behavior and bestial violence.

Directors: Paolo Cavara, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Rossano Brazzi, Yves Klein, Stefano Sibaldi, Henning Skaarup

Votes: 2,761

17. The Demon House (2015)

111 min | Documentary, Horror | Post-production

8.0
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Paranormal investigator, Zak Bagans documents the most authenticated case of possession in American history.

Director: Zak Bagans | Stars: Zak Bagans, Jay Wasley, Billy Tolley

Votes: 35

18. Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010 Video)

Not Rated | 240 min | Documentary, Horror

8.7
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Explore the origins of "dream demon" Freddy Krueger in this award-winning documentary that takes you behind the scenes of the most frightening and imaginative horror franchise in motion picture history!

Directors: Daniel Farrands, Andrew Kasch | Stars: Heather Langenkamp, Stacey Alden, Erika Anderson, Marshall Bell

Votes: 3,306

19. Snuff: A Documentary About Killing on Camera (2008)

76 min | Documentary, Horror

5.3
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A probe into the urban myth of the snuff film; one of the most controversial, elusive and vile kind of raw footage ever recorded on video.

Director: Paul von Stoetzel | Stars: Larry C. Brubaker, Todd Cobery, Linda Flanders, Michelle Lekas

Votes: 1,024

20. The Houses October Built (2011)

94 min | Documentary, Horror

6.5
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Every October, over 30 million people will visit Halloween Haunted Houses. This film sheds light on the dark world of haunting.

Directors: Bobby Roe, Jeff Larson | Stars: Brandy Schaefer, Bobby Roe, Zack Andrews, Mikey Roe

Votes: 255

21. His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2009 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Horror

7.1
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A documentary exploring 30 years of the "Friday The 13th" film series featuring all new interviews with cast and crew from all 12 films and various horror fans and filmmakers.

Director: Daniel Farrands | Stars: Diane Almeida, Erich Anderson, Judie Aronson, Diana Barrows

Votes: 2,453

22. Albert Fish: In Sin He Found Salvation (2007)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

5.8
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Albert Fish, the horrific true story of elderly cannibal, sadomasochist, and serial killer, who lured children to their deaths in Depression-era New York City. Distorting biblical tales, ... See full summary »

Director: John Borowski | Stars: Oto Brezina, Joe Coleman, Bob Dunsworth, Harvey Fisher

Votes: 823

23. Going to Pieces: The Rise and Fall of the Slasher Film (2006)

Unrated | 88 min | Documentary, Horror

7.3
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A documentary on the history of the slasher film.

Stars: Ed Green, John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Herb Freed

Votes: 2,870

24. The Short Films of David Lynch (2002 Video)

97 min | Documentary, Animation, Drama

7.4
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A collection of visionary director David Lynch's short films from the first 29 years of his career is accompanied by a special introduction to each film by the director himself.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Jeffe Alperi, Robert Chadwick, Catherine E. Coulson, Eddy Dixon

Votes: 2,704

25. Africa addio (1966)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Horror

7.1
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The cruel acts of animal poaching and violence, executions, and tribal slaughtering, all taking place on the African continent.

Directors: Gualtiero Jacopetti, Franco Prosperi | Stars: Sergio Rossi, Gualtiero Jacopetti, Julius Nyerere, Moise Tshombe

Votes: 987

26. A Haunting in Connecticut (2002 TV Movie)

94 min | Documentary, Horror

7.0
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A haunting documentary of a normal family living in Connecticut, who, after moving into their new house, are terrorized by an evil ghost that dwells in the home.

Director: John Kavanaugh | Stars: Vanessa Lock, Brett Fleisher, Rod Pearson, Tyler Reid

Votes: 964

27. Faces of Death II (1981)

85 min | Documentary, Horror

3.3
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This movie continues in the same vein as F.O.D. 1 with short scenes of death related material. Mortuarys, accidents, police work are filmed by TV crews and home video cameras. Some of the ... See full summary »

Director: John Alan Schwartz | Stars: Michael Carr, James Brady, Mickey Crowe, Thomas K. Delahanty

Votes: 1,461

28. The Walking Dead: The Journey So Far (2016 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 120 min | Documentary, Drama, Horror

9.2
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From the moment Rick wakes up in the hospital, all the way to the last moments of season 6, the story of 'The Walking Dead' is told by those who have lived it.

Stars: Greg Nicotero, Robert Kirkman, Scott M. Gimple, Denise M. Huth

Votes: 221

29. Forgotten Scares: An In-depth Look at Flemish Horror Cinema (2016)

96 min | Documentary, Horror

8.1
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The feature-length documentary "Forgotten Scares" goes back to the birth of Flemish horror in the '70s and shines a bright light on the future of horror in Belgium.

Director: Steve De Roover | Stars: Jan Verheyen, Charlotte Anne Bongaerts, Sven De Ridder, Evelien Bosmans

Votes: 15

30. Famous T & A (1982 Video)

74 min | Documentary, Horror

6.3
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A collection of nude and/or topless scenes from various films featuring actresses who were either famous at the time or who became famous later on.

Director: Ken Dixon | Stars: Sybil Danning, Ursula Andress, Brigitte Bardot, Jacqueline Bisset

Votes: 66

31. Unearthed & Untold: The Path to Pet Sematary (2017)

75 min | Documentary, Horror

8.2
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This documentary is a detailed look into the making of PET SEMATARY, one of the most enduring cult-horror classics of our generation.

Directors: John Campopiano, Justin White | Stars: Blaze Berdahl, Susan Blommaert, Sean Clark, Denise Crosby

Votes: 38

32. Curse of the Blair Witch (1999 TV Short)

Unrated | 44 min | Documentary, Short, Horror

6.4
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A documentary exploring the life of the Blair Witch and the three missing student filmmakers.

Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez | Stars: Frank Pastor, Rachel Braaten, Elaine Stebbins, Tom Williams

Votes: 1,809

33. Traces of Death (1993 Video)

Unrated | 78 min | Documentary, Horror

4.3
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Traces of Death is a collection of archive film and borrowed stock footage. In its opening you see the death of a woman named Maritza Martin, who was gunned down by her ex-husband on ... See full summary »

Stars: Damon Fox, Maritza Martin Munoz, Emilio Nunez, James Vance

Votes: 516

34. Fear Itself (2015)

88 min | Documentary, Horror, Mystery

6.4
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Constructed entirely from existing films, Fear Itself is a personal journey through fear and cinema that asks whether horror movies know us better than we know ourselves.

Director: Charlie Lyne | Star: Amy E Watson

Votes: 263

35. Mad Ron's Prevues from Hell (1987 Video)

83 min | Horror, Comedy, Documentary

6.2
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Deranged projectionist Mad Ron shows a movie theater full of rowdy zombies a diverse assortment of horror and exploitation film trailers from his private collection while ventriloquist Nick... See full summary »

Director: Jim Monaco | Stars: Nick Pawlow, Happy Goldsplatt, Michael Townsend Wright, Anthony Kelly

Votes: 326

36. Carl Panzram: The Spirit of Hatred and Vengeance (2011)

81 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

6.5
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The true story of lifelong criminal and serial killer, Carl Panzram who wrote his autobiography for a jail guard in 1928.

Director: John Borowski | Stars: John DiMaggio, Tom Lodewyck, David Salmonson, Brett Jetmund

Votes: 487

37. Spooked: The Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium (2006)

Not Rated | 82 min | Documentary, History, Horror

5.3
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SPOOKED, The Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium, documents paranormal evidence including, ORBS, EVPS, Shadow People, Ghostly Photography and video, interviews with actual patients, ghost ... See full summary »

Director: Christopher Saint Booth | Stars: Christopher Saint Booth, Philip Adrian Booth, Keith Age, Chris Haberman

Votes: 381

38. The Lucifer Effect (2017)

Documentary, Horror, Thriller

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The film centers around 8 people, from all warps of life, who thought they had bought a 'movie role' in a horror film, only to be locked inside the haunted mental asylum to test "The Lucifer Effect" experiment.

Director: Tim Burke | Star: Anouska O'Hara

39. The Best of Sex and Violence (1982)

76 min | Documentary, Comedy, Horror

6.3
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Hosted by John Carradine, this tape is a compilation of scenes from and previews for various exploitation films.

Director: Ken Dixon | Stars: John Carradine, Laura Jane Leary, Angela Aames, David Carradine

Votes: 113

40. Faces of Death III (1985)

91 min | Documentary, Horror

2.8
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The third installment of the Faces of Death series.

Director: John Alan Schwartz | Stars: Michael Carr, Veronica Lakewood, James B. Schwartz, John Alan Schwartz

Votes: 1,132

41. Zack and Addie (2013)

75 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime | Post-production

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ZACK AND ADDIE explores the possible root causes of an internationally notorious 2006 French Quarter murder-suicide that involved dismemberment, beheading, and the cooking of human remains.... See full summary »

Director: Rob Florence | Star: Miriam Chamani

42. Faces of Death IV (1990)

Unrated | 90 min | Documentary, Horror

3.0
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Follows the same pattern of the other Faces of Death movies. In this one we see many staged and not so staged looking deaths ranging from bungee jumping accidents and magic tricks gone bad.

Directors: John Alan Schwartz, Susumu Saegusa, Andrew Theopolis | Stars: James B. Schwartz, John Zimmerman, John Alan Schwartz

Votes: 921

43. VHS Massacre: Cult Films and the Decline of Physical Media (2016)

72 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

6.6
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This lively documentary explores the rise and fall of physical media and its effect on Independent and cult films. Ranging from the origin of home movies through the video store era, it's ... See full summary »

Directors: Kenneth Powell, Thomas Edward Seymour | Stars: Mike Aransky, Alan Bagh, Troy Bernier, John Bloom

Votes: 59

44. Shocking Asia (1976)

94 min | Documentary, Horror

5.6
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A documentary about asia's shocking cultures.

Director: Rolf Olsen

Votes: 471

45. Boogeymen: The Killer Compilation (2001 Video)

Unrated | 56 min | Documentary, Horror

6.1
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A compilation of clips from 17 classic slasher films.

Stars: Andrew Robinson, Grace Kirby, Ashley Laurence, Doug Bradley

Votes: 1,099

46. Beyond Clueless (2014)

89 min | Documentary, Horror, Romance

6.2
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Beyond Clueless is a dizzying journey into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics.

Director: Charlie Lyne | Star: Fairuza Balk

Votes: 603

47. Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror Film (2009)

Unrated | 96 min | Documentary, Horror

7.2
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An exploration of the appeal of horror films, with interviews of many legendary directors in the genre.

Director: Andrew Monument | Stars: Lance Henriksen, Larry Cohen, Joe Dante, John Carpenter

Votes: 2,169

48. VHS Forever? Psychotronic People (2014)

90 min | Documentary, Horror

8.2
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A feature length documentary taking a look at the explosion of movies that became available on VHS in the U.K. Taken from the perspective of those who tried to unearth that elusive movie at all costs known as psychotronic cinema.

Directors: Darren J. Perry, Mark Williams | Stars: Ricky Baker, Mark J. Banville, Gary Baxter, Allan Bryce

Votes: 17

49. Terror in the Aisles (1984)

R | 84 min | Horror, Documentary, Thriller

6.4
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A compilation of scenes from science fiction, crime drama and horror films of the 1930s through 1980s.

Director: Andrew J. Kuehn | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Nancy Allen, Fred Asparagus, Lainie Cooke

Votes: 1,478

50. Why Horror? (2014)

Not Rated | 81 min | Documentary, Biography, Horror

6.2
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Why Horror? Is a feature documentary following horror fan Tal Zimerman as he looks at the psychology of horror around the world in order to understand why we love to be scared.

Directors: Nicolas Kleiman, Rob Lindsay | Stars: Alexandre Aja, Chris Alexander, Dave Alexander, Simon Barrett

Votes: 454