The horrors of war

by Mighty_Emperor | created - 16 Oct 2011 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

A mash-up of war and horror films. Here we'll deal with soldiers confronting some kind of supernatural horror.

War by its very nature is horrific so adding a horror element in can help throw this into greater contrast or the horror can act as a metaphor - for the pointless of the whole venture or for man's struggle against overwhelming odds. Or it could just be an easy excuse to blow the crap out of a bunch of monsters with some serious firepower, and there is nothing wrong with that (except, as a strategy, it is usually flawed).

See also: My Nazi zombie list, they are usually relics of the war so often don't count here, and Nazi occult films for their more paranormal shenanigans.

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1. Dead of Night (1974)

PG | 88 min | Horror

A young soldier killed in Vietnam inexplicably shows up to his family home one night.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: John Marley, Lynn Carlin, Richard Backus, Henderson Forsythe

Votes: 3,811

2. Hell of the Living Dead (1980)

Unrated | 99 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A tough female reporter and her cameraman boyfriend team up with a four-man commando unit in the New Guinea jungle who are fighting flesh-eating zombies.

Directors: Bruno Mattei, Claudio Fragasso | Stars: Margie Newton, Franco Garofalo, Selan Karay, José Gras

Votes: 4,074

3. Cannibals in the Streets (1980)

R | 96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Giovanni Lambardo Radice and John Saxon are Vietman vets that bring back contagious virus that turn people into cannibals when bitten.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: John Saxon, Elizabeth Turner, Giovanni Lombardo Radice, Cinzia De Carolis

Votes: 2,632

aka Cannibal Apocalypse

Vietnam contagious cannibalism and they bring it home.

4. Southern Comfort (1981)

R | 106 min | Action, Thriller

63 Metascore

During a routine exercise, a team of National Guards are threatened by angry and violent locals.

Director: Walter Hill | Stars: Keith Carradine, Powers Boothe, Fred Ward, Franklyn Seales

Votes: 14,461 | Gross: $5.00M

5. Night of the Zombies (1981)

R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Investigators search for soldiers' missing bodies, and hear unbelievable rumors about zombies. Dismissing those rumors they set out to investigate. After two men are found dead, CIA ... See full summary »

Director: Joel M. Reed | Stars: Jamie Gillis, Ryan Hilliard, Ron Armstrong, Shoshana Ascher

Votes: 517

6. The Keep (1983)

R | 96 min | Horror

34 Metascore

Nazis are forced to turn to a Jewish historian for help in battling the ancient demon they have inadvertently freed from its prison.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Scott Glenn, Ian McKellen, Alberta Watson, Jürgen Prochnow

Votes: 9,838 | Gross: $3.76M

7. Day of the Dead (1985)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Thriller

60 Metascore

A small group of military officers and scientists dwell in an underground bunker as the world above is overrun by zombies.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Lori Cardille, Terry Alexander, Joseph Pilato, Jarlath Conroy

Votes: 57,805 | Gross: $5.80M

8. The Supernaturals (1986)

R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Nichelle Nichols is an army sergeant who leads her platoon into the woods of the deep south on a training exercise. Unfortunately, it is the site where a bunch of yankee soldiers murdered a... See full summary »

Director: Armand Mastroianni | Stars: Maxwell Caulfield, Nichelle Nichols, Talia Balsam, Bradford Bancroft

Votes: 556

9. Predator (1987)

R | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

45 Metascore

A team of commandos on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extraterrestrial warrior.

Director: John McTiernan | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Kevin Peter Hall, Elpidia Carrillo

Votes: 344,455 | Gross: $59.74M

10. Jacob's Ladder (I) (1990)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

62 Metascore

Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death.

Director: Adrian Lyne | Stars: Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello, Matt Craven

Votes: 90,148 | Gross: $26.12M

11. Puppet Master III: Toulon's Revenge (1991 Video)

R | 86 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A puppeteer's ability to bring inanimate objects to life attracts the attention of the Nazis during World War II.

Director: David DeCoteau | Stars: Guy Rolfe, Richard Lynch, Ian Abercrombie, Kristopher Logan

Votes: 3,584

12. Mr Children (1996)

26 min | Short, Horror

An English soldier is separated from his regiment in the deserts of North Africa during World War II, Lost and with little supplies soon he encounters some ghostly being to a horrific end.

Director: Matthew Whiteman

13. AWOL to Horror (1998)

30 min | Short, Action, Horror

1969 Vietnam, a soldier separated from his platoon deep within the dangerous terrain of the Vietnamese jungle. After running the gauntlet with numerous enemy soldiers he discovers a deserted building. What horrors lurk within the walls?

Director: Shaun Robert Smith | Stars: James Cook, Mark Davies, Daniel Dolby, Shaun Robert Smith

This student film would have the concept (zombie experimentation in a war zone) reworked in a WWII setting for "The Soldier" which would then provide the bases for the full-length film The 4th Reich.

14. The Bunker (2001)

R | 88 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Seven German soldiers are enclosed in one bunker during the Second World War. They soon feel surrounded by enemies. When they hear about the tunnel-system beneath the bunker and some mystic... See full summary »

Director: Rob Green | Stars: Jason Flemyng, Andrew Tiernan, Christopher Fairbank, Simon Kunz

Votes: 5,543

15. Deathwatch (2002)

R | 94 min | Drama, Horror, War

In the middle of World War I, nine British soldiers caught behind enemy lines seek refuge in a complex network of German trenches. What they soon discover is that they aren't alone - and it isn't a German soldier that's hunting them down.

Director: M.J. Bassett | Stars: Jamie Bell, Rúaidhrí Conroy, Mike Downey, Laurence Fox

Votes: 9,973

16. Dog Soldiers (2002)

R | 105 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

A routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scotland wilderness.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Sean Pertwee, Kevin McKidd, Emma Cleasby, Liam Cunningham

Votes: 51,383

17. Below (2002)

R | 105 min | Action, Horror, Mystery

55 Metascore

Strange happenings occur on a WW II submarine.

Director: David Twohy | Stars: Bruce Greenwood, David Crow, Matthew Davis, Holt McCallany

Votes: 19,769 | Gross: $0.61M

18. 28 Days Later... (2002)

R | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

73 Metascore

Four weeks after a mysterious, incurable virus spreads throughout the UK, a handful of survivors try to find sanctuary.

Director: Danny Boyle | Stars: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Christopher Eccleston, Alex Palmer

Votes: 344,817 | Gross: $45.06M

19. The Retreat (2003)

Not Rated | 30 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Set in the Hurtgen Forest in 1944, "The Retreat" follows an American Army squad separated from its unit during a bloody ambush. Desperate to find a radio to call for help, the squad soon ... See full summary »

Director: Darin Heinis | Stars: Timothy Fournier, Jeff Gilson, Charles Hubbell, Dennis John

Votes: 22

20. R-Point (2004)

R | 107 min | Action, Horror, War

During the Vietnam War, a South Korean base receives a radio transmission from a missing squad, presumed dead, and sends a platoon to rescue the lost squad from the R-Point.

Director: Su-chang Kong | Stars: Woo-seong Kam, Byung-ho Son, Sun-kyun Lee, Won-Sang Park

Votes: 4,788

21. Hellboy (2004)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

72 Metascore

A demon, raised from infancy after being conjured by and rescued from the Nazis, grows up to become a defender against the forces of darkness.

Director: Guillermo del Toro | Stars: Ron Perlman, Doug Jones, Selma Blair, John Hurt

Votes: 288,293 | Gross: $59.62M

22. Dead Birds (2004)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller, Western

A group of Confederate soldiers hole up in an abandoned plantation after robbing a bank and find themselves at the mercy of supernatural forces.

Director: Alex Turner | Stars: Henry Thomas, Patrick Fugit, Nicki Aycox, Michael Shannon

Votes: 9,142

24. Horrors of War (2006)

Not Rated | 99 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

HORRORS OF WAR derives from the "B" movie, Grindhouse tradition, made to play like a like a midnight movie. It is an independently-produced film made in a B-movie style, yet with a dramatic... See full summary »

Directors: Peter John Ross, John Whitney | Stars: Jon Osbeck, Joe Lorenzo, Daniel Alan Kiely, C. Alec Rossel

Votes: 1,049

25. The Lost (I) (2006)

72 min | Horror, War

Three soldiers find themselves lost in a seemingly endless forest on enemy soil as World War Two rages around them. Slowly the men run out of food and water, and then slowly lose their ... See full summary »

Director: Neil Jones | Stars: Peter Cushing, Stuart Brennan, Joe Daniels, Ed Eales White

Votes: 80 | Gross: $0.02M

26. S.S. Doomtrooper (2006 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

A genetically bred Nazi super soldier fights Allied troops.

Director: David Flores | Stars: Corin Nemec, James Pomichter, Marian Filali, Ben Cross

Votes: 1,220

27. Planet Terror (2007)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Comedy, Horror

After an experimental bio-weapon is released, turning thousands into zombie-like creatures, it's up to a rag-tag group of survivors to stop the infected and those behind its release.

Director: Robert Rodriguez | Stars: Rose McGowan, Freddy Rodríguez, Josh Brolin, Marley Shelton

Votes: 188,200

28. The Hills Have Eyes II (2007)

R | 89 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

32 Metascore

A group of National Guard trainees find themselves battling against a vicious group of mutants on their last day of training in the desert.

Director: Martin Weisz | Stars: Daniella Alonso, Jacob Vargas, Michael Bailey Smith, Cécile Breccia

Votes: 57,034 | Gross: $20.80M

29. 28 Weeks Later (2007)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

Six months after the rage virus was inflicted on the population of Great Britain, the US Army helps to secure a small area of London for the survivors to repopulate and start again. But not everything goes according to plan.

Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Robert Carlyle, Harold Perrineau

Votes: 241,246 | Gross: $28.64M

30. The Living and the Dead (2007)

87 min | Fantasy, War, Horror

In 1943, group of Croatian soldiers overtake a strategically important point in western Bosnia with a goal to destroy a group of communist partisans. On the way they met some supernatural ... See full summary »

Director: Kristijan Milic | Stars: Filip Sovagovic, Velibor Topic, Slaven Knezovic, Marinko Prga

Votes: 833

31. The Soldier (2007)

10 min | Short, Horror, War

Set 13 days after the D-day landings, this film explores the consequences of the Third Reich's disease testing experiments.

Director: Shaun Robert Smith | Stars: Clayton Fussell, Timothy Wood, Andy Monaghan, Gary Toomer

Votes: 74

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32. The Objective (2008)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

26 Metascore

A military special operations team, led by a CIA case officer, are on a mission in the harsh and hostile terrain of Afghanistan where they find themselves in a Middle Eastern "Bermuda Triangle" of ancient evil.

Director: Daniel Myrick | Stars: Jonas Ball, Matthew R. Anderson, Jon Huertas, Michael C. Williams

Votes: 7,574 | Gross: $2.25M

33. The Guard Post (2008)

121 min | Horror

(Korean with English subtitles) A squad of Korean soldiers is sent to investigate a guard post that overlooks the DMZ. Seemingly deserted at first, the squad eventually discovers mysterious... See full summary »

Director: Su-chang Kong | Stars: Ho-jin Chun, Hyun-jae Cho, Young-hoon Lee, Jin-Woong Cho

Votes: 1,562

34. Outpost (2008)

R | 90 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

In war-torn Eastern Europe, a world-weary group of mercenaries discover a long-hidden secret in an abandoned WWII bunker.

Director: Steve Barker | Stars: Ray Stevenson, Julian Wadham, Richard Brake, Paul Blair

Votes: 15,468

35. Sauna (2008)

Unrated | 83 min | Horror

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.

Director: Antti-Jussi Annila | Stars: Ville Virtanen, Tommi Eronen, Viktor Klimenko, Rain Tolk

Votes: 6,381

36. Platoon of the Dead (2009 Video)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror

Three soldiers must fight to survive the night in a seemingly abandoned house, when a zombie platoon attacks.

Director: John Bowker | Stars: Ariauna Albright, Tom Stedham, Chris Keown, Michelle Mahoney

Votes: 360

37. Red Sands (2009)

R | 89 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

During a mission in the Middle East, a group of US soldiers destroy a statue out of boredom only to then be visited by something the next day.

Director: Alex Turner | Stars: Shane West, Leonard Roberts, Aldis Hodge, Callum Blue

Votes: 3,179

38. Stranded (2010)

103 min | Horror, Mystery

A platoon of French soldiers on a rescue mission in North Africa confront invisible evil creatures.

Directors: Hugues Martin, Sandra Martin | Stars: Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Thierry Frémont, Saïd Taghmaoui, Aurélien Wiik

Votes: 799

39. War of the Dead (I) (2011)

Not Rated | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

A platoon of American and Finnish soldiers is driven deep into a Russian forest where its Captain discovers a terrifying secret.

Director: Marko Mäkilaakso | Stars: Andrew Tiernan, Jouko Ahola, Samuel Vauramo, Mikko Leppilampi

Votes: 2,375

40. The Devil's Rock (2011)

Not Rated | 83 min | Horror

Set in the Channel Islands on the eve of D Day,two Kiwi commandos, sent to destroy German gun emplacements to distract Hitler's forces away from Normandy, discover a Nazi occult plot to unleash demonic forces to win the war.

Director: Paul Campion | Stars: Craig Hall, Matthew Sunderland, Gina Varela, Karlos Drinkwater

Votes: 3,585

41. The Squad (2011)

Not Rated | 108 min | Horror, Thriller

After losing contact with a military base, a high mountain unit is sent to investigate. Upon arrival, they find only a woman in chains. Isolation and the impossibility of escape serve to undermine the soldiers' judgment.

Director: Jaime Osorio Marquez | Stars: Juan Pablo Barragán, Alejandro Aguilar, Mauricio Navas, Juan David Restrepo

Votes: 1,401

42. The Enemy (2011)

Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The story begins a couple days after the war has ended. A group of Serbian soldiers in charge of clearing the fields from mines discovers a man sealed inside a factory's basement. A ... See full summary »

Director: Dejan Zecevic | Stars: Aleksandar Stojkovic, Vuk Kostic, Tihomir Stanic, Ljubomir Bandovic

Votes: 2,185

43. Stitched (2011)

18 min | Short, Horror

Somewhere in the mountains of Afghanistan, three little figures stagger across the desolate landscape. Their Blackhawk burning in the rocks and the rest of the crew gone with it, the trio ... See full summary »

Director: Garth Ennis | Stars: Tank Jones, Lauren Alonzo, Kate Kugler, Nick Principe

Votes: 19

44. War of Horrors (2011)

24 min | Short, History, Horror

Set during post war Paris 1946 and war torn Berlin 1945. A British news reporter travels to Paris to interview a German Doctor (Stefan Ehrlichmann) regarding claims reported by a rival ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas Cooley | Stars: Anthony Miles, James Parsons, Anna Lena Memmel, Mark Willis

Votes: 14

45. Weaverfish (2013)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

After spending the night partying at a condemned river creek, the atmosphere is soon lost for quiet teenager Reece and his friends. Headaches and heartaches give way to a terrifying race back to civilisation as a grossly disfiguring virus takes hold on the most vulnerable.

Director: Harrison Wall | Stars: Shane O'Meara, Lucy-Jane Quinlan, Josh Ockenden, Jessie Morell

Votes: 122

46. Angry Nazi Zombies (2012)

87 min | Horror, War

3 interlocking stories from the dark days of World War 2. A soldier on a suicide mission. A troubled family with a monster in their bomb shelter. A supernatural investigator on her most dangerous assignment yet.

Directors: James Eaves, Pat Higgins, Alan Ronald | Stars: David Wayman, Paul Kelleher, Tina Barnes, Sam Smith

Votes: 282

aka Nazi Zombie Death Tales, although only one of the three films in this anthology deals with that, they are all WWII-themed horror stories.

47. The 4th Reich

97 min | Action, Horror, War | Announced

During the early hours of June 6th 1944 a bloody but victorious offensive took place in occupied Western Europe that would claim thousands of lives. Codenamed 'Operation Overlord' the ... See full summary »

Director: Shaun Robert Smith | Stars: Tom Savini, Doug Bradley, Craig Conway, Ian Virgo

48. Operation: Nazi Zombies (2003)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror

A team of Army Special Forces is sent into a secluded, secret biological weapons facility, only to fall prey to the specimens of a Nazi experiment that was recreated by the Army Chemical ... See full summary »

Director: David B. Stewart III | Stars: Thomas Reilly, Elissa Mullen, Christopher Connolly, John Weidemoyer

Votes: 381

49. The Butcher (II) (2007)

75 min | Horror

The making of a snuff film from both the perspectives the killers and of the victims.

Director: Kim Jin-won | Stars: You Dong-hun, Kim Sung-il

Votes: 214

50. Lost Squad

Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi | Announced

An elite unit unit of Allied soldiers in WWII fight a top secret devision of Hitler's army where the soldiers are armed with high-tech experimental weapons and possess supernatural powers. ... See full summary »

Directors: James Mather, Steve Saint Leger

51. Devils of War (2013)

Not Rated | 74 min | Action, Horror