A list of Military Horror Films

by shanksinha | created - 15 Jan 2012 | updated - 02 Mar 2015 | Public

Military horror films combine two greatly entertaining genres of military action and traditional/nontraditional horror elements. It is a small subgenre where the emphasis shifts from action to building an all-around sense of foreboding and impending doom. This can take the form of a tightly knit group of individuals pitted against some external paranormal force or intrinsic forces inside the human mind. The rigid discipline of the group, bleak and fatalistic settings, and military action all combine to provide stimulating entertainment. Here is a list of what I have seen and liked. The list should only be seen as a collection of personal favorites. Note: The listing is not as per ranking.

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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: 3,848

Homecoming from nam with more than PTSD! A B-movie classic.

2. 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: 346,549 | Gross: $59.74M

Instant and enduring classic.

3. 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: 90,830 | Gross: $26.12M

One of the very best Psychological thriller/horror ever.

4. 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: 5,578

Nice psychological thriller.

5. 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: 51,749

Good entertainment value.

6. 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: 19,836 | Gross: $0.61M

Has a TV movie feel but interesting premise. Olivia Williams is an eye tonic.

7. 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: 10,024

8. 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: 4,820

A well made Korean Horror film, unfolds against the backdrop of Vietnam conflict. Eerie and bleak a quality addition to the genre.

9. 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: 834

A well made Croatian movie

10. 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: 7,591 | Gross: $2.25M

From a maker of "Blair Witch Project". Runs more like an episode of the "X Files".

11. 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: 1,574

An impressive follow on by the director of R-Point

12. Dead Snow (2009)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Horror

61 Metascore

A ski vacation turns horrific for a group of medical students, as they find themselves confronted by an unimaginable menace: Nazi zombies.

Director: Tommy Wirkola | Stars: Jeppe Beck Laursen, Charlotte Frogner, Jenny Skavlan, Vegar Hoel

Votes: 61,076 | Gross: $0.04M

Nazi Zombie Comedy Horror with makings of a cult classic

13. 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: 1,417

A slow building, brooding psychological thriller, with good atmospherics.

14. 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: 2,384

world war II based low budget zombie movie



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