Great Atmospheric Horror Moviesby Decadentor | created - 06 Oct 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
The list of some great atmospheric horror and dark themed movies i liked.
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1. 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.
2. Calvaire (2004)
Not Rated | 88 min | Horror
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.
Votes: 10,919 | Gross: $0.00M
3. Antichrist (2009)
Not Rated | 108 min | Drama, Horror
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.
Votes: 107,710 | Gross: $0.40M
4. The Wicker Man (1973)
R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A Police Sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl who the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.
Votes: 60,338 | Gross: $0.06M
5. A Holy Place (1990)
90 min | Drama, Horror
Sveto mesto (A Holy Place, 1990) is based on a literary classic, Nikolai Gogol's 1835 short story, 'Viy'. However, Kadijevic uses it only as a starting point for his own explorations into ... See full summary »
6. Wilczyca (1983)
98 min | Horror
Kacper, an ex-guerrilla soldier is chased by a female werewolf, realizes that he is possessed by the spirit of his deceased wife Maryna. He also recognizes the same werewolf symptoms in ... See full summary »
Pretty unknown polish horror movie. I loved it so much, great "real" atmosphere, story based on folk tales and superstitious tradition.
7. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
R | 137 min | Drama, Horror
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.
8. REC (2007)
R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.
11. Shutter (II) (2004)
Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
12. The Shrine (2010)
Not Rated | 85 min | Horror
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.
13. Häxan (1922)
Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Fantasy, Horror
Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.
15. Faust (1926)
Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul.
Beautiful audiovisual experience
16. Black Sabbath (1963)
Not Rated | 92 min | Horror
Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a vampire-like monster who preys on his family, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.
17. The Shining (1980)
R | 146 min | Drama, Horror
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.
Votes: 793,560 | Gross: $44.02M
19. Black Death (2010)
R | 102 min | Action, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 41,407 | Gross: $0.02M
20. House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
R | 89 min | Horror
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.
Votes: 69,973 | Gross: $12.63M
21. The Woman in Black (1989 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 100 min | Horror, Mystery
When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go ... See full summary »
22. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.
Votes: 54,775 | Gross: $8.95M
23. Wild Flowers (2000)
81 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Seven seemingly unconnected fairy tales - glued together only by folklore, mood, color and light - make up this Czech collection of visual poetry. The original piece of literature, written ... See full summary »
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.
24. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
R | 128 min | Horror
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.
Votes: 175,410 | Gross: $82.52M
26. The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Not Rated | 89 min | Horror
A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land.
27. Beauty and the Beast (1978)
83 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
In this gothic rendition of the classic fairy tale, a merchant's youngest daughter is held prisoner by a mysterious winged beast.
A more horrific and gloomy version of The Beauty and the Beast as IMDb says. Only adjective i need to add is gothic.
28. The Devil (1972)
Not Rated | 119 min | Drama, History, Horror
During the Prussian army's invasion to Poland in 1793, a young Polish nobleman Jakub is saved from the imprisonment by a stranger who wants in return to obtain a list of Jakub's fellow ... See full summary »
29. The Church (1989)
R | 102 min | Horror
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.
30. The Company of Wolves (1984)
R | 95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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.
Votes: 13,771 | Gross: $4.39M
Great movie with great fairytale and dreamy but still creepy atmosphere and folk elements
31. Sleepy Hollow (1999)
R | 105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.
Votes: 308,533 | Gross: $101.07M
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
32. Viy (1967)
77 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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.
34. Begotten (1990)
Unrated | 72 min | Fantasy, Horror
Presented in a surreal, gory and entirely visual manner, Begotten tells of the death of religion, the abuse of nature by Man and a nihilistic outlook on what life ultimately is.
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.
35. The Seventh Seal (1957)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy
A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.
36. On the Silver Globe (1988)
Unrated | 166 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
A team of astronauts land on an inhabitable planet and form a society. Many years later, a single astronaut is sent to the planet and becomes a messiah.
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.
37. La cinquième saison (2012)
93 min | Drama, Mystery
In a scenic Belgian village, nature is turning its back on man. How will the locals cope with this new reality?
Beautiful and slow surreal movie with a folk elements.
40. Alien (1979)
R | 117 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 723,077 | Gross: $78.90M
41. Possession (1981)
R | 124 min | Drama, Horror
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.
Votes: 20,783 | Gross: $1.11M
43. Kill List (2011)
Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror
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.
Votes: 33,240 | Gross: $0.03M
45. The Ritual (I) (2017)
TV-MA | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them.
47. Midsommar (I) (2019)
R | 147 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.
Votes: 32,281 | Gross: $25.94M