July 10, 2015

The Best of… Haunted House Movies!

Someone recently asked us if we could recommend any Haunted House or Supernatural movies along the lines of 1408, The Shining, or Rose Red for them to watch, which got us to thinking that we should just make a list of the 30 or so of the best Haunted House flicks that we've seen.

Then we got to thinking about what qualifies a movie as a "Haunted House" movie? Well, a house that is haunted by a spirit of entity is the main thing, but you could stretch the definition to include plenty of other settings & plots as well; technically, Alien (1979) could be considered a Haunted House movie, at least insofar as its mechanics are concerned. The Evil Dead is technically a Haunted House movie too... but then again, it's really more of a possession flick, right?

We will try to keep this list as “Pure” as possible, but keep in mind that some movies can easily fit into two or more sub-genres, so there will be a certain amount of flexibility about it.

For our purposes though, a "Haunted House" movie must include:
  • A house or building of some sort.
  • A supernatural presence haunting or residing in said building.

If you're in the mood for a truly quality Haunted House flick, any of the movies in our Top Six will do you right. For us, Session 9 is the best of them, but they all bring their own unique and terrifying vision to the Haunted House Sub-Genre.

Top 6AmityvilleInnkeepersJu-onPactSessionShining
Below are the rest of our 30 Best Haunted House flicks, and of course, a few Honorable Mentions thrown in for good measure. Keep in mind that no "Best of" list is ever perfect, but merely a solid starting point for anyone looking to watch some great flicks.

*Most of the links go to Amazon so that you can stream or grab yourself a copy of the movies; our review of the movie (when applicable); or in the case of some of the older & more obscure titles, IMDB, because they simply aren't available to stream or purchase.

1408BelowBeyondBurnt OfferingsChangelingConjuringDevil's BackboneEntityGhost StoryHauntingHouse by the CemeteryHouse of the DevilHouse on Haunted HillHouseInnocentsLegendOrphanageOthersPoltergeistRose RedSentinelStirThirteenWomanHonorableDarknessFragileGhosthouseHouse (2)Night of the DemonsPA


  1. that a good list. I have many choices. there not really a lot of similar rose red movies but I will finish my movie collection with the conjuring, the challenging, the beyond. I will try the amytyvile and 1 of the exorcist saga. I never saw 1 of them ( amytivile and exorcist.). thank a lot I really appreciate.I only need to finish sub genre horror tv series and anthology movies. the entity is borderline to be a haunted house movie. Is the changeling is also a slasher? I am sure to have seeing this movie in a slasher movies list. I am fine for a while. I have tried Bitten the tv series season 1.Too much site haven't none tv horror series to discover to peoples. only biggest success like the walking dead are presented. thank again J.S Greer and have a good week-end

  2. You're welcome, and thanks for giving us the motivation to finally start doing "Best of" lists.

    If you're looking for good Horror Anthologies, try Trick 'r Treat, 4Bia, and Little Deaths.

    Horror TV Shows, Penny Dreadful, Hannibal, and Masters of Horror are a few worthwhile titles.

  3. I already watched trick r treat 2000's and the old version. I cant wait to see trick or treat 2. that 1 other movies we have to wait 1 years and more... thank rob zombie for Halloween 2 ....i was waiting for tales of Halloween 2015 but i saw it was a anthology movie with 10 stories and not 10 episodes with 20-30 minutes i am not sure anymore that will be good. it's too short to get something great. I will try to find a trailer for 4bia and little death. there a lot of horror tv series at imdb site but none trailer and most of them have a really short synopsis. I already have the 2 season of master of horror, fear itself, hammerhouse ... all horror tv show or series come to Canada tv channel 4-5 years after usa release the 1rst season. i am subscribed to amc, fx, mtv, and el rei. I hope amazon or ebay give u something in exchange for your website. If u want to make any best horror movies list or best sub genre; (slasher from 1970- 2015 ), i am a good reference for slasher's movies. I need help from expert to put a french audio track (no subtitles) vhsrip movie on a blu ray with English audio only. I didn't find someone able to help me on french website maybe there someone who can help me in a other country . I really don't know where to ask help.ahve a good day J.S

  4. OMG! seems too scary, I love to watch haunted movies, but this time I am already scared to read a story about Texas Haunted House.

  5. HAUNTED with Kate Beckinsale is a favorite for this HH aficionado. The story is based on the novel of the same name, and the characters are often too believable to be comfortable watching! There is a quick porn scene that could have easily been avoided, however, which brings this one down from a 9 to a 5 for me.