Shockingly Smart Horror Movies You Must Watch Now!

Shockingly Smart Horror Movies You Must Watch Now!

Here is a handful of horror movies that can be analyzed heavily for hidden secrets or easter eggs and multiple meanings to the movies’ ending. We intentionally included films from different subgenres to provide a little something for everyone no matter if you a hardcore horror fan or an occasional horror movie watcher.

Smart Horror Movies List

  1. Shutter Island (2010)

  2. The Ninth Gate (1999)

    • The Ninth Gate
    • The Ninth Gate (1999)

      Synopsis: A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.
      Cast: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Jack Taylor, Emanuel Booz, Joe Sheridan, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner, Jacques Collard, Dominique Pozzetto, James Russo
      Directors: Roman Polanski
      Genres: Thriller, Drama, Mystery
  3. Angel Heart (1987)

    • Angel Heart
    • Angel Heart (1987)

      Synopsis: Harry Angel is a private investigator. He is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer called Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.
      Cast: Pruitt Taylor Vince, Judith Drake, Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Stocker Fontelieu, Deacon John Moore, Mark L. Taylor, Kathleen Wilhoite, Michael Higgins, Dontez Hood
      Directors: Alan Parker
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Crime
  4. The Others (2001)

    • The Others
    • The Others (2001)

      AKA(s): The Darkness
      Synopsis: A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.
      Cast: Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Christopher Eccleston, Elaine Cassidy, Alakina Mann, James Bentley, Eric Sykes, Renée Asherson, Gordon Reid, Keith Allen
      Directors: Alejandro Amenábar
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Fantasy, Mystery
  5. American Psycho (2000)

  6. The Vanishing (1988)

    • The Vanishing
    • Spoorloos (1988)

      Synopsis: Rex and Saskia, a young couple in love, are on vacation. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia is abducted. After three years and no sign of Saskia, Rex begins receiving letters from the abductor.
      Cast: Gene Bervoets, Aziz Djahnit, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Linda Wise, Johanna ter Steege, Ian Magilton, Gwen Eckhaus, Mieke De Groote, Bernadette Le Saché, Jean Grandeau
      Directors: George Sluizer
      Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Crime
  7. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

  8. Session 9 (2001)

    • Session 9
    • Session 9 (2001)

      Synopsis: Tensions rise within an asbestos cleaning crew as they work in an abandoned mental hospital with a horrific past that seems to be coming back.
      Cast: Larry Fessenden, Josh Lucas, Brendan Sexton III, Paul Guilfoyle, Stephen Gevedon, Lonnie Farmer, Peter Mullan, David Caruso, Charley Broderick, Jurian Hughes
      Directors: Brad Anderson
      Genres: Horror, Mystery
  9. Candyman (1992)

    • Candyman
    • Candyman (1992)

      AKA(s): Clive Barker's Candyman
      Synopsis: The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.
      Cast: Tony Todd, Ted Raimi, Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Rusty Schwimmer, Baxter Harris, Michael Laren, Eric Edwards, Kasi Lemmons, Sarina C. Grant
      Directors: Bernard Rose
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
  10. Suspiria (1977)

    • Suspiria
    • Suspiria (1977)

      AKA(s): Dario Argento's Suspiria
      Synopsis: A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders.
      Cast: Udo Kier, Rudolf Schündler, Dario Argento, Jessica Harper, Gregory Snegoff, Renato Scarpa, Geoffrey Copleston, Serafina Scorceletti, William Kiehl, Giuseppe Transocchi
      Directors: Dario Argento
      Genres: Horror, Mystery
  11. Saw (2004)

  12. The Wicker Man (1973)

    • The Wickerman
    • The Wicker Man (1973)

      Synopsis: A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.
      Cast: Christopher Lee, John Hallam, Jennifer Martin, Roy Boyd, Aubrey Morris, Irene Sunters, John MacGregor, Ian Campbell, Walter Carr, Jimmy MacKenzie
      Directors: Robin Hardy
      Genres: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Crime, Musical
  13. The Changling (1980)

    • The Changeling
    • The Changeling (1980)

      AKA(s): House on Chessman Park
      Synopsis: A man staying at a secluded historical mansion finds himself being haunted by the presence of a spectre.
      Cast: J. Kenneth Campbell, Terence Kelly, George C. Scott, Giancarlo Esposito, Roberta Maxwell, Antonia Rey, Erick Vinther, Helen Burns, Adam Earle, Frances Hyland
      Directors: Peter Medak
      Genres: Horror
  14. Let the Right One In (2008)

    • Let the Right One In
    • Låt den rätte komma in (2008)

      AKA(s): Let the Right One In
      Synopsis: Oskar, an overlooked and bullied boy, finds love and revenge through Eli, a beautiful but peculiar girl.
      Cast: Libby Brien, Philip Hersh, Adam Stone, Peter Carlberg, Kåre Hedebrant, Sören Källstigen, Elif Ceylan, Lina Leandersson, Malin Cederblad, Per Ragnar
      Directors: Tomas Alfredson
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Romance
  15. Jacobs Ladder (1990)

    • Jacob
    • Jacob's Ladder (1990)

      Synopsis: Mourning his dead child, a haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to discover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusion, and perception of death.
      Cast: Pruitt Taylor Vince, Ving Rhames, Christopher John Fields, Becky Ann Baker, Matt Craven, Patricia Kalember, Bryan Larkin, Jaime Perry, John Capodice, Macaulay Culkin
      Directors: Adrian Lyne
      Genres: Horror, Drama, Mystery
  16. Se7en (1995)

  17. The Shining (1980)

    • The Shining
    • The Shining (1980)

      Synopsis: A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.
      Cast: Jack Nicholson, Barry Dennen, Burnell Tucker, David Baxt, Manning Redwood, Joe Turkel, Derek Lyons, Scatman Crothers, Chris Parsons, Barry Nelson
      Directors: Stanley Kubrick
      Genres: Horror, Drama

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