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. 17). Shutter Island (2010)

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    Shutter Island (2010)

    Official Synopsis: It's 1954, and up-and-coming U.S. marshal Teddy Daniels is assigned to investigate the disappearance of a patient from Boston's Shutter Island Ashecliffe Hospital. He's been pushing for an assignment on the island for personal reasons,…

    Tagline: Someone is missing.

    Cast: Luke Burnyeat, Elias Koteas, Ben Kingsley, Max von Sydow, Ted Levine, Jackie Earle Haley, Mark Ruffalo, John Franchi, John Carroll…

  2. 16). The Ninth Gate (1999)

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    The Ninth Gate (1999)

    Official Synopsis: In New York, the money-driven dealer Dean Corso is a rare-books expert and partner of Bernie, who owns a bookstore. He is contacted by the renowned collector of books about the devil Boris Balkan, who…

    Tagline: Every book has a life of its own...

    Cast: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Jack Taylor, Emanuel Booz, Joe Sheridan, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner, Jacques Collard, Dominique Pozzetto, Lino Ribeiro…

  3. 15). Angel Heart (1987)

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    Angel Heart (1987)

    Official Synopsis: Harry Angel has a new case, to find a man called Johnny Favourite. Except things aren't quite that simple and Johnny doesn't want to be found. Let's just say that amongst the period detail and…

    Tagline: It will scare you to your very soul.

    Cast: Pruitt Taylor Vince, Judith Drake, Robert De Niro, Mickey Rourke, Stocker Fontelieu, Deacon John Moore, Mark L. Taylor, Kathleen Wilhoite,…

  4. 14). The Others (2001)

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    The Others (2001)

    Official Synopsis: A woman named Grace retires with her two children to a mansion on Jersey, towards the end of the Second World War, where she's waiting for her husband to come back from battle. The children…

    Tagline: Sooner or later she'll see them, then everything will be different.

    Cast: Nicole Kidman, Fionnula Flanagan, Christopher Eccleston, Elaine Cassidy, Michelle Fairley, Alakina Mann, James Bentley, Eric Sykes, Renée Asherson, Gordon Reid,…

  5. 13). American Psycho (2000)

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    American Psycho (2000)

    Official Synopsis: Patrick Bateman is handsome, well educated and intelligent. He is twenty-seven and living his own American dream. He works by day on Wall Street, earning a fortune to complement the one he was born with.…

    Tagline: No Introduction Necessary.

    Cast: Joseph Oliveira, Willem Dafoe, Reese Witherspoon, Christian Bale, Chloë Sevigny, Chloë Sevigny, Ronald Reagan, Landy Cannon, Bill Sage, Matt Ross,…

  6. 12). The Vanishing (1988)

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    The Vanishing (1988)

    Official Synopsis: Rex and Saskia are on holiday, a young couple in love. They stop at a busy service station and Saskia disappears. Rex dedicates the next three years trying to find her. Then he receives some…

    Cast: Gene Bervoets, Aziz Djahnit, Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu, Linda Wise, Johanna ter Steege, Ian Magilton, Gwen Eckhaus, Mieke De Groote, Bernadette Le…

  7. 11). The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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    The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    Official Synopsis: FBI trainee Clarice Starling works hard to advance her career, while trying to hide/put behind her West Virginia roots, of which if some knew, would automatically classify her as being backward or white trash. After…

    Tagline: Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Brilliant. Cunning. Psychotic. In his mind lies the clue to a ruthless killer. - Clarice Starling, FBI. Brilliant. Vulnerable. Alone. She must trust him to stop the killer.

    Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Frankie Faison, John W. Iwanonkiw, Ted Levine, Tracey Walter, George A. Romero, David Early, Don Brockett, Daniel von…

  8. 10). Session 9 (2001)

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    Session 9 (2001)

    Official Synopsis: An asbestos abatement crew wins the bid for an abandoned insane asylum. What should be a straightforward, if rather rushed, job, is complicated by the personal histories of the crew. In particular, Hank is dating…

    Tagline: Fear Is A Place.

    Cast: Larry Fessenden, Josh Lucas, Brendan Sexton III, Paul Guilfoyle, Stephen Gevedon, Lonnie Farmer, Peter Mullan, David Caruso, Charley Broderick, Jurian…

  9. 9). Candyman (1992)

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    Candyman (1992)

    Official Synopsis: Helen Lyle is a student who decides to write a thesis about local legends and myths. She visits a part of the town, where she learns about the legend of the Candyman, a one-armed man…

    Tagline: We Dare You To Say His Name Five Times!

    Cast: Tony Todd, Ted Raimi, Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Rusty Schwimmer, Baxter Harris, Michael Laren, Eric Edwards, Kasi Lemmons, Sarina C.…

  10. 8). Suspiria (1977)

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    Suspiria (1977)

    Official Synopsis: Suzy Bannion travels to Germany to perfect her ballet skills. She arrives at the Tanz dance academy in the pouring rain and is refused admission after another woman is seen fleeing the school. She returns…

    Tagline: Do you know anything about witches?

    Cast: Udo Kier, Gregory Snegoff, Rudolf Schündler, Dario Argento, Jessica Harper, Rudolf Schündler, Renato Scarpa, Geoffrey Copleston, Serafina Scorceletti, William Kiehl,…

  11. 7). Saw (2004)

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    Saw (2004)

    Official Synopsis: Waking up in a undisclosed location in a unknown room two men, adam and gordon are trapped into a single room with a dead body. Given random tools with riddles hidnen around the room. Wondering…

    Tagline: Death is a shortcut (Denmark)

    Cast: Leigh Whannell, Ned Bellamy, Dina Meyer, Shawnee Smith, Ken Leung, Tobin Bell, Cary Elwes, Makenzie Vega, Monica Potter, Hans Raith,…

  12. 6). The Wicker Man (1973)

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    The Wicker Man (1973)

    Official Synopsis: On Sunday, April 29, 1973, Sergeant Neil Howie with the West Highland Constabulary flies solo to Summerisle off the coast of Scotland. He is there to follow up on a letter addressed specifically to him…

    Tagline: From the writer of 'Frenzy & Sleuth' Anthony Shaffer's incredible occult thriller

    Cast: Christopher Lee, John Hallam, Jennifer Martin, Roy Boyd, Aubrey Morris, Irene Sunters, John MacGregor, Ian Campbell, Walter Carr, Jimmy MacKenzie,…

  13. 5). The Changeling (1980)

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    The Changeling (1980)

    Official Synopsis: It was the perfect family vacation for composer John Russell and his family when a freak automobile accident claims the lives of his wife and daughter. Consumed by grief, John, at the request of friends,…

    Tagline: ...an experience beyond total fear.

    Cast: J. Kenneth Campbell, Terence Kelly, Giancarlo Esposito, George C. Scott, Roberta Maxwell, Antonia Rey, Erick Vinther, Helen Burns, Adam Earle,…

  14. 4). Let the Right One in (Lat den ratte komma in) (2008)

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    Let the Right One in (Lat den ratte komma in) (2008)

    Official Synopsis: Oskar, a bullied 12-year old, dreams of revenge. He falls in love with Eli, a peculiar girl. She can't stand the sun or food and to come into a room she needs to be invited.…

    Tagline: Eli is 12 years old. She's been 12 for over 200 years and, she just moved in next door.

    Cast: Libby Brien, Philip Hersh, Adam Stone, Peter Carlberg, Sören Källstigen, Elif Ceylan, Kåre Hedebrant, Malin Cederblad, Lina Leandersson, Berndt Östman,…

  15. 3). Jacob's Ladder (1990)

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    Jacob's Ladder (1990)

    Official Synopsis: Jacob Singer is trying to make sense of his fractured life and memories. Plagued by hallucinations, flashbacks, and conspiracies, he struggles down a path to enlightenment from these manic strains. With nothing but support from…

    Tagline: The most frightening thing about Jacob Singer's nightmare is that he isn't dreaming.

    Cast: Pruitt Taylor Vince, Ving Rhames, Christopher John Fields, Becky Ann Baker, Matt Craven, Patricia Kalember, Bryan Larkin, Jaime Perry, John…

  16. 2). Se7en (1995)

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    Se7en (1995)

    Official Synopsis: A film about two homicide detectives' (Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt) desperate hunt for a serial killer who justifies his crimes as absolution for the world's ignorance of the Seven Deadly Sins. The movie takes…

    Tagline: Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light.

    Cast: Morgan Freeman, Charles S. Dutton, Mark Boone Junior, Michael Massee, Michael Reid MacKay, R. Lee Ermey, Leland Orser, Gwyneth Paltrow,…

  17. 1). The Shining (1980)

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    The Shining (1980)

    Official Synopsis: Signing a contract, Jack Torrance, a normal writer and former teacher agrees to take care of a hotel which has a long, violent past that puts everyone in the hotel in a nervous situation. While…

    Tagline: Iconic terror from the No 1 bestselling writer.

    Cast: Jack Nicholson, Barry Dennen, Burnell Tucker, Derek Lyons, David Baxt, Aileen Lewis, Tony Burton, Manning Redwood, Joe Turkel, Scatman Crothers,…