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, Tony Amoni, Christopher Goodman, Lee Michelsen
      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, Michael Higgins, Dontez Hood, Murray Bandel, George Buck, Deacon John Moore
      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, Michelle Fairley, Alexander Vince, Ricardo López, Aldo Grilo, Alakina Mann, James Bentley
      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: Mieke De Groote, Gwen Eckhaus, Jean Grandeau, Bernadette Le Saché, Faustine Wuensche, Tania Latarjet, Ghislaine Gazaix, Lucille Glenn, M. Martinez, Roger Souza
      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, Sheila Stasack, Sean Daly, Peter Mullan, David Caruso
      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, Baxter Harris, Michael Laren, Rusty Schwimmer, Eric Edwards, Kasi Lemmons, Fred Sanders
      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, Gregory Snegoff, Rudolf Schündler, Dario Argento, Jessica Harper, Alida Valli, Giovanni Di Bernardo, Daria Nicolodi, Joan Bennett, Margherita Horowitz
      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, Richard Wren, S. Newton Anderson, Ian Cutler, Donald Eccles, John Young
      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, Michelle Martin, Sammy Smith, Paul Rothery
      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, Kajsa Linderholm, Henrik Dahl, Jonas Kruse, Karin Bergquist, Ingemar Raukola, Lena Nilsson
      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, John Capodice, Becky Ann Baker, Matt Craven, Patricia Kalember, Bryan Larkin, Jaime Perry, Brent Hinkley
      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, Barry Nelson, Manning Redwood, Joe Turkel, Derek Lyons, Scatman Crothers, Chris Parsons
      Directors: Stanley Kubrick
      Genres: Horror, Drama

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