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Best Haunted House Movies

Updated on March 31, 2011

Few things are more terrifying than the idea of a haunted house. Unlike most horror genres, the haunted house has so much to offer in terms of scaring the audience. You aren’t sure what the scary thing is…is it a ghost? Is it a monster? Is it the house itself? What does it want? What powers can it reasonably possess? All these questions make this one of my favorite genres and below I have chosen a few of my favorite to share with you.

My Favorites:

  • Title: THE SHINING
  • Release Date: May 23, 1980
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
  • Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers
  • About the Movie: Based on the novel by Stephen King, this movie is one of the first really good Haunted House movies. In this movie we get to see some telepathic ability along with ghosts and a few other creepy effects as well as the house…actually it’s a hotel….possess and act thru Jack to do its dirty work. Also we see one of the first uses of the “Indian Burial Ground” as the reason behind the haunting.

  • Title:THE ENTITY
  • Release Date: February 4, 1983
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
  • Starring: Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, David Labiosa, Margaret Blye, Jacqueline Brookes
  • About the Movie: I only just recently discovered this movie thanks to Anna Marie Bowmans hub, Some of the Best Unknown Horror Movies. It is a great movie with some very frightening scenes. The main character is assaulted constantly by an unseen force and eventually seeks help from parapsychologists. This movie is well worth the 2 hour run time it takes to get through it.



  • Release Date: October 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Directed by: Oren Peli
  • Starring: Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat
  • About the Movie: Finally we come to my favorite. This movie was the creepiest to me because it was filmed as a documentary. You see everything first hand and really experience what it would be like to be haunted by an evil that you cannot see or touch but has no problems touching you. A great movie if you enjoy a good scare.

The unseen and the unknown are the basis behind most horror movies and the cause for so much fear but no other horror genre harnesses these forces better than the haunted houses. Enjoy and please let me know if you think there is another movie that should be on this list instead.


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