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Top 10 Bollywood Horror Movies

Updated on February 14, 2018
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Horror is a genre which I generally avoid, be it books or movies. One reason is that I get too scared and have nightmares. The other reason is that there is a dearth of good Bollywood horror movies.

Horror movies never used to do well in Bollywood. Most of the horror movies were being produced by Ramsay Brothers and were considered as C grade movies with poor costumes & graphics, lots of skin show and a below average story. But there was a change for the good after ‘Raaz’ became a hit.

Here are top 10 Bollywood horror movies which are worth watching:

Horror is a reaction; it's not a genre.

— John Carpenter

Raaz

As I mentioned earlier, Raaz was a game-changer. It was based on the Hollywood movie ‘What lies beneath’ which starred Michelle Pfieffer. With Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea in lead roles, Raaz went on to become a super hit. The music of the movie was quite a rage. It was rare at that time for a successful heroine to sign a horror movie at the time but Bipasha took the risk and it was worth it.

Mahal

Mahal which starred Ashok Kumar and Madhubala is considered to be the first horror movie of Bollywood. Based on the subject of reincarnation, the movie was scary and the haunting songs of the movie were simply awesome. Directed by Kamal Amrohi, the movie launched both playback singer Lata Mangeshkar and the leading lady Madhubala into super-stardom.

Bhoot

With a stellar starcast comprising of Ajay Devgan, Urmila Matondkar, Rekha and Fardeen Khan, Bhoot is one of the best horror movies by Ram Gopal Verma. It was different from a typical Bollywood movie as it did not contain songs.

Bees Saal Baad

Bees Saal Baad is a 1962 Indian Hindi-language psychological thriller film.It remains one of the best horror movies of Bollywood. The mysterious woman in white saree carrying a candle in the midnight singing ‘Kahin deep jale kahin dil’ is as haunting even now as ever.

Raat

Raat is a 1992 Indian Hindi supernatural thriller film written and directed by Ram Gopal Varma starring Revathi in the role of protagonist. This is yet another brilliant movie by Ram Gopal Verma where a kitten dies and its spirit possesses the lead actress. This cult classic is sure worth a watch.

There are two different stories in horror: internal and external. In external horror films, the evil comes from the outside, the other tribe, this thing in the darkness that we don’t understand. Internal is the human heart.

— John Carpenter

1920

A newly wedded couple in a deserted royal mansion with a mysterious caretaker – predictable story, isn’t it? Yet the way it has been artistically shot sets it apart from the rest. The film stars debutant actors Rajneesh Duggal and Adah Sharma as the married couple was a critical and commerical success.

Ragini MMS

Ragini MMS is a 2011 Indian found footage horror film. Loosely inspired by ‘Paranormal Activity’ and partly based on a real incident, this movie manages to keep the crowd on its edge. A young couple went to a deserted house at the outskirts of the city to have some fun but to their horror, they found themselves trapped with some bizarre happenings.


Darna Mana Hai

Who would have thought that an apple could look so scary? Darna Mana Hai is a 2003 Indian anthology horror film directed by Ram Gopal Verma.Six short stories with unexpected twists in one movie- Ram Gopal Verma once again proved himself in this movie with its innovative script and direction. This unique and innovative attempt featured many Bollywood celebrities like Saif Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Aftab Shivadasani etc.

Kohra

Kohra is a 1964 classic which starred Waheeda Rehman and Biswajeet. The lead pair meets, falls in love and get married. They come to the husband’s palatial mansion and soon husband leaves for a business trip. Here the wife learns about the first wife who had died under mysterious circumstances and starts experiencing supernatural phenomenon in the mansion. The film was an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's 1938 novel Rebecca, which was previously adapted by Alfred Hitchcock as Academy Award-winning Rebecca (1940).

Phoonk

Phoonk is a 2008 horror movie. An atheist is forced to consult an exorcist after his daughter shows signs of being possessed. Based on superstition and black magic, this creepy movie by Ram Gopal Verma is so scary that a prize of 5 lakhs was announced for anyone who would take the challenge of watching the movie in the theatre alone.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      7 months ago from India

      @Kelley Oh yes, he did...But I won't reveal the suspense!!!

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      Kelley Marks 

      7 months ago from California

      I love horror and suspense movies - I just watched one last night on HBO. Thanks for showing the video - that movie definitely has a haunting theatricality and the musical score certainly fit the vibe. Did that guy ever find the elusive woman in the tall grass? Later!

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      Shaloo Walia 

      8 months ago from India

      @Eric I also avoid horror movies but the ones in this list are regarded as classics. I have watched these though with much reluctance.

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      Eric Dierker 

      8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Well this is interesting. I surely never gave it thought before. I haven't watched a horror movie for at least 20 years.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      8 months ago from India

      @manatita Lara's voice is perfect for haunting melodies and she has sung some of the best. 'Kahin deep Jake's is one of the finest haunting melodies of Bollywood till date.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      8 months ago from India

      @Mary I too love comedies. May be I should write about that next!

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      manatita44 

      8 months ago from london

      I use to look at some of them as a young kid, then run all the way home. Lata Mangeskar is still awesome. Funny I have never associated her with horror. Glad you have some great ones now. Reads like a great collection.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Like you, I also avoid watching this genre as I get scared and I don't like the feeling. I like the Bollywood comedies. They make me laugh.

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