12 horror movies about cemeteries, the living dead and ghosts

Usually people try to stay away from burial places – the sight of the graves reminds of losses, leads to thoughts about the transience of life and the futility of being. However, even such a gloomy location inspires filmmakers to interesting stories. In films about cemeteries, graveyards become both an occasion for thoughtful existential experiences, and the scene of fierce showdowns with evil spirits that have risen from the graves.

Ghost in the Graveyard (2019)

A company of small children, in order to tickle their nerves, decided to play in the cemetery. Innocent pranks ended in a real tragedy – one of the girls fell into a freshly dug grave and died there. Many years later, the dead child returns as a ghost and begins to terrorize old comrades. Friends have to figure out how to stop the aggression of a restless soul.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Ghost in the Graveyard

Actors:
Kelly Berglund, Jake Busey, Olivia Larsen…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 4.4

Age limit:
18+


Pet Cemetery (2019)

The mystical horror film about the cemetery is based on the cult horror novel by Stephen King . The family moves to a new place of residence. A domestic cat dies under the wheels of a truck. An elderly neighbor advises to bury the corpse in a place where Indians have buried their dead for many years . The next night, the resurrected, but unlike the former pet, the cat returns to the owners.

Original title:
Pet Sematary

Actors:
Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Morning View Cemetery Tales (2018)

Atmospheric horror anthology, consisting of several creepy short films. A group of tourists, traveling through the American outback, comes across an old necropolis. Travelers look at the ancient tombstones with interest. Silent stones reveal their sinister secrets to unexpected guests, telling terrible stories that happened to the dead buried here.

Original Title :
Cemetery Tales: Tales from Morningview Cemetery

Cast:
Madeline Brumby, Josh Loder, Tim McGahren…

Country:
USA

Age Limit :
18+


The guy from our cemetery (2015)

A domestic movie about a guy guarding a cemetery at night was shot at the intersection of a thriller and a comedy . Arriving in the capital and mired in debt, the provincial gets a job that is not the most pleasant. The nerves are affected not only by the gloomy oppressive atmosphere, but also by the frightening strange events that occur among the graves under the cover of darkness. The hero of the film must find out what is really going on there.

Actors:
Alexander Pal, Igor Zhizhikin, Vladimir Sychev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Old Cemetery Mystery (2008)

Atmospheric Russian film, full of mysticism, based on the novel by Alexei Ateev, one of the first Russian literary works in the horror genre. The girl, having gone to the forest for mushrooms, accidentally becomes a witness to the chilling rite of resurrection of the dead. Dark forces begin to pursue the heroine. An ominous inscription on the grave says that the girl has exactly thirteen days to live.

Actors: Yuri Berkun, Dmitry Gusev, Valery Dolzhenkov … Country: Country Rating: Myreleasedate – 2.8, IMDb – 6.9 Age restrictions: 16+


Dead Seller (2008)

In a comedic horror movie about cemeteries, a gravedigger, along with his accomplice, sells the dead to a mysterious aristocratic doctor for experiments. A dubious occupation brings too little income, but when the heroes deliver a revived corpse pierced by an aspen stake to the client, the payment turns out to be very worthy. Dealers obsessed with a thirst for profit open a hunt for the living dead.

Original title:
I Sell the Dead

Actors:
Dominic Monahan, Larry Fessenden, Angus Scrimm…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.1

Age limits :
16+


Cemetery (2006)

A group of teenagers camping have decided to pull a cruel prank on their buddy. Cynical fun turns into real horror. Many years later, old friends will again find themselves where the terrible incident happened. The heroes of the slasher will have to face not only depressing memories, but also a ruthless killer hiding his face under a mask.

Original title:
The Graveyard

Actors:
Chris Stewart, Sam Bologna, Trish Koren …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 3.5, IMDb – 3.2

Age restrictions:
18+


About death, about love (1993)

The list of the best films about cemeteries continues with a dark comedy with specific black humor . The work of a cemetery caretaker cannot be called particularly difficult, but on a graveyard near one city, the buried dead tend to get out of the ground. The duty of the caretaker is to shoot the corpses that have risen from the coffins, but the assistant of a unique specialist suddenly falls in love with a pretty dead woman.

Original title:
Dellamorte Dellamore

Actors:
Rupert Everett, François Hadji-Lazaro, Anna Falchi …

Country:
Italy, France, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Pet Cemetery (dilogue, 1989 and 1992)

A film adaptation of one of the horror king Stephen King’s scariest novels and a sequel that tells a similar story with other characters. The doctor , who moved with his family to a small town, learns about the existence of a strange place where the buried can return to life. When, due to tragic circumstances, first the cat, and then the son, die, the hero, without thinking about the consequences, carries the bodies there.

Original title:
Pet Sematary

Actors:
Dale Midkiff, Fred Guinn, Denise Crosby …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.6

Age Limits :
18+


Humble Cemetery (1989)

The funeral business , even in the Soviet Union , was a rather dark business. The gloomy hopelessness of hard work leads to cruel morals among the staff. People who have made someone else’s grief their profession are sometimes subjected to tragic trials that change their fate. This is what happens when serious accusations hang over a funeral worker, even though he is not involved in criminal activity.

Actors:
Vladimir Gostyukhin, Lev Durov, Nina Ruslanova, Alexei Serebryakov …

Country:
USSR

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.0, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Return of the Living Dead (1984)

The top of the scariest horror films about cemeteries continues with a comedic atmospheric horror film that received positive feedback from viewers. The medical warehouse has been holding containers of zombies for years. Once the tightness of the shell was broken. A nightmarish substance in the form of a gas that causes the dead to rise from the coffin and devour living people has escaped from its long imprisonment.

Original title:
The Return of the Living Dead

Actors:
Clu Gulager, James Karen, Don Kalfa …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


House on the Edge of the Cemetery (1981)

Having moved from the metropolis to a smaller city, the family settled in an old house next to an abandoned churchyard. Once upon a time, a mysterious scientist lived in the building , who performed controversial experiments. From the walled basement, sounds are heard every night that terrify everyone. The head of the family decides that it is necessary to explore the dungeon and find out what is hidden there.

Original title:
Quella villa accanto al cimitero

Actors:
Catriona McCall, Paolo Malco, Ania Pieroni…

Country:
Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

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