20 atmospheric horror movies worth watching

Some people appreciate screamers in horror films, others appreciate the original plot, others appreciate rivers of blood, others appreciate top-notch monsters… But most horror fans will agree that a truly scary movie is impossible without a special atmosphere, where even minor details work to whip up a nightmare. In our selection you will find the most atmospheric horror films – from creepy fantasy to stories based on real events.

Evil (2021)

In the chilling novelty of the movie , a pregnant woman was ready to endure a tyrannical abusive husband for the sake of her unborn child. One night, the husband, dissolving his hands, died due to the attack of an unknown creature, and the heroine had a miscarriage. After the horrors experienced, the woman began to be haunted by visions of nightmarish murders. Gradually, the understanding comes that the massacres actually occur and the unfortunate victims can be saved.

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

Original title:
Malignant

Actors:
Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age Limits :
18+


Wasteland of Darkness and Evil (2020)

Among atmospheric horror films, this horror movie stands out for its gloomy surroundings and bewitching soundtrack. Brother and sister come to their parents’ farm to visit their dying father. The mother is clearly not happy about the arrival of the guests, and the next morning she commits suicide altogether. Trying to find the reasons for the suicide, young people turn to the diary of the deceased parent, which speaks of an unknown creature that settled on the farm.

Original title:
The Dark and the Wicked

Actors:
Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Julie Oliver-Touchstone …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Solstice (2019)

A group of anthropology students travels to the Scandinavian outback to study ancient rituals associated with the summer solstice. The locals still practice the old rituals. Curious students do not even suspect that they will be not only observers, but also direct participants in the bloody magical action. Preparing for filming, the director of the cool atmospheric folk horror thoroughly studied the ritual practice and mythology of the Vikings .

Original title:
Midsommar

Actors:
Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren …

Country:
USA, Sweden

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (2019)

One of the most atmospheric horror films based on the horror stories of the American writer Alvin Schwartz. A group of friends, dressed up in Halloween costumes , flee from an angry school bully and hide in an abandoned house. There are many frightening legends about the sinister building. Some chilling stories will come to life on this night and turn out to be worse than any bully gopniks.

Original title:
Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Actors:
Zoe Margaret Colletti, Michael Garza, Gabriel Rush …

Country:
USA, Canada, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Color from other worlds (2019)

A non-trivial science fiction film based on the story of Howard Phillips Lovecraft – the favorite writer of the director who shot this horror film. An unusual meteorite falls near the farmer’s house. A hydrologist who has studied the area suggests that a celestial body can have a dangerous effect. The farmer and his family do not listen to advice, which is why they first go crazy, and then completely cease to be people.

Original title:
Color Out of Space

Actors:
Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur …

Country:
USA, Malaysia, Portugal

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


We (2019)

The top atmospheric horror films for the evening continue with the extraordinary horror from the director of the famous film Get Out. A married couple with two children arrives at an old grandmother’s house. The peace of a peaceful family is disturbed by unfriendly strangers in red overalls. The danger is aggravated by the fact that in aggressive aliens the heroes recognize exact copies of themselves.

Original title:
Us

Actors:
Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke, Elisabeth Moss, Tim Heidecker …

Country:
USA, Japan, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Reincarnation (2018)

One of the most mind-blowing mystical dramas of recent years. A miniaturist ‘s elderly mother dies. Immediately after the funeral, all sorts of misfortunes fall upon the family. First, someone defiles the grave of an old woman, and then a series of tragic incidents occurs. Behind the ominous disasters that haunt relatives, terrible family secrets are revealed.

Original title:
Hereditary

Actors:
Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, Alex Wolff …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Shadowkeep (2017)

The list of the best atmospheric horror films continues with a tense horror movie. A woman with four children is on the run from a mysterious stalker. The fugitives find shelter in an old house on the outskirts. Life gradually begins to improve, friendly relations are established with a girl in the neighborhood, but then the woman dies. Left alone orphans will not be easy to leave the temporary shelter.

Original title:
Marrowbone

Actors:
George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Mia Goth …

Country:
Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


It (dilogue, 2017 and 2019)

An excellent adaptation of the acclaimed novel of the king of horror by Stephen King . In the first film, a company of children from a small provincial town enters into a confrontation with an alien creature that awakens every three decades and kills people. In the second part, the heroes who have already matured after many years must defeat the monster that has awakened from hibernation again.

Original title:
It

Actors:
Jayden Martell, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Witch (2015)

The title role in the high-rated, oppressive horror was the debut for the future star of “Queen’s Move”. A Puritan community of colonists out of pride exiles a married couple with two children. The exiles settle on a secluded farm. Soon, another child is born to the spouses, but the baby disappears, and strange things begin to happen to the eldest daughter.

Original title:
The VVitch: A New-England Folktale

Actors:
Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Somnia (2014)

After the death of their young son, a young couple decides to adopt a boy from an orphanage. An eight-year-old child seems cute and adequate, but is afraid to fall asleep at night. It turns out that the boy has a strange feature – his dreams come to life. If a boy has a nightmare, then the terrible images will come true and a mortal threat will hang over those around him.

Original title:
Before I Wake

Actors:
Kate Bosworth, Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


It (2014)

A film full of mysticism with a scary atmosphere inspired by the director’s nightmares. A young girl, after a date with a new acquaintance, woke up tied up in a factory. A strange boyfriend said that from now on she will be pursued by an evil otherworldly creature. Anyone who does not have time to escape, the monster will kill. The guy disappears without a trace, and the girl has to fight for her life.

Original title:
It Follows

Actors:
Mike Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Olivia Luccardi…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.8

Age Limits :
18+


Mom (2013)

A deranged banker took his family to an abandoned forest cabin. The madman managed to kill his wife, but the daughters were protected by a mysterious supernatural being. The girls spent several years in a secluded place under the care of an otherworldly patron until they were discovered. The supernatural creature does not intend to let her pupils go into the big world and pursues them even in a foster family.

Original title:
Mama

Actors:
Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier…

Country:
Canada, Spain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Conjuring (2013)

A creepy horror film with a chilling atmosphere that marked the beginning of an entire horror universe. A family of farmers is faced with an evil spirit that does not allow them to live in peace. Desperate villagers turn to world-famous paranormal experts. Even for a couple of famous fighters against evil spirits, stopping the dark forces will be a very difficult task.

Original title:
The Conjuring

Actors:
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Sinister (2012)

A detective writer moves to a small town with his family. The new home of the author of popular bestsellers is notorious among the locals – several people were killed there in the past. The writer stumbles upon old videos that can shed light on an unsolved crime. Meanwhile, frightening and inexplicable phenomena begin to occur in the house.

Original title:
Sinister

Actors:
Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Mirrors (2008)

Atmospheric American horror – a remake of the South Korean horror film , which is worth watching for lovers of mysticism. A police officer loses his job and takes a job as a night watchman in a burned out supermarket. A series of oddities makes the hero remember his detective skills. The previous guard went missing under mysterious circumstances, and something menacing constantly appears in the mirrors.

Original title:
Mirrors

Actors:
Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Cameron Boyce …

Country:
USA, Romania, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
18+


1408 (2007)

An atmospheric adaptation of one of Stephen King’s scariest stories. The famous writer is working on a book about ghosts living in hotels. The writer himself is very skeptical about belief in otherworldly forces, and therefore boldly settles in the empty room 1408 – because of the fear of ghosts, guests have not been living there for many years. The writer is in for a long night full of nightmares.

Original title:
1408

Actors:
John Cusack, Mary McCormack, Jasmine Jessica Anthony, Samuel L. Jackson …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
16+


Silent Hill (2006)

The cult horror film is based on the popular computer game . The girl suffers from a mysterious mental illness. Doctors can’t help. In a dream, the girl constantly repeats the name of a city. The mother decides to make a trip there, hoping that this will help alleviate her daughter’s condition and shed light on the causes of the mysterious illness.

Original title:
Silent Hill

Actors:
Radha Mitchell, Jodelle Ferland, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean …

Country:
Canada, France, Japan, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Dark Water (2005)

An American remake of an atmospheric Japanese horror film . After a divorce from a toxic husband, a woman decides to start living from scratch. A new job and a new apartment help start a new life, but the ghosts of the past interfere with far-reaching plans. Painful memories are reinforced by eerie ghostly visions and mysterious smudges of dark water appearing from nowhere.

Original title:
Dark Water

Actors:
Jennifer Connelly, John C. Reilly, Tim Roth…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Call (2002)

The American adaptation of the popular Japanese horror film was at the forefront of the fashion for remakes of Asian thrillers. A journalist investigates a series of strange deaths of teenagers. In each case, a mysterious killer videotape was behind the deaths. By negligence, the correspondent’s son looked at the fatal record – and in seven days the guy must be overtaken by inevitable death.

Original title:
The Ring

Actors:
Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, David Dorfman …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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