20 films about ghosts and demons

Chilling fiction stories about the inhabitants of the underworld have long become a separate genre of cinema. Belief in spirits is inherent in many peoples, but the interpretation may differ. In one culture, phantoms protect the living, while in another they are a symbol of endless darkness. It is these characters that are present in our list of the best horror films about ghosts, demons and ghosts.

The spell. House 32 (2020)

The Spanish novelty of the 2020 movie tells about the relocation to Madrid of a provincial family who found a profitable offer to sell an apartment. Everything is ready to move in, it remains only to equip a new home. Very soon, the owners realize the pitfalls of a hasty deal: no one in their right mind will agree to settle in an apartment where demonic horror lives. The evil spirit communicates with the inhabitants of the apartment not only at night, so the next blow can be expected at any moment.

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

Original title:
Malasana 32
Actors:
Begoña Vargas, Ivan Marcos, Bea Segura…
Country:
Spain
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.4
Age restrictions:
18+


Super(NOT)natural (2019)

Horror films about ghosts and ghosts can be not only creepy and scary, but also comedic. Rosa is a driving instructor and refuses to accept her amazing gift for communicating with ghosts. Everything changes dramatically when the widower Martin turns to the woman for help. The man begs Rosie to save him from the ghost of his dead wife.

Original title:
Extra Ordinary
Actors:
Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte …
Country:
Ireland, Belgium, Finland, UK
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 6.4
Age restrictions:
18+


Winchester. The House That the Ghosts Built (2018)

The heiress of the founder of the legendary weapons company lives in a huge mansion, the corridors of which are more like an intricate labyrinth. By order of Sarah Winchester, the renovation lasts several years – workers are constantly tearing down old walls and erecting new ones. Behind the strange decision is not the creative intent of the architect, but the desire of the widow to protect herself from sinister spirits. The most interesting thing is that this American horror film about ghosts is based on real events.

Original title:
Winchester: The House that Ghosts Built
Actors:
Helen Mirren, Sarah Snook, Finn Skikluna-O’Prey …
Country:
Australia, USA
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.4
Age restrictions:
16+


Numb with Fear (2018)

In several high-rise buildings of the sleeping area, mystical events begin to occur. Residents are haunted by incomprehensible sounds and ghosts, and death becomes the beginning of a new strange life. Three experts in the paranormal decide to investigate an amazing phenomenon, for which they settle in cursed houses. Men are ready to fight evil spirits, but they have to face what is beyond comprehension.

Original title:
Aterrados
Actors:
Maximiliano Gione, Norberto Gonzalo, Elvira Onetto…
Country:
Argentina
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.5
Age restrictions:
18+


Curse of the Weeper (2018)

The basis for the next movie was the Mexican legend about a ghost that has terrified the inhabitants of the country for several generations. Many years ago, a desperate woman drowned her own children and rushed after them into the fast current of the river. Since then, the inconsolable ghost has been wandering the earth in tears, bringing death with it. Woe to those who hear her piercing cry. La Llorona sneaks silently through the night, trying to make up for the loss of other people’s children.

Original title:
The Curse of La Llorona
Actors:
Linda Cardellini, Roman Cristu, Janey-Lynn Kinchen …
Country:
USA
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.3
Age restrictions:
18+


Cursed House (2018)

Traditionally, horror films about ghosts in old houses and abandoned mansions, where demons of darkness lurk behind every door, are of great interest to the audience. The divorce of the parents hurt Finn’s fragile psyche, who is increasingly snapping with his mother. An angry woman sends her son to his father, unaware of the impending danger. Simon is busy fixing up a house in hopes of a family reunion, but the arrival of a witch’s ghost changes the job.

Original title:
The Witch in the Window
Actors:
Alex Draper, Charles Everett Tucker, Carol Station…
Country:
USA
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.7
Age restrictions:
18+


Kadavr (2018)

Megan Reed is going through hard times after being fired from the police. The girl is in a long-term depression, and her addiction to illegal substances drags her deeper and deeper into the bottom of life. The only good news is a new job at the local morgue, where Meghan hopes to enjoy the quiet. However, everything changes when the mutilated body of an exorcism victim arrives for examination . Foreign horror movie about demons is ideal for evening viewing in the company.

Original title:
The Possession of Hannah Grace
Actors:
Shay Mitchell, Gray Damon, Kirby Johnson …
Country:
USA
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.2
Age restrictions:
18+


Haven of Fear (2018)

A couple of robbers are trying to hide from the chase in an abandoned mansion, lost in the wilds of the forest. When the night comes, the guys realize that it is very uncomfortable here. Despite the skepticism towards mysticism, gradually the heroes of this horror film are stunned to realize that ghosts still exist, and a truly nightmarish night awaits partners.

Original title:
Realms
Actors:
Ryan Kelly, Madison McKinley Golf, Priya Suandokemai …
Country:
USA
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.3, IMDb – 3.6
Age Limits :
18+


Inhabitants (2017)

The list of the best horror movies about haunted houses continues with a movie about a family that received an unexpected gift. Twins Edward and Rachel find out that they are the sole heirs of an estate shrouded in dark legends. Young Rachel is told that the mansion is full of ghosts that suppress the will of the guests. The girl decides to check how true these incredible rumors are.

Original title:
The Lodgers
Actors:
Charlotte Vega, Bill Milner, Eugene Simon …
Country:
Ireland
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.8, IMDb – 5.1
Age restrictions:
18+


Conjuring (dilogue, 2013, 2016)

The work of the Warren couple is connected with mysticism and the paranormal, but the upcoming assignment will be the most frightening case in practice. The family, tired of the attacks of the evil demon, turns to Ed and Lorraine for help, and the couple take on a difficult task. Both parts of the exciting movie received high ratings and good reviews from the audience and are rightfully included in the top 10 scariest horror films about ghosts and demons.

Original title:
The Conjuring
Actors:
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Ron Livingston …
Country:
USA
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.5
Age restrictions:
16+


And the light goes out … (2016)

In her father’s house, Rebecca left childhood fears associated with ghosts. However, the demons are in no hurry to release living people from their tenacious paws. For a long time, the darkness tested the strength of the girl’s mind, and now inexplicable fears have passed to her defenseless brother. Horror is ready to break free, as soon as the sounds of day subside, and the light goes out.

Original title:
Lights Out
Actors:
Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Maria Bello …
Country:
USA
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.3
Age restrictions:
18+


Doll (2016)

A selection of films continues with a horror movie about an evil spirit that has moved into a doll. A wealthy English family is looking for a nanny for their son. The choice falls on an American woman, who was surprised to learn that it is not a real boy who will be taken care of – the ward will be a doll. At the same time, the couple treats the toy as if it were a living person. The heroine takes up her work as a game, not believing in mysticism. Soon the nanny has a disturbing feeling that the mysterious doll may come to life.

Original title:
The Boy
Actors:
Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell …
Country:
USA, Canada, China
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.0
Age restrictions:
16+


Babadook (2014)

The six-year-old son of the widow Amelia sees inexplicable ghosts everywhere. One day, a child finds a book about a monster. Sam asks his mom to read this scary story. Since then, the boy’s fears have taken on real shape: now even Amelia is able to see ghosts. Gradually, the family begins to confuse reality with fantasy.

Original title:
The Babadook
Actors:
Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Haley McElhinney …
Country:
Australia, Canada
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 6.8
Age restrictions:
16+


Deborah Logan’s Demons (2014)

The list of the best horror films continues with films about documentaries studying poltergeists and demons. One day, the film crew decides to tell the audience how the elderly Deborah Logan lives, and also show her secluded abode. The woman is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and is cared for by her daughter Sarah. Starting filming, TV people realize that Deborah’s behavior is frighteningly unnatural.

Original title:
The Taking of Deborah Logan
Actors:
Jill Larson, Ann Ramsey, Michelle Eng…
Country:
USA
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 6.0
Age limit:
18+


Mom (2013)

The collapse of a career and huge losses push the stockbroker to a desperate step. A man kills his wife and companions, after which he is going to go to the next world with his daughters. The intervention of the dark force does not allow Jeffrey to carry out his plan, and the girls remain under the reliable protection of an invisible spirit. Years later, the sisters are found by relatives, but the demon does not want to let the children go. A film about an evil ghost who is forced to live among people is worth watching for all fans of the genre.

Original title:
Mama
Actors:
Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier…
Country:
Canada, Spain
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.2
Age restrictions:
16+


Limb (2013)

Cool horror tells about the life of an ordinary American family. Every morning, Lisa wakes up from the sounds coming from a toy walkie-talkie, and her mother takes care of the housework. The younger brother is looking for glasses, and dad does not stop trying to repair the car. From the outside, life may seem measured and familiar, but one day Lisa realizes that events during the day are repeated with terrifying accuracy. The girl decides to look into the situation and is faced with terrible secrets of the past.

Original title:
Haunter
Actors:
Abigail Breslin, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden …
Country:
Canada, France
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.9
Age restrictions:
16+


Sinister (2012)

A mystical horror film about ghosts in the house can be recommended for viewing only by the most courageous viewers with strong nerves. Popular writer Allison and his family move to a place where a horrific murder was committed many years ago. The author of detective stories hopes that the muse will visit him in the gloomy walls, but ghosts have their own views on new tenants.

A few days later, Allison discovers a box of films in the attic, each featuring a grim figure. An ancient evil is looking for a way to once again break free, and the writer accidentally opens Pandora’s box.

Original title:
Sinister
Actors:
Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Fred Dalton Thompson …
Country:
USA, UK
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.8
Age restrictions:
18+


Woman in Black (2012)

Young lawyer Arthur arrives in an abandoned village to put in order the documents of a deceased client. The search for a will drags on, and the lawyer involuntarily gets acquainted with an old legend. Local residents are sure that the ghost of an inconsolable mother, who once lost her own son, roams the streets of the village. The hero of the horror movie wants to help the ghost find peace, unaware of the true power of the demon.

Original title:
The Woman in Black
Actors:
Daniel Radcliffe, Kieran Hinds, Janet McTeer …
Country:
UK, Canada, Sweden
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.4
Age restrictions:
16+


Ghosts in Connecticut (dilogue, 2009, 2012)

Young Matt is undergoing cancer therapy, so his family is looking for accommodation near the clinic. During the next visit to the hospital, the guy’s mom finds the perfect option, and the owner of the cottage offers a free month of accommodation. Sarah does not refuse the gift of fate, but after the move, the family is in for an unpleasant surprise. Matt is visited by strange visions that inspire horror, and the walls hide a dark secret.

Original title:
The Haunting in Connecticut
Actors:
Kyle Gallner, Virginia Madsen, Amanda Crew …
Country:
USA, Canada
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.9
Age restrictions:
16+


Grave Seekers (2011)

The next in our selection is a horror film about a mental hospital with ghosts. Lance Preston leads a team of ghost hunters. The guys are participants in the show about the ghosts “Searchers”. When news of an abandoned mental hospital shrouded in mysticism becomes known, the company decides to spend the night there. Most of them do not take their activities seriously, but after the coming nightmarish events, this will change. What at first seemed like a game turns into a real horror.

Original title:
Grave Encounters
Actors:
Sean Rogerson, Mervin Mondeser, Ashley Gryzko …
Country:
Canada
Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.1
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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