20 horror movies about abandoned places and buildings

Why are people so interested in abandoned buildings? Perhaps because in the ruins of mansions and empty buildings, like midges in amber, echoes of ancient events and human destinies are stored. And when a movie with screamers is filmed in picturesque abandoned places, the audience, dropping popcorn, is convinced that they are not so uninhabited. We offer you a selection of horror films about abandoned places, where time seems to be frozen, and chilling meetings await the heroes at every turn.

Guests (2019)

Katya meets tourists who have come to the Black Sea resort. During the off-season, many houses are empty, but this is exactly what new buddies need. The fact is that the company is used to having fun in a not entirely legal way, arranging parties in other people’s abandoned dwellings. And the heroine just knows such a place – a secluded building where seances were held at the beginning of the 20th century. The owner of the house was the girl’s lover, but left long ago. However, in the midst of the party, Katya will see him again. But the man is now in the grip of hostile otherworldly forces.

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

Actors:
Yuri Chursin, Angelina Strechina, Mikhail Meshcheryakov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.7, IMDb – 3.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Konjiam Psychiatric Hospital (2018)

A horror film about an abandoned building that still attracts tourists. In South Korea, one psychiatric clinic closed for financial reasons in 1996. However, there is a version that this happened due to the mysterious deaths of patients. An enterprising blogger and crew arrive at the hospital to film a horror show for YouTube. Almost immediately, the guys realize that they are not alone here. According to local legend, 42 patients committed mass suicide in 1979. What if it’s their restless souls trying to lure guests into the ominous room 402?

Original title:
Gonjiam

Actors:
Wi Ha-joon, Park Chi-hyun, Park Sung-hoon …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
16+


Insomnia (2018)

Psychological horror film produced in Spain will show how dangerous it is to experiment with people’s minds. Young Bianca is given the chance to star in an innovative director’s production. Alma Boehm uses insomnia this time to take her acting to the next level. To achieve the realism of what is happening on stage, the artists are locked in an abandoned psychiatric clinic and deprived of sleep. At first, Bianca and her colleagues are inspired by Alma’s creative research, but due to insomnia, supernatural things begin to happen to the troupe.

Original title:
No dormirás

Actors:
Belen Rueda, Eva De Dominici, Natalia de Molina…

Country:
Spain, Argentina, Uruguay

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
16+


School (2018)

The main character of a horror film about an abandoned school building and otherworldly phenomena is Dr. Amy, whose son has been in a coma for two years now. Hopelessness pushes a woman to a desperate step. She finds herself in a special place where the souls of the guys who have not found peace live. This place looks like a school – and here, among the endless strings of doors, stairs and offices, Amy must find the soul of her son, showing ingenuity and overcoming her own fears.

Original title:
The School

Actors:
Megan Drury, Will MacDonald, Jack Ruwald …

Country:
Australia, United Arab Emirates

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.3, IMDb – 3.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Darkness (2018)

Another horror film about a group of young people who decided to film a show for their channel in an abandoned mental hospital. In this building, according to rumors, the Nazis conducted experiments on people. Noisy and fearless bloggers explore the structure, starting verbal skirmishes and joking with each other. However, soon the pursuit of Internet popularity will turn into a real nightmare for the guys, and the list of victims who are forever destined to remain within the walls of the sinister hospital may be replenished.

Original title:
Heilstätten

Actors:
Nilam Faruk, Farina Flebbe, Sonya Gerhardt…

Country:
Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.9, IMDb – 4.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Dom Ada LLC (2015)

Tragedy struck the small town of Abbadon. This is how a horror movie begins about an abandoned hotel – an old hotel where inexplicable events took place on Halloween during a horror tour. The city authorities tried to do everything to hide the details of the incident that claimed the lives of fifteen people. However, there are still clues. Sarah Haval, the only one who managed to survive, was left with amateur films shot by her team during the preparation of the attraction for work. And the girl is sure that the hotel was called the “House of Hell” for a reason.

Original title:
Hell House LLC

Actors:
Gore Abrams, Alice Bahlke, Danny Bellini…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 6.4

Age limits :
16+


Last Rites (2015)

Martha Livingston brutally cracks down on friends, and then commits suicide. Today, in the same building, a police officer discovers the corpses of young children and one survivor. John tells what happened to his comrades. It all started a week before the fateful day. Armed with cameras and special equipment, the friends went to the scene of the crime to hold a séance and film otherworldly activity. However, the guys stumbled upon much more terrible things than they expected.

Original title:
Demonic

Actors:
Maria Bello, Frank Grillo, Cody Horn …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.9, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Forbidden Zone (2012)

According to the plot, a group of tourists goes on a trip to Europe and longs for extreme adventures. This time the destination is the city of Pripyat and the notorious nuclear power plant. Just in case, the guys secured themselves and took a guide on a tour, but he could not resist the radiation mutants either. A rather scary foreign horror film about Chernobyl will be appreciated by all fans of the genre.

Original title:
Chernobyl Diaries

Genre:
Horror, Thriller, Detective

Actors:
Jonathan Sadovsky, Devin Kelly, Nathan Phillips…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.0, IMDb – 5.0

Age Limits :
18+


Mission (2011)

What can you do for money? The heroes of the next horror film about abandoned houses will try to answer this question. Six young people take part in a new reality show organized on the territory of a non-functioning prison . Having passed the casting and counting on fame and money, they could not even imagine what awaited them. But the cynical tasks that participants must complete are not the only obstacle to the prize. Another mysterious player shows up and something diabolical starts happening on the set.

Original title:
The Task

Actors:
Alexandra Staden, Victor McGuire, Sean McConaghy …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.9, IMDb – 4.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Tunnel (2011)

The plot of the pseudo-documentary film is built around a problem of national importance. The Sydney authorities are faced with a lack of fresh water and decide to clean up and use the water accumulated in the tunnels and mines under the city. However, the government hides the fact that underground sewers have long been a refuge for the homeless, and the implementation of the project may deprive them of their only shelter. In pursuit of a sensation, a group of journalists descends underground, not knowing that an ominous creature lurks in the depths of the tunnel.

Original title:
The Tunnel

Actors:
Belle Delia, Andy Rodoreda, Steve Davis…

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Grave Seekers (dilogue, 2010 and 2012)

This terrifying film about the abandoned was only 100 thousand Canadian dollars and 12 days of filming time, but despite this, he received good reviews from the audience, becoming an interesting representative of the mockumentary genre. The creative team of the program “Searchers” goes to a long-abandoned psychiatric hospital to film a new episode about mysticism. Wandering through the empty rooms, the guys realize that they are in a real hell. The doors of the building are closing, there is no way out, and something creepy is getting closer and closer.

Original title:
Grave Encounters

Actors:
Sean Rogerson, Mervyn Mondeser, Ashley Gryzko …

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


See No Evil (2006)

The role of the villain in this bloody horror was played by a wrestler of impressive size – and 147-kilogram Glen Jacobs performed all the tricks without understudies. A group of troubled teenagers, led by a former police officer, arrive at the abandoned Blackwell Hotel for correctional work. They do not suspect that this is where the thug Jacob Goodney is hiding – a psychopath with a steel plate in his head, who once sent several people to the next world. The maniac has been suffering from nightmares and headaches ever since he received the bullet, and this makes him even more ferocious.

Original title:
See No Evil

Actors:
Glen Jacobs, Christina Vidal, Michael J. Pagan …

Country:
USA, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.1

Age Limits :
18+


Hills Have Eyes (2006)

The remake of the 1977 horror film almost completely repeats the plot of the original, only modern make-up made the monsters even uglier, and new special effects are better for fear. In a hilly area, the authorities are testing nuclear weapons, which is reflected in the inhabitants of an abandoned mining town, turning them into mutants. Years later, in these desert regions, a car breaks down for the Carter family, and cannibal monsters are already waiting for travelers .

Original title:
The Hills Have Eyes

Actors:
Maxim Giffard, Michael Bailey Smith, Tom Bower…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.4

Age limits :
18+


Morning Prayer (2006)

The list of the best horror films about abandoned houses will continue with a thriller where a group of friends will fight ghosts, who decide to spend the night in an old hotel. In 1985, five students were killed here, and the killer was never found. It was supposed to be a night of crazy fun, but the situation changes when the guys find the remains of a human body, and otherworldly evil wakes up, smelling new victims.

Original title:
Pray for Morning

Actors:
Udo Kier, Jonathan Trent, Jessica Stroup…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 4.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Abandoned House (2006)

American Mary, the main character of a horror film, intends to find out what happened to her biological parents in 1966. Upon arrival in Russia, the woman learns that her mother died under strange circumstances, and she owns an abandoned house in a remote province. Having signed the papers for the inheritance, she goes there and meets Nikolai, her twin brother, on the spot. Crossing the threshold, Mary realizes that the events of forty years ago are closely intertwined with her present, and the horror that has remained in the old walls is trying to break free.

Original title:
The Abandoned

Actors:
Anastasia Hill, Karel Roden, Valentin Ganev…

Country:
Spain, Great Britain, Bulgaria

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Fragility (2005)

The atmospheric horror movie takes place inside an old children’s hospital. Soon the dilapidated hospital will be closed, but for now, a terrible ghost scares the unfortunate children at night. Little Maggie claims to be a “mechanical girl” named Charlotte. However, it is obvious to the medical staff that the ghost is just a fantasy of imaginative children. After an accident with a ward, the old nurse quits, and Amy comes in her place – she has to figure out the secrets of the locked second floor, from where Charlotte descends.

Original title:
Frágiles

Actors:
Calista Flockhart, Richard Roxburgh, Elena Anaya …

Country:
Spain, United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Taboo (2002)

Staying in an abandoned secluded mansion, six friends reveal their dark secrets while playing Taboo. According to the rules, participants take turns answering provocative personal questions. A year later, they are back together at the New Year’s Eve party . All goes well until the lights go out, at which point a package containing six cards is found with the words: “traitor, prostitute , rapist, homosexual and hypocrite”. These words are related to the “Taboo” they played a year ago, and soon the heroes begin to die one by one.

Original title:
Taboo

Actors:
Nick Stahl, Eddie Kay Thomas, January Jones…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.0, IMDb – 3.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Ninth session (2001)

The action of a horror film about mysterious events takes place in an abandoned mental hospital. Having received a lucrative order, a group of simple builders set to work in an old building. For almost a century, a huge number of patients with mental disorders have visited the hospital . Many of them suffered and died for a long time within these walls. But for hard workers it doesn’t matter where they have to work hard this time – men do not even suspect what dark secrets the hospital wards keep in themselves and how the oppressive atmosphere of the psychiatric hospital will affect them.

Original title:
Session 9

Actors:
David Caruso, Stephen Gevedon, Paul Gilfoyle …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Night Haunted House (1999)

The plot of the horror film is based on the infamous psychiatric hospital. The hospital was closed after the details of the experiments that the maniac doctor conducted on patients were revealed. Millionaire Steven Price buys an abandoned mansion to organize an extravagant birthday party for his wife. Someone mixed up the lists, and random people who are not familiar with each other or with the culprit of the party are invited to the celebration. The owner offers guests a million dollars for a night spent in a creepy place.

Original title:
House on Haunted Hill

Actors:
Geoffrey Rush, Famke Janssen, Tay Diggs…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.6

Age Limits :
16+


The Haunting of Hill House (1999)

The film will complete our selection, which, although it did not receive high ratings, unlike the mystical series of the same name, but became one of the most frightening horror films of the 90s. A gloomy building on a hill, owned by a textile tycoon, is chosen by Dr. Murrow as a research site. He brings here a group of people with sleep disorders. The doctor’s goal is to study the disorder in a confined space far from civilization. However, several days and nights in an old mansion become a real horror for patients.

Original title:
The Haunting

Actors:
Liam Neeson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Owen Wilson …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.0

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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