Our top picks for the scariest haunted house movies ever are The Witch in the Window and We Are Still Here.
Haunted houses have to be one of, if not the most popular sort of story in the horror genre. Throughout the ages, there have been several stories like this one. Everyone claims to know where a haunted home is located in their area of the world.
Unpredictability is a key element in the allure of horror films set in haunted mansions. Setups aren’t always different, but execution is almost soothing. Which makes logical, considering that the heart is at home. As a result, it’s understandable why haunted houses have such a profound effect on humans. Let’s take a look at ten of the scariest haunted house movies ever made as we explore the history of horror film.
1. The Echo (2004)
Having a place of one’s own is exciting for Marvin, but he has one minor issue. As you walk down the corridor, you’ll hear a loud dispute between a couple. Marvin is unsure of what to do when the building management refuses to intervene in the arguments. Suddenly, Marvin finds himself in a scenario he could never have predicted.
the film’s steady burn overcomes its meager budget, is directed by Yam Laranas’ The Echo (formerly known as Sigaw). Everyday indiscretions can continue beyond death, and it is never too late to do the right thing. This English-language remake was directed by Laranas in 2008 and stars Iza Calzado, who appeared in the original Filipino film.
2. Sweet Home (1989)
To chronicle the restoration of his own paintings, a film crew visits a reclusive painter at his home. While on location, the crew encounters a series of mysterious occurrences that are linked to the painter’s deepest mysteries.
As a sequel to the Capcom game of the same name, Sweet Home had a major impact on the survival horror genre. Dick Smith (The Exorcist), who worked on the aesthetics for the Sweet Homemovie, contributed to the film’s impressive realistic effects. Even though Toho has releasedSweet Homeon Laserdisc, the film has yet to be released on any other home video format.
3. The Pact (2012)
Her mother’s death causes her to return to the house where she grew up. Anxiety about her childhood causes a cascade of supernatural events to unfold in the house as she remains there.
People returning to their childhood homes and confronting their history is one of the most common horror motifs. It’s not uncommon for adolescent trauma to cause dread. As a result, The Pact taps into people’s repressed memories of their own families. However, you can’t deny that you feel the full weight of the protagonists struggle in this film.
4. The Innocents (1961)
Despite her lack of expertise, Miss Giddens is hired as a governess in a Victorian mansion. Because he is an uncle to two young children, the owner prefers to travel and socialize rather than take care of his family members. Miles and Flora are orphans who were abandoned by their parents when they were very young and are now being raised by their uncle. A mystical entity may or may not be influencing Miss Giddens’ charges as she cares for them now.
This 1961 film adaptation of Henry James’ novel The Turn of the Screw is one of the best examples of psycho-horror narrative ever made.. It’s well-acted and emphatic, and it’s hauntingly beautiful. The Innocents is clearly a source of inspiration for modern horror masterpieces like The Others.
5. The Haunted (1991)
New town, new Smurls: the devoutSmurl family relocates. Because of a paranormal situation, the Smurls’ new town turns its back on them, but they rapidly become part of the community. With the help of The Conjuring’s ghost-hunting Warrens, the Smurls are able to evict the evil spirit that has been haunting their home.
Fox initially aired this TV-movie. Because of the film’s tone and acting rather than its production values, The Haunted succeeds.
6. The Witch in the Window (2018)
In order to flip the house, a divorced father invites his son along for the ride. In the course of their work on the property, they learn about the former owner, who they now believe to be a malicious spirit.
What at first seems like a typical supernatural thriller, The Witch in the Window is actually one of the best examples of its kind. First and foremost, the film aims to improve the relationship between the son and father. By the end of the novel, you’ve become engaged in their emotional well-being as much as their physical protection.
7. We Are Still Here (2015)
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They relocate to a remote property in the New York countryside following the death of their son. There is a family of dormant, malevolent spirits lurking in the shadows because of their grief.
In comparison to other ghost stories, this one feels more’realistic.’ Naturalistic acting without being overbearing. The scares are accentuated by visual effects that stay with you long after the movie concludes. The soundtrack is also worth mentioning. Or, more accurately, the absence of it. When the soundtrack is kept to a minimal, it increases the level of tension.
8. The Legend of Hell House (1973)
In the Belasco House, a mansion that was once the residence of a serial killer, researchers and their crew enter. His victims’ souls are claimed to still inhabit the house. In contrast to the rest of the team, the squad’s captain, Lionel, is a skeptic. In order to prove or disprove the presence of paranormal activity, they enter this murder house together.
One of the best haunted home movies is The Legend of Hell House, based on the novel of the same name by Richard Matheson. As far as horror goes, the film is an underappreciated ’70s ghost story.
9. The Entity (1982)
In the case of a single mother who has been physically abused, she is made to believe that the act never occurred. As a result, there is no indication that someone broke into her house. It turns out, however, that when she seeks the assistance of two parapsychologists, she may in fact have a ghost problem.
The Entity frightens us in a way we’ve never felt before. As a starting point, the film is more relatable to the audience than a typical ghost story would be. In addition, Barbara Hershey’s unvarnished performance is a must-see.
10. Ghostwatch (1992)
A field reporter is dispatched to a council house in Northolt, London, as part of a live television investigation. The residents, a single mother and her two daughters, believe their home is haunted. Toward the end of Halloween, the reporter and the show’s hosts conclude that there is more to the unusual story of the family.
In 1992, BBC1 aired this show on Halloween night. Audiences assumed that this special was authentic until after the event. It’s not a staged event. Since the original screening of Ghostwatch was so controversial, the movie has not been screened in the UK again.