The Best Haunted House Movies

Looking for some scary haunted house movies to make your night horrific? This list contains the best haunted house movies out there.  Finding a decent scary movie can be a challenge, so use this as a guide for ideas on what to watch.

The list has gotten so long I’m breaking this down into different pages. There are more movies on these pages: The Ghost Movies page, Supernatural Horror Movies page and The Haunted Mansion Page.

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The Enfield Haunting

The story of the Enfield Poltergeist is told in a three-hour miniseries, broadcast in 2015. This movie depicts the true story of a family haunted by a vicious and terrifying entity. A nail-biting rendition of the world-famous Enfield Haunting can be seen on streaming services like Hulu. Read more about the show here.

(2015) Starring: Timothy Spall, Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Juliet Stevenson / Directed by: Kristoffer Nyholm

Stir of Echoes

Kevin Bacon stars in this haunting thriller about a man who, at a party, says that hypnotism is a load of bunk. He agrees to be a subject, but unfortunately, it really worked. Thereafter he is able to pick up communications from the beyond. When he gets messages from his own basement, he begins to uncover a mystery that was never intended to be discovered.

(1999) Starring: Kevin Bacon, Zachary David Cope, Kathryn Erbe  / Directed by: David Koepp

The Changeling

George C. Scott stars as a music professor who has lost his family in a car accident. In order to recover from the grief, he moves to another place and rents an old house that has a lingering resident from days gone by. Excellent film and a haunted house movies classic.

(1980) Starring: George C. Scott, Trish Van Devere, Melvyn Douglas  /  Directed by: Peter Medak

The Yellow Wallpaper

If you like mysterious haunted house movies full of suspense and subtle scares, you might like this. While haunted house movie wallpapers may be available at movie sites, but you can read about The Yellow Wallpaper here.

(2012) Starring: Aric Cushin, Juliet Landau, Dale Dickey / Directed by: Logan Thomas

Amityville Horror

This haunted house movie takes place in Amityville, New York. A couple, each on their second marriages, buys a house with a history–a very bad history. I’m talking a murder/suicide type-bad history. Needless to say, they get the house for a song and feel like the smartest, luckiest couple in the world.

When the possessions begin to occur, the family heads for the same fate as the previous inhabitants: murder and suicide! Read more about the story here . . .

(1979) Starring: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger / Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg

The Messengers

Before Kristin Stewart became famous for Twilight, she starred in this movie as a troubled teen. Her family moves to the country in an attempt to get closer and overcome their problems. The farmhouse they live in turns out to be haunted. Dark and ominous, this is a good quality movie that will give you the creeps.

(2007) Starring: Dylan McDermott, Penelope Ann Miller, Kristen Stewart / Directed by: Oxide Pang Chun and Danny Pang


Back in the 1980’s, California was experiencing a housing boom. Steve’s real estate career was peaking and Diane enjoyed staying home with the kids, creating a beautiful home in the Southern California suburbs

. . . until the ghosts came.

A malevolent spirit carried Carol Anne away, past the TV set and the toy box, and down through the closet. Carol Anne becomes trapped on the other side with an evil spirit who selfishly uses her energy to do its bidding.

Call in a paranormal investigation team and Steve and Diane undertake the fight of their lives, battling the legion spirits who haunt their house. This is one of the classic haunted house movies and remains tops in its genre.

(1982) Starring: Jo Beth Williams, Heather O’Rourke, Craig T. Nelson / Directed by: Tobe Hooper

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