Over the last several decades haunted houses have been depicted in horror cinema in a variety of ways from American Suburbia while others have been depicted as old, broken down and decrepit in the middle of nowhere. As a fan of haunted house films, I will watch pretty much any film dealing with the subject matter. I find the idea very fascinating because my home is my safe place, my home protects me from thunder, lightning, and the rain. My home holds precious memories and is my sanctuary, my home is the pillar of my sanity. Films that interfere with this comfort zone and create a home that was once a pleasant place to be, now a dreadful treacherous experience is quite unnerving, and I love it! Homes have history and usually, our haunted house films deal with a tragedy such as murder, suicide, or accidental death – some of which is a mystery.
So here is a quick list of my top 7 Haunted House Films. Let us know in the comments below how this list compares to yours. Share some of your best-haunted house films with us.
Top 7 Spooky Haunted House Movies
7). What Lies Beneath (2000)
Directed By: Robert Zemeckis Written.
Cast: Harrison Ford & Michelle Pfeiffer.
Synopsis: The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost – or that she is losing her mind.
6). Paranormal Activity (2007)
Directed By: Oren Pell.
Cast: Katie Featherston & Micah Sloat.
Synopsis: After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.
5). Insidious (2010)
Directed By: James Wan.
Cast: Patrick Wilson & Rose Byrne.
Synopsis: A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.
4). The Conjuring (2013)
Director: James Wan.
Stars: Patrick Wilson & Vera Farmiga.
Synopsis: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.
3). House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Director: William Castle.
Stars: Vincent Price & Carol Ohmart.
Synopsis: A millionaire offers $10,000 to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.
2). Poltergeist (1982)
Director: Tobe Hooper.
Stars: JoBeth Williams, Craig T. Nelson, & Heather O’ Rourke.
Synopsis: A young family is visited by ghosts in their home. At first, the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorize the family before they “kidnap” the youngest daughter.
1). The Amityville Horror (1979)
Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Stars: James Brolin, Margot Kidder.
Synopsis: Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.
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-About The Author-
Ryan T. Cusick is a writer for ihorror.com and very much enjoys conversation and writing about anything within the horror genre. Horror first sparked his interest after watching the original, The Amityville Horror when he was the tender age of three. Ryan lives in California with his wife and Eleven-year-old daughter, who is also expressing interest in the horror genre. Ryan recently received his Master’s Degree in Psychology and has aspirations to write a novel. Ryan can be followed on Twitter @Nytmare112