Movies like The Serpent And The Rainbow 1988

A Harvard anthropologist is sent to Haiti to retrieve a strange powder that is said to have the power to bring human beings back from the dead. In his quest to find the miracle drug, the cynical scientist enters the rarely seen netherworld of walking zombies, blood rites and ancient curses. Based on the true life experiences of Wade Davis and filmed on location in Haiti, it's a frightening excursion into black magic and the supernatural.

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1 Dreamcatcher 2003

Four boyhood pals perform a heroic act and are changed by the powers they gain in return. Years later, on a hunting trip in the Maine woods, they're overtaken by a vicious blizzard that harbors an ominous presence. Challenged to stop an alien force, the friends must first prevent the slaughter of innocent civilians by a military vigilante ... and then overcome a threat to the bond that unites the four of them.

Genres:

Drama, Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller

Director:

Lawrence Kasdan

Writers:

Stephen King (novel), William Goldman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
5.5

2 The X Files 1998

Mulder and Scully, now taken off the FBI's X Files cases, must find a way to fight the shadowy elements of the government to find out the truth about a conspiracy that might mean the alien colonization of Earth.

Genres:

Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller

Director:

Rob Bowman

Writers:

Chris Carter (story), Frank Spotnitz (story) | 1 more credit »

Countries:

Canada, United States of America
7

3 Species 1995

In 1993, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Project receives a transmission detailing an alien DNA structure, along with instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. The result is Sil, a sensual but deadly creature who can change from a beautiful woman to an armour-plated killing machine in the blink of an eye.

Genres:

Science Fiction, Horror, Action

Director:

Roger Donaldson

Writer:

Dennis Feldman

Country:

United States of America
5.8

4 In The Mouth Of Madness 1994

With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to investigate Cane's mysterious vanishing act and ends up in the sleepy little East Coast town of Hobb's End.

Genres:

Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Director:

John Carpenter

Writer:

Michael De Luca

Country:

United States of America
7.2

5 Hellraiser 1987

An unfaithful wife encounters the zombie of her dead lover while the demonic cenobites are pursuing him after he escaped their sadomasochistic underworld.

Genre:

Horror

Director:

Clive Barker

Writer:

Clive Barker

Country:

United Kingdom
7

6 The Evil Dead 1981

The Evil Dead (originally released as Book of the Dead) is a 1981 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also starred alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. The film focuses on five college students vacationing in an isolated cabin in a remote wooded area. After they find an audio tape that, when played, releases a legion of demons and spirits, members of the group suffer from demonic possession, leading to increasingly gory mayhem.

Raimi, Campbell and their friends produced the short film Within the Woods as a proof of concept to build the interest of potential investors, which secured US$90,000 to produce The Evil Dead. Principal photography took place on location in a remote cabin located in Morristown, Tennessee, in a difficult filming process that proved extremely uncomfortable for the cast and crew; the film's extensive stop-motion animation and prosthetic makeup effects were created by artist Tom Sullivan. The completed film attracted the interest of producer Irvin Shapiro, who helped screen the film at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival. Horror author Stephen King gave a rave review of the film, which helped convince New Line Cinema to serve as its distributor.

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7 The Frighteners 1996

Once an architect, Frank Bannister now passes himself off as an exorcist of evil spirits. To bolster his facade, he claims his "special" gift is the result of a car accident that killed his wife. But what he does not count on is more people dying in the small town where he lives. As he tries to piece together the supernatural mystery of these killings, he falls in love with the wife of one of the victims and deals with a crazy FBI agent.

Genres:

Horror, Comedy

Director:

Peter Jackson

Countries:

New Zealand, United States of America
7.1

8 Shadow Of The Vampire 2000

Director F.W. Murnau makes a Faustian pact with a vampire to get him to star in his 1922 film "Nosferatu."

Genres:

Drama, Horror

Director:

E. Elias Merhige

Writer:

Steven Katz

Countries:

Luxembourg, United Kingdom, United States of America
6.9

9 The Return Of The Living Dead 1985

When a bumbling pair of employees at a medical supply warehouse accidentally release a deadly gas into the air, the vapors cause the dead to re-animate as they go on a rampage seeking their favorite food: brains!

Genres:

Comedy, Horror

Director:

Dan O'Bannon

Writers:

Rudy Ricci (story), John A. Russo (story) (as John Russo) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
7.3

10 Re-Animator 1985

A dedicated student at a medical college and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue when an odd new student arrives on campus.

Genres:

Science Fiction, Comedy, Horror

Director:

Stuart Gordon

Writers:

H.P. Lovecraft (story "Herbert West, Re-Animator"), Dennis Paoli (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Country:

United States of America
7.2

11 Phantasm 1979

A young boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a mysterious arsenal of terrible weapons with him.

Genres:

Horror, Science Fiction

Director:

Don Coscarelli

Writer:

Don Coscarelli

Country:

United States of America
6.8

12 Dead Alive 1992

Four beautiful rivals at an invitation-only martial-arts tournament join forces against a sinister threat. Princess Kasumi is an aristocratic warrior trained by martial-arts masters. Tina Armstrong is a wrestling superstar. Helena Douglas is an athlete with a tragic past. Christie Allen earns her keep as a thief and an assassin-for-hire.

Genres:

Adventure, Action, Thriller

Director:

Corey Yuen (as Cory Yuen)

Writers:

J.F. Lawton (screenplay), Adam Gross (screenplay) | 2 more credits »

Countries:

Germany, United Kingdom, United States of America
4.8

13 An American Werewolf In London 1981

Two American tourists in England are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.

Genres:

Comedy, Horror

Director:

John Landis

Writer:

John Landis

Countries:

United Kingdom, United States of America
7.5

14 House 1985

Roger Cobb is a author who has just separated from his wife. He moves into a new house and tries to work on a novel based on his experiences in the Vietnam War. Strange things start happening around him; little things at first, but as they become more frequent, Cobb becomes aware that the house resents his presence.

Genres:

Comedy, Horror

Director:

Steve Miner

Writers:

Fred Dekker (story), Ethan Wiley (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
6.2

15 Invasion Of The Body Snatchers 1978

The first remake of the paranoid infiltration classic moves the setting for the invasion, from a small town to the city of San Francisco and starts as Matthew Bennell notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are in some way different. When questioned later they themselves seem changed, as they deny everything or make lame excuses. As the invaders increase in number they become more open and Bennell, who has by now witnessed an attempted "replacement", realises that he and his friends must escape or suffer the same fate. But who can he trust to help him and who has already been snatched?

Genres:

Horror, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller

Director:

Philip Kaufman

Writers:

W.D. Richter (screenplay), Jack Finney (novel)

Country:

United States of America
7.4

16 The Cell 2000

A psychotherapist journeys inside a comatose serial killer in the hopes of saving his latest victim.

Genres:

Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller

Director:

Tarsem Singh

Countries:

Germany, United States of America
6.3

17 Stigmata 1999

A young woman with no strong religious beliefs, Frankie Paige begins having strange and violent experiences, showing signs of the wounds that Jesus received when crucified. When the Vatican gets word of Frankie's situation, a high-ranking cardinal requests that the Rev. Andrew Kiernan investigate her case. Soon Kiernan realizes that very sinister forces are at work, and tries to rescue Frankie from the entity that is plaguing her.

Genres:

Horror, Thriller

Director:

Rupert Wainwright

Writers:

Tom Lazarus (story), Tom Lazarus (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United States of America
6.2

18 The Changeling 1980

After a tragic event happens, composer John Russell moves to Seattle to try to overcome it and build a new and peaceful life in a lonely big house that has been uninhabited for many years. But, soon after, the obscure history of such an old mansion and his own past begin to haunt him.

Genre:

Horror

Director:

Peter Medak

Writers:

Russell Hunter (story), William Gray (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

Canada
7.2

19 The Hunger 1983

Miriam promises her lovers the gift of eternal life, but John, her companion for centuries, suddenly discovers that he is getting old minute by minute, so he looks for Dr. Sarah Roberts, a researcher on the mechanisms of aging, and asks her for help.

Genres:

Horror, Drama

Director:

Tony Scott

Writers:

Ivan Davis (screenplay), Michael Thomas (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

Country:

United Kingdom
6.7

20 The Dead Zone 1983

Johnny Smith is a schoolteacher with his whole life ahead of him but, after leaving his fiancee's home one night, is involved in a car crash which leaves him in a coma for 5 years. When he wakes, he discovers he has an ability to see into the past, present and future life of anyone with whom he comes into physical contact.

Genres:

Thriller, Horror, Science Fiction

Director:

David Cronenberg

Writers:

Jeffrey Boam (screenplay), Stephen King (novel)

Country:

United States of America
7.2

21 The Wicker Man 1973

Police sergeant Neil Howie is called to an island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed. Stranger still, however, are the rituals that take place there.

Genre:

Horror

Director:

Robin Hardy

Writer:

Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)

Country:

United Kingdom
7.5

22 Lord Of Illusions 1995

During a routine case in L.A., NY private investigator Harry D'Amour stumbles over members of a fanatic cult who are preparing for the resurrection of their leader Nix, a powerful magician who was killed 13 years earlier.

Genres:

Horror, Fantasy

Director:

Clive Barker

Writers:

Clive Barker (story "The Last Illusion"), Clive Barker (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
6.1

23 Angel Heart 1987

Down-and-out private detective Harry Angel is ordered by the mysterious Louis Cyphre to go on a mission to find a missing person. His routine failure soon leads to a bloody spar with himself, as he goes on a supernatural journey into his own soul.

Genres:

Horror, Mystery

Director:

Alan Parker

Writers:

William Hjortsberg (novel), Alan Parker (screenplay)

Country:

United States of America
7.3

24 The Abominable Dr. Phibes 1971

Famous organist Anton Phibes is horribly disfigured in an automobile accident while rushing to the side of his sick wife and presumed to be dead. Once Phibes learns that his wife died on the operating table, he is convinced the doctors are responsible and begins exacting his revenge on all those involved.

Genres:

Comedy, Horror

Director:

Robert Fuest

Country:

United Kingdom
7.1