While a slasher film can definitely be scary, there’s something creepier about a supernatural movie. Those who don’t believe in spirits might still jump at these types of horror movies since they’re all about a presence that can’t be seen but can definitely be felt. There are many ways to approach this kind of story, but the main character is often looking into what’s going on, which allows audiences to root for them to figure it out before they meet a tragic end.
From haunted house stories to movies about curses and ghosts, these supernatural horror movies are favorites of Reddit users and are sure to terrify anyone who watches them.
10 The Grudge (2004)
Stream on Starz
In the 2004 remake of the Japanese film Ju-On: The Grudge, Karen is a student in Tokyo who discovers a scary curse when people pass away while they’re very sad or angry. The movie is definitely considered a terrifying story.
9 The Innkeepers (2011)
Stream on Peacock
Reddit user sharksrppl2 recommended “The Innkeepers,” a story about Luke and Claire who work at an old inn that is totally haunted.
The movie could be described as a slow burn horror film as it’s not full of jump scares or flashy moments but spends a lot of time setting up the freaky atmosphere and showing that there is absolutely a paranormal presence at this hotel.
8 Dark Skies (2013)
Stream on Netflix
While the Alien franchise is famous and popular, Dark Skies follows the idea of aliens taking over by telling a tale of a family whose kids start being targeted. The movie’s suburban setting works well as it’s even scarier when strange things start happening in the middle of the night.
7 Stir Of Echoes (1999)
Rent on AppleTV
Kevin Bacon starred in many memorable movies and this ’90s horror film is one of his most compelling. As Tom has visions, he is still living his regular family life with his wife and son, and the movie feels grounded and realistic even as it has supernatural elements.
6 The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2017)
Stream on Fubo
Reddit user hail_freyr recommended “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” in a thread along with The Innkeepers, calling the movies “a couple of my favorites.”
The movie follows several characters, from Joan who runs away from a hospital to Rose who thinks that she’s expecting a baby to Kat who stays at Bramford Academy during the winter break. The movie is well-done and totally scary, making audiences think and surprising them at every turn. The movie’s twist allows audiences to see why it’s about the supernatural.
5 Relic (2020)
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When Kay and Sam go to their mother and grandmother Edna’s house after she disappears, things aren’t the way that they should be, and things just get worse and more terrifying from there. This is a supernatural family story that will shock audiences as they watch what happens to Edna.
4 Host (2020)
Stream on Shudder
There are many great found footage horror movies and this subgenre sometimes deals with the paranormal, making these films a good bet when people want to get scared.
One Redditor recommended “Host on Shudder” and said the movie is “pretty new and also really great.” Rob Savage’s 2020 horror movie shows a group of friends chatting on Zoom and having a seance. The movie’s premise makes it extra interesting as it all takes place on a computer screen.
3 The Changeling (1980)
Stream on AMC+
Reddit user alimaemia called The Changeling “one of the best straight up haunted house films ever.”
In this truly horrifying movie, John begins staying in a mansion in Seattle, and he realizes that he got more than he bargained for when he learns that it’s a dangerous place to be.
2 Personal Shopper (2016)
Stream on Hulu
Kristen Stewart’s memorable movies include many different genres, and she starred in a supernatural movie that is truly fascinating.
Reddit user M0viefunn recommended “Personal Shopper,” the paranormal film that tells the story of Maureen, a woman dealing with the death of her brother, Lewis. Since they were twins, Maureen thinks that she can still get in touch with him, and the movie leaves audiences with a vague conclusion as it’s unclear if she can reach him or not.
1 Poltergeist (1982)
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The 1982 movie tells the story of married couple Diane and Steven who seem to be living a happy life with their kids. They soon realize that there’s a supernatural presence in their home that is affecting their kids. The reveal that the house is built on what used to be a cemetery so there are still spirits there is still effective.
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