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35 Best English Horror Movies: Some of the best in the genre!

35 Best English Horror Movies: Some of the best in the genre!

English horror movies

The genre of horror movies has always been one of utter excitement that the audience keenly awaits. The spooky tales, the frightening scares, and the spine-chilling motives and violence that each plot unfolds, don’t forget the scary night that follows though! But all of it just adds to the exhilaration that the whole genre presents us with. Here is our take on some of the best English horror movies out there, for you to kickstart a spooky and nerve-racking horror binge experience.

1. Cabin Fever (2002)

Cast

Rider Strong, James DeBello, Jordan Ladd, Joey Kern, Cerina Vincent.

Director: Eli Roth

Synopsis

Five college friends visit a cabin in the woods, but soon fall prey to a man who is struck with a horrifying virus. They kill the man, but the virus starts spreading amongst them and soon they garner the attention of the violent local community.

IMDB:  5.6/10

Watch it here: Prime Video

2. The Witch

Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Harvey Scrimshaw, Ellie Grainger, Bathsheba Garnett.

Director: Robert Eggers

Synopsis:

Set in the England of the mid-sixteenth century, a puritan family is thrown out from society, and they set up their farmhouse at the end of the forest, where nobody else resides. Soon they face the forces of witchcraft and wizardry. The Witch puts together a terrifying tale and is a must-watch for those who like English horror movies.

IMDb: 6.9/10

Watch it here: Hulu

3. The Purge

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder, Adelaide Kane, Edwin Hodge

Director: James DeMonaco

Synopsis:

The Purge is an annual event authorized by the government to counter the economic collapse. A rich family finds themselves in trouble when they are held hostage during one such purge.

IMDb: 5.7/10

Watch it here: Prime Video, Hulu

4. Sinister (2012)

Cast: Ethan Hawke, Juliet Rylance, Fred Thomson, Michael D’Addario, James Ransone

Director: Scott Derrickson

Synopsis:

Ellison Oswalt is a true-crime writer who finds an eerie house which he could use from his next book. Soon he moves in there with his whole family and finds a number of homemade videos portraying the deaths of the families that have lived there before. He soon starts unraveling the mystery and finding patterns amongst the videos, only to realize that he might as well be the next victim in line. This movie could not have missed our list of the best English horror movies.

IMDb:  6.8/10

Watch it here: Netflix

5. It Comes at Night

Cast: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough.

Director: Trey Edward Shults

Synopsis:

A horrifying catastrophe forces a family to gain shelter and be locked in their house to be safe from the peril still looming outside. Soon they come in contact with another family who is seeking a roof, and the two families soon join hands, only to experience untrust and doubts amongst them, and to face a fearful fate.

IMDb: 6.2/10

Watch it here: Prime video

6. The Invisible Man

Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Harriet Dyer, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid

Director: Leigh Whannell

Synopsis:

Cecilia’s ex-boyfriend commits suicide and leaves all his wealth to her. But she soon starts experiencing peculiar and bizarre incidents that lead her to believe that her ex-boyfriend might still be alive, and tries to hunt down the truth. The Invisible Man is a spooky and frightening tale and should definitely be on your watchlist of English horror movies.

IMDb: 7.1/10

Watch it here: Prime video

7. Don’t Breathe

Cast: Stephen Lang, Dylan Minnette, Jane Levy, Daniel Zovatto

Director: Fede Alvarez

Synopsis:

Three criminals break into the house of Norman, a rich ex-military who is a blind man, hoping to get out with deep pockets. But surprises await them as Norman doesn’t seem so powerless and undefended. Don’t Breathe is a great watch, with impeccable storytelling and wondrous acting performance by the cast, it definitely would not miss our list of best English horror movies.

IMDb: 7.1/10

Watch it here: Prime Video

8. The Conjuring

Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston

Director: James Wan

Synopsis:

Roger Perron and Carolyn along with their five daughters move into a farmhouse, where they soon start experiencing paranormal activities. They take the help of Ed Warren and Lorraine who are known demonologists to decipher their case. One of the movies which set the base for all horror movies to come with a hugely acclaimed audience, Conjuring is a must-watch for all fans of English horror movies.

IMDb: 7.5/10

Watch it here: Netflix, Prime Video, Hungama

9. Insidious

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson

Director: James Wan

Synopsis:

Josh Lambert and Renai along with their three kids relocate into a new house, and one day their son Dalton falls into a coma. Even after three months, there is no progress or explanation as to what is wrong with Dalton, and they soon bring him back home. From here on the family starts experiencing paranormal activities and they soon call in Elise a psychic to unravel the truth behind all of this.

IMDb: 6.8/10

Watch it here: Disney+, Netflix, Zee5

10. Hereditary

Cast: Alex Wolff, Gabriel Byrne, Toni Collette, Milly Shapiro, Christy Summerhays

Director: Ari Aster

Synopsis:

Ellen Leigh is the mother of Annie Graham and grandmother to Peter and Charlie. But soon after Ellen passes away. After a week Ellen’s grave is desecrated and thereon the family starts experiencing ghostly and spooky events. They soon discover that Ellen held secrets and the remainder of the family might also acquire the same fate. Hereditary has a captivating storyline to keep you hooked in, add this movie right away to your watchlist of English horror movies.

IMDb: 7.3/10

Watch it here: Prime Video

11. A Quiet Place

Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Cade Woodward, Noah Jupe, Leon Russom

Director: John Krasinski

Synopsis:

It’s a post-apocalyptic world, and the Abbott family are in hiding and need to keep themselves safe from creatures who attack hearing any sound and thus use sign language to communicate.  A Quiet Place is so enthralling and terrifying at the same time that it had to go right into our list of best English horror movies.

IMDb: 7.5/10

Watch it here: Prime Video

12. The Cabin in the Woods

Cast: Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Bradley Whitford, Richard Jenkins

Director: Drew Goddard

Synopsis:

Five friends explore a cabin in a forest but soon one by one they fall prey to certain sorcery. On the other side, there are two scientists who seem to have some control over all these activities. As the story moves further, it is not all that it looks like, as there are other powers in the forefront as well. The Cabin is one of the best horrifying tales out there and tops our list of best English horror movies.

IMDb: 7.0/10

Watch it here: Prime Video, Netflix

13. It

Cast: Jaeden Martell, Sophia Lillis, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer, Bill Skarsgard

Director: Andy Muschietti

Synopsis:

It’s the year 1989, and a number of children have gone missing. The kidnapper Pennywise is a shape-shifting clown who makes the children face their darkest horrors, and thus torments and tortures them. ‘It’ is a spine-tingling tale with its share of scares and terrors, if you say you love English horror movies you must have already have had watched this movie.

IMDb: 7.3/10

Watch it here: Prime Video

14. 28 Days Later

Cast: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Noah Huntley, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns, Christopher Eccleston

Director: Danny Boyle

Synopsis:

Set in post-apocalyptic London, 28 Days Later features an epidemic, a deadly virus leaked out of a primate research facility by accident that turns people into bloodthirsty zombies consumed by blinding rage. The few survivors that revive from a coma to a city vacant and haunted by the tragedy brought on by the virus find themselves struggling to come to terms with this new, horrifying reality and survive. 28 Days Later, puts both horror and a post-apocalyptic world together in a bewitching way, and if not already then at least now it has to go into your watchlist of English horror movies.

IMDb: 7.6/10

Watch it here: Prime Video, Hotstar

15. It Chapter Two

Cast: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Isaiah Mustafa, Bill Hader, Bill Skarsgard

Director: Andy Mushchietti

Synopsis:

It Chapter Two, an American supernatural horror film, is a sequel to its 2017 predecessor, both based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel. It follows the story of members of the Losers’ Club who after almost three decades of defeating evil in the town of Derry, Maine decide to reunite, this time, to defeat the evil clown Pennywise who has returned to wreak havoc on the town, yet again. It Chapter Two is a dark tale and is a must-watch for all devotees of English horror movies.

IMDb:  6.5/10

Watch it here: Prime Video

16. Ringu (Japanese 1998)

Cast: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yuko Takeuchi, Hitomi Sato, Yoichi Numata

Director: Hideo Nakata

Synopsis:

Based on Koji Suzuki’s 1991 novel, our protagonist in The Ring is a journalist tasked with investigating an insidious videotape that mysteriously causes the death of anyone who watches it exactly a week after. Ringu or The Ring is an alluring tale that will keep you hooked from start to end, add it to your watchlist of English horror movies right away!

IMDb: 7.2/10

Watch it here: Prime Video

17. Split

Cast: James McAvoy, Anna Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula, Betty Buckley

Director: M. Night Shyamalan

Synopsis:

Split is a 2016 psychological thriller following Kevin Wendell Crumb, a patient of a mental illness known as dissociative identity disorder which causes him to have 24 different personalities aka 23 alter egos, all fueled by childhood abuse and abandonment. This trauma causes his various alter egos to conspire in the kidnapping and detainment of three teenage girls in a secluded underground facility. Split is an unmissable watch and should be on any list of English horror movies.

IMDb: 7.3/10

Watch it here: Amazon Prime, Netflix

18. Doctor Sleep

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Kyliegh Curran, Rebecca Ferguson.

Director: Mike Flanagan

Synopsis:

Another Stephen King novel and the sequel to a 1980 adaptation of the book, Doctor Sleep follows Dan Torrance who is now an adult still struggling to come to terms with his past trauma. This time he tries to protect a little girl who possesses the gift of the shine, just like he does, from True Knot, a cult that preys on children who use these powers in order to extend their lives. When we talk about English horror movies, Stephen King goes hand in hand. Doctor Sleep is another sublime watch to fulfill all your horror desires.

IMDb:  7.3/10

Watch it here: Netflix

19. Host

Cast: Haley Bishop, Jemma More, Emma Webb, Radina Drandova, Caroline, Alan Emrys, James Swanton

Director: Rob Savage

Synopsis:

Host is a very contemporary horror film that starts with a haunted Zoom meeting. Yes, you read that right. In the aftermath of a virtual séance gone awry, six friends have to face the wrath of a demonic presence that invites itself into their homes, causing strange things to occur. The innovative idea and the creative presence make The Host a must-watch film for the audience who love English horror movies.

IMDb: 6.5/10

Watch it here: Prime Video

20. Veronica

Cast: Sandra Escacena, Bruna Gonzalez, Claudia Placer, Ivan Chavero

Director: Paco Plaza

Synopsis:

Set in Madrid 1991, a teenage girl mourning her father’s death decides to contact his spirit through an Ouija board session involving two of her friends during a solar eclipse. After losing her consciousness during the séance, she finds herself with an evil spirit on her hands, along with her younger siblings to take care of. Veronica is a decent watch though it fails to keep up with its competitors, it is another good watch of the English horror movies out there.

IMDb:  6.2/10

Watch it here: Netflix,

21. Mama

Cast: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier. Javier Botet

Director: Andy Muschietti

Synopsis:

Two little girls are left alone in their forest cabin after the death of their parents with no one to take care of them. Except, there is someone. An ominous identity they seem to refer to as ‘mama’, eventually follows them to their new suburban home after they’re taken into the care of their uncle.

IMDb: 6.2/10

Watch it here: Netflix, Prime Video

22. Annabelle

Cast: Anthony LaPaglia, Samara Lee, Miranda Otto, Brad Greenquist

Director: David F. Sandberg

Synopsis:

Tragedy befalls an expectant couple in the form of a doll that John Form decides is the perfect gift for his pregnant wife, Mia. He stands corrected as they are attacked by a cult of devil worshippers. In their attempts to summon a demon, they leave a bloody rune on the walls of the nursery, the blood from which drips onto the doll, making it a conduit for evil. Annabelle is regarded as one of the best English horror movies out there.

IMDb: 6.5/10

Watch it here: Prime Video

23. The Nun

Cast: Taissa Farmiga, Dermain Bichir, Bonnie Aarons, Jonas Bloquet

Director: Corin Hardy

Synopsis:

A gothic supernatural horror and fifth installment of the Conjuring Universe franchise, The Nun is set in Romania of 1952. After a nun takes her own life, the Vatican sends a novitiate on the verge of taking her final vows and a Roman Catholic priest to investigate, leading to them stumbling upon an unholy secret. If you haven’t watched The Nun already, you haven’t got the best of English horror movies.

IMDb: 5.3/10

Watch it here: Prime Video, Netflix

24. Evil Dead

Cast: Jane Levy, Shiloh Fernandez, Jessica Lucas, Lou Taylor Pucci

Director: Fede Alvarez

Synopsis:

In this 2013 English horror movie, five friends on a weekend trip to a forest cabin discover the Book of the Dead and read aloud from it, awakening a malevolent demon. All hell breaks loose when one of them is possessed by the entity.

IMDb: 6.5/10

Watch it here: Prime video

25. Hush

Cast: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr., Michael Trucco, Samantha Sloyan, Emma Graves

Director: Mike Flanagan

Synopsis:

This 2016 English horror movie follows Maddie Young, an author who has been deaf since the age of 13 after contracting bacterial meningitis. After receiving international acclaim for the release of her book Midnight Mass, she decides to remove herself from society and live in the forests of NYC with her cat in order to further her career. However, things take a nasty turn when a masked killer shows up at her window. Hush is another must-watch film on our list of best English horror movies.

IMDb: 6.6/10

Watch it here: Prime Video

26. Gokseong (The Wailing)

Cast: Do-won Kwak, Jung-min Hwang, Jun- Kunimura, Woo-hee Chun, Hwan-hee Kim

Director: Na Hong-jin

Synopsis:

Gokseong is a small village in Korea, where a bizarre illness takes over and probes people to kill. This infection took over the village after a strange moved into stay. Jong-goo, a local policeman takes it upon himself to solve the mystery, but soon is drawn into the deep dark enigma when his own daughter is affected by it. The Wailing is one of the best English horror movies out there.

IMDb: 7.5/10

Watch it here: Prime Video

27. Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum

Cast: Wi- Ha-Joon, Yoo Je-Yoon, Seung-Wook Lee, Ah-yeon Oh, Ye-Won Mun

Director: Jung Bum-Shik

Synopsis:

Ha-Joon, the creator of a show called ‘Horror Times’ puts together a team to explore a haunted asylum which is famous of its horror stories, in order to gain more viewership and fame. But things take a wild turn as they encounter bizarre presences and they get deeper sucked into the asylum. Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum has a captivating story that keeps you on your toes and it has to be included in our list of English horror movies.

IMDb: 6.3/10

Watch it Here: Prime Video, Netflix

28. The Others

Cast: Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Fionnula Flanagan, Alakina Mann, James Bentley

Director: Alejandro Amenabar

Synopsis:

The Others follows Grace, a dedicated mother, who moves herself and her two photosensitive children to the English coast during World War II in order to protect them while waiting on word of her missing husband. Soon, chilling visions and occurrences along with her daughter’s claim of having seen a ghost make her believe in the presence of a paranormal entity in the house. The Others is filled with terror and horror and is definitely one of the best English horror movies out there.

IMDb: 7.6/10

Watch it here: Prime Video

29. Escape Room (2019)

Cast: Taylor Russell, Logan Miller, Jay Ellis, Tyler Labine, Deborah Ann Woll

Director: Adam Robitel

Synopsis:

A psychological thriller released in 2019, it involves a group of six people from different walks of life and varied professions who are given a puzzle cube and upon solving, invited into an escape room with two possible outcomes- a prize of $10,000 or death.

IMDb: 6.4/10

Watch it here: Prime Video

30. Annabelle Comes Home

Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Katie Sarife, Madison Iseman

Director: Gary Dauberman

Synopsis:

A sequel to Annabelle, baby Judy is left at home with a babysitter as her parents leave for an investigation. But soon enough, the possessed doll locked up in the artifacts room of the house wakes up with a vengeance and unleashes other evil spirits in the room. This is the beginning of a dreary night of terror and trauma.

IMDb:  5.9/10

Watch it here: Prime Video

31. A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

Cast: Lim Soo-jung, Jung-ah Yum, Kim Kap-su, Moon Geun-young, Mi-hyeon Park

Director: Jee-wong Kim

Synopsis:

The movie follows the lives of two sisters, who return to their family estate after one of them is released from a mental asylum. They return home to their stepmother, who they don’t get along with. But very soon it’s not just her that they have to deal as the ghost of their mother starts haunting the house, only to reveal deeper darker secrets within the family. A Tale of Two Sisters is the highest-grossing horror film from South Korea and has always garnered attention worldwide, having said that it was impossible to leave this movie from our list of the best English horror movies out there.

IMDb: 7.2/10

Watch it on: Prime Video

32. The Conjuring 2

Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Frances O’Connor, Lauren Esposito, Madison Wolfe, Benjamin Haigh.

Director: James Wan

Synopsis:

In the second installment of The Conjuring Universe, we accompany Ed and Lorraine Warren to Enfield where they investigate the case of a single mother’s youngest daughter besieged by a demonic spirit. Conjuring 2 is another one in the longlist of English horror movies of James Wan.

IMDb: 7.3/10

Watch it here: Prime Video

33. Pet Sematary (2019)

Cast: Jason Clarke, Amy Seimetz, John Lithgow, Jete Laurence

Director: Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer

Synopsis:

Pet Sematary, another one of Stephen King’s novel adaptations set in rural Maine, the Creed family loses their pet cat in an unfortunate mishap and decided to bury it in an unusual graveyard in the woods behind their home, the ‘Pet Sematary’. This however, sets loose a malevolence that haunts the Creeds in ways they could’ve never imagined.

IMDb:  5.7/10

Watch it here: Prime Video

34. Inhyeongsa (The Doll Master- 2004)

Cast: Kim Yu-Mi, Eun-kyeong Lim, Hyung Tak Shim, Hyeong-jun Lim, Ji-young Ok

Director: Yong-ki Jeong

Synopsis:

Five people visit a dollhouse museum, but soon one by one they encounter sinister events. They realize that the dolls actually have spirits, and they have come about to gain revenge.

IMDb: 5.7/10

Watch it on: Prime Video

35. The Shining

Cast: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers, Barry Nelson

Director: Stanley Kubrick

Synopsis:

A psychological horror, this 1980 film’s protagonist, Jack starts to act strange after moving to an isolated hotel with a tragic past. With his father being sent into uncharacteristic fits of violence and his visions foreshadowing horrible events, his family struggles to deal with an unknown sinister presence, all while being in isolation. If you are a horror-film fan you cannot miss this gem at any cost, add it right into your watchlist of English horror movies.

IMDb:  8.4/10

Watch it on: Prime Video

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