The ten best psychological horror movies work to frighten the audience with more than just jump scares and scary monsters. These movies get into the skin of the viewer, presenting them with crazed and deranged individuals and creating an atmosphere that has people looking over their shoulder after leaving the theater.
Alfred Hitchcock helped create the slasher genre with this psychological horror movie. The movie starts out as a crime caper but soon spirals down the drain as the supposed hero of the film is murdered halfway through and we are left following a deranged, psycho killer.
This Takashi Miike film is a deeply disturbing psychological horror movie about a widowed father who decides to hold a fake movie audition to help meet someone he can start dating again. Unfortunately for the man, the woman he finds is more than he bargained for.
David Fincher directs this dark and deeply disturbing psychological horror movie. Brad Pitt is a young hotshot police detective paired up with a grizzled veteran as they set out to stop a serial killer. The ending is demented and leaves a lasting impression on anyone who watches it.
Bill Paxton stars as a father who convinces his sons they are sent by God to kill anyone possessed by a demon in this psychological horror movie. The big twist of the film is the audience is never sure if the victims are possessed or the family is simply crazy.
While the later movies became a maze of confusing twists and turns, the first is a solid and simple psychological horror movie. A serial killer chains two men up in a room and tells them they are being punished for their sins. They then have to figure out why they are there and what they have to do to live.
This Stephen King adaptation is a slow burning psychological horror movie. A romance author is involved in a car accident and rescued by his biggest fan. When she learns he plans to kill off her favorite character, she holds him against his will and forces him to write a new version just for her.
Roman Polanski directs this psychological horror movie as his first English language film. The film stars Catherine Deneuve as an awkward and neurotic woman who slowly goes insane when her sister leaves her alone for a short time. Death and mayhem ensue as she loses her grip on her sanity.
A group of asbestos cleaners arrive at a condemned prison hospital to clear it out in this psychological horror movie. Soon they begin to see and hear strange things and, one by one, are killed by someone or something while they slowly lose their sanity.
- Shawn Lealos