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The Best CGI Horror Movies

Updated January 8, 2020 425 votes 54 voters 1.6k views31 items

List RulesVote up your favorite movies that were made all the more terrifying because of CGI.

Most horror film enthusiasts are not big fans of CGI invading their genre; they would rather see filmmakers use good old fashioned practical effects instead. However, some of the best CGI effects in horror films are successful because they are able to blend computer-generated imagery with practical effects. 

Fake blood, animatronics, and prosthetics are just a few of the old fashioned tried and true practical effects used to scare horror audiences. CGI monsters can often look comical instead of scary, and fake instead of real. Yet, there are excellent recent films like Get Out and It that were able to achieve some of the best CGI moments in horror movies because of their light-handed approach to using computer graphics.

The best CGI scenes in horror movies only work if an audience is terrified of the boogeyman. Which of these scary movies do you think used CGI the best? Vote up your favorites.

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    The Ring is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, which was based on the novel Ring by Kôji Suzuki. The Ring was released in theaters on October 18, 2002 and received critical acclaim with critics praising the reliance on dread and visuals over gore and the direction along with the screenplay writing but criticizing the character development. The film also grossed over $249 million on a $48 million production budget making it one of the highest grossing horror films of all time. The Ring was soon followed by a sequel titled The Ring Two. The Ring is notable for being the first...  more
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      The Conjuring 2 is a 2016 American supernatural horror film, directed by James Wan. It is the sequel to 2013's The Conjuring and the third installment in The Conjuring series. Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) travel to North London to help a single mother raising 4 children alone in a house plagued by a supernatural spirit....  more
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        1408 is a 2007 American psychological horror film based on the Stephen King 1999 short story of the same name directed by Swedish director Mikael Håfström. The movie stars John Cusack, but also includes Samuel L. Jackson and Mary McCormack. The film was released in the U.S. on June 22, 2007, although July 13 is mentioned as the release date in the trailer posted on the website. The film follows Mike Enslin, an author who specializes in the horror genre. Mike's career is essentially based on investigating allegedly haunted houses, although his repeatedly unfruitful studies have left him disillusioned and pessimistic....  more
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          Alien 3 is a 1992 American science-fiction horror film and the debut feature film of director David Fincher. The film is the third installment of the Alien film series. The film takes place after the events of Aliens. An escape pod from the Colonial Marine spaceship Sulaco crash-lands on a prison-run refinery planet, taking out everyone aboard except Lieutenant Ellen Ripley. Unknown to Ripley, an Alien organism was also aboard the escape pod....  more
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