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The Best CGI Horror Movies  

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List Rules Vote 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 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 on Wikipedia

Actors: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor, Simon McBurney

Released: 2016

Directed by: James Wan

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Mama is a 2013 horror film written by Neil Cross, Andres Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti and directed by Andres Muschietti. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash, David Fox, Javier Botet, + more

Released: 2013

Directed by: Andres Muschietti

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Let the Right One In is a 2008 Swedish romantic horror film directed by Tomas Alfredson. A 12-year-old boy (Kåre Hedebrant) develops a friendship with a vampire child (Lina Leandersson) in Blackeberg, a suburb of Stockholm, in the early 1980s ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh, Peter Carlberg, Kåre Hedebrant, + more

Released: 2008

Directed by: Tomas Alfredson

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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 on Wikipedia

Actors: Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann, Pete Postlethwaite, Charles S. Dutton, + more

Released: 1992

Directed by: David Fincher

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