Graveyard Shift The Best CGI Horror Movies  

Ranker Film
83 votes 13 voters 30 items

List Rules Vote up the 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 Nun is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir, Charlotte Hope
The Nun is a 2018 American horror film directed by Corin Hardy, and the fifth installment in The Conjuring series. In 1952 at the Cârța Monastery in Romania, a nun (Charlotte Hope), a ...more
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It is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Jeremy Ray Taylor
It (also known as It: Chapter One) is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by Andy Muschietti, based on the 1986 novel by Stephen King. In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied ...more
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The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King
The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and the first installment in the Conjuring series. Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are ...more
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Alien 3 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance, Paul McGann
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 ...more
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Overlord is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson, Iain De Caestecker
Overlord is a 2018 American horror film directed by Julius Avery. In 1944, two American paratroopers are going down over Normandy in the midst of the D-Day invasion, and they soon discover that ...more
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Let the Right One In is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Lina Leandersson, Tom Ljungman, Philip Hersh
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 ...more
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The Ring is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Naomi Watts, Pauley Perrette, Brian Cox
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 ...more
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The Conjuring 2: The Enfield P... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor
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 ...more
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Mama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Daniel Kash
Mama is a 2013 horror film written by Neil Cross, Andres Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti and directed by Andres Muschietti.
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1408 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh
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 ...more
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Final Destination 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Ali Larter, A. J. Cook, Sarah Carter
Final Destination 2 is a 2003 supernatural American horror film directed by David R. Ellis. The screenplay by J. Mackye Gruber and Eric Bress was from a story by Gruber, Bress, and series ...more
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The Host is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Bae Doona, Scott Wilson, Song Kang-Ho
The Host is a 2006 South Korean monster film. The movie concerns a monster taking a man's daughter, and his attempts to rescue her. According to the director, his inspiration came from a local ...more
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Split is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley
Split is a 2016 American psychological horror thriller film directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan. After a wholesome teen birthday party, three girls are taken in broad daylight: friends ...more
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Hellboy II: The Golden Army is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel
Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a 2008 American supernatural superhero film based on the fictional character Hellboy created by Mike Mignola. The movie was written and directed by Guillermo del ...more
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Fright Night is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Toni Collette
Fright Night is a 2011 American 3D comedy horror film directed by Craig Gillespie. A remake of Tom Holland's 1985 film of the same name, the film was adapted by Marti Noxon. The film premiered ...more
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A Haunting in Connecticut is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Tony Call, Lorraine Warren, Rod Pearson
The Haunting in Connecticut is a 2009 American psychological horror film directed by Peter Cornwell.
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The Silence is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Kiernan Shipka, Stanley Tucci, Miranda Otto
The Silence is a 2019 American-German horror film directed by John R. Leonetti based on the novel by Tim Lebbon. A deaf teen (Kiernan Shipka) and her family try to escape terrifying creatures by ...more
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Annihilation is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez
Annihilation is a 2018 science fantasy action horror film directed by Alex Garland, based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer. A biologist (Natalie Portman) signs up for a dangerous, secret ...more
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Get Out is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Daniel Kaluuya, Catherine Keener, Allison Williams
Get Out is a 2017 satirical horror film written and directed by Jordan Peele. A young African American man visits his white girlfriend's family estate where he learns that many of its residents, ...more
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A Quiet Place is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe
A Quiet Place is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by John Krasinski. A family living on a farm hides from a supernatural evil attracted to sound by avoiding making sound and ...more
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Terrified is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Maximiliano Ghione, Norberto Gonzalo, Elvira Onetto
Terrified (a.k.a. Aterrados) is a 2017 Argentinian horror film directed by Demián Rugna. When strange events occur in a neighborhood in Buenos Aires, a doctor specializing in the ...more
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The Meg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Jason Statham, Jessica McNamee, Li Bingbing
The Meg is a 2018 American science fiction action horror film directed by Jon Turteltaub, based on the book by Steve Alten. Former Naval captain and expert diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is ...more
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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas
Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard. Before settling on an ...more
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Event Horizon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill
Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was written by Philip Eisner and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Laurence Fishburne and Sam ...more
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Ex Machina is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best CGI Horror Movies
Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac
Ex Machina is a 2015 independent science fiction psychological thriller film directed by Alex Garland. A young programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) is selected to participate in a ground-breaking ...more