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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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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 kids band together to destroy a shapeshifting monster (Bill Skarsgård), which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, + more

Released: 2017

Directed by: Andy Muschietti

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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 paranormal investigators called to assist the Perron family (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor), who experience increasingly disturbing events in their farmhouse in Rhode Island in 1971. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, + more

Released: 2013

Directed by: James Wan

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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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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 the Nazis are using supernatural forces against them. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson, Iain De Caestecker, Jovan Adepo, Bokeem Woodbine, + more

Released: 2018

Directed by: Julius Avery

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