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The Best English Horror Movies  

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This list of the best English horror movies demonstrates the Brit’s longtime affinity for the scariest genre. Made up of mostly classic films, the list includes performances by vintage movie stars Michael Redgrave, Joan Fontaine, Charlton Heston, and Gregory Peck. What lover of the English horror genre could resist the aptly named Horror Hotel starring Christopher Lee? And every horror aficionado should know that before there was Jamie Lee Curtis in Halloween a British babysitter was being terrorized by a psycho just escaped from a mental hospital in Fright.

Also of note on this list of British horror movies is The Omen. One of the best and most influential horror films, it spawned four sequels and a remake. So, which of the films on this English horror movies list gives you the creeps? Join our other users and give the scariest movies on this list a bloody thumbs up.

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Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward
The Wicker Man is a 1973 British mystery horror film directed by Robin Hardy and written by Anthony Shaffer. The film stars Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, and ...more
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Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris
28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, ...more
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Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner
The Omen is a 1976 British/American supernatural horror film directed by Richard Donner. The film stars Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Harvey Spencer Stephens, Billie Whitelaw, Patrick ...more
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Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz, Rik Mayall
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial An American Werewolf in London is a 1981 horror comedy film written and directed by John Landis, and starring David Naughton, Jenny Agutter, and Griffin Dunne. The film starts with two young ...more
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Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle
Dracula is a 1931 vampire-horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula. The film was produced by Universal and is based on the 1924 stage play Dracula by ...more
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Rebecca Hall, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West
The Awakening is a 2011 British horror film directed and co-written by Nick Murphy, starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Isaac Hempstead-Wright and Imelda Staunton.
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Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy
Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright and written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost. Pegg plays Shaun, a man attempting to get ...more
Eden Lake is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best English Horror Movies
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Eden Lake is a 2008 British thriller film written and directed by James Watkins and starring Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender and Jack O'Connell.
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Peter Cushing, Patrick Troughton, Madeline Smith
Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell is a 1974 British horror film, directed by Terence Fisher and produced by Hammer Film Productions. It stars Peter Cushing, Shane Briant and David Prowse. ...more
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Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is a British horror film directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer Film Productions from 1969. The cast includes Peter Cushing, Freddie Jones, Veronica Carlson and ...more
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Colin Baker, Ingrid Pitt, Patrick Mower
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Vincent Price, Stephen Rea, Hugh Griffith
Cry of the Banshee is a 1970 horror film directed by Gordon Hessler, starring Vincent Price as an evil witchhunter. The film was released by American International Pictures. The film costars ...more
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Michael Redgrave, Googie Withers, Mervyn Johns
This film is a British portmanteau horror film made by Ealing Studios; the individual stories were directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden and Robert Hamer. The film ...more
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George Sanders, Robert Hardy, Beryl Reid
Psychomania is a British horror-cult film starring Nicky Henson, Beryl Reid, George Sanders and Robert Hardy. Frequently revisited by nostalgic modern audiences for scenes filmed in the Hepworth ...more
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Franka Potente, Jeremy Sheffield, Joe Anderson
Creep is a 2004 independent British horror film written and directed by Christopher Smith, about a woman locked in overnight on the London Underground who finds herself being stalked by a ...more
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Joan Fontaine, Leonard Rossiter, Alec McCowen
The Witches is a 1966 British horror film made by Hammer Films. It was adapted by Nigel Kneale from the novel The Devil's Own by Norah Lofts, under the pseudonym Peter Curtis. It was directed by ...more
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Paddy Constantine, Toby Kebbell, Gary Stretch
This film is a 2004 British psychological thriller film written and directed by Shane Meadows, and co-written by Paddy Considine, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Toby ...more
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Dolly Read, Edward de Souza, Clifford Evans
The Kiss of the Vampire also known as Kiss of Evil, is a 1963 British vampire film made by the film studio Hammer Film Productions. The film was directed by Don Sharp and was written by producer ...more
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Robert Hardy, Michael Hordern, Paul Jones
Demons of the Mind is a 1972 British horror film, directed by Peter Sykes and produced Anglo-EMI, Frank Godwin Productions and Hammer Film Productions. It was written by Christopher Wicking, ...more
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Rupert Davies, Sheila Keith, Edward Kalinski
Frightmare is a 1974 British horror film directed by Pete Walker and written by Pete Walker and David McGillivray. It starred Rupert Davies and Sheila Keith. The story focuses around Dorothy and ...more
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Oliver Reed, Shirley Anne Field, Macdonald Carey
The Damned is a 1963 British science fiction film starring Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field and Oliver Reed. It was a Hammer Film production directed by Joseph Losey and based on H.L. ...more
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Hildegard Knef, Nigel Stock, Victor Maddern
The Lost Continent is a 1968 fantasy film made by Hammer Films and Seven Arts featuring Eric Porter, Hildegard Knef, Suzanna Leigh, Tony Beckley and James Cossins. The film was produced, ...more
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Beyond Bedlam
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Peter Cushing, Sue Lloyd, David Lodge
Corruption is a 1968 British film directed by Robert Hartford-Davis, from a screenplay by Derek Ford and Donald Ford, and featuring Peter Cushing, Sue Lloyd, Noel Trevarthen, Kate O'Mara, David ...more