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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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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    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, Megan...  more

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    An American Werewolf in London

    Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz

    Released1981

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Landis

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    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 American...  more

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    The Omen

    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick

    Released1976

    Released1976

    Directed byRichard Donner

    Directed byRichard Donner

    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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    Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

    Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson

    Released1969

    Released1969

    Directed byTerence Fisher

    Directed byTerence Fisher

    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 Simon...  more

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    The Kiss of the Vampire

    Dolly Read, Edward de Souza

    Released1963

    Released1963

    Directed byDon Sharp

    Directed byDon Sharp

    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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    Dracula (1931)

    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning

    Released1931

    Released1931

    Directed byTod Browning, Karl Freund

    Directed byTod Browning, Karl Freund

    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 Hamilton...  more

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    The Awakening

    Rebecca Hall, Imelda Staunton

    Released2011

    Released2011

    Directed byNick Murphy

    Directed byNick Murphy

    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....  more

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    Fright

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    Horror Hotel

    Christopher Lee, Nickolas Grace

    Released1960

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Llewellyn Moxey

    Directed byJohn Llewellyn Moxey

    A creepy classic! A young college student Nan Barlow visits the village of Whitewood, Massachusetts to do some research into New England witchcraft. Her tutor, Professor Alan Driscoll (Christopher...  more

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    Shaun of the Dead

    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

    Released2004

    Released2004

    Directed byEdgar Wright

    Directed byEdgar Wright

    Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright. In a small flat on the outskirts of London, Shaun (Simon Pegg), a 30-something dull loser, must protect his girlfriend...  more

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    The Wicker Man

    Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland

    Released1973

    Released1973

    Directed byRobin Hardy

    Directed byRobin Hardy

    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 Britt...  more

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    Cry of the Banshee

    Vincent Price, Stephen Rea

    Released1970

    Released1970

    Directed byGordon Hessler

    Directed byGordon Hessler

    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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    Creep

    Franka Potente, Jeremy Sheffield

    Released2004

    Released2004

    Directed byChristopher Smith

    Directed byChristopher Smith

    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 hideously...  more
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    Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell

    Peter Cushing, Patrick Troughton

    Released1974

    Released1974

    Directed byTerence Fisher

    Directed byTerence Fisher

    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. Filmed...  more
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    The Witches/The Devil's Own

    Joan Fontaine, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1966

    Released1966

    Directed byCyril Frankel

    Directed byCyril Frankel

    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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    Psychomania

    George Sanders, Robert Hardy

    Released1971

    Released1971

    Directed byDon Sharp

    Directed byDon Sharp

    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 Way...  more
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    Corruption/Carnage

    Peter Cushing, Sue Lloyd

    Released1968

    Released1968

    Directed byRobert Hartford-Davis

    Directed byRobert Hartford-Davis

    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
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    The Monster Club

    Vincent Price, Britt Ekland

    Released1981

    Released1981

    Directed byRoy Ward Baker

    Directed byRoy Ward Baker

    The Monster Club is a 1980 British horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring Vincent Price and John Carradine. An anthology film, it is based on the works of the British horror author R....  more
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    The Lost Continent

    Hildegard Knef, Nigel Stock

    Released1968

    Released1968

    Directed byMichael Carreras, Leslie Norman

    Directed byMichael Carreras, Leslie Norman

    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, directed and...  more
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    Eden Lake

    Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly

    Released2008

    Released2008

    Directed byJames Watkins

    Directed byJames Watkins

    Eden Lake is a 2008 British thriller film written and directed by James Watkins and starring Kelly Reilly, Michael Fassbender and Jack O'Connell....  more

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    Censor

    Niamh Algar, Michael Smiley

    Released2021

    Released2021

    Directed byPrano Bailey-Bond

    Directed byPrano Bailey-Bond

    Censor is a 2021 British horror film directed by Prano Bailey-Bond. A British film censor links a disturbing horror movie to her sister's mysterious disappearance....  more

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    Demons of the Mind

    Robert Hardy, Michael Hordern

    Released1972

    Released1972

    Directed byPeter Sykes

    Directed byPeter Sykes

    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, based on...  more
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    Peeping Tom

    Anna Massey, Michael Powell

    Released1960

    Released1960

    Directed byMichael Powell

    Directed byMichael Powell

    This film is a 1960 British thriller/horror film directed by Michael Powell and written by the World War II cryptographer and polymath Leo Marks. The title derives from the slang expression...  more

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    Dead Man's Shoes

    Paddy Constantine, Toby Kebbell

    Released2004

    Released2004

    Directed byShane Meadows

    Directed byShane Meadows

    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 Kebbell,...  more
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    Asylum

    Charlotte Rampling, Britt Ekland

    Released1972

    Released1972

    Directed byPatrick Magee, Roy Ward Baker

    Directed byPatrick Magee, Roy Ward Baker

    Asylum is a 1972 British horror film made by Amicus Productions. The film was directed by Roy Ward Baker, produced by Milton Subotsky, and scripted by Robert Bloch. Baker had considerable experience...  more

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