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The Best English Horror Movies

Updated October 25, 2020 1.5k votes 504 voters 24.3k views46 items

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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  • The Wicker Man1
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    The Wicker Man

    Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland

    Released1973

    Directed byRobin Hardy

    The Wicker Man is a 1973 British mystery horror film directed by Robin Hardy and written by...  more

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  • 28 Days Later2
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    28 Days Later

    Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2002

    Directed byDanny Boyle

    28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The...  more

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  • The Omen3
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    The Omen

    Gregory Peck, Lee Remick

    Released1976

    Directed byRichard Donner

    The Omen is a 1976 British/American supernatural horror film directed by Richard Donner. The...  more

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  • An American Werewolf in London4
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    An American Werewolf in London

    Jenny Agutter, Frank Oz

    Released1981

    Directed byJohn Landis

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    An American Werewolf in London is a 1981 horror comedy film written and directed by John...  more

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  • The Asylum5
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    The Asylum

    Colin Baker, Ingrid Pitt

    Released2000

    Directed byJohn Stewart

  • Dracula (1931)6
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    Dracula (1931)

    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning

    Released1931

    Directed byTod Browning, Karl Freund

    Dracula is a 1931 vampire-horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as...  more

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  • The Awakening7
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    The Awakening

    Rebecca Hall, Imelda Staunton

    Released2011

    Directed byNick Murphy

    The Awakening is a 2011 British horror film directed and co-written by Nick Murphy, starring...  more
  • Shaun of the Dead8
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    Shaun of the Dead

    Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

    Released2004

    Directed byEdgar Wright

    Shaun of the Dead is a 2004 British horror comedy film directed by Edgar Wright. In a small...  more

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  • Cry of the Banshee9
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    Cry of the Banshee

    Vincent Price, Stephen Rea

    Released1970

    Directed byGordon Hessler

    Cry of the Banshee is a 1970 horror film directed by Gordon Hessler, starring Vincent Price as...  more
  • The Witches/The Devil's Own10
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    The Witches/The Devil's Own

    Joan Fontaine, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1966

    Directed byCyril Frankel

    The Witches is a 1966 British horror film made by Hammer Films. It was adapted by Nigel Kneale...  more
  • Dead of Night11
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    Dead of Night

    Michael Redgrave, Googie Withers

    Released1945

    Directed byBasil Dearden, Charles Crichton, Alberto Cavalcanti, Robert Hamer

    This film is a British portmanteau horror film made by Ealing Studios; the individual stories...  more
  • Creep12
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    Creep

    Franka Potente, Jeremy Sheffield

    Released2004

    Directed byChristopher Smith

    Creep is a 2004 independent British horror film written and directed by Christopher Smith,...  more
  • Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell13
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    Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell

    Peter Cushing, Patrick Troughton

    Released1974

    Directed byTerence Fisher

    Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell is a 1974 British horror film, directed by Terence...  more
  • Psychomania14
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    Psychomania

    George Sanders, Robert Hardy

    Released1971

    Directed byDon Sharp

    Psychomania is a British horror-cult film starring Nicky Henson, Beryl Reid, George Sanders...  more
  • The Kiss of the Vampire15
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    The Kiss of the Vampire

    Dolly Read, Edward de Souza

    Released1963

    Directed byDon Sharp

    The Kiss of the Vampire also known as Kiss of Evil, is a 1963 British vampire film made by the...  more
  • Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed16
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    Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed

    Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson

    Released1969

    Directed byTerence Fisher

    Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is a British horror film directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer...  more
  • Eden Lake17
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    Eden Lake

    Michael Fassbender, Kelly Reilly

    Released2008

    Directed byJames Watkins

    Eden Lake is a 2008 British thriller film written and directed by James Watkins and starring...  more

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  • Corruption/Carnage18
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    Corruption/Carnage

    Peter Cushing, Sue Lloyd

    Released1968

    Directed byRobert Hartford-Davis

    Corruption is a 1968 British film directed by Robert Hartford-Davis, from a screenplay by...  more
  • The Lost Continent19
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    The Lost Continent

    Hildegard Knef, Nigel Stock

    Released1968

    Directed byMichael Carreras, Leslie Norman

    The Lost Continent is a 1968 fantasy film made by Hammer Films and Seven Arts featuring Eric...  more
  • Demons of the Mind20
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    Demons of the Mind

    Robert Hardy, Michael Hordern

    Released1972

    Directed byPeter Sykes

    Demons of the Mind is a 1972 British horror film, directed by Peter Sykes and produced...  more
  • Dead Man's Shoes21
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    Dead Man's Shoes

    Paddy Constantine, Toby Kebbell

    Released2004

    Directed byShane Meadows

    This film is a 2004 British psychological thriller film written and directed by Shane Meadows,...  more
  • Asylum22
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    Asylum

    Charlotte Rampling, Britt Ekland

    Released1972

    Directed byPatrick Magee, Roy Ward Baker

    Asylum is a 1972 British horror film made by Amicus Productions. The film was directed by Roy...  more

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  • Mum & Dad23
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    Mum & Dad

    Perry Benson, Micaiah Dring

    Released2008

    Directed bySteven Sheil

    Mum & Dad is a 2008 British horror film by director Steven Sheil. Its premiere was on August...  more
  • (These are)The Damned24
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    (These are)The Damned

    Oliver Reed, Shirley Anne Field

    Released1963

    Directed byJoseph Losey

    The Damned is a 1963 British science fiction film starring Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field...  more
  • Peeping Tom25
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    Peeping Tom

    Anna Massey, Michael Powell

    Released1960

    Directed byMichael Powell

    This film is a 1960 British thriller/horror film directed by Michael Powell and written by the...  more

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