Films The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks  

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Is there anything creepier than an abandoned carnival? Since the answer is no, we're ranking the best horror movies about carnivals or amusement parks, as voted on by horror fans like you. What is your favorite scary movie that takes place in a carnival? The horror movies on this list are set in fairs, carnivals, or amusement parks of some kind, and all of them are scary as hell.

What are some popular carnival horror films? The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 has some pivotal scenes that take place on abandoned carnival grounds, and although the movie received mixed reviews after its release in 1986, it has since developed a cult following. Something Wicked This Way Comes is also a great horror movie set in a carnival, which ironically enough was produced by Walt Disney Pictures.

Good amusement park horror movies include Dark Ride, Deadwood Park, and Escape From Tomorrow, a modern black and white fantasy horror film that takes place in a big theme park.

Vote up your favorite carnival or theme park horror movies, and downvote any that you've seen and wouldn't recommend.

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House of 1000 Corpses is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
House of 1000 Corpses Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick, Karen Black House of 1000 Corpses is a 2003 American exploitation horror film written, co-scored and directed by Rob Zombie, and starring Chris Hardwick, Rainn Wilson, Sid Haig, Bill Moseley, Sheri Moon ...more

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Zombieland is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
Zombieland Emma Stone, Amber Heard, Bill Murray Zombieland is a 2009 American zombie comedy film directed by Ruben Fleischer from a screenplay written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick. The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma ...more

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Something Wicked This Way Come... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
Something Wicked This Way Comes Pam Grier, Jason Robards Jr., Diane Ladd Something Wicked This Way Comes is a 1983 American horror fantasy film directed by Jack Clayton and produced by Walt Disney Productions from a screenplay written by Ray Bradbury based on his ...more

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The Funhouse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
The Funhouse Elizabeth Berridge, Kevin Conway, Frank Grimes The Funhouse is a 1981 American horror film directed by Tobe Hooper. It was written by Larry Block and stars Elizabeth Berridge, Kevin Conway, William Finley, Cooper Huckabee, Miles Chapin, and ...more

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Carnival of Souls is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
Carnival of Souls Reza Badiyi, Herk Harvey, Candace Hilligoss Carnival of Souls is a 1962 independent horror film starring Candace Hilligoss. Produced and directed by Herk Harvey for an estimated $33,000, the film did not gain widespread attention when ...more

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Final Destination 3 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
Final Destination 3 Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cory Monteith, Tony Todd Final Destination 3 is a 2006 American horror film, and the third installment of the Final Destination franchise. It was directed and co-written by James Wong, who also directed and co-wrote the ...more

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It is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
It Tim Curry, Seth Green, John Ritter It is a 1990 psychological horror/drama miniseries based on Stephen King's novel of the same name. The story revolves around an inter-dimensional predatory life-form, which has the ability to ...more

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Killer Klowns from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
Killer Klowns from Outer Space Christopher Titus, John Vernon, Royal Dano Killer Klowns from Outer Space is a 1988 American science fiction horror comedy movie made by The Chiodo Brothers and starring Grant Cramer and Suzanne Snyder. It is the only Chiodo Brothers' ...more

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Dennis Hopper, Bill Moseley, Kinky Friedman The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 is a 1986 American horror dark comedy slasher film, directed by Tobe Hooper. It is a sequel to the 1974 horror classic The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, also directed ...more

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Freaks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
Freaks Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy, Roscoe Ates Freaks is a 1932 American horror film in which the eponymous characters were played by people who worked as carnival sideshow performers and had real deformities. The original version was ...more

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Waxwork is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
Waxwork David Warner, John Rhys-Davies, Patrick Macnee Waxwork is a 1988 American horror comedy film starring Zach Galligan and Deborah Foreman.

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 1920 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist ...more

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Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant Salma Hayek, Willem Dafoe, Josh Hutchersonm Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant is a 2009 American film adaptation of the Vampire Blood trilogy of the book series The Saga of Darren Shan by author Darren Shan.

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Closed for the Season is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
Closed for the Season Mike Nugent, Joe Unger, Aimee Brooks Closed for the Season is a 2010 supernatural thriller film written and directed by Jay Woelfel, starring Aimee Brooks, Damian Maffei, and Joe Unger.

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31 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
31 Elizabeth Daily, Meg Foster, Malcolm McDowell

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The Machinist is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
The Machinist Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Ironside The Machinist is a 2004 English-language Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Scott Kosar. The film stars Christian Bale with Jennifer Jason Leigh, John ...more

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Santa Sangre is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
Santa Sangre Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell, Adan Jodorowsky Santa Sangre is a 1989 Mexican-Italian avant-garde Horror film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky and written by Jodorowsky along with Claudio Argento and Roberto Leoni. Divided into both a ...more

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Dark Ride is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
Dark Ride Jamie Lynn Sigler, Andrea Bogart, Alex Solowitz Dark Ride is a 2006 American horror-thriller film directed by Craig Singer and written by Singer and Robert Dean Klein. It was selected to play at the 8 Films To Die For film festival, being one ...more

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Carnival of Blood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks

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Vampire Circus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
Vampire Circus David Prowse, Lalla Ward, Adrienne Corri Vampire Circus is a 1972 British horror film, directed by Robert Young. It was written by Judson Kinberg, and produced by Wilbur Stark and Michael Carreras for Hammer Film Productions. It stars ...more

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Scream Park is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks

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Escape from Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
Escape from Tomorrow Annet Mahendru, Amy Lucas, Kimberly Ables Jindra Escape from Tomorrow is a 2013 American fantasy horror film, the debut of writer-director Randy Moore. It follows an unemployed man having increasingly disturbing experiences and visions during ...more

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The Devil's Carnival is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks

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The Park is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
The Park Laila Boonyasak, Kara Hui, Kwok Cheung Tsang The Park is a 2003 Hong Kong horror film originally released in 3-D. The film was directed and produced by Andrew Lau. The film was shown at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival as part of the ...more

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The Last Circus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
The Last Circus Carolina Bang, Santiago Segura, Merche Romero A Sad Trumpet Ballad (original Spanish title: Balada triste de trompeta) is a 2010 film written and directed by Álex de la Iglesia.

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Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks
Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival Terrance Zdunich, Paul Sorvino, Adam Pascal