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The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks

Updated December 14, 2020 2.3k votes 476 voters 36.5k views34 items

Is there anything creepier than an abandoned carnival, circus, or funhouse? 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. Many feature extremely creepy clowns.

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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    The Funhouse

    Elizabeth Berridge, Kevin Conway

    Released1981

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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    Tim Curry, Seth Green

    Released1990

    Directed byTommy Lee Wallace

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    Something Wicked This Way Comes

    Pam Grier, Jason Robards Jr.

    Released1983

    Directed byJack Clayton

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    Zombieland

    Emma Stone, Amber Heard

    Released2009

    Directed byRuben Fleischer

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    Final Destination 3

    Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Cory Monteith

    Released2006

    Directed byJames Wong

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    Killer Klowns from Outer Space

    Christopher Titus, John Vernon

    Released1988

    Directed byStephen Chiodo

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    House of 1000 Corpses

    Rob Zombie, Chris Hardwick

    Released2003

    Directed byRob Zombie

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    Freaks

    Wallace Ford, Edward Brophy

    Released1932

    Directed byTod Browning

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    Carnival of Souls

    Reza Badiyi, Herk Harvey

    Released1962

    Directed byHerk Harvey

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    Hell Fest

    Amy Forsyth, Reign Edwards

    Released2018

    Directed byGregory Plotkin

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    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

    Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover

    Released1920

    Directed byRobert Wiene

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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

    Dennis Hopper, Bill Moseley

    Released1986

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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    Elizabeth Daily, Meg Foster

    Released2016

    Directed byRob Zombie

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    Waxwork

    David Warner, John Rhys-Davies

    Released1988

    Directed byAnthony Hickox

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    The Devil's Carnival

    Emilie Autumn, Sean Patrick Flanery

    Released2012

    Directed byDarren Lynn Bousman

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    Released2009

    Directed byPaul Weitz

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    Us

    Lupita Nyong'o, Winston Duke

    Released2019

    Directed byJordan Peele

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    The Last Circus

    Carolina Bang, Santiago Segura

    Released2010

    Directed byÁlex de la Iglesia

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    Santa Sangre

    Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell

    Released1989

    Directed byAlejandro Jodorowsky

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    Goosebumps

    Jack Black, Odeya Rush

    Released2015

    Directed byRob Letterman

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    Sideshow

    Ross Hagen, Phil Fondacaro

    Released2000

    Directed byFred Olen Ray

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    Scream Park

    Wendy Wygant, Steve Rudzinski

    Released2012

    Directed byCary Hill

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    Sssssss

    Strother Martin, Dirk Benedict

    Released1973

    Directed byBernard L. Kowalski

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    She Freak

    Felix Silla, Bill McKinney

    Released1967

    Directed byDonn Davison, Byron Mabe

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    Circus of Fear

    Christopher Lee, Klaus Kinski

    Released1966

    Directed byJohn Llewellyn Moxey