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The Best Horror Movies About Carnivals and Amusement Parks

Updated December 14, 2020 2.3k votes 459 voters 34.6k 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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