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The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles 

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Updated December 5, 2018 926 votes 145 voters 10k views 26 items

Horror movies that take place in castles seem to be a thing of the past, but the classics are still great. This list ranks the best horror movies about castles, or at least some great scary movies that use a castle as the setting. What is it about castles that are so creepy? Perhaps it's the enormous size of them, which gives you a dreaded feeling that evil could be lurking anywhere. There aren't many modern horror movies set in castles, but there are a few that made it onto this list.

So what are some popular horror films set in castles? Army of Darkness, House on the Haunted Hill, and The Haunting all belong in the conversation when discussing the best. We can't forget about the timeless Dracula either, starring Bela Legosi as the infamous vampire that resides in Transylvania. To this day, Legosi's performance in the 1931 classic is still considered the definitive version of Count Dracula.

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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle

Released: 1931

Directed by: Tod Browning, Karl Freund

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Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach

Released: 1922

Directed by: F. W. Murnau

Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens is a 1922 German Expressionist horror film, directed by F. W. Murnau, starring Max Schreck as the vampire Count Orlok. The film, shot in 1921 and released ...more

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The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell, Julie Harris

Released: 1963

Directed by: Robert Wise

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House on Haunted Hill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Vincent Price, Richard Long, Elisha Cook

Released: 1959

Directed by: William Castle

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13 Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Margaret Hamilton, Alexandra Bastedo, Martin Milner

Released: 1960

Directed by: William Castle

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Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

Released: 1992

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Army of Darkness is a 1992 American dark fantasy action comedy film directed by Sam Raimi. It is the third installment of The Evil Dead franchise. The film was written by Sam Raimi and his ...more

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The Pit and the Pendulum... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, Charles Victor

Released: 1961

Directed by: Roger Corman

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Black Sunday is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Arturo Dominici

Released: 1960

Directed by: Mario Bava

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The Masque of the Red De... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Vincent Price, Jane Asher, Hazel Court

Released: 1964

Directed by: Roger Corman

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The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liam Neeson, Owen Wilson

Released: 1999

Directed by: Jan de Bont

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The Fearless Vampire Kil... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, Alfie Bass

Released: 1967

Directed by: Roman Polanski

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Castle of Blood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Barbara Steele, Benito Stefanelli, Salvo Randone

Released: 1964

Directed by: Antonio Margheriti, Sergio Corbucci

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The Haunted Palace is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Vincent Price, Lon Chaney, Jr.

Released: 1963

Directed by: Roger Corman

The Haunted Palace is a 1963 horror film released by American International Pictures, starring Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Jr., and Debra Paget in a story about a village held in the grip of a ...more
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Hell Night is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Ron Gans

Released: 1981

Directed by: Tom DeSimone

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The Haunted Castle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Paul Bildt, Olga Chekhova, Arnold Korff

Released: 1921

Directed by: F. W. Murnau

The Haunted Castle, also known as Schloß Vogelöd and Castle Vogeloed, is a silent chamber-drama directed by Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau.
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The Keep is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne, Scott Glenn

Released: 1983

Directed by: Michael Mann

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The Old Dark House is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

Released: 1932

Directed by: James Whale

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The Whip and the Flesh ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Christopher Lee, Daliah Lavi, Jacques Herlin

Released: 1963

Directed by: Mario Bava

The Whip and the Body is a 1963 Italian gothic horror film directed by Mario Bava.
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Nightmare Castle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Barbara Steele, William Campbell, Paul Muller

Released: 1965

Directed by: Mario Caiano, Jack Hill

Nightmare Castle is a 1965 Italian gothic horror film directed by Mario Caiano credited as Allen Grünewald. The film stars Barbara Steele in dual lead roles, and its music was composed by ...more
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Baron Blood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Elke Sommer, Joseph Cotten, Massimo Girotti

Released: 1972

Directed by: Mario Bava

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Castle Freak is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, Jessica Dollarhide

Released: 1995

Directed by: Stuart Gordon

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The Virgin of Nuremberg ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Christopher Lee, Rossana Podestà, Consalvo Dell'Arti

Released: 1963

Directed by: Antonio Margheriti

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The Long Hair of Death ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
The Long Hair of Death

Released: 1964

Directed by: Antonio Margheriti

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Castle of the Living Dea... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Christopher Lee, Donald Sutherland, Philippe Leroy

Directed by: Warren Kiefer, Michael Reeves, Luciano Ricci

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The Torture Chamber of D... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Christopher Lee, Donald Sutherland, Lex Barker

Released: 1967

Directed by: Harald Reinl

The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism is a 1967 film directed by Harald Reinl.