Graveyard Shift The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles  

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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.

Vote up your favorite castle horror movies, but only downvote a film if you've seen it and believe it to be truly terrible.

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The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell, Julie Harris
The Haunting is a 1963 British psychological horror film directed and produced by Robert Wise and adapted by Nelson Gidding from the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. It stars ...more
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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning, Carla Laemmle
Dracula is a 1931 vampire-horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as Count Dracula. The film was produced by Universal and is based on the 1924 stage play Dracula by ...more
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Nosferatu is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Max Schreck, John Gottowt, Alexander Granach
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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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
House on Haunted Hill is a 1959 American horror film. It was directed by William Castle, written by Robb White and stars Vincent Price as eccentric millionaire Frederick Loren. He and his fourth ...more
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Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, 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) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, Charles Victor
The Pit and the Pendulum is a 1961 horror film directed by Roger Corman, starring Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, and Luana Anders. The screenplay by Richard Matheson was based on ...more
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13 Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Margaret Hamilton, Alexandra Bastedo, Martin Milner
13 Ghosts is a 1960 American horror film directed by William Castle and written by Robb White. The film stars 11-year-old child actor Charles Herbert as "Buck" and co-stars veteran ...more
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The Fearless Vampire Killers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, Alfie Bass
The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck is a 1967 comedy horror film directed by Roman Polanski, written by Gérard Brach and Polanski, produced by Gene ...more
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Black Sunday is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Arturo Dominici
Black Sunday is a 1960 Italian gothic horror film directed by Mario Bava, from a screenplay by Ennio de Concini, Mario Serandrei and Marcello Coscia. The film stars Barbara Steele, John ...more
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The Masque of the Red Death is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Vincent Price, Jane Asher, Hazel Court
This film is a 1964 British horror film directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price. The story follows a prince who terrorizes a plague-ridden peasantry while merrymaking in a lonely ...more
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The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liam Neeson, Owen Wilson
The Haunting is a 1999 remake of the 1963 horror film of the same name. Both films are based on the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, published in 1959. The Haunting was ...more
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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
Castle of Blood is a 1964 Italian horror film directed by Antonio Margheriti, using the pseudonym Anthony M. Dawson. This film is also known as Coffin of Terror, Danse macabre, Dimensions in ...more
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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.
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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The Keep is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne, Scott Glenn
The Keep is a 1983 horror film directed by Michael Mann and starring Scott Glenn, Gabriel Byrne, Jürgen Prochnow, Alberta Watson and Ian McKellen. It was released by Paramount Pictures. The ...more
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Hell Night is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Ron Gans
Hell Night is a 1981 American independent horror film directed by Tom DeSimone, written by Randy Feldman, and starring Linda Blair. The film depicts a night of fraternity hazing set in an old ...more
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The Haunted Castle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Paul Bildt, Olga Chekhova, Arnold Korff
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 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
The Old Dark House is an American comedy and horror film directed by James Whale and starring Boris Karloff. The film is based on the 1927 novel Benighted by J. B. Priestley. The supporting cast ...more
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Nightmare Castle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Barbara Steele, William Campbell, Paul Muller
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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The Whip and the Flesh is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Christopher Lee, Daliah Lavi, Jacques Herlin
The Whip and the Body is a 1963 Italian gothic horror film directed by Mario Bava.
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The Virgin of Nuremberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Christopher Lee, Rossana Podestà, Consalvo Dell'Arti
Horror Castle, is a 1963 Italian horror film directed by Antonio Margheriti.
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The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sad... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Christopher Lee, Donald Sutherland, Lex Barker
The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism is a 1967 film directed by Harald Reinl.
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Castle Freak is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, Jessica Dollarhide
Castle Freak is a 1995 American horror film directed by Stuart Gordon, slightly based upon the short story The Outsider by H. P. Lovecraft. It was released direct to video on 14 November 1995. ...more
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Castle of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Christopher Lee, Donald Sutherland, Philippe Leroy
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Baron Blood is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
Elke Sommer, Joseph Cotten, Massimo Girotti
Baron Blood is a 1972 horror film directed by Mario Bava. It is one of Bava's least critically popular films.
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The Long Hair of Death is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies That Take Place in Castles
The Long Hair of Death
The Long Hair of Death is a 1964 Italian horror film directed by Antonio Margheriti. It stars Barbara Steele as Helen Karnstein / Mary Karnstein, and is set in a 15th-century feudal village.