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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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    Nosferatu
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    Nosferatu

    Max Schreck, John Gottowt

    Released1922

    Directed byF. W. Murnau

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    Dracula
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    Dracula

    Bela Lugosi, Tod Browning

    Released1931

    Directed byTod Browning, Karl Freund

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    The Haunting (1963)
    60
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    The Haunting (1963)

    Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell

    Released1963

    Directed byRobert Wise

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    House on Haunted Hill
    61
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    House on Haunted Hill

    Vincent Price, Richard Long

    Released1959

    Directed byWilliam Castle

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    13 Ghosts
    36
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    13 Ghosts

    Margaret Hamilton, Alexandra Bastedo

    Released1960

    Directed byWilliam Castle

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    The Pit and the Pendulum
    35
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    The Pit and the Pendulum

    Vincent Price, Barbara Steele

    Released1961

    Directed byRoger Corman

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  • 7
    Army of Darkness
    41
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    Army of Darkness

    Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell

    Released1992

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    The Masque of the Red Death
    26
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    The Masque of the Red Death

    Vincent Price, Jane Asher

    Released1964

    Directed byRoger Corman

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  • 9
    Black Sunday
    25
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    Black Sunday

    Barbara Steele, John Richardson

    Released1960

    Directed byMario Bava

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  • 10
    The Fearless Vampire Killers
    26
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    The Fearless Vampire Killers

    Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate

    Released1967

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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    Hell Night
    19
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    Hell Night

    Linda Blair, Peter Barton

    Released1981

    Directed byTom DeSimone

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    The Virgin of Nuremberg
    24
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    The Virgin of Nuremberg

    Christopher Lee, Rossana Podestà

    Released1963

    Directed byAntonio Margheriti

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    The Haunted Palace
    18
    13

    The Haunted Palace

    Vincent Price, Lon Chaney

    Released1963

    Directed byRoger Corman

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  • 14
    Castle of Blood
    23
    20

    Castle of Blood

    Barbara Steele, Benito Stefanelli

    Released1964

    Directed byAntonio Margheriti, Sergio Corbucci

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  • 15
    The Keep
    15
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    The Keep

    Ian McKellen, Gabriel Byrne

    Released1983

    Directed byMichael Mann

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    The Haunting (1999)
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    The Haunting (1999)

    Catherine Zeta-Jones, Liam Neeson

    Released1999

    Directed byJan de Bont

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  • 17
    The Haunted Castle
    12
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    The Haunted Castle

    Paul Bildt, Olga Chekhova

    Released1921

    Directed byF. W. Murnau

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  • 18
    The Old Dark House
    14
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    The Old Dark House

    Boris Karloff, Charles Laughton

    Released1932

    Directed byJames Whale

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  • 19
    The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism
    14
    17

    The Torture Chamber of Dr. Sadism

    Christopher Lee, Donald Sutherland

    Released1967

    Directed byHarald Reinl

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  • 20
    The Whip and the Flesh
    9
    13

    The Whip and the Flesh

    Christopher Lee, Daliah Lavi

    Released1963

    Directed byMario Bava

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  • 21
    Nightmare Castle
    11
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    Nightmare Castle

    Barbara Steele, William Campbell

    Released1965

    Directed byMario Caiano, Jack Hill

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    Baron Blood
    10
    15

    Baron Blood

    Elke Sommer, Joseph Cotten

    Released1972

    Directed byMario Bava

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    Castle Freak
    11
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    Castle Freak

    Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs

    Released1995

    Directed byStuart Gordon

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    The Long Hair of Death
    8
    17

    The Long Hair of Death

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    Castle of the Living Dead
    7
    17

    Castle of the Living Dead

    Christopher Lee, Donald Sutherland

    Directed byWarren Kiefer, Michael Reeves, Luciano Ricci

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