horror movies and TV The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons  

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Aren't doctors supposed to help you get better? Here's our list of the best horror movies about insane doctors and crazy surgeons, ranked by horror fans like you. Scary movies with evil doctors are kind of a thing of the past, but there are definitely some modern horror films with surgeons or doctors who are hell bent on wreaking havoc on their victims. Most recently, Jordan Peele's debut horror film Get Out featured a deranged surgeon who uses his skills for both profit and evil. Is it the scariest doctor movie ever made? We'll let you answer that question with your votes on this list.

Other classic scary doctor or surgeon movies include The Fly, Re-Animator, and The Island of Dr. Moreau. Tom Six's The Human Centipede is also a really scary doctor horror film, despite how panned it was by certain critics for its bizarre concept and disgusting subject matter.

Vote up your favorite horror movies with insane doctors or surgeons, and downvote any films that you saw but didn't enjoy. Don't forget to check out our list of the best horror movies set in insane asylums too!

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The Silence of the Lambs Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak - The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American thriller film that blends elements of the crime and horror genres. Directed by Jonathan Demme and starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Scott ...more

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The Fly Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg - The Fly is a 1986 American science fiction horror film directed and co-written by David Cronenberg. Produced by Brooksfilms and distributed by 20th Century Fox, the film stars Jeff Goldblum, ...more

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Frankenstein Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive - Frankenstein is a 1931 horror monster film from Universal Pictures directed by James Whale and adapted from the play by Peggy Webling, which in turn is based on the novel of the same name by ...more

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The Human Centipede (First Sequence) Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura - "Outside the more outré work of Takashi Miike and David Cronenberg, you won’t have seen anything quite like Dutch avant-garde artist Tom Six’s totally bizarre off-the-wall oddity. ...more

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Flatliners Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland - Flatliners is a 1990 American sci-fi horror thriller film directed by Joel Schumacher, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt. Five medical ...more

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Get Out Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Miriam Hopkins - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1931 American Pre-Code horror film directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Fredric March. The film is an adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, ...more

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Hellbound: Hellraiser II Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham - Hellbound: Hellraiser II is a 1988 British-American horror film directed by Tony Randel. It draws heavily upon, and was made by much of the same cast and crew as its precursor, Hellraiser.

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The Dentist Mark Ruffalo, Corbin Bernsen, Joanne Baron - The Dentist is an 1996 American horror film directed by Brian Yuzna and written by Dennis Paoli, Stuart Gordon, and Charles Finch. It stars Corbin Bernsen, Linda Hoffman and Ken Foree. It was ...more

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Re-Animator Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, David Gale - Re-Animator is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film loosely based on the H. P. Lovecraft episodic novella "Herbert West–Reanimator." Directed by Stuart Gordon, it was the ...more

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The Unborn Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Griffin, Brooke Adams - The Unborn is a 1991 horror film produced by Roger Corman and directed by Rodman Flender A couple cannot have children so they try in-vitro fertilization, but then strange things start happening ...more

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The Island of Dr. Moreau Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, Ron Perlman - The Island of Dr. Moreau is a 1996 American science fiction horror film, the third major film adaptation of H. G. Wells' novel The Island of Doctor Moreau, about a scientist who attempts to ...more

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Don't Look in the Basement William McGhee, Gene Ross, Jessie Lee Fulton - Nurse Charlotte Beale arrives at the isolated Stephens Sanitarium to work, only to learn that Dr. Stephens was murdered by one of the patients and his successor, Dr. Geraldine Masters, is not ...more

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The Abominable Dr. Phibes Vincent Price, Caroline Munro, Joanna Lumley - The Abominable Dr. Phibes is a 1971 British horror film starring Vincent Price and American actor Joseph Cotten. Its art deco sets, dark humour and performance by Price have made the film and ...more

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Body Parts Brad Dourif, Kim Delaney, Lindsay Duncan - Body Parts is a 1991 horror thriller film directed by Eric Red and released by Paramount Pictures. The film stars Jeff Fahey, Kim Delaney, Brad Dourif and Zakes Mokae.

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Brain Dead Bill Paxton, George Kennedy, Bill Pullman - Brain Dead is a 1990 horror/psychological thriller starring Bill Pullman, Bill Paxton and George Kennedy and written by Charles Beaumont.

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Dead Ringers Jeremy Irons, Jill Hennessy, Geneviève Bujold - Dead Ringers is a 1988 Canadian-American psychological thriller film starring Jeremy Irons in a dual role as identical twin gynecologists. David Cronenberg directed and co-wrote the screenplay ...more

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Dr. Giggles Holly Marie Combs, Cliff DeYoung, Glenn Quinn - Dr. Giggles is a 1992 horror film directed by Manny Coto, and starring Larry Drake as the titular antagonist and Holly Marie Combs as the protagonist. The film co-stars Cliff DeYoung and Glenn ...more

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Anatomy Franka Potente, Sabrina Setlur, Benno Fürmann - Anatomy is a 2000 German horror film written and directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky that stars Franka Potente. A sequel, Anatomy 2 was released in 2003. The film enjoyed a huge box office success in ...more

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Visiting Hours William Shatner, Michael Ironside, Lee Grant - Visiting Hours is a 1982 slasher film directed by Jean-Claude Lord and starring Michael Ironside, Lee Grant, Linda Purl, William Shatner and Lenore Zann. The plot focuses on a feminist ...more

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The Surgeon Malcolm McDowell, Charles Dance, Peter Boyle - One doctor uses live patients for his experiments while another one kills them in a twisted plot of revenge. A boy who witnesses his brother being killed during surgery, grows up to become a ...more

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American Mary Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Paul Anthony - American Mary is a 2012 Canadian horror film starring Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, and Tristan Risk and written and directed by the Soska Sisters. Isabelle plays a medical student desperate ...more

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Boxing Helena Bill Paxton, Sherilyn Fenn, Art Garfunkel - Boxing Helena is a 1993 American romance and horror film directed by Jennifer Chambers Lynch, and starring Sherilyn Fenn, Julian Sands, and Bill Paxton. The plot follows a surgeon whose growing ...more

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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski - The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a 1920 German silent horror film, directed by Robert Wiene and written by Hans Janowitz and Carl Mayer. Considered the quintessential work of German Expressionist ...more

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Needlestick Lance Henriksen, Harry Lennix, Jack Noseworthy

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Nursie C. Thomas Howell, Savannah Smith Boucher, David Parker - Nursie is a 2004 horror and thriller film written by Maxine Jordan and Kathy Hudson, directed by Joe C. Maxwell.

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Doctor Gore J.G. Patterson Jr.

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Pathology Alyssa Milano, Milo Ventimiglia, Rutger Hauer - Pathology is a 2008 medical thriller directed by Marc Schölermann and written by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor. The cast was announced on April 4, 2007 and filming started in May 2007. ...more

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The Hospital Jim O'Rear, G. Larry Butler, Jason Crowe - The Hospital is a 2013 horror film directed by Tommy Golden and Daniel Emery Taylor, written by Jim O'Rear and Daniel Emery Taylor.