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The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons 

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Updated October 1, 2019 1.4k votes 280 voters 22.5k views 31 items

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 surgeon or doctor 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... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Chris Isaak

Released: 1991

Directed by: Jonathan Demme

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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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Boris Karloff, John Boles, Colin Clive

Released: 1931

Directed by: James Whale

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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Geena Davis, Jeff Goldblum, David Cronenberg

Released: 1986

Directed by: 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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Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, Kiefer Sutherland

Released: 1990

Directed by: Joel Schumacher

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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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Fredric March, Wallace Beery, Miriam Hopkins

Released: 1931

Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian

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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Get Out is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Get Out Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford
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Hellbound: Hellraiser II... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham

Released: 1988

Directed by: Tony Randel

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Re-Animator is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, David Gale

Released: 1985

Directed by: Stuart Gordon

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The Abominable Dr. Phibe... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Vincent Price, Caroline Munro, Joanna Lumley

Released: 1971

Directed by: Robert Fuest

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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The Human Centipede (Fir... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Ashley C. Williams, Dieter Laser, Akihiro Kitamura

Released: 2009

Directed by: Tom Six

"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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The Island of Dr. Moreau... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Marlon Brando, Val Kilmer, Ron Perlman

Released: 1996

Directed by: John Frankenheimer, Richard Stanley

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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The Cabinet of Dr. Calig... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover, Hans Heinrich von Twardowski

Released: 1920

Directed by: Robert Wiene

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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Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Franka Potente, Sabrina Setlur, Benno Fürmann

Released: 2000

Directed by: Stefan Ruzowitzky

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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Dead Ringers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Jeremy Irons, Jill Hennessy, Geneviève Bujold

Released: 1988

Directed by: David Cronenberg

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The Dentist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Mark Ruffalo, Corbin Bernsen, Joanne Baron

Released: 1996

Directed by: Brian Yuzna

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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Don't Look in the Baseme... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
William McGhee, Gene Ross, Jessie Lee Fulton

Released: 1973

Directed by: S. F. Brownrigg

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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American Mary is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Katharine Isabelle, Antonio Cupo, Paul Anthony

Released: 2012

Directed by: Soska sisters, Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska

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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Dr. Giggles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Holly Marie Combs, Cliff DeYoung, Glenn Quinn

Released: 1992

Directed by: Manny Coto

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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The Unborn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Lisa Kudrow, Kathy Griffin, Brooke Adams

Released: 1991

Directed by: Rodman Flender

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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Boxing Helena is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Bill Paxton, Sherilyn Fenn, Art Garfunkel

Released: 1993

Directed by: Jennifer Lynch

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Depraved is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
David Call, Joshua Leonard

Released: 2019

Directed by: Larry Fessenden

Depraved is a 2019 American horror film written and directed by Larry Fessenden. A veteran Army medic suffering from PTSD, Henry (David Call) uses body parts to construct a man, Adam (Alex ...more
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Luz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Luana Velis, Johannes Benecke, Jan Bluthardt

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tilman Singer

Luz is a 2018 German horror film directed by Tilman Singer. A young cab driver, Luz (Luana Velis), shows up dazed at a police station as she is being pursued by a demonic entity.
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Body Parts is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Brad Dourif, Kim Delaney, Lindsay Duncan

Released: 1991

Directed by: Eric Red

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 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Bill Paxton, George Kennedy, Bill Pullman

Released: 1990

Directed by: Adam Simon

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Visiting Hours is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
William Shatner, Michael Ironside, Lee Grant

Released: 1982

Directed by: Jean-Claude Lord

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