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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 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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Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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 Silence of the Lambs is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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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Flatliners is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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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The Fly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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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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
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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Re-Animator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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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Get Out is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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 Abominable Dr. Phibes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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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Dead Ringers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Jeremy Irons, Jill Hennessy, Geneviève Bujold
This film 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 with ...more
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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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Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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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The Human Centipede (First Seq... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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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Don't Look in the Basement is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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 Dentist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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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American Mary is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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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The Island of Dr. Moreau is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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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The Unborn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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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Dr. Giggles is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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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Depraved is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Depraved David Call, Joshua Leonard
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) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
Luana Velis, Johannes Benecke, Jan Bluthardt
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) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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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Boxing Helena is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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 Surgeon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Evil Doctors and Surgeons
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