horror movies and TV The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums  

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If you're in the mood to lose your mind for a few hours, here's our ranked list of the best horror movies set in hospitals or insane asylums. There are a lot of scary movies about asylums, so help us determine the best ones by voting your favorite hospital horror films on this list up or down.

Good scary movies that take place in mental wards or hospitals include The Jacket, Stonehearst Asylum, and The Ninth Configuration. Some of the main characters in these asylum horror movies are actual patients in a mental ward, like in 2003's Gothika. Other films on this list, like Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings, see a group of people having to spend the night in an abandoned mental hospital.

What is your favorite scary movie about an asylum or mental hospital? Vote the horror movies about mental asylums on this list up or down, and even add your own scary asylum movies to the list if they're not already here.

If you enjoy this genre of horror, check out our list of the scariest movies about evil doctors too!

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Session 9 Josh Lucas, David Caruso, 피터 뮬란 - Session 9 is a 2001 American independent psychological horror film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Anderson and Stephen Gevedon. The film stars David Caruso, Peter Mullan, Stephen ...more

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Grave Encounters Alex Sander, Merwin Mondesir, Mackenzie Gray - Grave Encounters is a 2011 Canadian supernatural horror film, shot found footage style. The footage follows the crew of a paranormal reality television program who lock themselves in a haunted ...more

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Stonehearst Asylum Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine - Eliza Graves is an upcoming 2014 thriller film directed by Brad Anderson.

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Fragile Calista Flockhart, Elena Anaya, Richard Roxburgh - Fragile is a 2005 Spanish/UK horror film directed by Jaume Balagueró.

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Halloween II Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards - Halloween II is a 1981 slasher horror film directed by Rick Rosenthal, and written and produced by John Carpenter and Debra Hill. It is the second installment in the Halloween series and is a ...more

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Gothika Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Penélope Cruz - Gothika is a 2003 supernatural horror film directed by Mathieu Kassovitz and written by Sebastian Gutierrez. Halle Berry plays a psychiatrist in a women's mental hospital who wakes up one day to ...more

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The Fourth Kind Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton - The Fourth Kind is a 2009 American science fiction-horror film directed by Olatunde Osunsanmi, starring Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Corey Johnson, Will Patton, and Mia Mckenna-Bruce. The title ...more

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The Jacket Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson

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The Uninvited Elizabeth Banks, Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel - The Uninvited is a 2009 American psychological horror film directed by the Guard Brothers, and starring Emily Browning, Elizabeth Banks, Arielle Kebbel and David Strathairn. It is a remake of ...more

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Grave Encounters 2 Richard Harmon, Leanne Lapp, Sean Rogerson - Grave Encounters 2 is a 2012 Canadian-American horror film, directed by John Poliquin, written by The Vicious Brothers and the sequel to the 2011 film Grave Encounters. It is shot in found ...more

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Dr. Giggles Larry Drake, Holly Marie Combs

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The Ward Amber Heard, Lyndsy Fonseca, Danielle Panabaker - The Ward is a 2010 American psychological horror film directed by John Carpenter. It stars Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker and Jared Harris. The story revolves around a young ...more

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Deadgirl Candice Accola, Shiloh Fernandez, Nolan Gerard Funk - Deadgirl is a 2008 film directed by Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel.

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Madhouse Natasha Lyonne, Lance Henriksen, Jordan Ladd - Madhouse is a 2004 horror film, directed and co-written by William Butler and starring Joshua Leonard. It was released directly to DVD on December 20, 2004 in the United Kingdom and on February ...more

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The Eye Angelica Lee, Candy Lo, Pierre Png - The Eye, also known as Seeing Ghosts, is a 2002 Hong Kong-Singaporean horror film directed by the Pang brothers. The film spawned two sequels by the Pang brothers, The Eye 2 and The Eye 10. ...more

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The Kingdom Udo Kier, Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Jens Okking - The Kingdom is an eight-episode Danish television mini-series, created by Lars von Trier in 1994, and co-directed by Lars von Trier and Morten Arnfred. It has been edited together into a ...more

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Death Tunnel Yolanda Pecoraro, Annie Burgstede, Jesse Bernstein - Death Tunnel is a 2005 horror movie filmed at the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. It stars Steffany Huckaby, Annie Burgstede, Kristin Novak, and Jason Lasater.

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Infection Yōko Maki, Kōichi Satō, Shirô Sano - Infection is a 2004 Japanese horror film directed by Masayuki Ochiai, of a run-down hospital where a doctor's mistake unwittingly creates dark consequences for all. It was released as part of ...more

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Greystone Park Oliver Stone, Bruce Payne, Alexander Wraith - Greystone Park is a found footage horror film written by Sean Stone and Alexander Wraith, directed by Sean Stone and starring Sean Stone, Alexander Wraith, Antonella Lentini, Oliver Stone and ...more

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Asylum Charlotte Rampling, Britt Ekland, Peter Cushing - Asylum is a 1972 British horror film made by Amicus Productions. The film was directed by Roy Ward Baker, produced by Milton Subotsky, and scripted by Robert Bloch. Baker had considerable ...more

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Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings Tenika Davis, Kristen Harris, Dean Armstrong - Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings is a 2011 American horror film written and directed by Declan O'Brien and the fourth installment in the Wrong Turn film series. The film serves as a prequel to ...more

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Hospital Massacre Barbi Benton - Hospital Massacre is a 1982 horror film written and directed by Boaz Davidson, and co-written by Marc Behm.

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The Ninth Configuration Stacy Keach, Robert Loggia, William Peter Blatty - The Ninth Configuration is a 1980 American film directed by William Peter Blatty. The film is based on Blatty's novel The Ninth Configuration, which was itself a reworking of an earlier version ...more

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Asylum of the Damned Tracy Scoggins, Tommy Lister, Bill McKinney - Asylum of the Damned, Columbia Tristar, also known as Hellborn, CDA Entertainment, is a 2003 horror film written by Matt McCombs, directed by Philip J Jones and starring Matt Stasi and Bruce

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Horrors of Malformed Men Asao Koike, Kichijiro Ueda, Masaomi Kondo - Horrors of Malformed Men aka Horror of a Deformed Man aka The Horror of Malformed Men is a 1969 Japanese film in the ero guro subgenre of Toei's style of Pink film. Directed by Teruo Ishii, the ...more

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Patrick Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann, Julia Blake - Patrick is a 1978 Australian horror film directed by Richard Franklin and written by Everett De Roche. It is the pivotal movie of respected Australian director Richard Franklin's career.

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Nightmare Baird Stafford, Sharon Smith, C.J. Cooke - Nightmare is a 1964 horror/suspense film from Hammer Films. The film was directed by Freddie Francis and written by Hammer Films regular Jimmy Sangster. The British Film Institute has the only ...more

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Bad Dreams E.G. Daily, Melissa Francis, Dean Cameron - Bad Dreams is a 1988 American horror film directed and co-written by Andrew Fleming and starring Jennifer Rubin, Bruce Abbott, E.G. Daily, Harris Yulin and Richard Lynch. It was produced by Gale ...more

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Dark Feed Evalena Marie, Jason Beaubien, Michael Reed

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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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A Taste of Evil Barbara Stanwyck, Roddy McDowall, Barbara Parkins - A Taste of Evil is a 1971 American television film. Directed by John Llewellyn Moxey, it stars Barbara Stanwyck, Barbara Parkins and Roddy McDowall.

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The Ugly Tim Barlow, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Paolo Rotondo - The Ugly is a 1997 New Zealand horror film, the first feature directed and written by Scott Reynolds. The film starred Paolo Rotondo, Rebecca Hobbs, Jennifer Ward-Lealand, and Roy Ward. The film ...more

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Horror Hospital Michael Gough, Dennis Price, Robin Askwith - Horror Hospital is a 1973 British horror-comedy film starring Robin Askwith, Michael Gough, Dennis Price and Skip Martin. It was the penultimate film directed by Antony Balch. The film was ...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.

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Dogra Magra Dogra Magra is a 1987 film directed by Toshio Matsumoto.

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The Hospital 2 Debbie Rochon, Kevin Van Hentenryck, Daniel Emery Taylor

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The Sickhouse Gina Philips, Kellie Shirley, Andrew Knott - The Sickhouse is a 2008 horror film, directed by Curtis Radclyffe, produced by Charlotte Wontner and starring Gina Philips, Kellie Shirley and Alex Hassell.

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Freakdog Sarah Carter, Katie McGrath, Arielle Kebbel - Freakdog is a 2008 horror film by Paddy Breathnach, that originally went under the title Red Mist.

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The Dead Pit Jeremy Slate, Cheryl Lawson, Stephen Gregory Foster - The Dead Pit is a 1989 United States horror film. It was co-written and directed by Brett Leonard, and is his directorial debut. Cheryl Lawson stars as a mental patient who must defeat an undead ...more

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Dark Floors Dominique McElligott, William Hope, Ronald Pickup - Dark Floors – The Lordi Motion Picture is a 2008 Finnish horror film that features Lordi band members playing the monsters. Mr. Lordi has also designed the film's logo. The film was released in ...more

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The Manitou Stella Stevens, Burgess Meredith, Tony Curtis - The Manitou is an American horror movie from 1978 with Tony Curtis and Susan Strasberg, based on a 1975 book by Graham Masterton. The movie is based on an old legend about the American Indian ...more