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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 2018's Unsane. 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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Grave Encounters is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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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Session 9 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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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Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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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Stonehearst Asylum is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine
Eliza Graves is an upcoming 2014 thriller film directed by Brad Anderson.
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Fragile is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Calista Flockhart, Elena Anaya, Richard Roxburgh
Fragile is a 2005 Spanish/UK horror film directed by Jaume Balagueró.
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Gothika is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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 Uninvited is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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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The Ward is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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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The Jacket is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
The Jacket Adrien Brody, Keira Knightley, Kris Kristofferson
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Grave Encounters 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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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Asylum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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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Unsane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah
Unsane is a 2018 American psychological horror-thriller film directed by Steven Soderbergh. A young woman (Claire Foy) is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is then ...more
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Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginning... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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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The Fourth Kind is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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 Eye is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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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Deadgirl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Candice Accola, Shiloh Fernandez, Nolan Gerard Funk
Deadgirl is a 2008 film directed by Marcel Sarmiento and Gadi Harel.
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Visiting Hours is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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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Madhouse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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 Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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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Infection is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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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Dr. Giggles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Dr. Giggles Larry Drake, Holly Marie Combs
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The Ninth Configuration is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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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Patrick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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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Death Tunnel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
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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Hospital Massacre is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Barbi Benton
Hospital Massacre is a 1982 horror film written and directed by Boaz Davidson, and co-written by Marc Behm.