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The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums 

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Updated October 18, 2019 3.6k votes 986 voters 65.8k views 46 items

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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Session 9 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Josh Lucas, David Caruso, 피터 뮬란

Released: 2001

Directed by: Brad Anderson

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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Alex Sander, Merwin Mondesir, Mackenzie Gray

Released: 2011

Directed by: Stuart Ortiz, Colin Minihan

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Stonehearst Asylum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine

Released: 2014

Directed by: Brad Anderson

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Halloween II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Jamie Lee Curtis, Dana Carvey, Kyle Richards

Released: 1981

Directed by: Rick Rosenthal

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 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Penélope Cruz

Released: 2003

Directed by: Mathieu Kassovitz

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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Fragile is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Calista Flockhart, Elena Anaya, Richard Roxburgh

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jaume Balagueró

Fragile is a 2005 Spanish/UK horror film directed by Jaume Balagueró.
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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

Released: 2009

Directed by: Thomas Guard, Charles Guard

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

Released: 2010

Directed by: John Carpenter

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

Released: 2005

Directed by: John Maybury

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The Fourth Kind is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Will Patton

Released: 2009

Directed by: Olatunde Osunsanmi

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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Grave Encounters 2 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Richard Harmon, Leanne Lapp, Sean Rogerson

Released: 2012

Directed by: John Poliquin

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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Eli is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Charlie Shotwell, Lili Taylor, Sadie Sink

Released: 2019

Directed by: Ciaran Foy

Eli is an 2019 American horror film directed by Ciarán Foy. A boy (Charlie Shotwell) receiving treatment for his auto-immune disorder discovers that the house he's living isn't as safe as
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Unsane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah

Released: 2018

Directed by: Steven Soderbergh

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 Beg... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Tenika Davis, Kristen Harris, Dean Armstrong

Released: 2011

Directed by: Declan O'Brien

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Asylum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Charlotte Rampling, Britt Ekland, Peter Cushing

Released: 1972

Directed by: Patrick Magee, Roy Ward Baker

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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The Eye is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Angelica Lee, Candy Lo, Pierre Png

Released: 2002

Directed by: Oxide Pang Chun, Danny Pang Phat

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) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Candice Accola, Shiloh Fernandez, Nolan Gerard Funk

Released: 2008

Directed by: Marcel Sarmiento, Gadi Harel

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Fractured is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Sam Worthington, Lily Rabe, Stephen Tobolowsky

Released: 2019

Directed by: Brad Anderson

Fractured is a 2019 American thriller film directed by Brad Anderson. After his daughter breaks her arm while on a family road trip, Ray rushes her to the hospital along with his wife, once they ...more
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Visiting Hours is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
William Shatner, Michael Ironside, Lee Grant

Released: 1982

Directed by: Jean-Claude Lord

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) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Natasha Lyonne, Lance Henriksen, Jordan Ladd

Released: 2004

Directed by: William Butler

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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

Released: 1992

Directed by: Manny Coto

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Death Tunnel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Death Tunnel Yolanda Pecoraro, Annie Burgstede, Jesse Bernstein

Released: 2005

Directed by: Philip Adrian Booth

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 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Yōko Maki, Kōichi Satō, Shirô Sano

Released: 2004

Directed by: Masayuki Ochiai

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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The Dead Center is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Shane Carruth, Poorna Jagannathan, Jeremy Childs

Released: 2019

Directed by: Billy Senese

The Dead Center is a 2019 American thriller film directed by Billy Senese. A troubled psychiatrist tries to help a patient who claims to have no memory of how he got to the hospital but that he ...more
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The Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hospitals and Mental Asylums
Udo Kier, Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Jens Okking

Released: 1994

Directed by: Lars von Trier, Morten Arnfred

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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