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The Best Horror Movies About The Internet

Updated June 14, 2019 1.2k votes 336 voters 24k views18 items

Given that the Internet is basically a human necessity today, it's kind of shocking there aren't more horror movies about the Internet. That being said, there are still some good choices for Internet horror movies, so check out our ranked list below for some excellent picks.

Unfriended, released in 2014, is a scary movie about the Internet that uses YouTube, Liveleak, and Skype to tell a tale of teenagers being harassed by an anonymous Internet user. The Den, another scary Internet-themed movie, sees the main character witnessing a murder via webcam, only to become the killer's next target.

There is also Smiley, a story very similar to today's Internet myth of the Slenderman. Perhaps scarier than the film itself, Smiley was so poorly received by Internet communities like 4chan that director Michael Gallagher's personal information was leaked online, with users encouraging others to harass him and his family. It's no wonder why other creators are so hesitant to make a horror movie about being online.

Vote up the scariest horror movies about the Internet below, and downvote any you wouldn't recommend to your worst enemy.

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    Unfriended

    Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm

    Released2014

    Directed byLevan Gabriadze

    Unfriended is a 2014 American supernatural horror film directed by Levan Gabriadze. A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account...  more
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    Searching

    John Cho, Debra Messing

    Released2018

    Directed byAneesh Chaganty

    Searching is a 2018 American thriller film directed by Aneesh Chaganty, shot from the point-of-view of smartphones and computer screens. When David Kim (John Cho) discovers that his daughter, Margot...  more

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    Hard Candy

    Ellen Page, Sandra Oh

    Released2005

    Directed byDavid Slade

    Hard Candy is a 2005 vigilante thriller film focusing on the a 14-year-old female vigilante. The film was directed by David Slade, written by Brian Nelson. It was the first feature film for Slade,...  more

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    Unfriended: Dark Web

    Colin Woodell, Betty Gabriel

    Released2019

    Directed byStephen Susco

    Unfriended: Dark Web is a 2018 American found footage horror film directed by Stephen Susco. A teen (Colin Woodell) comes into possession of a new laptop and soon discovers that the previous owner is...  more
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    Untraceable

    Diane Lane, Jesse Tyler Ferguson

    Released2008

    Directed byGregory Hoblit

    Within the FBI, there exists a division dedicated to investigating and prosecuting criminals on the internet. Welcome to the front lines of the war on cybercrime, where Special Agent Jennifer Marsh...  more
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    The Den

    Melanie Papalia, Bill Oberst Jr.

    Released2013

    Directed byZachary Donohue

    The Den is a 2013 found footage film by Zachary Donohue and his feature film directorial debut. The film was first released in Russia on December 23, 2013, and was given a simultaneous limited...  more

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    Friend Request

    Alycia Debnam-Carey, William Moseley

    Released2016

    Directed bySimon Verhoeven

    Friend Request is a 2016 German supernatural-psychological horror film directed by Simon Verhoeven. A popular college student (Alycia Debnam-Carey) graciously accepts a social outcast's online friend...  more
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    Megan is Missing

    April Stewart, Tammy Klein

    Released2011

    Directed byMichael Goi

    Megan Is Missing is a 2011 American drama horror movie written and directed by Michael Goi. The movie is presented by way of "found footage" and follows two teenage girls that go online to find...  more

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    Pulse

    Koyuki, Kōji Yakusho

    Released2001

    Directed byHiromi Kurosawa

    Pulse, known in Japan as Kairo, is a 2001 Japanese horror film directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa. The film is based on his novel of the same name. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at...  more
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    Strangeland

    Amy Smart, Linda Cardellini

    Released1998

    Directed byJohn Pieplow

    Strangeland is a 1998 American horror film written by Dee Snider and directed by John Pieplow. The film focuses on the body modification underground culture's rituals. The film was filmed in the...  more
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    My Little Eye

    Bradley Cooper, Laura Regan

    Released2004

    Directed byMarc Evans

    My Little Eye is a 2002 British horror film directed by Marc Evans about five adults who agree to spend six months together in an isolated mansion while being filmed at all times. The idea for the...  more
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    FeardotCom

    Natascha McElhone, Stephen Dorff

    Released2002

    Directed byWilliam Malone

    FeardotCom is a 2002 American/Luxembourgian horror film directed by William Malone and starring Stephen Dorff, Natascha McElhone and Stephen Rea. Released on August 30, 2002 in the United States, the...  more
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    Halloween Resurrection

    Tyra Banks, Jamie Lee Curtis

    Released2002

    Directed byRick Rosenthal

    Halloween: Resurrection is a 2002 American horror film and eighth installment in the Halloween film series. Directed by Rick Rosenthal, who had also directed Halloween II in 1981, the film builds...  more

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    .com for Murder

    Nicollette Sheridan, Roger Daltrey

    Released2001

    Directed byNico Mastorakis

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    Pulse 2: Afterlife

    Noureen DeWulf, Jamie Bamber

    Released2008

    Directed byJoel Soisson, Phil Joanou

    Pulse 2: Afterlife, also Pulse: Afterlife and Invasion, is a horror film. It is a straight-to-DVD sequel to 2006 film Pulse. The film is written and directed by Joel Soisson, writer of Highlander:...  more
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    Smiley

    Keith David, Shane Dawson

    Released2012

    Directed byMichael J. Gallagher

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    Pulse 3: Invasion

    Noureen DeWulf, Rider Strong

    Released2008

    Directed byJoel Soisson

    Pulse 3 or Pulse 3: Invasion is an American film released on December 23, 2008, starring Noureen DeWulf, Rider Strong and Brittany Renee Finamore and the third installment of the Pulse series....  more
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    Chain Letter

    Nikki Reed, Bai Ling

    Released2010

    Directed byDeon Taylor

    Chain Letter is a 2010 horror film directed by Deon Taylor. It was written by Diana Erwin, Michael J. Pagan, and Deon Taylor. The film is about six friends who are stalked by a murderer that uses...  more