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The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.3k votes 294 voters 10.3k views 25 items

List Rules Horror films where time travel plays an important role in the plot of the movie

How many time travel horror movies can you name? This list ranks the best time loop horror movies, where manipulating time plays a major role in the film's plot. All of these scary movies are about time travel in one way or another, but not every film features a character that is going into the past or future. In Event Horizon, for example, there is a rift in the space time continuum, but the main characters themselves do not actually time travel.

Some good horror movies with time traveling include Mine Games, Time Lapse, and Insidious 2, the sequel to the Blumhouse hit from 2010. We've included a few debatable entries like Donnie Darko, so just know that before seeing the scary time travel movies below.

Vote up your favorite time loop horror films, and downvote any that you really wouldn't recommend to other horror fans.

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Event Horizon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was written by Philip Eisner and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Laurence Fishburne and Sam ...more

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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

Released: 2001

Directed by: Richard Kelly

Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena ...more

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Army of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Bridget Fonda, Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

Released: 1992

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Army of Darkness is a 1992 American dark fantasy action comedy film directed by Sam Raimi. It is the third installment of The Evil Dead franchise. The film was written by Sam Raimi and his ...more

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Triangle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Melissa George, Michael Dorman, Rachael Carpani

Released: 2009

Directed by: Christopher Smith

Triangle is a 2009 psychological horror thriller film written and directed by Christopher Smith. Jess (Melissa George) plays a single mother who goes on a boating trip with several friends. When ...more

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Timecrimes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Karra Elejalde, Nacho Vigalondo, Barbara Goenaga

Released: 2007

Directed by: Nacho Vigalondo

Timecrimes is a 2007 Spanish science-fiction thriller film directed by Nacho Vigalondo. A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour, starting a series f ...more
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Insidious: Chapter 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Patrick Wilson, Leigh Whannel, Ty Simpkins

Released: 2013

Directed by: James Wan

Insidious: Chapter 2 is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan. It is a sequel to 2010's Insidious and the second installment in the Insidious film series. The film stars ...more
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Devil's Pass is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Devil's Pass
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Coherence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Nicholas Brendon, Elizabeth Gracen, Lorene Scafaria

Released: 2013

Directed by: James Ward Byrkit

Coherence is a 2013 American-British science fiction thriller film directed by James Ward Byrkit in his directorial debut. The film had its world debut on September 19, 2013 at the Austin ...more

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John Dies at the End is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Doug Jones

Released: 2012

Directed by: Don Coscarelli

This film is a 2012 American dark comedy horror film written and directed by Don Coscarelli, based on David Wong's novel of the same name. Principal photography began in October 2010, and by ...more
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Mine Games is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Briana Evigan, Julianna Guill, Alex Meraz

Released: 2012

Directed by: Richard Gray

Mine Games is a 2012 time loop thriller film directed by Richard Gray. The film stars Briana Evigan, Julianna Guill, and Joseph Cross.
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The Jacket is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Keira Knightley, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Released: 2005

Directed by: John Maybury

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The Final Girls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Nina Dobrev, Malin Åkerman, Taissa Farmiga

Released: 2015

Directed by: Todd Strauss-Schulson

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Premonition is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Sandra Bullock, Nia Long, Julian McMahon

Released: 2007

Directed by: Mennan Yapo

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Paranormal Activity: The... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Dan Gill

Released: 2015

Directed by: Gregory Plotkin

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Time Lapse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Danielle Panabaker, Matt O'Leary, George Finn

Released: 2014

Directed by: Bradley D. King

Time Lapse is a 2001 thriller film written by Karen Kelly, David Keith Miller and directed by David Worth.
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Blair Witch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Brandon Scott

Directed by: Adam Wingard

Blair Witch is a 2016 American found footage psychological horror film directed by Adam Wingard. It is the third film in the Blair Witch series and a direct sequel to The Blair Witch Project. ...more
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Lake Mungo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Steve Jodrell, Talia Zucker, Tamara Donnellan

Released: 2008

Directed by: Joel Anderson

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The Caller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Rachelle Lefevre, Stephen Moyer, Luis Guzmán

Released: 2011

Directed by: Matthew Parkhill

The Caller is a supernatural thriller directed by Matthew Parkhill and written by Sergio Casci, starring Rachelle Lefevre, Stephen Moyer and Lorna Raver. The movie was filmed entirely in Puerto ...more
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Frankenstein Unbound is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
John Hurt, Bridget Fonda, Michael Hutchence

Released: 1990

Directed by: Roger Corman

Frankenstein Unbound is a 1990 horror movie based on Brian Aldiss' novel of the same name. The film was directed by Roger Corman, returning to the director's chair after a hiatus of almost ...more
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The Butterfly Effect 3: ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Rachel Miner, Chris Carmack, Sarah Habel

Released: 2009

Directed by: Seth Grossman

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Haunter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Abigail Breslin, Stephen McHattie, Michelle Nolden

Released: 2013

Directed by: Vincenzo Natali

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Detention is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Josh Hutchersonm, Dane Cook, Ron Jeremy

Released: 2011

Directed by: Joseph Kahn

Detention is a 2011 American horror comedy film directed by Joseph Kahn, and co-written with Mark Palermo. The film premiered March 2011 in Austin, Texas at SXSW. Detention stars Josh ...more
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S. Darko is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Elizabeth Berkley, Ed Westwick, Jackson Rathbone

Released: 2009

Directed by: Chris Fisher

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Released: 2013

Directed by: Madellaine Paxson

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Camp Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Time Travel
Matt Dallas, Brendan Bradley, Kyle Lupo

Released: 2005

Directed by: Alex Pucci

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