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The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles  

Ranker Film
109 votes 17 voters 20 items

List Rules The horror movie must be primarily set in Los Angeles.

Most people think of L.A. as a place where dreams of stardom come true, but the best horror films set in Los Angeles show a much darker side. These horror films showing Los Angeles suggest evil lurking among the palm trees, high-end retail stores, and near-perpetually sunny weather. Several of them make excellent use of the city's most famous locations. Which of these films do you think is the scariest movie to be based in L.A., not sure? No problem, you can vote up all the frightening films you enjoyed on the list.

Its time to determine the best horror movies based in Los Angeles with the help of your votes, so vote up or down depending on how scary you think they are. If there's an especially terrifying one we didn't include, feel free to add it, then check back to see how other voters responded. 

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The Purge: Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Frank Grillo
The Purge: Anarchy is a 2014 American social science fiction action horror directed and written by James DeMonaco. It is the sequel to the 2013 film The Purge and stars Frank Grillo, Carmen ...more
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Scream 3 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy, Carrie Fisher
Scream 3 is a 2000 American slasher film and the third installment in the Scream franchise. Directed by Wes Craven and written by Ehren Kruger, the film stars Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and ...more
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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke, Adelaide Kane
The Purge is a 2013 American social science fiction action horror film written and directed by James DeMonaco. It stars Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Adelaide Kane and Max Burkholder. It is the ...more
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Wes Craven's New Nightmare is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Wes Craven, Robert Englund, Heather Langenkamp
Wes Craven's New Nightmare is a 1994 American slasher metafilm written and directed by original Nightmare on Elm Street creator Wes Craven. Although it is the seventh film in the franchise, it ...more
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They Live is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Roddy Piper, Keith David, Tommy Morrison
They Live is a 1988 American science fiction film written and directed by John Carpenter. The film stars Roddy Piper, Keith David, and Meg Foster. It follows a nameless drifter referred to as ...more
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Tales from the Hood is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen, Art Evans
Tales From the Hood is a 1995 horror anthology film directed by Rusty Cundieff, and executive produced by Spike Lee. The film presents four short African American-themed horror stories, ...more
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Night of the Comet is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov, Catherine Mary Stewart
Night of the Comet is a 1984 disaster-comedy film written and directed by Thom Eberhardt and starring Catherine Mary Stewart, Robert Beltran, and Kelli Maroney. The film was voted number 10 in ...more
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The People Under the Stairs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Ving Rhames, A. J. Langer, Bill Cobbs
The People Under the Stairs is a 1991 American horror film written and directed by Wes Craven and starring Brandon Adams, Everett McGill, Wendy Robie, A. J. Langer, Ving Rhames and Sean Whalen.
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank, Donald Sutherland
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a 1992 American action/comedy horror film about a Valley girl cheerleader named Buffy who learns that it is her fate to hunt vampires. The film starred Kristy ...more
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Ouija: Origin of Evil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson
Ouija: Origin of Evil is a 2016 American supernatural horror film directed and edited by Mike Flanagan and written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard. The film is a prequel to the 2014 film Ouija. ...more
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The Craft is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Christine Taylor
The Craft is a 1996 American supernatural thriller film directed by Andrew Fleming and starring Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True. The film's plot centers on a group of ...more
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Starry Eyes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Amanda Fuller, Nick Simmons, Pat Healy
Starry Eyes is a 2014 horror film directed and written by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer. The film had its world premiere on March 8, 2014 at South by Southwest and features Alex Essoe as ...more
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Prince of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Alice Cooper, Donald Pleasence, Peter Jason
Prince of Darkness is a 1987 American supernatural horror film directed, written and scored by John Carpenter. The film is the second installment in what Carpenter calls his "Apocalypse ...more
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The Eye is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Jessica Alba, Chloƫ Grace Moretz, Parker Posey
The Eye is a 2008 American supernatural horror film directed by David Moreau and Xavier Palud, scripted by Sebastian Gutierrez, and starring Jessica Alba. Parker Posey, Alessandro Nivola and ...more
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Chopping Mall is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Barbara Crampton, Dick Miller, Mary Woronov
Chopping Mall is an American horror/science fiction film, produced by Julie Corman and originally released on March 21, 1986 under the title Killbots. Lionsgate released the film twice on DVD; ...more
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What Ever Happened to Baby Jan... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological thriller film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford about an actress who holds her ...more
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Lord of Illusions is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Famke Janssen, Scott Bakula, Carrie Ann Inaba
Lord of Illusions is a 1995 American horror film written and directed by Clive Barker, based on his earlier short story, The Last Illusion. The film presents Barker's signature character Harry ...more
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Quarantine is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter, Doug Jones
Quarantine is a 2008 American science fiction horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and starring Jennifer Carpenter, Jay Hernandez, Columbus Short, Greg Germann, Steve Harris, Dania Ramirez, ...more
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Skyline is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed, Eric Balfour
Skyline is a 2010 alien invasion science fiction thriller film produced and directed by Brothers Strause, directors of Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem. The film was released on November 12, 2010. ...more
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Drag Me to Hell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles
Octavia Spencer, Justin Long, Lia Johnson
Drag Me to Hell is a 2009 American horror film co-written and directed by Sam Raimi. The plot, written with his brother Ivan, focuses on loan officer Christine Brown, who reluctantly, under ...more