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The Best Horror Movies Set in Los Angeles

Updated April 3, 2019 205 votes 21 voters20 items

List RulesThe 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. 

  • The Purge: Anarchy1
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    2

    The Purge: Anarchy

    Frank Grillo

    Released2014

    Directed byJames DeMonaco

    The Purge: Anarchy is a 2014 American social science fiction action horror directed and...  more
  • Scream 32
    13
    4

    Scream 3

    Courteney Cox, Jenny McCarthy

    Released2000

    Directed byWes Craven

    Scream 3 is a 2000 American slasher film and the third installment in the Scream franchise....  more
  • The Purge3
    9
    1

    The Purge

    Lena Headey, Ethan Hawke

    Released2013

    Directed byJames DeMonaco

    The Purge is a 2013 American social science fiction action horror film written and directed by...  more
  • Tales from the Hood4
    10
    4

    Tales from the Hood

    David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen

    Released1995

    Directed byRusty Cundieff

    Tales From the Hood is a 1995 horror anthology film directed by Rusty Cundieff, and executive...  more
  • Wes Craven's New Nightmare5
    14
    10

    Wes Craven's New Nightmare

    Wes Craven, Robert Englund

    Released1994

    Directed byWes Craven

    Wes Craven's New Nightmare is a 1994 American slasher metafilm written and directed by...  more
  • Starry Eyes6
    8
    2

    Starry Eyes

    Amanda Fuller, Nick Simmons

    Released2014

    Directed byDennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch

    Starry Eyes is a 2014 horror film directed and written by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer. The...  more
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer7
    6
    1

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Ben Affleck, Hilary Swank

    Released1992

    Directed byFran Rubel Kuzui

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a 1992 American action/comedy horror film about a Valley girl...  more
  • They Live8
    9
    5

    They Live

    Roddy Piper, Keith David

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    They Live is a 1988 American science fiction film written and directed by John Carpenter. The...  more
  • Prince of Darkness9
    5
    2

    Prince of Darkness

    Alice Cooper, Donald Pleasence

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

    Prince of Darkness is a 1987 American supernatural horror film directed, written and scored by...  more
  • The Craft10
    5
    2

    The Craft

    Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney

    Released1996

    Directed byAndrew Fleming

    The Craft is a 1996 American supernatural thriller film directed by Andrew Fleming. A group of...  more
  • Ouija: Origin of Evil11
    5
    0

    Ouija: Origin of Evil

    Elizabeth Reaser, Annalise Basso

    Released2016

    Directed byMike Flanagan

    Ouija: Origin of Evil is a 2016 American supernatural horror film directed and edited by Mike...  more
  • What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?12
    4
    2

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

    Bette Davis, Joan Crawford

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Aldrich

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological thriller film produced and...  more
  • Night of the Comet13
    5
    4

    Night of the Comet

    Geoffrey Lewis, Mary Woronov

    Released1984

    Directed byThom Eberhardt

    Night of the Comet is a 1984 disaster-comedy film written and directed by Thom Eberhardt and...  more
  • The Eye14
    2
    1

    The Eye

    Jessica Alba, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2008

    Directed byXavier Palud, David Moreau

    The Eye is a 2008 American supernatural horror film directed by David Moreau and Xavier Palud,...  more
  • Chopping Mall15
    5
    5

    Chopping Mall

    Barbara Crampton, Dick Miller

    Released1986

    Directed byJim Wynorski

    Chopping Mall is an American horror/science fiction film, produced by Julie Corman and...  more
  • The People Under the Stairs16
    5
    5

    The People Under the Stairs

    Ving Rhames, A. J. Langer

    Released1991

    Directed byWes Craven

    The People Under the Stairs is a 1991 American horror film written and directed by Wes Craven...  more
  • Skyline17
    0
    4

    Skyline

    Brittany Daniel, Crystal Reed

    Released2010

    Directed byGreg Strause, Colin Strause

    Skyline is a 2010 alien invasion science fiction thriller film produced and directed by...  more
  • Quarantine18
    2
    4

    Quarantine

    Dania Ramirez, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2008

    Directed byJohn Erick Dowdle

    Quarantine is a 2008 American science fiction horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and...  more
  • Lord of Illusions19
    4
    6

    Lord of Illusions

    Famke Janssen, Scott Bakula

    Released1995

    Directed byClive Barker

    Lord of Illusions is a 1995 American horror film written and directed by Clive Barker, based...  more
  • Drag Me to Hell20
    5
    12

    Drag Me to Hell

    Octavia Spencer, Justin Long

    Released2009

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Drag Me to Hell is a 2009 American horror film co-written and directed by Sam Raimi. The plot,...  more