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The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts

Updated October 20, 2020 252 votes 28 voters 2.4k views23 items

List RulesThe horror movie must be primarily set in Massachusetts.

The best horror movies set in Massachusetts don't all take place in Salem, but some certainly do. Other frightening films set within the state involve scary antagonists besides witches. In fact, they have impressively diverse subject matter. Horror films showing Massachusetts in a scary or spooky light offer genuine chills and more than a few surprises. There's also a nice mix of artistically ambitious fare and movies that are purely intended to be a ride. So if you are a fan of horror movies and are from Boston or the great state of Massachusetts, this list is for you!

This list will determine the scariest movie about Massachusetts, such as Jaws, Altered States, and Re-Animator with the help of your votes.

Vote up the horror films based in Massachusetts that scare you the most, and keep checking back to see how your favorites are ranking. If you'd like to add one that's not already here, go right ahead and let other users rate your selection. 

  • 1
    Jaws is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter... more on Wikipedia
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    The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    The Haunting

    Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell

    Released1963

    Directed byRobert Wise

    The Haunting is a 1963 British psychological horror film directed and produced by Robert Wise... more on Wikipedia
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    Re-Animator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    Re-Animator

    Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs

    Released1985

    Directed byStuart Gordon

    Re-Animator is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film loosely based on the H. P.... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Warlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    Warlock

    Richard E. Grant, Lori Singer

    Released1989

    Directed bySteve Miner

    Warlock is a 1989 American cult horror film produced and directed by Steve Miner and starring... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    In Dreams is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    In Dreams

    Robert Downey Jr., Annette Bening

    Released1999

    Directed byNeil Jordan

    In Dreams is a 1999 psychological thriller film directed by Neil Jordan. It stars Annette... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    ParaNorman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    ParaNorman

    Anna Kendrick, John Goodman

    Released2012

    Directed bySam Fell, Chris Butler

    ParaNorman is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion animated horror comedy film produced by Laika,... more on Wikipedia
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    Altered States is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    Altered States

    Drew Barrymore, William Hurt

    Released1980

    Directed byKen Russell

    Altered States is a 1980 American science fiction-horror film adaptation of a novel by the... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    The House By The Cemetery is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    The House By The Cemetery

    The House By the Cemetery is a 1981 horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. 

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    Silent Night, Bloody Night is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    Silent Night, Bloody Night

    John Carradine, Patrick O'Neal

    Released1972

    Directed byTheodore Gershuny

    Silent Night, Bloody Night is a 1972 American horror film directed by Theodore Gershuny and... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Jaws 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    Jaws 2

    Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton

    Released1978

    Directed byJeannot Szwarc

    Jaws 2 is a 1978 American horror thriller film and the first sequel to Steven Spielberg's... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Session 9 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    Session 9

    Josh Lucas, David Caruso

    Released2001

    Directed byBrad Anderson

    Session 9 is a 2001 American independent psychological horror film directed by Brad Anderson... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    The Covenant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    The Covenant

    Chace Crawford, Jessica Lucas

    Released2006

    Directed byRenny Harlin

    The Covenant is a 2006 American action supernatural thriller film directed by Renny Harlin.... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Bride of Re-Animator is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    Bride of Re-Animator

    Fabiana Udenio, Jeffrey Combs

    Released1990

    Directed byBrian Yuzna

    Bride of Re-Animator is a 1990 American science fiction horror film directed by Brian Yuzna... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

    Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Coma is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    Coma

    Tom Selleck, Michael Douglas

    Released1978

    Directed byMichael Crichton

    This film is a 1978 suspense film based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Robin Cook. The... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Pieces is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    Pieces

    Christopher George, Lynda Day George

    Released1982

    Directed byJuan Piquer Simón

    Pieces is a 1982 exploitation slasher film and "drive-in favorite." The film was directed by... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Black Christmas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    Black Christmas

    Michelle Trachtenberg, Lacey Chabert

    Released2006

    Directed byGlen Morgan

    Black Christmas is a 2006 Canadian-American slasher film written and directed by Glen Morgan... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    The Lords of Salem is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    The Lords of Salem

    María Conchita Alonso, Dee Wallace

    Released2012

    Directed byRob Zombie

    The Lords of Salem is a 2013 independent horror film written, produced and directed by Rob... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Beyond Re-Animator is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    Beyond Re-Animator

    Elsa Pataky, Jeffrey Combs

    Released2003

    Directed byBrian Yuzna

    Beyond Re-Animator is a 2003 Spanish horror film directed by Brian Yuzna and starring Jeffrey... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    The Reincarnation of Peter Pro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    The Reincarnation of Peter Proud

    Margot Kidder, Jennifer O'Neill

    Released1975

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

    The Reincarnation of Peter Proud is an American motion picture released by Bing Crosby... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    The Secret Village is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    The Secret Village

    Richard Riehle, Jonathan Bennett

    Released2013

    Directed bySwamy M. Kandan

    The Secret Village is a 2013 American psychological thriller directed by Swamy Kandan, written... more on Wikipedia
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    Slender Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    Slender Man

    Jaz Sinclair, Joey King

    Released2018

    Directed bySylvain White

    Slender Man is a 2018 American horror film directed by Sylvain White, based on the myth... more on Wikipedia
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    Jaws: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
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    Jaws: The Revenge

    Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles

    Released1987

    Directed byJoseph Sargent

    Jaws: The Revenge, is a 1987 American horror thriller film directed by Joseph Sargent. It is... more on Wikipedia
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