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The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts  

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List Rules The 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. 

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Jaws is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss, Roy Scheider
Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's novel of the same name. The prototypical summer blockbuster, its release is regarded as a ...more
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The Haunting is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell, Julie Harris
The Haunting is a 1963 British psychological horror film directed and produced by Robert Wise and adapted by Nelson Gidding from the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. It stars ...more
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Re-Animator is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, David Gale
Re-Animator is a 1985 American science fiction horror comedy film loosely based on the H. P. Lovecraft episodic novella "Herbert West–Reanimator." Directed by Stuart Gordon, it was the ...more
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Warlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Richard E. Grant, Lori Singer, Julian Sands
Warlock is a 1989 American cult horror film produced and directed by Steve Miner and starring Julian Sands, Lori Singer, and Richard E. Grant. It was written by David Twohy. The soundtrack was ...more
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The Covenant is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Chace Crawford, Jessica Lucas, Taylor Kitsch
The Covenant is a 2006 American action supernatural thriller film written by J. S. Cardone, directed by Renny Harlin, and starring Steven Strait, Taylor Kitsch, Toby Hemingway, Chace Crawford, ...more
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Jaws 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry
Jaws 2 is a 1978 American horror thriller film and the first sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws, and the second installment in the Jaws franchise, which was based on Peter Benchley's novel of the ...more
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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo
Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name. Production started in March 2008. ...more
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Pieces is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Christopher George, Lynda Day George, Edmund Purdom
Pieces is a 1982 exploitation slasher film and "drive-in favorite." The film was directed by Spanish filmmaker Juan Piquer Simon. It stars Christopher George, Linda Day, Frank ...more
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Altered States is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Drew Barrymore, William Hurt, Bob Balaban
Altered States is a 1980 American science fiction-horror film adaptation of a novel by the same name by playwright and screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky in his only novel he ever wrote and his final ...more
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The House By The Cemetery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
The House By The Cemetery

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

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ParaNorman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Ariel Winter
ParaNorman is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion animated horror comedy film produced by Laika, distributed by Focus Features and was released on August 17, 2012. It stars the voices of Kodi ...more
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Coma is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Tom Selleck, Michael Douglas, Ed Harris
This film is a 1978 suspense film based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Robin Cook. The film rights were acquired by director Michael Crichton, and the movie was produced by Martin ...more
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The Reincarnation of Peter Pro... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Margot Kidder, Jennifer O'Neill, Michael Sarrazin
The Reincarnation of Peter Proud is an American motion picture released by Bing Crosby Productions, and Cinerama Releasing Corporation. Of the supernatural suspense genre, the film was directed ...more
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In Dreams is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Robert Downey Jr., Annette Bening, Aidan Quinn
In Dreams is a 1999 psychological thriller film directed by Neil Jordan. It stars Annette Bening as a New England illustrator who begins experiencing visions of a missing child who turns out to ...more
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Silent Night, Bloody Night is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
John Carradine, Patrick O'Neal, Mary Woronov
Silent Night, Bloody Night is a 1972 American horror film directed by Theodore Gershuny and co-produced by Lloyd Kaufman. The film stars Patrick O'Neal and cult actress Mary Woronov in leading ...more
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Session 9 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Josh Lucas, David Caruso, 피터 뮬란
Session 9 is a 2001 American independent psychological horror film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Anderson and Stephen Gevedon. The film stars David Caruso, Peter Mullan, Stephen ...more
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The Lords of Salem is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
María Conchita Alonso, Dee Wallace, Bruce Davison
The Lords of Salem is a 2013 independent horror film written, produced and directed by Rob Zombie, and starring Sheri Moon Zombie, Bruce Davison, Judy Geeson, Patricia Quinn, Dee Wallace, ...more
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Bride of Re-Animator is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Fabiana Udenio, Jeffrey Combs, Kathleen Kinmont
Bride of Re-Animator is a 1990 American science fiction horror film directed by Brian Yuzna and was written by Yuzna, Rick Fry and Woody Keith. H. P. Lovecraft wrote the original serialized ...more
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The Secret Village is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
The Secret Village Richard Riehle, Jonathan Bennett, Stelio Savante
The Secret Village is a 2013 American psychological thriller directed by Swamy Kandan, written by Kandan and Jason Whittier, and starring Jonathan Bennett, Ali Faulkner, Richard Riehle, and ...more
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Black Christmas is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Michelle Trachtenberg, Lacey Chabert, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Black Christmas is a 2006 Canadian-American slasher film written and directed by Glen Morgan and starring Katie Cassidy, Michelle Trachtenberg, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Oliver Hudson, Lacey ...more
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Jaws: The Revenge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Michael Caine, Mario Van Peebles, Melvin Van Peebles
Jaws: The Revenge, is a 1987 American horror thriller film directed by Joseph Sargent. It is the third and final sequel to Steven Spielberg's Jaws and the fourth and final installment in the ...more
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Beyond Re-Animator is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Elsa Pataky, Jeffrey Combs, Santiago Segura
Beyond Re-Animator is a 2003 Spanish horror film directed by Brian Yuzna and starring Jeffrey Combs, Jason Barry, Simón Andreu, Elsa Pataky and Santiago Segura. It is the third ...more
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Slender Man is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in Massachusetts
Jaz Sinclair, Joey King, Julia Goldani Telles
Slender Man is a 2018 American horror film directed by Sylvain White, based on the myth created by Eric Knudsen. Terror strikes when unsuspecting victims cross paths with a tall, thin, ...more