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The Best Horror Movies Set In Massachusetts

Updated December 14, 2020 330 votes 31 voters 2.9k views40 items

List RulesVote up your favorite horror movies that are primarily set in Massachusetts.

The best horror movies set in Massachusetts don't all take place in Salem, MA but some certainly do. They don't necessarily have to a horror movie filmed in Massacusetts but it certainly doesn't hurt either. 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. 

  • Jaws1
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    Jaws

    Steven Spielberg, Richard Dreyfuss

    Released1975

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  • The Haunting2
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    The Haunting

    Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell

    Released1963

    Directed byRobert Wise

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  • In Dreams3
    8
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    In Dreams

    Robert Downey Jr., Annette Bening

    Released1999

    Directed byNeil Jordan

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  • ParaNorman4
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    Anna Kendrick, John Goodman

    Released2012

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  • Warlock5
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    Warlock

    Richard E. Grant, Lori Singer

    Released1989

    Directed bySteve Miner

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    Silent Night, Bloody Night

    John Carradine, Patrick O'Neal

    Released1972

    Directed byTheodore Gershuny

  • Re-Animator7
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    Re-Animator

    Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs

    Released1985

    Directed byStuart Gordon

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  • Session 98
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    Session 9

    Josh Lucas, David Caruso

    Released2001

    Directed byBrad Anderson

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  • Shutter Island9
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    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

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    Bride of Re-Animator

    Fabiana Udenio, Jeffrey Combs

    Released1990

    Directed byBrian Yuzna

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  • The Covenant11
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    The Covenant

    Chace Crawford, Jessica Lucas

    Released2006

    Directed byRenny Harlin

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  • Altered States12
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    Altered States

    Drew Barrymore, William Hurt

    Released1980

    Directed byKen Russell

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  • Coma14
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    Coma

    Tom Selleck, Michael Douglas

    Released1978

    Directed byMichael Crichton

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    Jaws 2

    Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton

    Released1978

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  • Pieces16
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    Pieces

    Christopher George, Lynda Day George

    Released1982

    Directed byJuan Piquer Simón

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    4
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    Beyond Re-Animator

    Elsa Pataky, Jeffrey Combs

    Released2003

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  • The Reincarnation of Peter Proud18
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    The Reincarnation of Peter Proud

    Margot Kidder, Jennifer O'Neill

    Released1975

    Directed byJ. Lee Thompson

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    Black Christmas

    Michelle Trachtenberg, Lacey Chabert

    Released2006

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    Elvira: Mistress of the Dark

    Cassandra Peterson, Jeff Conaway

    Released1988

    Directed byJames Signorelli

  • Slender Man21
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    Jaz Sinclair, Joey King

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    María Conchita Alonso, Dee Wallace

    Released2012

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    Hocus Pocus

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler

    Released1993

    Directed byKenny Ortega

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  • The City of the Dead24
    1
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    The City of the Dead

    Christopher Lee, Nickolas Grace

    Released1960

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  • The Devonsville Terror25
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    The Devonsville Terror

    Donald Pleasence, Robert Walker Jr.

    Released1983

    Directed byUlli Lommel