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The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers 

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Updated November 7, 2019 762 votes 64 voters 1.9k views 34 items

The best psychic horror movies offer an unnerving sense of mystery. They deal with concepts that are both fascinating and scary. Whether it's psychokinesis movies, mind-reading movies, or scary telepathy movies, these fright films use the idea of amazing powers employed in a dangerous manner to jolt us right out of our seats.

Some of the top psychic horror movies include David Cronenberg's Scanners and Brian De Palma's Carrie, but there are plenty more. In each case, they rely on various forms of psychic phenomena as the basis for gripping stories about good and evil. Stephen King has several films on this list such as the aforementioned CarrieThe Dead Zone (starring Christopher Walken), The Shining and Firestarter starring Drew Barrymore. 

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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

Released: 1976

Directed by: Brian De Palma

Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The ...more
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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers

Released: 1980

Directed by: Stanley Kubrick

The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, ...more
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The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment

Released: 1999

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. The film tells the story of Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment), a troubled, isolated boy who ...more
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Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke

Released: 1982

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

Poltergeist is a 1982 American supernatural thriller film, directed by Tobe Hooper and co-written and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is the first and most successful entry in the Poltergeist ...more
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Firestarter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Drew Barrymore, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen

Released: 1984

Directed by: Mark L. Lester

Firestarter is a 1984 American science fiction thriller film based on Stephen King's 1980 Firestarter. The plot concerns a young girl who develops pyrokinesis and the secret government agency ...more
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The Dead Zone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt

Released: 1983

Directed by: David Cronenberg

This film is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay by Jeffrey Boam was based on the 1979 novel of the same name by Stephen King. The film stars ...more
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Doctor Sleep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran

Released: 2019

Directed by: Mike Flanagan

Doctor Sleep is a 2019 American horror film directed by Mike Flanagan, based on the 2013 novel by Stephen King. Years following the events of "The Shining", a now-adult Dan Torrence ...more
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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Julianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer

Released: 2013

Directed by: Kimberly Peirce

Carrie is a 2013 American supernatural horror film. It is the third film adaptation of Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name, though Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Screen Gems, who produced the ...more
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Scanners is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Michael Ironside, Patrick McGoohan, Jennifer O'Neill

Released: 1981

Directed by: David Cronenberg

Scanners is a 1981 Canadian science-fiction horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg and starring Jennifer O'Neill, Steven Lack, Michael Ironside, and Patrick McGoohan. In the film, ...more
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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal

Released: 2001

Directed by: Richard Kelly

Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Noah Wyle, Jena ...more
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The Other is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
John Ritter, Victor French, Diana Muldaur

Released: 1972

Directed by: Robert Mulligan

The Other is a 1972 psychological horror film directed by Robert Mulligan, adapted for film by Tom Tryon, from his bestselling novel. It stars Uta Hagen, Diana Muldaur, and Chris and Martin
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Incarnate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Aaron Eckhart, Carice van Houten, Emjay Anthony

Directed by: Brad Peyton

Confined to a wheelchair after a horrific accident, Dr. Seth Ember is an “Incarnate” gifted with the rare ability to delve into the minds of possessed people in order to exorcise their demons ...more
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The Gift is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Katie Holmes, Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves

Released: 2000

Directed by: Sam Raimi

The Gift is a 2000 American supernatural thriller film directed by Sam Raimi, written by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson and based on the alleged psychic experiences of Thornton's mother. ...more
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Dreamscape is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Dennis Quaid, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow

Released: 1984

Directed by: Joseph Ruben

Dreamscape is a 1984 science fiction horror film directed by Joseph Ruben and written by David Loughery, with Chuck Russell and Ruben co-writing.
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The Fury is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Kirk Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Jim Belushi

Released: 1978

Directed by: Brian De Palma, Frank Yablans

The Fury is a 1978 supernatural thriller film directed by Brian De Palma. The film was written by John Farris, based on his novel of the same name. It starred Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, ...more
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Phenomena is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Jennifer Connelly, Daria Nicolodi, Dalila Di Lazzaro

Released: 1985

Directed by: Dario Argento

Phenomena is a 1985 Italian horror giallo film directed by Dario Argento. A girl at a remote Swiss boarding school discovers she has psychic powers that allow her to communicate with insects and ...more
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Friday the 13th Part VII... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Corey Feldman, Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Bennett

Released: 1988

Directed by: John Carl Buechler

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood is the seventh installment in the original Friday the 13th series, released in 1988. It is the start of the Kane Hodder era in Jason films in the role of ...more
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Thelma is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers

Directed by: Joachim Trier

Thelma is a 2017 Norwegian supernatural horror-thriller film directed by Joachim Trier. Norwegian student, Thelma (Eili Harboe), moves to Oslo where she falls in love with another girl. She soon ...more
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Tourist Trap is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Tanya Roberts, Chuck Connors, Keith McDermott

Released: 1979

Directed by: David Schmoeller

Tourist Trap is a 1979 American horror film directed by David Schmoeller, and starring Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Robin Sherwood, and Tanya Roberts. The film revolves around a group of ...more
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Jennifer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
John Gavin, Nina Foch, Bert Convy

Released: 1978

Directed by: Brice Mack

Jennifer is a 1978 horror film directed by Brice Mack, starring Lisa Pelikan. The story has some similarities to the 1976 classic Carrie, about a social misfit with psychic powers who gets ...more
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The Rage: Carrie 2 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Mena Suvari, Zachery Ty Bryan, Rachel Blanchard

Released: 1999

Directed by: Katt Shea

The Rage: Carrie 2 is a 1999 American supernatural drama horror film directed by Katt Shea. It is a sequel to the 1976 horror film Carrie based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King and ...more
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Seconds Apart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Orlando Jones, Samantha Droke, Louis Herthum

Released: 2011

Directed by: Antonio Negret, José Antonio Negret

Seconds Apart is a horror/thriller film written by George Richards and directed by Antonio Negret.
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Patrick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann, Julia Blake

Released: 1978

Directed by: Richard Franklin

Patrick is a 1978 Australian horror film directed by Richard Franklin and written by Everett De Roche. It is the pivotal movie of respected Australian director Richard Franklin's career.
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The Medusa Touch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Richard Burton, Lee Remick, Harry Andrews

Released: 1978

Directed by: Jack Gold

The Medusa Touch is a 1978 British supernatural thriller film directed by Jack Gold. It starred Richard Burton, Lino Ventura, Lee Remick and Harry Andrews, with cameos by Alan Badel, Derek ...more
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Cameron's Closet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Tab Hunter, Leigh McCloskey, Mel Harris

Released: 1988

Directed by: Armand Mastroianni

Cameron's Closet, also known as Cameron's Terror, is a 1988 American horror film. The film was directed by Armand Mastroianni and stars Scott Curtis, Cotter Smith, Mel Harris, Tab Hunter, Kim ...more