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The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers  

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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
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 Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton, Haley Joel Osment
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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The Shining is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers
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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Firestarter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Drew Barrymore, Heather Locklear, Martin Sheen
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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Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams, Heather O'Rourke
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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The Dead Zone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen, Tom Skerritt
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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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Julianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer
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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Doctor Sleep is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Kyliegh Curran
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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Scanners is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Michael Ironside, Patrick McGoohan, Jennifer O'Neill
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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Dreamscape is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Dennis Quaid, Christopher Plummer, Max von Sydow
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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Incarnate is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Aaron Eckhart, Carice van Houten, Emjay Anthony
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 Other is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
John Ritter, Victor French, Diana Muldaur
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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The Gift is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Katie Holmes, Cate Blanchett, Keanu Reeves
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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The Rage: Carrie 2 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Mena Suvari, Zachery Ty Bryan, Rachel Blanchard
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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Phenomena is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Jennifer Connelly, Daria Nicolodi, Dalila Di Lazzaro
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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The Fury is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Kirk Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Jim Belushi
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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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale, Jake Gyllenhaal
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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Thelma is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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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Red Lights is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Elizabeth Olsen
Red Lights is a 2012 Spanish-American thriller film written and directed by Rodrigo Cortés and starring Cillian Murphy, Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro, Toby Jones, Elizabeth Olsen, ...more
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Tourist Trap is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Tanya Roberts, Chuck Connors, Keith McDermott
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) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
John Gavin, Nina Foch, Bert Convy
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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Seconds Apart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Orlando Jones, Samantha Droke, Louis Herthum
Seconds Apart is a horror/thriller film written by George Richards and directed by Antonio Negret.
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The Medusa Touch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Richard Burton, Lee Remick, Harry Andrews
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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The Spell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Helen Hunt, Lee Grant, Jack Colvin
The Spell is a film directed by Lee Philips released on Feb 20, 1977.
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Patrick is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann, Julia Blake
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.