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The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers

Updated November 7, 2019 1.1k votes 66 voters 2.1k views34 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. 

Vote up the greatest psychic horror movies from the list below. If your favorite isn't here, feel free to add it so that other users can rank your choice. 

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    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974... more on Wikipedia
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    The Shining is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    The Shining

    Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall

    Released1980

    Directed byStanley Kubrick

    The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    The Sixth Sense is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    The Sixth Sense

    Bruce Willis, Mischa Barton

    Released1999

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    The Sixth Sense is a 1999 American supernatural thriller film written and directed by M. Night... more on Wikipedia
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    Poltergeist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    Poltergeist

    Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams

    Released1982

    Directed byTobe Hooper

    Poltergeist is a 1982 American supernatural thriller film, directed by Tobe Hooper and... more on Wikipedia
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    Firestarter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    Firestarter

    Drew Barrymore, Heather Locklear

    Released1984

    Directed byMark L. Lester

    Firestarter is a 1984 American science fiction thriller film based on Stephen King's 1980... more on Wikipedia
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    The Dead Zone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    The Dead Zone

    Christopher Walken, Martin Sheen

    Released1983

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

    This film is a 1983 American horror thriller film directed by David Cronenberg. The screenplay... more on Wikipedia
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    Doctor Sleep is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    Doctor Sleep

    Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson

    Released2019

    Directed byMike Flanagan

    Doctor Sleep is a 2019 American horror film directed by Mike Flanagan, based on the 2013 novel... more on Wikipedia
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    Carrie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    Carrie

    Julianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2013

    Directed byKimberly Peirce

    Carrie is a 2013 American supernatural horror film. It is the third film adaptation of Stephen... more on Wikipedia
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    Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    Donnie Darko

    Drew Barrymore, Ashley Tisdale

    Released2001

    Directed byRichard Kelly

    Donnie Darko is a 2001 American supernatural drama film written and directed by Richard Kelly... more on Wikipedia
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    Scanners is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    Scanners

    Michael Ironside, Patrick McGoohan

    Released1981

    Directed byDavid Cronenberg

    Scanners is a 1981 Canadian science-fiction horror film written and directed by David... more on Wikipedia
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    The Other is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    The Other

    John Ritter, Victor French

    Released1972

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    The Other is a 1972 psychological horror film directed by Robert Mulligan, adapted for film by... more on Wikipedia
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    Incarnate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    Incarnate

    Aaron Eckhart, Carice van Houten

    Directed byBrad Peyton

    Confined to a wheelchair after a horrific accident, Dr. Seth Ember is an “Incarnate” gifted...
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    The Gift is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    The Gift

    Katie Holmes, Cate Blanchett

    Released2000

    Directed bySam Raimi

    The Gift is a 2000 American supernatural thriller film directed by Sam Raimi, written by Billy... more on Wikipedia
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    Dreamscape is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    Dreamscape

    Dennis Quaid, Christopher Plummer

    Released1984

    Directed byJoseph Ruben

    Dreamscape is a 1984 science fiction horror film directed by Joseph Ruben and written by David... more on Wikipedia
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    The Fury is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    The Fury

    Kirk Douglas, Daryl Hannah

    Released1978

    Directed byBrian De Palma, Frank Yablans

    The Fury is a 1978 supernatural thriller film directed by Brian De Palma. The film was written... more on Wikipedia
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    Phenomena is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    Phenomena

    Jennifer Connelly, Daria Nicolodi

    Released1985

    Directed byDario Argento

    Phenomena is a 1985 Italian horror giallo film directed by Dario Argento. A girl at a remote... more on Wikipedia
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    Friday the 13th Part VII: The  is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

    Corey Feldman, Tony Goldwyn

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn Carl Buechler

    Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood is the seventh installment in the original Friday the... more on Wikipedia
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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.... more on Wikipedia
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    Tourist Trap is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    Tourist Trap

    Tanya Roberts, Chuck Connors

    Released1979

    Directed byDavid Schmoeller

    Tourist Trap is a 1979 American horror film directed by David Schmoeller, and starring Chuck... more on Wikipedia
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    The Rage: Carrie 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    The Rage: Carrie 2

    Mena Suvari, Zachery Ty Bryan

    Released1999

    Directed byKatt Shea

    The Rage: Carrie 2 is a 1999 American supernatural drama horror film directed by Katt Shea. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Jennifer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    Jennifer

    John Gavin, Nina Foch

    Released1978

    Directed byBrice Mack

    Jennifer is a 1978 horror film directed by Brice Mack, starring Lisa Pelikan. The story has... more on Wikipedia
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    Seconds Apart is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    Seconds Apart

    Orlando Jones, Samantha Droke

    Released2011

    Directed byAntonio Negret, José Antonio Negret

    Seconds Apart is a horror/thriller film written by George Richards and directed by Antonio... more on Wikipedia
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    Patrick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    Patrick

    Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann

    Released1978

    Directed byRichard Franklin

    Patrick is a 1978 Australian horror film directed by Richard Franklin and written by Everett... more on Wikipedia
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    The Medusa Touch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    The Medusa Touch

    Richard Burton, Lee Remick

    Released1978

    Directed byJack Gold

    The Medusa Touch is a 1978 British supernatural thriller film directed by Jack Gold. It... more on Wikipedia
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    Cameron's Closet is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Psychic Powers
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    Cameron's Closet

    Tab Hunter, Leigh McCloskey

    Released1988

    Directed byArmand Mastroianni

    Cameron's Closet, also known as Cameron's Terror, is a 1988 American horror film. The film was... more on Wikipedia
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