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The Best Horror Movies Set In New York

Updated November 11, 2020 384 votes 41 voters 2.3k views26 items

List RulesThe horror movie must be primarily set in New York.

Which of these horror movies based in New York is the scariest? The Big Apple and its various settings such as Central Park have played host to a wide assortment of fright films over the decades. Some have been suspense thrillers, others outright gore-fests. A few have done an excellent job showing the city's most notable locations, while others take place almost exclusively in interior spaces like apartments or hotel rooms. All of them take advantage of the fact that New York is a crowded place full of both residents and tourists, where evil can lurk on a major street or in a dark alley. They also take place in popular New York boroughs like Manhattan or Brooklyn.

Vote up the best horror movies set in New York. Be sure to check back to see how others have voted. Then check back for newly released scary movies set in New York on this list. 

 

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    American Psycho
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    American Psycho

    Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe

    Released2000

    Directed byMary Harron

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  • 2
    Rosemary's Baby
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    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis

    Released1968

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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  • 3
    Black Swan
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    Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis

    Released2010

    Directed byDarren Aronofsky

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  • 4
    I Am Legend
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    Will Smith, Emma Thompson

    Released2007

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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  • 5
    Cloverfield
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    Cloverfield

    Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan

    Released2008

    Directed byMatt Reeves

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  • 6
    Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

    Released1989

    Directed byRob Hedden

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  • 7
    Maniac
    9
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    Maniac

    Caroline Munro, Tom Savini

    Released1980

    Directed byWilliam Lustig

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  • 8
    C.H.U.D.
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    John Goodman, Daniel Stern

    Released1984

    Directed byDouglas Cheek

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  • 9
    The Sentinel
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    The Sentinel

    Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1977

    Directed byMichael Winner

  • 10
    1408
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    Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack

    Released2007

    Directed byMikael Håfström

  • 11
    Jacob's Ladder
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    Jacob's Ladder

    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins

    Released1990

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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  • 12
    Inferno
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    Alida Valli, Veronica Lazăr

    Released1980

    Directed byDario Argento

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  • 13
    Basket Case
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    Basket Case

    Bill Freehan, Jerry Butler

    Released1982

    Directed byFrank Henenlotter

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  • 14
    Depraved
    2
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    Depraved

    David Call, Joshua Leonard

    Released2019

    Directed byLarry Fessenden

  • 15
    Sisters
    5
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    Sisters

    Margot Kidder, Charles Durning

    Released1973

    Directed byBrian De Palma

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  • 16
    Frankenhooker
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    Frankenhooker

    Heather Hunter, Louise Lasser

    Released1990

    Directed byFrank Henenlotter

  • 17
    The Driller Killer
    6
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    The Driller Killer

    Abel Ferrara, James O'Hara

    Released1979

    Directed byAbel Ferrara

  • 18
    The Devil's Advocate
    5
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    The Devil's Advocate

    Charlize Theron, Al Pacino

    Released1997

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

  • 19
    Dark Water
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    Dark Water

    Jennifer Connelly, Tim Roth

    Released2005

    Directed byWalter Salles

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  • 20
    Mimic
    2
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    Josh Brolin, Mira Sorvino

    Released1997

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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  • 21
    Vampire's Kiss
    2
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    Nicolas Cage, Jennifer Beals

    Released1989

    Directed byRobert Bierman

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  • 22
    Vampire in Brooklyn
    4
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    Vampire in Brooklyn

    Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett

    Released1995

    Directed byWes Craven

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  • 23
    End of Days
    5
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    End of Days

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Tunney

    Released1999

    Directed byPeter Hyams

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  • 24
    Q
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    David Carradine, Michael Moriarty

    Released1982

    Directed byLarry Cohen

  • 25
    The New York Ripper
    2
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    The New York Ripper

    Howard Ross, Jack Hedley

    Released1982

    Directed byLucio Fulci

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