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The Best Horror Movies Set in New York  

Ranker Film
177 votes 22 voters 26 items

List Rules The 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 boroughs 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.

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American Psycho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Christian Bale, Willem Dafoe, Jared Leto
American Psycho is a 2000 American neo-noir satirical psychological horror film directed by Mary Harron, based on the 1991 novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Wealthy New York City investment banking ...more
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I Am Legend is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Will Smith, Emma Thompson, Salli Richardson
I Am Legend is a 2007 American post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Will Smith. It is the third feature film adaptation of Richard Matheson's ...more
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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes
Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The cast includes Mia ...more
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Maniac is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Caroline Munro, Tom Savini, Sharon Mitchell
Maniac is a 1980 American exploitation slasher film directed by William Lustig and written by Joe Spinell and C. A. Rosenberg. The plot focuses on a disturbed and traumatized serial killer who ...more
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Black Swan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Winona Ryder
Black Swan is a 2010 American psychological thriller-horror film directed by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman, Vincent Cassel, and Mila Kunis. The plot revolves around a production ...more
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Cloverfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Odette Annable, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas
Cloverfield is a 2008 American science fiction found footage monster film directed by Matt Reeves, produced by J. J. Abrams & Bryan Burk, and written by Drew Goddard. Before settling on an ...more
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1408 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, Kate Walsh
1408 is a 2007 American psychological horror film based on the Stephen King 1999 short story of the same name directed by Swedish director Mikael Håfström. The movie stars John ...more
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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander
Jacob's Ladder is a 1990 American psychological horror film directed by Adrian Lyne, written and produced by Bruce Joel Rubin and starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña and Danny Aiello. ...more
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C.H.U.D. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
John Goodman, Daniel Stern, John Heard
C.H.U.D. is a 1984 American horror film produced by Andrew Bonime, and directed by Douglas Cheek with Peter Stein as the director of photography and William Bilowit as production designer. The ...more
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The Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Ava Gardner
The Sentinel is a 1977 American horror film directed by Michael Winner and starring Cristina Raines, Chris Sarandon, Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, Sylvia Miles, and Eli Wallach. Christopher ...more
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Basket Case is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Bill Freehan, Jerry Butler, Frank Henenlotter
Basket Case is a 1982 American horror comedy film written and directed by Frank Henenlotter. It has two sequels, Basket Case 2 and Basket Case 3: The Progeny by the same director. It is notable ...more
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Dark Water is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Jennifer Connelly, Tim Roth, John C. Reilly
Dark Water is a 2005 American horror-thriller film directed by Walter Salles, starring Jennifer Connelly and Tim Roth. The film is a remake of the 2002 Japanese film of the same name, and also ...more
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Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jas... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Kelly Hu, Kane Hodder, David Jacox
riday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan is a 1989 slasher film directed by Rob Hedden and starring Jensen Daggett, Scott Reeves and Kane Hodder. It is the eighth film in the Friday the ...more
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Inferno is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Alida Valli, Veronica Lazăr, Eleonora Giorgi
Inferno is a 1980 Italian supernatural horror film, written and directed by Dario Argento. The film stars Irene Miracle, Leigh McCloskey, Eleonora Giorgi, Daria Nicolodi and Alida Valli. The ...more
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The Devil's Advocate is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves
The Devil's Advocate is a 1997 American mystery thriller film based on Andrew Neiderman's novel of the same name. It is directed by Taylor Hackford and stars Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, and ...more
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Vampire in Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Eddie Murphy, Angela Bassett, Joanna Cassidy
Vampire in Brooklyn is a 1995 American horror comedy film directed by Wes Craven, and starring Eddie Murphy and Angela Bassett. Allen Payne, Kadeem Hardison, John Witherspoon, Zakes Mokae, and ...more
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End of Days is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Tunney, Renee Olstead
End of Days is a 1999 American action fantasy horror thriller film directed by Peter Hyams starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Kevin Pollak, Rod Steiger, CCH Pounder, ...more
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Q is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
David Carradine, Michael Moriarty, Richard Roundtree
Q is a 1982 fantasy-horror film written and directed by Larry Cohen and starring Michael Moriarty, Candy Clark, David Carradine, and Richard Roundtree.
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The Driller Killer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Abel Ferrara, James O'Hara, Carolyn Marz
The Driller Killer is a 1979 horror film directed by and starring Abel Ferrara. It was on a list of banned so-called "video nasties" in the United Kingdom. The film was banned in the ...more
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Depraved is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
David Call, Joshua Leonard
Depraved is a 2019 American horror film written and directed by Larry Fessenden. A veteran Army medic suffering from PTSD, Henry (David Call) uses body parts to construct a man, Adam (Alex ...more
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Sisters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Margot Kidder, Charles Durning, Olympia Dukakis
Sisters is a 1973 American horror film directed by Brian De Palma and starring Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt and Charles Durning. The plot focuses on a French Canadian model whose separated ...more
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Mimic is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Josh Brolin, Mira Sorvino, Norman Reedus
Mimic is an American 1997 science fiction horror film co-written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, based on a short story of the same name by Donald A. Wollheim. Del Toro was unhappy with the ...more
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The New York Ripper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Howard Ross, Jack Hedley, Andrea Occhipinti
The New York Ripper is a 1982 Italian giallo film directed and co-written by Lucio Fulci. The film score was written by Francesco De Masi. The film was banned in many countries or released as an ...more
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Wait Until Dark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Audrey Hepburn, Alan Arkin, Robby Benson
Wait Until Dark is a suspense-thriller film directed by Terence Young and produced by Mel Ferrer. It stars Audrey Hepburn as a young blind woman, Alan Arkin as a violent criminal searching for ...more
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Vampire's Kiss is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in New York
Nicolas Cage, Jennifer Beals, David Hyde Pierce
Vampire's Kiss is a 1989 American black comedy horror film, directed by Robert Bierman, written by Joseph Minion, and stars Nicolas Cage, María Conchita Alonso, Jennifer Beals, and ...more