film The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite costume horror movies set in a different time period.

This list contains information on the best period horror movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best period horror films come in many forms. Some period horror movies are based on classic literature while other good period horror films feature completely original characters and storylines. A few of the best period horror films even generated sequels.

What films will you find on this top period horror movies list? Bram Stoker's Dracula has to be at the top. Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves starred in this 1992 film set in the 1400s. Bram Stoker's Dracula took home several Oscars the following year for Costume Design, Sound Editing, and Makeup. Sleepy Hollow is another one of the most entertaining period horror films to ever hit the big screen.

The Conjuring has produced several sequels and even the spin-off franchise Annabelle. Other good period horror films include Ravenous, The Wolfman, and From Hell.

How will we ever determine which period horror movie is the best? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Bram Stoker's Dracula Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder Bram Stoker's Dracula is a 1992 American horror film directed and produced by Francis Ford Coppola, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. It stars Gary Oldman as Count Dracula, Winona Ryder ...more

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The Others is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
The Others Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston, Michelle Fairley The Others is a 2001 horror-thriller film written, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar. It stars Nicole Kidman and Fionnula Flanagan. It won eight Goya Awards, including awards for ...more

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The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
The Conjuring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were American paranormal investigators and ...more

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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Sleepy Hollow Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken Sleepy Hollow is a 1999 American fantasy horror adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is a film adaptation loosely inspired by the 1820 short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington ...more

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Interview with the Vampire: Th... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles is a 1994 American romantic horror film directed by Neil Jordan, based on the 1976 novel Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice, and starring ...more

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The Conjuring 2: The Enfield P... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor

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The Devil's Backbone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
The Devil's Backbone Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes, Federico Luppi The Devil's Backbone is a 2001 Spanish-Mexican gothic horror film directed by Guillermo del Toro, and written by del Toro, Antonio Trashorras and David Muñoz. It was independently ...more

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The Witch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
The Witch Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie The Witch (stylized as The VVitch, subtitled A New-England Folktale) is a 2015 historical period supernatural horror film written and directed by Robert Eggers in his directorial debut and stars ...more

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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Shutter Island Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams, Mark Ruffalo Shutter Island is a 2010 American psychological thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese. The film is based on Dennis Lehane's 2003 novel of the same name. Production started in March 2008. ...more

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From Hell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
From Hell Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane From Hell is a 2001 American horror mystery film directed by the Hughes brothers and loosely based on the graphic novel From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell about the Jack the Ripper

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The Woman in Black is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
The Woman in Black Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer The Woman in Black is a 2012 British horror film directed by James Watkins and written by Jane Goldman, based on Susan Hill's novel of the same name. It was produced by Hammer Film Productions. ...more

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Sweeney Todd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Sweeney Todd Tom Hardy, Ray Winstone, David Warner Sweeney Todd is a 2006 film directed by David Moore.

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Ravenous is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Ravenous Jeffrey Jones, Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle Ravenous is a 1999 horror film and satire directed by Antonia Bird and starring Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, Jeffrey Jones and David Arquette. The film revolves around cannibalism in 1840s ...more

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Crimson Peak is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Crimson Peak Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam Crimson Peak is a 2015 American gothic romance film directed by Guillermo del Toro. In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author (Mia Wasikowska) is torn between love for her ...more

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Annabelle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Annabelle Alfre Woodard, Annabelle Wallis, Brian Howe Annabelle is a 2014 American supernatural psychological horror film directed by John R. Leonetti, produced by James Wan, and written by Gary Dauberman. It is both a prequel to and spin-off of ...more

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Picnic at Hanging Rock is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Picnic at Hanging Rock Jacki Weaver, Rachel Roberts, Tony Llewellyn-Jones Picnic at Hanging Rock is a 1975 Australian mystery drama film directed by Peter Weir and starring Anne-Louise Lambert, Helen Morse, Rachel Roberts, Vivean Gray and Dominic Guard. The film was ...more

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The Missing is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
The Missing Cate Blanchett, Evan Rachel Wood, Val Kilmer The Missing is a 2003 American Revisionist Western thriller film directed by Ron Howard, based on Thomas Eidson's 1996 novel The Last Ride. The film is set in 1885 New Mexico Territory is ...more

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The Raven is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
The Raven Alice Eve, John Cusack, Brendan Gleeson The Raven is a 2012 American mystery thriller film directed by James McTeigue and based on a screenplay by Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare. It stars John Cusack, Alice Eve, Brendan Gleeson ...more

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The Wolfman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
The Wolfman Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins, Hugo Weaving The Wolfman is a 2010 American horror film directed by Joe Johnston. It is a remake of the 1941 film of the same name, and tells the story of Lawrence Talbot who returns to his eerie English ...more

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The Ghost and the Darkness is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
The Ghost and the Darkness Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer The Ghost and the Darkness is a 1996 historical adventure film starring Val Kilmer and Michael Douglas set in Africa at the end of the 19th century. It was directed by Stephen Hopkins and the ...more

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Brotherhood of the Wolf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Brotherhood of the Wolf Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspard Ulliel Brotherhood of the Wolf is a 2001 French historical horror-action film directed by Christophe Gans, written by Gans and Stéphane Cabel, starring Samuel Le Bihan, Mark Dacascos, Emilie ...more

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Black Death is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Black Death Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Carice van Houten Black Death is a 2010 German-British action horror film directed by Christopher Smith from an original screenplay by Dario Poloni. It stars Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, and Carice van Houten. ...more

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The Awakening is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
The Awakening Rebecca Hall, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West The Awakening is a 2011 British horror film directed and co-written by Nick Murphy, starring Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Isaac Hempstead-Wright and Imelda Staunton.

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Shadow of the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Shadow of the Vampire Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich, Eddie Izzard Shadow of the Vampire is a 2000 horror film directed by E. Elias Merhige and written by Steven Katz, and starring John Malkovich and Willem Dafoe. The film is a fictionalised account of the ...more

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The Mummy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
The Mummy Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez The Mummy is a 1999 American fantasy adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah, and Kevin J. O'Connor, with Arnold Vosloo in ...more

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The Innocents is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
The Innocents Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Pamela Franklin The Innocents is a 1961 British supernatural gothic horror film directed and produced by Jack Clayton, and starring Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave and Megs Jenkins. Based on the novella The Turn ...more

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombie... is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Lena Headey, Matt Smith, Charles Dance Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an upcoming American horror comedy romance film directed by Burr Steers and co-written with David O. Russell, based on the 2009 novel of same name by Seth ...more

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Dorian Gray is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Dorian Gray Colin Firth, Rebecca Hall, Rachel Hurd-Wood Dorian Gray is a 2009 British fantasy-thriller drama film based on Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel The Picture of Dorian Gray. This version is directed by Oliver Parker, written by Toby Finlay, and ...more

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The Village is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
The Village Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix The Village is a 2004 American psychological thriller film, written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, and starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt ...more

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Dracula Untold is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Dracula Untold Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance, Luke Evans Dracula Untold is a 2014 American dark fantasy action horror film directed by Gary Shore in his feature film debut and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless. Rather than focus on Irish ...more

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Ginger Snaps Back is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Ginger Snaps Back Katharine Isabelle, Hugh Dillon, Emily Perkins Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning is a 2004 Canadian horror film and a prequel to Ginger Snaps and Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed. The third entry in the Ginger Snaps trilogy takes place in 19th ...more

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Mary Reilly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Mary Reilly Julia Roberts, John Malkovich, Glenn Close Mary Reilly is a 1996 American film directed by Stephen Frears and starring Julia Roberts and John Malkovich. The movie was written by Christopher Hampton and adapted from the novel Mary Reilly ...more

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The Falling is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
The Falling Scott Gabelein, Rory Colin Fretland, Michael Ayden Amidst his broken life, Police Officer Grayson Reed is about to be thrown into the middle of a feud between the five Angels of Heaven and the leader of Hell. As faith ends in the world around ...more

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunte... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Alan Tudyk, Erin Wasson Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter is a 2012 American dark fantasy action horror film directed by Timur Bekmambetov, based on the 2010 mashup novel of the same name. The novel's author, Seth ...more

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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Underworld: Rise of the Lycans Kate Beckinsale, Rhona Mitra, Michael Sheen Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is an American film released January 23, 2009. It is the third installment in the Underworld series, focusing primarily on the ...more

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Gothic is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Gothic Gabriel Byrne, Timothy Spall, Natasha Richardson Gothic is a 1986 British horror film directed by Ken Russell, starring Gabriel Byrne as Lord Byron, Julian Sands as Percy Bysshe Shelley, Natasha Richardson as Mary Shelley, Myriam Cyr as Claire ...more

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Byzantium is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Byzantium Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Jonny Lee Miller Byzantium is a 2012 drama, fantasy and thriller film written by Moira Buffini and directed by Neil Jordan.