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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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The Others is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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 Witch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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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The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King
The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and the first installment in the Conjuring series. Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are ...more
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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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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Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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 1897 Gothic horror novel by Bram Stoker. Count Dracula (Gary Oldman), a ...more
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Shutter Island is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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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The Conjuring 2: The Enfield P... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor
The Conjuring 2 is a 2016 American supernatural horror film, directed by James Wan. It is the sequel to 2013's The Conjuring and the third installment in The Conjuring series. Ed and Lorraine ...more
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Interview with the Vampire: Th... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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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Crimson Peak is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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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The Awakening is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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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The Woman in Black is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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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The Devil's Backbone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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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Brotherhood of the Wolf is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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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Sweeney Todd is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Tom Hardy, Ray Winstone, David Warner
Sweeney Todd is a 2006 film directed by David Moore.
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Overlord is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson, Iain De Caestecker
Overlord is a 2018 American horror film directed by Julius Avery. In 1944, two American paratroopers are going down over Normandy in the midst of the D-Day invasion, and they soon discover that ...more
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Ravenous is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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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From Hell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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 Mummy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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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Ginger Snaps Back is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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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The Raven is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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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Black Death is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Carice van Houten
This film 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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Picnic at Hanging Rock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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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Shadow of the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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 Ghost and the Darkness is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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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Underworld: Rise of the Lycans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
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 origins of some characters and the ...more