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The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked 

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Updated June 26, 2019 3.9k votes 463 voters 12.9k views 40 items

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

Released: 2001

Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar

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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

Released: 2015

Directed by: Robert Eggers

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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Bram Stoker's Dracula is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder

Released: 1992

Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola

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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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken

Released: 1999

Directed by: Tim Burton

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The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

Released: 2013

Directed by: James Wan

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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

Released: 2010

Directed by: Martin Scorsese

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Interview with the Vampi... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst

Released: 1994

Directed by: Neil Jordan

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The Woman in Black is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Janet McTeer

Released: 2012

Directed by: James Watkins

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The Conjuring 2: The Enf... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor

Released: 2016

Directed by: James Wan

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Crimson Peak is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam

Released: 2015

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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 Mummy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser, Patricia Velásquez

Released: 1999

Directed by: Stephen Sommers

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From Hell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane

Released: 2001

Directed by: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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The Awakening is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Rebecca Hall, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West

Released: 2011

Directed by: Nick Murphy

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The Devil's Backbone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes, Federico Luppi

Released: 2001

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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Brotherhood of the Wolf ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Gaspard Ulliel

Released: 2001

Directed by: Christophe Gans

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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

Released: 1999

Directed by: Antonia Bird

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Annabelle is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Alfre Woodard, Annabelle Wallis, Brian Howe

Released: 2014

Directed by: John R. Leonetti

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Sweeney Todd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Tom Hardy, Ray Winstone, David Warner

Released: 2006

Directed by: David Moore

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The Village is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver, Joaquin Phoenix

Released: 2004

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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The Ghost and the Darkne... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas, Emily Mortimer

Released: 1996

Directed by: Stephen Hopkins

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The Raven is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Alice Eve, John Cusack, Brendan Gleeson

Released: 2012

Directed by: James McTeigue

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Underworld: Rise of the ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Kate Beckinsale, Rhona Mitra, Michael Sheen

Released: 2009

Directed by: Patrick Tatopoulos

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The Innocents is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Pamela Franklin

Released: 1961

Directed by: Jack Clayton

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Black Death is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Carice van Houten

Released: 2010

Directed by: Christopher Smith

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Shadow of the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked
Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich, Eddie Izzard

Released: 2000

Directed by: E. Elias Merhige

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