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The Best Period Horror Movies, Ranked

Updated November 11, 2020 5.7k votes 512 voters 14.6k views40 items

List RulesVote 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 characters and storylines set in old times. A few of the best period horror films are gothic films that take place in the Victorian era.
 

What films will you find on this top historical 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  piece horror movie is the best? Help us decide by voting up your favorites.

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    The Others
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    Nicole Kidman, Christopher Eccleston

    Released2001

    Directed byAlejandro Amenábar

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    The Witch
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    The Witch

    Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson

    Released2015

    Directed byRobert Eggers

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  • 3
    Sleepy Hollow
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    Sleepy Hollow

    Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci

    Released1999

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Bram Stoker's Dracula
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    Bram Stoker's Dracula

    Monica Bellucci, Keanu Reeves

    Released1992

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    The Conjuring
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    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

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  • 6
    Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

    Released1994

    Directed byNeil Jordan

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    Shutter Island
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    Shutter Island

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Michelle Williams

    Released2010

    Directed byMartin Scorsese

  • 8
    The Woman in Black
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    The Woman in Black

    Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds

    Released2012

    Directed byJames Watkins

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  • 9
    Crimson Peak
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    Crimson Peak

    Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston

    Released2015

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist
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    The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2016

    Directed byJames Wan

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    From Hell
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    From Hell

    Heather Graham, Ian Holm

    Released2001

    Directed byAlbert Hughes, Allen Hughes

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    The Mummy
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    The Mummy

    Rachel Weisz, Brendan Fraser

    Released1999

    Directed byStephen Sommers

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    The Awakening
    92
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    The Awakening

    Rebecca Hall, Imelda Staunton

    Released2011

    Directed byNick Murphy

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  • 14
    The Devil's Backbone
    87
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    The Devil's Backbone

    Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes

    Released2001

    Directed byGuillermo del Toro

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    Ravenous
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    Ravenous

    Jeffrey Jones, Guy Pearce

    Released1999

    Directed byAntonia Bird

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  • 16
    Sweeney Todd
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    Sweeney Todd

    Tom Hardy, Ray Winstone

    Released2006

    Directed byDavid Moore

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    Brotherhood of the Wolf
    68
    38

    Brotherhood of the Wolf

    Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel

    Released2001

    Directed byChristophe Gans

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  • 18
    Shadow of the Vampire
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    Shadow of the Vampire

    Willem Dafoe, John Malkovich

    Released2000

    Directed byE. Elias Merhige

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  • 19
    The Raven
    66
    41

    The Raven

    Alice Eve, John Cusack

    Released2012

    Directed byJames McTeigue

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    The Innocents
    62
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    The Innocents

    Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave

    Released1961

    Directed byJack Clayton

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    The Village
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    The Village

    Bryce Dallas Howard, Sigourney Weaver

    Released2004

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

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  • 22
    The Ghost and the Darkness
    71
    50

    The Ghost and the Darkness

    Val Kilmer, Michael Douglas

    Released1996

    Directed byStephen Hopkins

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    Annabelle
    79
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    Annabelle

    Alfre Woodard, Annabelle Wallis

    Released2014

    Directed byJohn R. Leonetti

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    Overlord
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    Overlord

    Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson

    Released2018

    Directed byJulius Avery

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  • 25
    Black Death
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    Black Death

    Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne

    Released2010

    Directed byChristopher Smith

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