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The Best Horror Movies Set in San Francisco

Updated April 2, 2019 142 votes 16 voters15 items

List RulesThe horror movie must be primarily set in San Francisco.

Horror movies based in San Francisco offer something unique. The city is so visually magnificent that setting a scary story there provides a deep sense of irony. It's easy to make a horror movie in an ugly, dilapidated location. Making a horror movie showing San Francisco in all its glory takes real skill. Several filmmakers have proven themselves up to the task, somehow suggesting an evil lurking under the gorgeous surface.

While Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Birds are the most straightforward scary movies set in San Francisco, films such as Zodiac and Copycat are definitely unsettling in their own right. Ultimately, you get to decide the best horror movies set in San Francisco by voting up the ones that gave you the most goosebumps. If you don't see your favorite horror films based in San Francisco here, please add them and let other users rate your selections. 

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers1
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    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1978

    Directed byPhilip Kaufman

    Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1978 science fiction thriller directed by Philip Kaufman,... more on Wikipedia
  • The Birds2
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    The Birds

    Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren

    Released1963

    Directed byAlfred Hitchcock

    The Birds is a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the... more on Wikipedia
  • Zodiac3
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    Zodiac

    Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal

    Released2007

    Directed byDavid Fincher

    Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery thriller film directed by David Fincher, based on the 1986... more on Wikipedia
  • Copycat4
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    Copycat

    Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter

    Released1995

    Directed byJon Amiel

    Copycat is a 1995 American psychological thriller, starring Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter and... more on Wikipedia
  • Experiment in Terror5
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    Experiment in Terror

    Stefanie Powers, Glenn Ford

    Released1962

    Directed byBlake Edwards

    Experiment in Terror, originally released in the UK as The Grip of Fear, is a 1962... more on Wikipedia
  • It Came from Beneath the Sea6
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    It Came from Beneath the Sea

    Faith Domergue, Kenneth Tobey

    Released1955

    Directed byRobert Gordon

    It Came from Beneath the Sea is a 1955 American black-and-white science fiction and giant... more on Wikipedia
  • Monster in the Closet7
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    Monster in the Closet

    Fergie, Paul Walker

    Released1986

    Directed byBob Dahlin

    Monster in the Closet is a 1986 horror comedy with a veteran cast, including Howard Duff and... more on Wikipedia
  • Pacific Heights8
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    Pacific Heights

    Michael Keaton, Melanie Griffith

    Released1990

    Directed byJohn Schlesinger

    Pacific Heights is a 1990 psychological thriller film directed by John Schlesinger, written by... more on Wikipedia
  • Raising Cain9
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    Raising Cain

    John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich

    Released1992

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Raising Cain is a 1992 psychological thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma, and... more on Wikipedia
  • So I Married an Axe Murderer10
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    So I Married an Axe Murderer

    Mike Myers, Phil Hartman

    Released1993

    Directed byThomas Schlamme

    This film is a 1993 American romantic comedy thriller film starring Mike Myers and Nancy... more on Wikipedia
  • Sudden Fear11
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    Sudden Fear

    Joan Crawford, Jack Palance

    Released1952

    Directed byDavid Miller

    Sudden Fear is a 1952 American thriller film noir directed by David Miller, and starring Joan... more on Wikipedia
  • The Fan12
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    The Fan

    Robert De Niro, Jack Black

    Released1996

    Directed byTony Scott

    The Fan is a 1996 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Robert De Niro... more on Wikipedia
  • The Zodiac Killer13
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    The Zodiac Killer

    Hal Reed, Bob Jones

    Released1971

    Directed byTom Hanson

    The Zodiac Killer is a 1971 film directed by Tom Hanson. The film stars Hal Reed, Bob Jones,... more on Wikipedia
  • Godzilla14
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    Godzilla

    Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston

    Released2014

    Directed byGareth Edwards

    Godzilla is a 2014 American science fiction monster film directed by Gareth Edwards. It is a... more on Wikipedia
  • Interview with the Vampire15
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    Interview with the Vampire

    Tom Cruise Brad Pitt Stephen Rea Antonio Banderas Christian Slater Kirsten Dunst
    Interview with the Vampire is a 1994 American gothic romantic horror film directed by Neil... more on Wikipedia