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The Best Horror Movies Set in San Francisco  

Ranker Film
59 votes 14 voters 15 items

List Rules The 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. 

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Invasion of the Body Snatchers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in San Francisco
Robert Duvall, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy
Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a 1978 science fiction thriller directed by Philip Kaufman, and starring Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum and Leonard Nimoy. ...more
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The Birds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in San Francisco
Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette
The Birds is a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier. It depicts Bodega Bay, California, which is, ...more
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Interview with the Vampire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in San Francisco
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 Jordan, based on the novel by Anne Rice. A self-proclaimed vampire, Louis (Brad Pitt), decides to tell ...more
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Zodiac is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in San Francisco
Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo
Zodiac is a 2007 American mystery-thriller film directed by David Fincher and based on Robert Graysmith's non-fiction book of the same name. Zodiac tells the story of the manhunt for a person ...more
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Pacific Heights is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in San Francisco
Michael Keaton, Melanie Griffith, Tippi Hedren
Pacific Heights is a 1990 psychological thriller film directed by John Schlesinger, written by Daniel Pyne, and starring Melanie Griffith, Matthew Modine, and Michael Keaton. Griffith's ...more
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The Fan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in San Francisco
Robert De Niro, Jack Black, Ellen Barkin
The Fan is a 1996 American thriller film directed by Tony Scott, and starring Robert De Niro and Wesley Snipes. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Peter Abrahams. The Fan is a ...more
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Copycat is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in San Francisco
Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Harry Connick
Copycat is a 1995 American psychological thriller, starring Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter and Dermot Mulroney. The film was directed by Jon Amiel, with a score composed by Christopher Young.
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Raising Cain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in San Francisco
Mike McGranaghan added John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich, Gabrielle Carteris
Raising Cain is a 1992 psychological thriller film written and directed by Brian De Palma, and starring John Lithgow, Lolita Davidovich and Steven Bauer.
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Godzilla is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in San Francisco
Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche
Godzilla is a 2014 American science fiction monster film directed by Gareth Edwards. It is a reboot of the Godzilla film franchise and retells the origins of Godzilla in contemporary times as a ...more
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So I Married an Axe Murderer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in San Francisco
Mike Myers, Phil Hartman, Michael Richards
This film is a 1993 American romantic comedy thriller film starring Mike Myers and Nancy Travis. Myers plays Charlie McKenzie, a man afraid of commitment until he meets Harriet, who works at a ...more
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Sudden Fear is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in San Francisco
Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Mike Connors
Sudden Fear is a 1952 American thriller film noir directed by David Miller, and starring Joan Crawford and Jack Palance in a tale about a successful woman who marries a murderous man. The ...more
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The Zodiac Killer is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in San Francisco
Hal Reed, Bob Jones, Ray Lynch
The Zodiac Killer is a 1971 film directed by Tom Hanson. The film stars Hal Reed, Bob Jones, and Ray Lynch. The plot is based on the Zodiac Killer in the San Francisco area.
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Experiment in Terror is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in San Francisco
Stefanie Powers, Glenn Ford, Lee Remick
Experiment in Terror, originally released in the UK as The Grip of Fear, is a 1962 suspense-thriller released by Columbia Pictures. It was directed by Blake Edwards and written by Mildred Gordon ...more
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It Came from Beneath the Sea is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in San Francisco
Faith Domergue, Kenneth Tobey, Ian Keith
It Came from Beneath the Sea is a 1955 American black-and-white science fiction and giant monster film from Columbia Pictures, produced by Sam Katzman and Charles Schneer, directed by Robert ...more
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Monster in the Closet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies Set in San Francisco
Fergie, Paul Walker, Stella Stevens
Monster in the Closet is a 1986 horror comedy with a veteran cast, including Howard Duff and John Carradine, as well as The Black Eyed Peas' Stacy Ferguson and Paul Walker in early roles. The ...more