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The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up the superhero horror movies that gave you the biggest fright.

These superhero horror movies give you the action you want from a superhero movie with a bit of a scare at the same time. From Spawn to Hellboy the best horror comics to be adapted to film are on this list. You'll even find Batman as he takes on Dracula and Jack the Ripper in two different films. Superhero horror is a niche genre but one that has been growing steadily in the last few years. Of course, an audience expects to see action when going to a superhero movie and there are very comedic superhero movies as well. Those films are awesome, but this list is about the scary superhero movies, the ones that answer the question about what goes bump in the night and lives under the stairs. It's also a good list if you are looking for movies like Brightburn.

Blade is a great example of a horror superhero movie that focuses on vampires. Spawn, Hellboy, and Ghost Rider all prove we need a hero to keep darker forces at bay. Swamp Thing is in a category all his own as a science fiction horror superhero. So vote up the scariest superhero movies and check back for new superhero horror movies as they come out. Don't see your favorite scary superhero movie? Feel free to add it to the list so other fans of the genre can vote on it.

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Brightburn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn
Brightburn is a 2019 American superhero horror film directed by David Yarovesky. After adopting a baby that crash-landed on Earth, a couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) attempt to raise ...more
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Constantine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf
Constantine is a 2005 American supernatural action-thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence as his feature film directorial debut, starring Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, with Rachel Weisz, ...more
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The Crow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Bai Ling, Brandon Lee, Tony Todd
The Crow is a 1994 American fantasy action film directed by Alex Proyas, written by David J. Schow and John Shirley, and starring Brandon Lee in his final film appearance. Based on James ...more
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Split is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Betty Buckley
Split is a 2016 American psychological horror thriller film directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan. After a wholesome teen birthday party, three girls are taken in broad daylight: friends ...more
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Blade is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Traci Lords
Blade is a 1998 American vampire superhero action film starring Wesley Snipes and Stephen Dorff, loosely based on the Marvel Comics character Blade. Snipes plays Blade, a human-vampire hybrid ...more
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Spawn is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Martin Sheen, John Leguizamo, Melinda Clarke
Spawn is a 1997 American supernatural superhero film loosely based on the comic book of the same name, by Todd McFarlane and published by Image Comics. Directed and co-written by Mark A.Z. ...more
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Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman
Hellboy is a 2004 American supernatural superhero film, starring Ron Perlman and directed by Guillermo del Toro. The film is loosely based on the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel Hellboy: Seed of ...more
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Glass is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson
Glass is a 2019 American superhero horror-thriller film directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Security guard David Dunn (Bruce Willis) uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb ...more
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Blade II is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman
Blade II is a 2002 American vampire superhero action film based on the fictional Marvel Comics character Blade. It is the sequel of the first film and the second part of the Blade film series, ...more
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Justice League Dark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Matt Ryan, Jason O'Mara, Camilla Luddington
Justice League Dark is a 2017 American animated supernatural dark fantasy superhero film directed by Jay Oliva, based on the DC Comics superhero team. When a supernatural force is causing ...more
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Unbreakable is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright
Unbreakable is a 2000 American superhero drama film written, produced, and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. The film tells the story of ...more
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Hellboy II: The Golden Army is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel
Hellboy II: The Golden Army is a 2008 American supernatural superhero film based on the fictional character Hellboy created by Mike Mignola. The movie was written and directed by Guillermo del ...more
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Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
David Harbour, Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich
Hellboy is a 2019 American supernatural superhero film directed by Neil Marshall. Hellboy (David Harbour) squares off against a medieval sorceress (Milla Jovovich) who seeks to destroy
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Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Bruce Greenwood, Jennifer Carpenter, Anthony Head
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is a 2018 American animated steampunk superhero alternate history action thriller film directed and produced by Sam Liu and based on the one-shot graphic novel of the ...more
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Swamp Thing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Adrienne Barbeau, Louis Jourdan, Karen Price
Swamp Thing is a 1982 American science fiction superhero film written and directed by Wes Craven, based on the DC Comics character of the same name created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson. It ...more
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Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H
Blade: Trinity is a 2004 American vampire superhero action film written, produced and directed by David S. Goyer who also wrote the screenplays to Blade and Blade II, and also produced by and ...more
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The Batman vs. Dracula is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Peter Stormare, Kevin Michael Richardson, Tara Strong
Gotham City is terrorized not only by recent escapees Joker and Penguin, but by the original creature of the night, Dracula! Can Batman stop the ruthless vampire before he turns everyone in the ...more
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The Toxic Avenger is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Marisa Tomei, Mitch Cohen, R. L. Ryan
The Toxic Avenger is a 1984 American superhero film released by Troma Entertainment, known for producing low budget B-movies with campy concepts. Virtually ignored upon its first release, The ...more
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Ghost Rider is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Rebel Wilson
Ghost Rider is a 2007 American supernatural superhero film written and directed by Mark Steven Johnson. Based on the character of the same name which appeared in Marvel Comics, the character's ...more
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Devilman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Devilman Ai Tominaga, Ryudo Uzaki, Ayana Sakai
Devilman is a 2004 action-fantasy-horror film written by Machiko Nasu and directed by Hiroyuki Nasu.
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The Return of Swamp Thing is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Heather Locklear, Louis Jourdan, Sarah Douglas
The Return of Swamp Thing is a sci-fi-comedy film released in 1989, and directed by Jim Wynorski. It is based on the DC Comics title Swamp Thing and is a sequel to the 1982 horror film Swamp ...more
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Faust: Love of the Damned is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Jeffrey Combs, Michelle Jenner, Andrew Divoff
Faust: Love of the Damned is a 2000 Spanish horror film, directed by Brian Yuzna. It is adapted from a screenplay by David Quinn and Miguel Tejada-Flores based on the comic book of the same name ...more
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Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengean... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, Ciarán Hinds
Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance is a 2011 American superhero film directed by Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, based on the Marvel Comics character. As Ghost Rider (Nicolas Cage) hides out in ...more
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The Toxic Avenger: Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Ron Fazio, John Altamura, Phoebe Legere
The Toxic Avenger Part II is a 1989 comedy horror film released by Troma Entertainment. It was directed by Lloyd Kaufman and features The Toxic Avenger in an adventure to Japan to meet his ...more
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WolfCop is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Jesse Moss
WolfCop is a 2014 Canadian horror comedy film written and directed by Lowell Dean. An alcoholic small town cop is transformed into a werewolf after being cursed but still possesses his human ...more