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The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked 

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Updated November 5, 2019 15.9k votes 2k voters 79.4k views 29 items

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

Released: 2019

Directed by: David Yarovesky

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

Released: 2005

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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

Released: 1994

Directed by: Alex Proyas

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

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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

Released: 1998

Directed by: Stephen Norrington

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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Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
John Hurt, Selma Blair, Ron Perlman

Released: 2004

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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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Spawn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Martin Sheen, John Leguizamo, Melinda Clarke

Released: 1997

Directed by: Mark A.Z. Dippé

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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Glass is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Glass Bruce Willis, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson

Released: 2019

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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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Unbreakable is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Robin Wright

Released: 2000

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

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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Blade II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Kris Kristofferson, Wesley Snipes, Ron Perlman

Released: 2002

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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) 11 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Matt Ryan, Jason O'Mara, Camilla Luddington

Released: 2017

Directed by: Jay Oliva

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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Hellboy II: The Golden A... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
John Hurt, Seth MacFarlane, Jimmy Kimmel

Released: 2008

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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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Swamp Thing is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Adrienne Barbeau, Louis Jourdan, Karen Price

Released: 1982

Directed by: Wes Craven

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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Batman: Gotham by Gaslig... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Bruce Greenwood, Jennifer Carpenter, Anthony Head

Released: 2018

Directed by: Sam Liu

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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Hellboy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
David Harbour, Ian McShane, Milla Jovovich

Released: 2019

Directed by: Neil Marshall

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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The Toxic Avenger is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Marisa Tomei, Mitch Cohen, R. L. Ryan

Released: 1984

Directed by: Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz

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) 17 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Rebel Wilson

Released: 2007

Directed by: Mark Steven Johnson

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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The Batman vs. Dracula ... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Peter Stormare, Kevin Michael Richardson, Tara Strong

Released: 2005

Directed by: Sam Liu, Michael Goguen, Brandon Vietti, Seung Eun Kim

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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Blade: Trinity is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Jessica Biel, Ryan Reynolds, Triple H

Released: 2004

Directed by: David S. Goyer

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 Toxic Avenger: Part ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Ron Fazio, John Altamura, Phoebe Legere

Released: 1989

Directed by: Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz

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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Devilman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Devilman Ai Tominaga, Ryudo Uzaki, Ayana Sakai

Released: 2004

Directed by: Hiroyuki Nasu

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The Return of Swamp Thin... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
The Return of Swamp Thing Heather Locklear, Louis Jourdan, Sarah Douglas

Released: 1989

Directed by: Jim Wynorski

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 Damne... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Jeffrey Combs, Michelle Jenner, Andrew Divoff

Released: 2000

Directed by: Brian Yuzna

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 V... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Nicolas Cage, Idris Elba, Ciarán Hinds

Released: 2011

Directed by: Mark Neveldine, Brian Taylor

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 I... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Superhero Movies, Ranked
Lisa Gaye, Ron Fazio, John Altamura

Released: 1989

Directed by: Lloyd Kaufman, Michael Herz

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