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The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked  

Samantha Dillinger
162 votes 30 voters 21 items

List Rules Vote up the best movies that combine the horrors of war with horror itself.

This list of war horror movies proves that the only thing more terrifying than war itself is when you throw werewolves, zombies, and other supernatural monsters into the mix. The tragedies of war are self-evident to the point of cliche - and it's the implicit subject matter of decades' worth of combat themed films. Which is to say, there's more than enough brutality during wartime already without adding supernatural components to the mix. That being said, the best military horror movies with soldiers as the protagonists offer a fresh take on the scary nature of war.

When some filmmakers go to war, they just can't resist pulling from the horror genre - which is how the Spanish Civil War gets besieged by Guillermo del Toro's nightmare-fuel monsters. Or how German medical experiments in World War II turn into full-fledged Nazi Zombies. Or how the mountainous frontier of the Mexican-American War opens the door to cannibalism. Or even how the memory of war itself becomes its own kind of horror after the bullets have finally ceased firing and the bombs have stopped ringing in Jacob's Ladder. You get to help decide which horror movies set in wars is the best with your votes.

Which movies have done the best job combining the brutal realism of battle with the otherworldly terror of horror? Vote up your picks below.

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Predator is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers
Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill ...more
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28 Days Later is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris
28 Days Later is a 2002 British post-apocalyptic horror film directed by Danny Boyle. The screenplay was written by Alex Garland. The film stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, ...more
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28 Weeks Later is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner
28 Weeks Later is a 2007 British-Spanish post-apocalyptic science fiction horror film, structured as a sequel to the 2002 critical and commercial success, 28 Days Later. 28 Weeks Later was ...more
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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello
Jacob's Ladder is a 1990 American psychological horror film directed by Adrian Lyne, written and produced by Bruce Joel Rubin and starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña and Danny Aiello. ...more
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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Doug Jones, Ivana Baquero, Sergi López i Ayats
Pan's Labyrinth, originally known in Spanish as El laberinto del fauno, is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film written and directed by Mexican Guillermo del Toro. It was produced and ...more
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Dog Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Kevin McKidd, Liam Cunningham, Sean Pertwee
Dog Soldiers is a 2002 British horror film written and directed by Neil Marshall, and starring Kevin McKidd, Sean Pertwee and Liam Cunningham. A British production, set in the highlands of ...more
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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, David Morse
This film is a 2013 American apocalyptic action horror film directed by Marc Forster. The screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, and Damon Lindelof is from a screen story by ...more
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Ravenous is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, Neal McDonough
Ravenous is a 1999 horror film and satire directed by Antonia Bird and starring Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, Jeffrey Jones and David Arquette. The film revolves around cannibalism in 1840s ...more
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The Devil's Backbone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes, Federico Luppi
The Devil's Backbone is a 2001 Spanish-Mexican gothic horror film directed by Guillermo del Toro, and written by del Toro, Antonio Trashorras and David Muñoz. It was independently ...more
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Overlord is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson, Iain De Caestecker
Overlord is a 2018 American horror film directed by Julius Avery. In 1944, two American paratroopers are going down over Normandy in the midst of the D-Day invasion, and they soon discover that ...more
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R-Point is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Kam Woo-sung, Byung-ho Son, Lee Sun-kyun
R-Point is a 2004 Korean horror film written and directed by Kong Su-chang. Set in 1972 Vietnam, during the Vietnam War, it stars Kam Woo-sung and Son Byung-ho as members of the South Korean ...more
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Frankenstein's Army is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Luke Newberry, Karel Roden, Joshua Sasse
Frankenstein's Army is a 2013 action horror film written by Miguel Tejada-Flores and directed by Richard Raaphorst.
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Below is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Zach Galifianakis, Olivia Williams, Scott Foley
Below is a 2002 WWII horror film directed by David Twohy. It was written by Lucas Sussman, Darren Aronofsky and David Twohy, and stars Bruce Greenwood, Olivia Williams, Matthew Davis, Holt ...more
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Onibaba is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Kei Sato
Onibaba is a 1964 Japanese historical drama horror film. It was written and directed by Kaneto Shindo. The film is set during a civil war in the fourteenth century. Nobuko Otowa and Jitsuko ...more
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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie
Jacob's Ladder is a 2019 American psychological horror film directed by David M. Rosenthal, and a remake of the 1990 movie. After returning home from the Vietnam War, veteran Jacob Singer ...more
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Under the Shadow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi
Under the Shadow is a 2016 internationally produced Persian language horror film directed by Babak Anvari. A mother (Narges Rashidi) and daughter (Avin Manshadi) are haunted by a mysterious evil ...more
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The Living and the Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
The Living and the Dead Filip Šovagović, Velibor Topić, Marinko Prga
The Living and the Dead is a Croatian war movie directed by Kristijan Milic. It tells the story of Bosnian Croat fighters who, while fighting against Bosniaks, face something not entirely of ...more
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The Bunker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Jack Davenport, Eddie Marsan, Jason Flemyng
The Bunker is a 2001 horror film directed by Rob Green, written by Clive Dawson and starring Jason Flemyng.
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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Paolo Bonacelli, Caterina Boratto, Hélène Surgère
Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, commonly referred to as simply Salò, is a 1975 Italian-French art film written and directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini, with uncredited writing ...more
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Deathdream is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
John Marley, Henderson Forsythe, Lynn Carlin
Deathdream is a 1974 Canadian horror film, directed by Bob Clark and written by Alan Ormsby. It was inspired by the W.W. Jacobs short story The Monkey's Paw.
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The Objective is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Jon Huertas, Michael C. Williams, Jeff Prewett
The Objective is a 2008 science fiction horror film directed by Daniel Myrick who also directed The Blair Witch Project and Believers, starring Jonas Ball, Matthew R. Anderson, and Michael C. ...more