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The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked 

Samantha Dillinger
Updated July 22, 2020 208 votes 48 voters 1.9k views 22 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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Dog Soldiers is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Kevin McKidd, Liam Cunningham, Sean Pertwee

Released: 2002

Directed by: Neil Marshall

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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Predator is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers

Released: 1987

Directed by: John McTiernan

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) 3 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccleston, Naomie Harris

Released: 2002

Directed by: Danny Boyle

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) 4 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Jeremy Renner

Released: 2007

Directed by: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo

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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Overlord is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Wyatt Russell, Jacob Anderson, Iain De Caestecker

Released: 2018

Directed by: Julius Avery

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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Pan's Labyrinth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Sergi López, Maribel Verdú, Ivana Baquero

Released: 2006

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

Pan's Labyrinth is a 2006 Spanish-Mexican dark fantasy film directed by Guillermo del Toro. It was produced and distributed by Esperanto Films. In the Falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young ...more
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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña, Danny Aiello

Released: 1990

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

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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Ravenous is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, Neal McDonough

Released: 1999

Directed by: Antonia Bird

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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World War Z is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, David Morse

Released: 2013

Directed by: Marc Forster

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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The Devil's Backbone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Eduardo Noriega, Marisa Paredes, Federico Luppi

Released: 2001

Directed by: Guillermo del Toro

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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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

Released: 2004

Directed by: Su Young Gong

R-Point is a 2004 South Korean wartime action horror film directed by Kong Su-chang. During the Vietnam War, a South Korean base receives a radio transmission from a missing squad, presumed ...more
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Ghosts of War is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Brenton Thwaites, Theo Rossi, Skylar Astin

Released: 2020

Directed by: Eric Bress

Ghosts of War is a 2020 horror war film written and directed by Eric Bress. Five American soldiers, during WWII, find a haunted castle in France where they experience supernatural horrors.
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The Objective is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Jon Huertas, Michael C. Williams, Jeff Prewett

Released: 2009

Directed by: Daniel Myrick

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
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Deathdream is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
John Marley, Henderson Forsythe, Lynn Carlin

Released: 1974

Directed by: Bob Clark

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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Frankenstein's Army is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Luke Newberry, Karel Roden, Joshua Sasse

Released: 2013

Directed by: Richard Raaphorst

Frankenstein's Army is a 2013 action horror film written by Miguel Tejada-Flores and directed by Richard Raaphorst.
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The Bunker is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Jack Davenport, Eddie Marsan, Jason Flemyng

Released: 2001

Directed by: Rob Green

The Bunker is a 2001 horror film directed by Rob Green, written by Clive Dawson and starring Jason Flemyng.
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Below is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Zach Galifianakis, Olivia Williams, Scott Foley

Released: 2002

Directed by: David Twohy

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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Under the Shadow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi

Released: 2016

Directed by: Babak Anvari

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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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Michael Ealy, Jesse Williams, Nicole Beharie

Released: 2019

Directed by: David M. Rosenthal

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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Onibaba is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Nobuko Otowa, Taiji Tonoyama, Kei Sato

Released: 1964

Directed by: Kaneto Shindo

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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The Living and the Dead ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Filip Šovagović, Velibor Topić, Marinko Prga

Released: 2007

Directed by: Kristijan Milic

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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Salò, or the 120 ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Terrifying War Horror Movies, Ranked
Paolo Bonacelli, Caterina Boratto, Hélène Surgère

Released: 1975

Directed by: Pier Paolo Pasolini

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