23 Bollywood Best Horror Movies List (Not to watch alone)

23 Bollywood Best Horror Movies List (Not to watch alone)

Bollywood best horror movies genre has always been a craze among the Indian audience. Since the time of early horror movies, made by Ramsay brothers, we have seen a sea change in the way Hindi horror movies are created.


Hindi Horror movies have always meant for us like old mansions, dark caves, crying owls, bats and the evil of black magic but from last few years the creativity, thrill and horror element in the horror movies of Bollywood have changed a lot.

So, today we are presenting to you a list of 23 Bollywood best horror movies released between 1950 to 2020. So, let’s start!

23 Bollywood Best Horror Movies List (Not to watch alone)

1- Mahal (1949)

Do you know Which was the first horror movie in India? The correct answer is Mahal which was released in 1949. Directed by Kamal Amrohi, Mahal movie starred Ashok Kumar and Madhubala in the lead roles. Although, the movie dealt with the subject of reincarnation and revenge but it’s considered a classical cult poetic movie. Mahal movie was so successful at the box office and led Madhubala and Lata Mangeshkar to stardom. Remember the song aayega aayega aayega aanewala…?

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2- Bees Saal Baad (1962)

Bees Saal Baad was one of the highest grossing movies of 1962 and is based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘The Hound Of Baskerville’. This horror movie starred Biswajeet and Waheeda Rehman wherein Vijay (Biswajeet) is seen dealing with superstitions when he returns to his hometown.

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3- Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche (1972)

In our list of 23 Bollywood best horror movies, the third entry is Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche which set a trend for it’s following horror films in India. It was Ramsay Brother’s first horror flick where a wife kills her husband for her ex-lover and the husband to return as a zombie after being buried.

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4- Darwaza (1978)

Darwaza is considered one of the best Bollywood horror movies of all time which can give you goosebumps even today (Seriously). This horror film had prize money back in 1978 for watching it alone at cinema hall.

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5- Jaani Dushman (1979)

Jaani Dushman was a multi starrer horror film in hindi which was directed by Rajkumar Kohli. Lead characters, played by Sunil Dutt, Sanjeev Kumar, Jeetendra, Shatrughan Sinha are seen fighting with an evil spirit. Jaan Dushman was one of the highest grossing movies of the 1970s.

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6- Purana Mandir (1984)

Ramsay Brothers were the pioneers of the horror films genre in India and our list of Bollywood best horror movies won’t be complete without mentioning their horror films. Purana Mandir is the movie where the actor fights against the evils of Samri-the disciple of the devil to save his lover.

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7- Raat (1992)

Raat is considered a cult horror classic movie of the 90s. Directed by Ram Gopal Verma, this horror flick was made in line of the famous Hollywood horror film Exorcist where the lead character (played by Revathy), gets possessed by an evil spirit.

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8- Raaz (2002)

Now, we’ll talk about the list of Bollywood best horror movies released in the 2000s and our first entry is Raaz movie. The film was made by Vikram Bhatt and starred a super hot couple Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea.

The film revolves around the couple who enters a spirited house to discover the dwell of evil spirit and fight against it. Raaz, is still considered one of the best hindi horror films ever made in India.

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9- Bhoot (2003)

Bhoot is Ram Gopal Verma’s another classic hindi horror film which starred Bollywood’s A-class actors Ajay Devgan and Urmila Matondkar. In this movie, Ajay and Urmila move into their new house which is actually haunted. To their surprise, the evil spirit haunts Urmila and now Ajay fights against the evil spirit to protect her.

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10- Darna Mana Hai (2003)

This Ram Gopal Verma’s horror flick was a combo of six scary tales where one story was creepier than the other. Darna Mana Hai was a trend setter horror movie where other films were also created in a similar story line.

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11- Vaastu Shastra (2004)

Vaastu Shastra is another spine chilling horror film produced by Ram Gopal Verma. Starring an odd couple role played by Sushmita Sen, and J. D. Chakravarthy. The couple moves to a new mansion away from the city but only to find supernatural activities surrounding their child who starts talking to the dead.

If you are looking for shock treatments coupled with thrilling background music then Vaastu Shastra should be in your list of hindi Bollywood best horror movies.

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12- Bhool Bhulaiyaa (2007)

Bhool Bhulaiyaa is another hindi horror movie which had big names in the film industry: Akshay Kumar, Vidya Balan, Rajpal Yadav, Paresh Rawal, Ameesha Patel. The film is about an NRI couple which decides to stay at their ancestral home despite the warnings about a ghost. The film takes a thrilling turn when it finds psychological connection with the ghost (Manjulika) and the lead actress.

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13- Phoonk (2008)

Phoonk was another Ram Gopal Verma franchise hindi horror film which was so much in news at that time for the prize money of Rs.5 Lac to the person who would watch it alone at cinema hall. The movie was very well made keeping black magic at its center.

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14- 1920 (2008)

1920 will always have a special mention among Bollywood best horror movies. As a director, Vikram Bhatt did a remarkable job in making the plot so engaging in every frame that will definitely give you horrific vibes. The film is about Arjun and Lisa and their movement to an old colonial mansion which is haunted.

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15- 13B (2009)

As the title of 13B says fear has a new address this horror movie takes the genre of horror to the next level. In the film, Madhavan has done remarkably good job to let you feel the fear, suspense and thrill. The family of Madhvan moves into a new house addressed as 13B but that house starts communicating horrific episodes to them through a television. Sounds chilling!!

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16- Haunted 3D (2011)

Haunted 3D is one of the famous horror Bollywood movies directed by Vikram Bhatt. Haunted 3D was India’s first stereoscopic 3D horror film. It was similar to Bhatt camps’ earlier horror films but did fairly well in providing in the horror movie genre. The film starred Mahaakshay Chakraborty as Rehan, Tia Bajpai as Meera, Mohan Kapoor as the priest.

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17- Ragini MMS (2011)

Ragini MMS was a new styled horror film like a documentary which is said to be similar to Hollywood flick Paranormal Activity. This horror film showcases a newly wed couple on a honeymoon where they are recording their close moments on camera. All of a sudden they find some paranormal activities getting recorded to give them goosebumps.

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18- Ek Thee Dayan (2013)

Ek Thi Daayan is an Indian supernatural Horror film directed by Kannan Iyer and adapted from the short story Mobius Trips by Mukul Sharma. The film stars Emraan Hashmi, Huma Qureshi, Konkona Sen Sharma and Kalki Koechlin. In the movie, Emraan is playing the leading character of a famous magician Bobo but the film takes a horrific turn as he starts hallucinating about his past and dead sister.

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19- Alone (2015)

Bipasha Basu’s Alone took the concept of horror film to a new level where the characters of the movie are conjoined twins Anjana and Sanjana. The story takes a ghostly turn as the death of one of the sisters happens and the other sister starts feeling the pain horrifically.

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20- Tumbbad (2018)

Our handpicked list of 23 Bollywood best horror movies deserves a special mention of Tumbbad movie. It was one of the best hindi horror films released so far, although less talked but brilliantly thought story of a cursed treasure and its chasing will grip you for sure. If you are a true lover of hindi horror movies, then Tumbaad is a must watch movie.

Watch Tumbbad movie official trailer here:

21- Stree (2018)

Stree is one of those few Horror movies that has earned appreciation for all of its aspects like story, direction, cast and cinematography. Stree is a new age horror movie starring one of the Bollywood’s finest actors: Rajkummar Rao, Shraddha Kapoor and Pankaj Tripathi. Shraddha Kapoor is in the lead role as an unknown lady who visits a village in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh and calls men by their names. The moment that man turn to her then only his clothes are found while Stree snatches his body away.

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22- Pari (2018)

Compared to the other Bollywood horror movies, Pari is a different story starring Anushka Sharma, Parambrata Chattopadhyay, Rajat Kapoor. In this movie, the background score, dark theme and treatment of evil spirit will surely take you to the edge of the seat. Anushka’s act in this movie has been so amazing and it has proven that Pari is not a fairy tale.

Have a look at Pari movie official trailer

23- Bhoot: The Haunted Ship (2020)

Bhoot: The Haunted Ship is a horror movie released in 2020 where Vicky Kaushal is given charge of a haunted ship which has mysteriously arrived on the beaches of Mumbai. Vicky as a talented actor has done full justice to his character to solve the mystery of supernatural activities that happen on the ship.

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