List of Bollywood Horror Films:
Fear of the dark, fear of the unknown or just plain cold sweat rolling down the neck. That is the command of fear. And horror films are known just how to play with that fear. An intriguing visit to the movie hall and a well-tailored horror movie will not be the only thing that you’d be leaving with. Add to it a shadow eerily accompanying you on the sidewalk back home, or a cold draft in your warm room at night, that is the power of a good horror film. Bollywood has its long list of well-executed horror movies that have given sleepless nights to many for days together.
Here is a list of Bollywood horror films:
1. Raat (1992)
Raat is a cult classic and still gives me the spooks. It is a supernatural thriller and the finest made by Ram Gopal Verma. The plot of the movie is set rolling when a kitten is killed and the central lead is possessed with its spirit.
2. 1920 (2008)
The movie 1920 might sound clichéd with a deserted mansion, a mysterious caretaker and a couple who move in. But 1920 goes beyond the clichéd just about here. Spectacular shots and direction raise the standards of a horror film to an all new level. The movie is sure to guarantee chills.
3. Raaz (2002)
Though the movie was a take on the Michelle Pfeiffer starrer ‘What Lies Beneath’, Raaz definitely got the Indian audiences raving about this all-new genre of slick horror.
4. Ragini MMS (2011)
You might nod your head and say that it was somewhat inspired by the supernatural horror ‘Paranormal Activity’, but the fact is that was movie Ragini MMS was partly based on a real story. Its edge-of-the-seat thrills and the gripping graphics did scare the hell out of the audiences.
5. 13 B (2009)
The number 13 always seems to evoke a sense of eeriness that is unnerving. 13B is one such movie with all the spine-tingling chills and scares that the audiences would expect from the inauspicious number.
6. Mahal (1949)
One of the earliest examples of spookiness in Bollywood, Mahal deals with the reincarnation. The movie was considered scary even with its minimalistic effects and haunting music.
7. Bees Saal Baad (1962)
The first image that you get when you think horror is a woman clad in white floating in air at midnight, the movie Bees Saal Baad just gave that to the audiences to remember. Kahin deep jale kahin dil frightened the nation so much that the film turned out to be the highest grosser in 1962.
8. Horror Story (2013)
When a group of inquisitive youngsters decide to spend the night at a haunted hotel…. All you get is horror, horrifying and deadly horrified!! The movie is strictly not for the faint hearted. Grab on to your seats and remember to mumble the hanuman chalisa while watching the movie.
9. Shaapit (2010)
The movie is a third in the Raaz trilogy directed by Vikram Bhatt. If you don’t believe in evil spirits and omens then you might want to reconsider. The movie is bone-chilling scary.
Stylish and classy is how this supernatural thriller Ek Thi Daayan was made. A successful cross between a horror film and a paranormal thriller, the movie was simply petrifying. And Konkona Sen’s portrayal of the daayan was absolutely spooky. The oscillating braid stayed with many for months on end.
11. Bhoot (2003)
The fear of facing fear was the core element of the film. This was accompanied by some fantastic background score and screams that were hair raising.
12. Darna Mana Hai (2003)
The movie, another one from the house of Ram Gopal Verma was a collection of 6 short stories with some shocking twists.
13. Kohraa (1964)
Another classic from the years gone by when Bollywood was just exploring the horror genre. The movie is an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s 1938 novel Rebecca and had some haunting music and visuals.
14. Phoonk (2008)
If you believe in ghosts, then you are sure to believe in black magic. The movie had some very bloodcurdling visual effects music to accompany. You have to see it to feel the fear creep up from behind!!
These are the list of Bollywood horror films that have jolted and frightened the audiences over the years and continue to do so till date.