Yeah, I know that you might be protesting 1408 being on a list of haunted house movies because it takes place in a hotel. But after seeing The Florida Project I will argue that some people treat hotels like homes. Plus, it’s my list and I do what I want! Stephen King movies can be a bit hit or miss, but I feel like this is definitely one of his better ones. Besides, it’s hard not to love John Cusack even if he makes a lot of terrible movies. The good news is that this isn’t one of them. 1408 is a really twisted horror movie that manages to really knock it out of the park with the grim history and terrifying twists this haunted hotel room offers up.
6. The Legend of Hell House
Let’s try to forget that horrid remake starring Liam Neeson. I’m talking about one the film that was the granddaddy of what we see in most haunted house movies today. This classic was one of the firsts to feature characters that were similar to modern ghost hunters. A team of psychics and scientists are sent to investigate a haunted house. Of course, things don’t go too well for them once they realize the spirit they’re dealing with is a total douchebag who loves to throw temper tantrums. Needless to say, they do discover proof of life after death, some even get a little more intimately acquainted with the concept.
5. The Devil’s Backbone
I love me some Guillermo del Toro. The man does creepy and does it beautifully. In fact, he almost had two entries on this list of haunted house movies, but as much as people might have loved a melodramatic Tom Hiddleston I have to say The Devil’s Backbone is the superior haunted house movie. Especially because it takes place in an orphanage, which makes to twice as creepy. As if that wasn’t enough, the ghost in this film is absolutely haunting. Then again, you wouldn’t expect anything less from del Toro. The man is a master of his craft and this film certainly proves it.