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Anxiety-Induced Cinema

Films that leave you visibly shaken; masterclasses in building tension that make you truly feel anxious for whatever is happening on screen.

Suggestions welcome!

There are 89 horror films in this list.

  • Climax
  • Midsommar
  • The Lighthouse
  • Raw
  • Suspiria
  • Black Swan
  • Hereditary
  • It Comes at Night
  • The Witch
  • Get Out
  • mother!
  • Us
  • Eraserhead
  • Green Room
  • It Follows
  • Funny Games
  • Rosemary's Baby
  • Mandy
  • Annihilation
  • The Shining
  • Psycho
  • Don't Breathe
  • Angst
  • The Descent
  • Hush
  • Suspiria
  • The Babadook
  • A Quiet Place
  • The Nightmare
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Under the Shadow
  • 28 Days Later
  • High Tension
  • Funny Games
  • Unsane
  • Bug
  • Carrie
  • The Blair Witch Project
  • The Exorcist
  • Halloween
  • Pet Sematary
  • Threads
  • Take Shelter
  • Kill List
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
  • Martyrs
  • Cam
  • Time Share
  • Alien
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Manhunter
  • The Sentinel
  • At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul
  • This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse
  • The Fan
  • Thirst
  • 10 Rillington Place
  • Jacob's Ladder
  • Cannibal Holocaust
  • Nosferatu
  • Nosferatu the Vampyre
  • Four Flies on Grey Velvet
  • Benny's Video
  • Psycho II
  • Psycho III
  • The Shout
  • The Serpent and the Rainbow
  • Deep Red
  • The Beyond
  • The Skin I Live In
  • Tetsuo: The Iron Man
  • Possum
  • A Cure for Wellness
  • Possession
  • The Devil
  • Eden Lake
  • The Wailing
  • Dracula
  • Open Water
  • Open Water 2: Adrift
  • American Psycho
  • Jaws
  • Snowtown
  • Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • The Poughkeepsie Tapes
  • Let the Right One In
  • Killing Ground
  • It
  • Kotoko