Horror Movies About Mental Illness

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Horror Movies About Mental Illness

Dozens of directors have explored Horror Movies About Mental Illness. Here are 25 of the best ones.

The Shining (1980)

The Shining
★★★★
★★★★
3.4 out of 4 stars

From Stanley Kubrick, starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd, Scatman Crothers
Rated R

The Shining is a horror film directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. The film follows Jack Torrance, a struggling writer and recovering alcoholic, and his family as they move into the isolated, eerie Overlook Hotel in the Rocky Mountains to serve as caretakers over the winter. As Jack slowly descends into madness, his wife Wendy and son Danny, who is gifted with psychic abilities, must fight to survive the hotel's supernatural forces. The film is a chilling exploration of insanity, supernatural horror, and familial dysfunction.

Repulsion (1965)

Repulsion
★★★★
★★★★
3 out of 4 stars

From Roman Polanski, starring Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser, Yvonne Furneaux
Rated Not Rated

Repulsion is a psychological horror film directed by Roman Polanski in 1965. The film follows Carol, a manic depressive young woman living in London, as she slowly descends into madness. After her sister and her sister's lover leave for a vacation, Carol is overwhelmed by her feelings of isolation and fear. As her mental state deteriorates, her visions become increasingly surreal and violent, leading her to commit a horrific act of violence. Through a dreamlike visual style and a chilling score, Repulsion is a deeply unsettling exploration of a descent into insanity that still resonates with audiences today.

Identity (2003)

Identity
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From James Mangold, starring John Cusack, Ray Liotta, Amanda Peet, John Hawkes
Rated R

Split (2016)

Split
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From M. Night Shyamalan, starring James McAvoy, Anya Taylor-Joy, Haley Lu Richardson, Jessica Sula
Rated PG-13

A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

A Tale of Two Sisters
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Jee-woon Kim, starring Lim Soo-jung, Yum Jung-ah, Kim Kap-su, Moon Geun-young
Rated R

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986)

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From John McNaughton, starring Michael Rooker, Tracy Arnold, Tom Towles, Mary Demas
Rated Unrated

Orphan (2009)

Orphan
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Jaume Collet-Serra, starring Vera Farmiga, Peter Sarsgaard, Isabelle Fuhrman, CCH Pounder
Rated R

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle (1992)

The Hand that Rocks the Cradle
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From Curtis Hanson, starring Annabella Sciorra, Rebecca De Mornay, Matt McCoy, Ernie Hudson
Rated R

High Tension (2003)

High Tension
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From Alexandre Aja, starring Cécile de France, Maïwenn, Philippe Nahon, Franck Khalfoun
Rated R

The Gift (2000)

The Gift
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From Sam Raimi, starring Cate Blanchett, Katie Holmes, Keanu Reeves, Giovanni Ribisi
Rated R

May (2002)

May
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Lucky McKee, starring Angela Bettis, Jeremy Sisto, Anna Faris, James Duval
Rated R

The Exorcist III (1990)

The Exorcist III
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From William Peter Blatty, starring George C. Scott, Ed Flanders, Brad Dourif, Jason Miller
Rated R

Single White Female (1992)

Single White Female
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Barbet Schroeder, starring Bridget Fonda, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Steven Weber, Peter Friedman
Rated R

Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

Let's Scare Jessica to Death
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From John D. Hancock, starring Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Kevin O'Connor, Gretchen Corbett
Rated GP

The Mortuary Collection (2019)

The Mortuary Collection
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Ryan Spindell, starring Tristan Byon, Eden Campbell, Hannah R. Loyd, Clancy Brown
Rated Not Rated

The Uninvited (2009)

The Uninvited
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From Directors: Charles Guard, Thomas Guard, starring Emily Browning, Arielle Kebbel, Elizabeth Banks, David Strathairn
Rated PG-13

The Sentinel (1977)

The Sentinel
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From Michael Winner, starring Cristina Raines, Ava Gardner, Chris Sarandon, Martin Balsam
Rated R

Lights Out (2016)

Lights Out
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From David F. Sandberg, starring Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello, Billy Burke
Rated PG-13

Creep (2014)

Creep
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From Patrick Brice, starring Katie Aselton, Patrick Brice, Mark Duplass
Rated R

In My Skin (2002)

In My Skin
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From Marina de Van, starring Marina de Van, Laurent Lucas, Léa Drucker, Thibault de Montalembert
Rated Unrated

I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)

I Am Not a Serial Killer
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From Billy O'Brien, starring Max Records, Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Christina Baldwin
Rated Not Rated

One Missed Call (2003)

One Missed Call
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From Takashi Miike, starring Ko Shibasaki, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi, Anna Nagata
Rated R

The Visit (2015)

The Visit
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From M. Night Shyamalan, starring Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie
Rated PG-13

The Perfection (2018)

The Perfection
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From Richard Shepard, starring Marie Maskell, Allison Williams, Christina Jastrzembska, Glynis Davies
Rated TV-MA

The Dark and the Wicked (2020)

The Dark and the Wicked
★★★★
★★★★
2.4 out of 4 stars

From Bryan Bertino, starring Marin Ireland, Michael Abbott Jr., Julie Oliver-Touchstone, Lynn Andrews
Rated Not Rated

 



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