For those who haven’t watched these scary movies yet – you can still go ahead and read on, as I haven’t spoiled the suspense. Below, are a few of our Bollywood horror movies, favorites from familiar classics to newer, frightening flicks. The Horror movies I mentioned below are available to watch on Netflix, and Amazon Prime Videos and some are freely available on YouTube. So you can also stream there.
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Bollywood Horror Movies
1. Raat (1992)
Ram Gopal Varma began his journey in horror movies with Raat. A family unknowingly shifts to a haunted house, and their lives go for a toss, for they start having eerie experiences. Revathi owned her possessed character to the tee. Inspired by The Exorcist, Raat is one of the most powerful film by Ram Gopal Verma.
2. 13B (2009)
A must-watch for viewers of the Horror/thriller genre. The protagonist of the film, played by R. Madhavan, becomes obsessed with the television and the events it portrays. As he delves deeper into the mystery, he begins to realize that the events happening on the screen are actually happening in real life to the family living in the apartment. The movie revolves around the protagonist’s attempts to unravel the secrets behind the haunted apartment and save his own family from the supernatural forces at play. The concept of a television set being possessed by a ghost(s) is simply outstanding!
3. Ragini MMS (2011)
Inspired by the 2007 Hollywood supernatural horror movie, Paranormal Activity, and partly based on a real-life incident of a Delhi girl, Ragini MMS scared us stiff – more so because the ghost in the movie is mostly felt in the bloodcurdling scenes, and hardly seen.
4. Bhoot (2003)
Possession being its central theme, Ram Gopal Varma’s Bhoot was certainly not a typical Bollywood horror film, and precisely that’s why it has found a spot on this list. Urmila Matomdkar and Ajay Devgn played a couple, who moved into a haunted apartment. What happens next is best seen.
5. Darna Mana Hai (2003)
An anthology horror thriller, Darna Mana Hai is a collection of six short spooky stories. Actors like Saif Ali Khan, Vivek Oberoi, Shilpa Shetty, Sameera Reddy, Isha Koppikar, Aftab Shivdasani, Nana Patekar, Sohail Khan, Rajpal Yadav and Revathi have participated in this feast of fear.
6. Raaz (2002)
Vikram Bhatt’s Raaz was loosely based on the 2000 Hollywood psychological thriller, What Lies Beneath. Bipasha Basu, Dino Moroa, Malini Sharma and Ashutosh Rana feature in this nail-biting saga. Those beautiful melodies sung by Udit Narayan & Alka Yagnik make the movie so touching.
7. Vaastu Shastra (2004)
Sushmita Sen and J D Chakravarty, along with a little boy Ahsaas Channa (their son), play key roles in this RGV horror flick. The family moves into a new house and the boy finds two ‘imaginary friends’ there. Who are they and why can’t others see them except for the little boy? Watch the film yourself to find out.
8. Mahal (1949)
Based on the theme of reincarnation, Kamal Amrohi’s Mahal was a revolutionary supernatural suspense thriller. Starring Ashok Kumar and Madhubala in lead roles, the film is packed with plenty of chilling and thrilling moments. It was India’s first reincarnation thriller film.
9. Veerana (1988)
Not including this Ramsay Brothers’ creation in this list would be a crime of sorts. No matter how old or unrealistic it may look to many, Veerana still remains to be a landmark horror film in the history of Hindi cinema. Feeling nostalgic already? Go, watch it again!
10. Purana Mandir (1984)
Purana Mandir is another Ramsay Brothers’ cult horror movie that can’t be overlooked. The monster-demon Samri may not look as creepy today as it did during the 90s, but the film is a must-watch for its hair-raising treatment.
11. Jaani Dushman (1979)
This spine-tingling tale of a village that sees mysterious deaths of new brides gets all the more gripping and nerve-racking as the story unfolds. It has a huge star cast including Sanjeev Kumar, Sunil Dutt, Shatrughan Sinha, Rekha, Amrish Puri, Neetu Singh, Jeetendra, Reena Roy, Vinod Mehra, Shakti Kapoor, Aruna Irani, Madan Puri, and Premnath.