13 Bollywood Horror Films That Are Actually Good

Bollywood is notorious for commercial cinema and masala entertainers. However, the Hindi film industry has given us many gems over the years in a variety of genres. While horror doesn’t make for the best genre of Bollywood, it does have a few movies that can keep you awake for nights and invoke your belief in spirits and curses. These movies go beyond the typically funny costumes, sounds of creaking doors, blatant jump scares, or creepy looking characters. Some movies have avoided these tropes and instead given us some intensely thrilling and scary stuff. Here are some such Bollywood horror films that are actually good.

Teesri Manzil (1966)

A musical murder mystery with many spooky elements, Teesri Manzil has been included in the list of ‘Top 25 Must-See Bollywood Films’ by Indiatimes Movies. It also features music by R. D. Burman.

Available to watch on YouTube.

Bees Saal Baad (1962)

A loose adaptation of the Bengali film Jighansa (1951), this psychological thriller cum supernatural horror revolves around a vengeful spirit that is intent on killing its oppressor and his entire family.

Available to watch on YouTube.

100 Days (1991)

A remake of the Tamil mystery film Nooravathu Naal (1984), this psychological thriller revolves around a woman with extrasensory perception, wherein she gets visions of women being murdered.

Available to watch on YouTube.

Raat (1992)

Considered to be one of Ram Gopal Varma’s best horror films, Raat is a supernatural thriller that revolves around a female who is possessed by a kitten’s spirit. The movie is now a cult classic.

Available to watch on ZEE5.

Kaun (1999)

This psychological thriller by Ram Gopal Varma stars only three actors including the queen of horror Urmila Matondkar and is shot entirely in one apartment, making it even more claustrophobic.

Available to watch on YouTube.

Raaz (2002)

Inspired by Robert Zemeckis What Lies Beneath (2000), Raaz was every bit scary as the original. The movie later became a franchise with three more films but the original still remains the scariest.

Available to watch on YouTube.

Bhoot (2003)

Ram Gopal Varma’s supernatural thriller was unique for not featuring songs but only had two hours of spine-chilling scares. The film was remade in Telegu as 12 Va Anthasthu and in Tamil as Shock.

Available to watch on Hotstar.

Darna Mana Hai (2003)

With this Ram Gopal Verma film, you get not just one but six short films with spooky twists. It has no gore or supernatural monsters but relies on innovative fear factors to induce a feeling of dread.

Available to watch on Netflix.

Naina (2005)

A remake of the Hong-Kong-Singaporean film The Eye (2002), Naina stars Urmila Matondkar in the lead role as a woman who starts having strange visions after undergoing a cornea transplant.

Available to watch on Hotstar.

Horror Story (2013)

Inspired by the found footage film Grave Encounters (2011), this Vikram Bhatt directorial revolves around seven friends who spend the night in a haunted hotel, leading to a series of spooky events.

Available to watch on Netflix.

Ek Thi Daayan (2013)

Adapted from Mukul Sharma’s short story Mobius Trips, this supernatural thriller explored the paranormal entities of daayans and pishachas. It received good reviews for the cast’s performance, which include Konkona Sen Sharma, Kalki Koechlin etc.

Available to watch on YouTube.

Pari (2018)

One of the only horror films of the last decade starring an A-lister, Pari featured Anushka Sharma as an ifrit who makes you uneasy in the worst ways imaginable while all your nightmares come alive.

Available to watch on Amazon Prime.

Tumbbad (2018)

One of the best and sickest horror movies of the last decade, Tumbbad follows the story of a greedy man’s search for a hidden treasure during 20th century India. It also explores the story of the fallen deity Hastar.

Available to watch on Netflix.

Another scary Bollywood horror movie is coming your way. Bhoot – Part One: The Haunted Ship is the first movie of Dharma Productions and Zee Studios’ horror franchise, which releases this Friday. Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar appear in leading roles and the story is inspired by real incident in Mumbai. Tickets for this film are out and you can book them below.

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