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Top 5 Intelligent Horror Movies

If you’re looking for intelligent horror movies that are thought-provoking and terrifying then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got a list of the best intelligent horror movies that you’ll want to watch over and over again.

5 Best Intelligent Horror Movies

If you want to see smart horror movies, then these are the ones that you should watch. They are thought-provoking and terrifying, but also make you ponder a lot of philosophical questions. Intelligent Horror Movies can do all this because they incorporate science fiction and supernatural elements in them.

5. Get Out (2017)

4. The Sixth Sense (1999)

3. The Shining (1980)

2. Alien (1979) 

1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Keep reading for more information about each movie on this list.


5. Get Out (2017)

Get Out (2017)

Director: Jordan Peele
Writer: Jordan Peele

The Get Out 2017 film follows a young black man (Kaluuya), who uncovers shocking secrets when he meets the family of his white girlfriend (Williams).


  • Daniel Kaluuya
  • Allison Williams
  • Bradley Whitford

4. The Sixth Sense (1999)

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan

The Sixth Sense 1999 film follows the story of a child psychologist named Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) whose patient (Haley Joel Osment) claims he can see and talk to the dead.

  • Bruce Willis
  • Haley Joel Osment
  • Toni Collette


3. The Shining (1980)

The Shining (1980)


Director: Stanley Kubrick
Writers: Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick, and Diane Johnson.

 Based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel of the same name, The Shining 1980 psychological horror film that tells the story of Jack Torrance (Nicholson), an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who accepts a position as the off-season caretaker of the isolated historic Overlook Hotel in the Colorado Rockies, with his wife, Wendy Torrance (Duvall), and young son, Danny Torrance (Lloyd). Danny is gifted with psychic abilities named “shining”. After a winter storm leaves the Torrances snowbound, Jack’s sanity deteriorates due to the influence of the supernatural forces that inhabit the hotel.

  • Jack Nicholson
  • Shelley Duvall
  • Danny Lloyd

2. Alien (1979)

Alien (1979)

Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: Dan O’Bannon, and Ronald Shusett.

The film follows the crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo, who, after coming across a mysterious derelict spaceship on an undiscovered moon, find themselves up against an aggressive and deadly extraterrestrial set loose on the Nostromo. 


  • Sigourney Weaver
  • Tom Skerritt
  • John Hurt

1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Director: Jonathan Demme
Writers: Thomas Harris, Ted Tally.

This movie is adapted from Thomas Harris’s 1988 novel,  and it tells the story of Clarice Starling ( Jodie Foster), a young FBI trainee who is hunting a serial killer, “Buffalo Bill” (Ted Levine), who skins his female victims. To catch him, she seeks the advice of the imprisoned Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. 


  • Jodie Foster
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Lawrence A. Bonney


This was our list of the 5 best intelligent horror movies. Do you agree with our list? Please let us know in the comments below.

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