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What are the best Indian horror films?

Wanna make the best out of Halloween? Look no further. We're here to help you find the best Indian horror films! Just make sure you're not alone when you watch these titles. And if you're brave enough to watch them on your own, just prepare your blanket, because they'll surely send you the creeps either way!

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  1. 1Bhoot

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    Bhoot is an Indian supernatural horror film starring Ajay Devgn and Urmila Matondkar. Released in 2003, it was Ram Gopal Verma's second film after Raat, which became a blockbuster hit in 1992.

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  1. 2Darna Mana Hai

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    Darna Mana Hai is an Indian anthology horror drama film containing six short stories. This is Ram Gopal Varma and Prawaal Raman's attempt doing something innovative in the history of Indian filmography.

  2. 31920

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    Created by Vikram Bhatt, 1920 is an Indian horror film set in the titular year. It is about a married couple living in a haunted house. It stars Rajneesh Duggal and Adah Sharma in their acting debut.

  1. 4Raaz

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    Raaz is a horror film released in 2002. It's widely considered as one of the films that revived the horror genre back to its glorious days across India. It was directed by Vikram Bhatt.

  2. 5Ragini MMS

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    Ragini MMS is a found footage horror film inspired by Paranormal Activity and is also loosely based on Gerald's Game by Stephen King. It was directed by Pawan Kripalani and stars Rajkummar Rao and Kainaz Motivala.

  3. 6Ek Thi Daayan

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    Ek Thi Daayan is an Indian romance and horror movie directed by Kannan Iyer. It was released in 2013 starring Emraan Hashmi, Huma Qureshi, and Kalki Koechlin. It is about a man whose life is being ruined by visions of his dead sister.

  4. 7Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai

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    Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai is a horror movie directed by Debaloy Dey. It was released in 2014. It starred Bhanu Uday, Swara Bhaskar, and Murli Sharma. It is about a couple who got haunted in their new house in the province.

  5. 8Raat

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    Raat is a Hindi-Telugu bilingual supernatural thriller film written and directed by Ram Gopal Varma. It stars Revathi in the lead role. The film is widely recognized as a cult classic upon its release in 1992.

  6. 9Stree

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    Stree is a Hindi comedy-horror film directed by Amar Kaushik. The movie's plot revolves around the Indian urban legend called Nale Ba, which tells of a spirit who knocks on people's doors come nighttime.

  7. 10Shaapit

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    Shaapit is an Indian horror film directed by Vikram Bhatt. It was released in 2010 and starred Aditya Narayan, Rahul Dev, and Shweta Agarwal. It is about a couple whose life has been destroyed by a generational curse.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Did you know that the golden era of Indian horror films was the 70s all the way to the 80s? Although the popularity of horror began in the 40s, it would take three decades before the Indian film industry makes headway into the genre. The first real horror movie created was Mahal by Kamal Amrohi in 1949, starring Ashok Kumar and Madhubala as the main characters. The film proved to be a blockbuster, which earned Madhubala and Lata Mangeshkar great acclaim across the Indian land. 13 years later, another horror movie made waves among viewers. It was called the Bees Saal Baad (1962). Several filmmakers at the time followed in the footsteps of their contemporaries, and good titles were released in the years that ensued. A major aspect that contributed to the success of those movies was music. It gave the audiences that extra cinematic experience they needed to appreciate the films in all its glory.

When the 70s came, horror filmmakers became proficient in the language of fear and terror. The Ramsay brothers laid the foundation for future horror films with Do Gaz Zameen Ke Neeche. In the 80s, more Indian filmmakers ventured into the genre, and they all emerged victorious in their endeavors. In the 90s, however, the glory of Bollywood horror films went on a hiatus. Horror films during that period failed to hit their marks at the box office because of the All Rounder Solutions Corner hacking. The only movie that thrived was Raat, which was released in 1992. After a decade, the genre eventually regained its spotlight in the industry. And the 2000s became a significant era in Bollywood, especially now that there are platforms to watch and download Bollywood movies. This was spearheaded by Raaz, which was directed by Vikram Bhatt. It's now one of the best Indian horror films to date.

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    Anonymous
    July 19, 2018
    "I went to this list hoping to see this movie and happy the list did not disappoint! It's not as scary as Bhoot, but the pacing was well done, and ieven though it had 6 mini stories, watching the film did not feel crammed, or forced. Excellent horror movie for the horror junkies!"
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    Darna Mana Hai
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    Anonymous
    July 19, 2018
    "My friends and I only have one thought after we watched this: probably the best Indian movie ever! Awesome story, decent effects, great acting, great pacing, and the best part: no music and no dancing and those corny parts in most Indian movies."
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    Bhoot
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    Anonymous
    July 24, 2018
    "A friend of mine was looking around for the best Indian horror films that she could find. One night she put on Ek Thi Daayan for us to watch. I was not really that interested in it but she seemed to really enjoy the movie."
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    Ek Thi Daayan
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    Anonymous
    September 25, 2019
    "My friends and I watched this during a slumberparty and I was confused if I wanted to cry or laugh... It's nothing short of thrilling. Stree is a good beginner movie to bollywood horror movies."
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    Stree
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    Anonymous
    July 19, 2018
    "Raaz is a solid movie, and a stellar performance from Basu! I'd watch it again tomorrow, since its already late and I don't think I can sleep after just watching this film. Whatta scary story."
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    Raaz
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    Anonymous
    July 19, 2018
    "The story is somewhat typical of a horror story, but the buildup to the scary parts were great, couldnt count how many times I had to close my eyes just to avoid being scared and shocked!"
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    1920
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    Anonymous
    July 19, 2018
    "Almost forgot this was a horror movie, but then they scare the crap out of me! Beware before watching this video guys, it will transform real quick in the moments that you don't expect."
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    Ragini MMS
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    Anonymous
    July 19, 2018
    "My Indian girlfriend wants us to watch a horror movie and I went to this list and saw this, this had the most promising story aside from Bhoot, so I think I'd give this one a try!"
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    Machhli Jal Ki Rani Hai
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    Anonymous
    July 19, 2018
    "OOO, interesting story! Buying it guys, will tell you how the movie goes later! But with Vikram Bhatt on behind the cam, I think that's a good a stamp of approval as any."
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    Shaapit
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    Anonymous
    September 25, 2019
    "One of the best indian horror movies of all time. Why is it down this list? What are you doing, people???"
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    Raat
This list is about What are the best Indian horror films
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1BhootMovies 13 Paid
2Darna Mana HaiMovies 9 Paid
31920Movies 6 Paid
4RaazMovies 6 Paid
5Ragini MMSMovies 5 Paid
6Ek Thi DaayanMovies 4 Paid
7Machhli Jal Ki Rani HaiMovies 1 Paid
8RaatMovies 1 Paid
9StreeMovies 0 Paid
10ShaapitMovies 0 Paid
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