Bollywood is known for its romance, grandeur and elaborate set designs and costumes. On the contrary however, Bollywood has also produced some glorious horror movies that will make your hairs stand on edge and leave you hanging on the edge of your seat. While some Bollywood horror movies have spoilt the reputation of Bollywood horror flicks, some horror films from the Hindi film industry are undoubtedly true gems.
1. Raat (1992)
Raat is considered to be one of the finest films Ram Gopal Varma (RGV) has directed. It is a supernatural thriller that does not go over the top with the distinctions of a horror film. The plot is set into motion when a kitten is killed and subsequently, the leading lady is possessed with its spirit. After watching this cult classic, the perception one holds for cats will never be the same.
2. 1920 (2008)
A grand, majestic deserted mansion? Check. A mysterious caretaker? Check. A newlywed couple? Check. This movie feeds to every cliché ever held or expected of a horror film. However, what distinguishes it apart from the others is the sheer artistic subtlety with which the frames have been done. Chills and screams are guaranteed.
3. Raaz (2002)
Inspired by the Michelle Pfeiffer starrer 'What Lies Beneath', Raaz was just the beginning of a vast array of horror films that Bipasha Basu was to sign later. Pfeiffer did a commendable job in the original. But Bollywood’s babe, Bipasha Basu matched and exceeded her in every way.
4. Ragini MMS (2011)
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Ragini MMS is inspired by the American supernatural horror 'Paranormal Activity'. It is partly based on a real story. Unlike its sequel, this one did not star Sunny Leone. Despite this, the movie still managed to draw the crowds to the theatres thanks to its edge-of-the-seat thrills. This sleeper hit is guaranteed to keep you up and can give you a few sleepless hours when you hit the bed at night. Beware! You have been warned!
5. 13 B (2009)
13 B comes packed to the brim with spine-tingling chills and scares. It is not entirely dependent on a spooky background score nor does it rely on weird camera angles to deliver the chills. It has an excellent, strong script and an ensemble cast that delivers its job to perfection, 13 B is definitely one movie you shouldn't miss if you are feeling spooky…
6. Mahal (1949)
Mahal is easily considered to be the catalyst of horror movies penetrating the Hindi film industry. Mahal essentially deals with the subject of reincarnation. Even with minimalistic effects this film has continued to haunt audiences for decades. It is a movie for all ages. Watch at your own risk!
7. Bees Saal Baad (1962)
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Bees Saal Baad turned out to be the highest grosser in 1962. The story revolves around a mysterious woman walking around at midnight through a field crooning Kahin deep jale kahin dil. The film truly spooked the nation which is evident as it was a hit at the box office. The storyline is loosely based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 'The Hound of the Baskerville’; Bees Saal Baad continues to haunt audiences in every single way even after pachaas saal baad of its release.
8. Horror Story (2013)
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Horror Story revolves around the story of a group of youngsters who decide to spend the night at a haunted hotel. Things get complicated and it's a scare fest from then on out. There are some genuinely frightening and horrific scenes that will make you jump off your seat. Those in search of chills will not be disappointed at all.
9. Shaapit (2010)
The third installment in the Raaz trilogy, Shaapit will easily raise the hair on the back of your neck. Like every Vikram Bhatt film, the USP of this film lies in its treatment, keeping it stylishly eerie. By the end of it all, you might want to convert your existing beliefs and believe in curses and evil spirits.
10. Ek Thi Daayan (2013)
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The thought of daayans existing in society is spooky in itself. Ek Thi Daayan is a brave attempt at venturing into new, unexplored territory. Ek Thi Dayaan is a cross between an out-and-out horror film and a creepy, paranormal thriller. The supernatural drama may seem idealistic but the stylized treatment and the taut storyline definitely makes up for it. Konkona Sen's eerie portrayal of a daayan is also not to be missed. Spooky indeed!
11. Bhoot (2003)
Bhoot was one of the last gripping, horror films created and directed by Ram Gopal Varma before his inevitable switch to producing and directing films like Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag. The shock component in Bhoot is kept brewing through most parts of the film and is frequently intercepted with scream-out-loud moments.
12. Phoonk (2008)
Another creepy film churned out by Ram Gopal Varma's horror factory is, Phoonk. The movie deals with the practice of black magic. Ram Gopal Varma instilled so much faith in his production that he pledged to offer Rs 5 lakhs to anyone who would watch the film alone in the theatre and not run out scared. Some challenge that! Would you do dare to do it?