Jul 1, 2017 Updated On : Jun 15, 2018
Horror movies are thrilling! Even if you tuck yourself in bed and wrap yourself in the sheet with whoever you are watching the film with, it is bound to scare you. If horror movies fail at scaring the audience, there’s nothing to celebrate, right? We are saying this because Bollywood has given us loads of scary movies which do nothing else but make us laugh.
But, there is an entire reservoir of Bollywood horror films which have done a good job of scaring people. These range from recently released ones to ones dating 50 years back. Yes, believe it or not, there was a time Bollywood scared the audience well enough without VFX and special effects.
We give you the best Bollywood horror flicks of all time. The weekend is here. Wrap yourself up with your loved one and set sail on a scary ride.
Directed by Kamal Amrohi, the film is remembered for scaring the audience back in the day when special effects were a distant dream. Mahal catapulted two people to superstardom overnight - Lata Mangeshkar who tasted success in Bollywood with the song “Aayega Aanewala” and Madhubala who became a superstar with her performance as the mysterious, lovelorn ghost Kamini opposite Ashok Kumar. The story revolves around reincarnation and an incomplete love story. Quite typical now. But, Mahal succeeded in creating that aura and the mystery needed in a horror flick. Never underestimate the old!
When we watched the first half of the film, we developed high expectations almost unexpectedly. Unfortunately, the film failed quite pathetically in the second half. Nevertheless, it is famous for one of the best VFX used till date in horror films. And it made decent money at the BO. Plus, Kalki Koechlin, Emraan Hashmi, and Konkona Sen Sharma made a good combination. Not to forget, the lizards! Oh, that creepy crawlies had a huge downfall being portrayed as witches!!!!
The remake of Tamil psychological horror Yavarum Nalam, 13B was a one-of-a-kind film and a huge shift from the kind of horror films we had been seeing then. Many people call it a remake of the hit Hollywood film Poltergeist, but it is distinct in many aspects. Also, let’s not forget what people think of the number 13. While you might not think of getting a flat by the number 13, this movie will entertain you mightily. Watch it for Madhavan’s brilliant performance.
Yes, we know you might cringe now if you watch this film. The film was excessively seductive and is known for using Mario Bava as the use of colored gels mixed with atmospheric sets. It has beautiful women who turn into witches, a huge mansion people keep finding and all kinds of sights and sounds along with ugly faces coming in together. Not to mention the whole witch burning thing! Despite all its grossness, it was a hit back then and managed to scare people, especially kids, though we recommend you shouldn’t watch it with them.
No other installments of Raaz could come close to the first one. Starring Dino Morea and Bipasha Basu, the film was as scary as its music was sweet. We still listen to its many romantic tracks. Though the story is typical and might seem sexist now, it worked well with the audience. And we have no words for Malini Sharma who was seductive yet scary. Raaz also made Bipasha Basu successful overnight and since then, she has acted in countless horror movies. The film will still give you goosebumps.
Ram Gopal Varma might not be making movies anymore. But, he sure did manage to scare as well. And Bhoot is the perfect example of the same. The ensemble cast, the script, the background score and Urmila Matondkar’s performance, all of it has the ability to put your heart to a stop! A rape-revenge saga, this one is without any gruesome scenes and loads of scary music. Apart from the stellar cast comprising of Urmila Matondkar, Ajay Devgn, Nana Patekar, Rekha and Fardeen Khan, it was Barkha Madan as the revenge-hungry Manjeet who thrilled everyone with only a few scenes.
This film has had sequels since then, but none could come close to the original Vikram Bhatt directorial starring newcomers Rajneesh Duggal and Adah Sharma. It’s been 10 years but you can still marvel at the story, the setting and how carefully things were woven into the age-old story of reincarnation and an incomplete love story. Said to be loosely based on the 1973 Hollywood blockbuster The Exorcist, it also starred Indraneil Sengupta and Anjori Alagh who played lovers in the film (you will have to watch the film to know how it all fits together). Now, that was a nice piece of work! By the way, did you know the mansion shown in the film actually exists and is considered haunted??
Now, this is a film whose Hindi version is considered superior to the Hollywood one directed by Alfred Hitchcock which also won an Oscar. We know you find it hard to believe, but it is the truth. The film is based on Daphne Du Maurier’s novel Rebecca and the English version is of the same name. However, in the Bollywood remake, starring Biswajeet and Waheeda Rehman, the climax has been completely altered. And that was well-received by everyone! You see, those were the days!! However, be careful! It is not for the faint-hearted!
The sequel became more sleazy than scary, but the original one was successful in taking people’s breath away. Bollywood hardly had footage based horror film and this was one. Inspired by the American supernatural thriller Paranormal Activity, the story is also loosely based on the real-life events which happened with a Delhi-based girl in 2007. The film was one of the earliest movies of Rajkumar Rao and starred Kainaz Motivala as the leading lady. And you said horror films do not provide any success to its actors!!!
The list of best Bollywood horror films is incomplete without this one starring Revathi and directed by RGV. The same story of possession finds a mention here, albeit in an extremely scary way. And we remember how people got mightily scared of cats! The film was also made in Telugu and remains a cult classic, 26 years after its release! An entire generation has come up since then! Just imagine!! You will still feel the goosebumps after watching this film. There’s a reason why nights are so scary till date.
Have a happy, scary weekend!