The adrenaline rush that comes with watching horror movies is a glorious feeling. There is nothing quite like huddling with a blanket in the middle of the night anticipating the scares.
Of course, you can revert to the evergreen Hollywood horror movies, but there is nothing quite like coming home to Bollywood. You will be surprised by the number of Hindi horror movies that are actually worth a watch.
If you are looking for options, then opt for these terrifying classic Bollywood movies that will give you the heavy dose of horror you are craving for.
When you think of Bollywood horror movies, Raaz comes to mind almost immediately. The franchise is successful even today, and that is mostly owing to the success of the first installment. The film, ‘What Lies Beneath’ is the inspiration behind Raaz. Bipasha Basu went on to become a sensation in a number of horror movies after Raaz did well in the box office.
Combining the two genres of horror and erotica, Raaz will show you suggestive scenes and maintain suspense at the same time. Excellent cinematography and sound effects make Raaz a treat to watch.
Ram Gopal Varma has built a corner for himself in the Bollywood horror niche. Raat is a supernatural thriller that will keep you on the edge of the seat. It does not have ridiculous stereotypes of horror films and has some genuinely scary moments that you can look forward to. When a kitten dies, its spirit tales over the lead female character and the story goes on from there.
The plot is weak, and the characters are not well-developed, but the film has gained cult status over the years.
The film rocked the box office and was appreciated both by critics and the public. Filled with horror cliches, this film managed to spook hundreds of viewers who could not sleep for nights on end. Although the acting was not top-notch with rather wooden performances from the leads, this haunted house story has managed to remain one of the scariest Bollywood movies of all time.
Featuring a young married couple and a deserted mansion, 1920 is the quintessential horror story. When the evil spirit emerges and captures the body of the female protagonist, it sets the stage. Some of the frames are shot brilliantly which is another reason why the film is so famous.
4. Ek Thi Daayan
Witches or daayans have dominated the artistic imagination for long. The thought of having a witch in the midst of society is not a calming thought. Ek Thi Daayan deviated from the regular horror cliches and tried to experiment with a new concept.
It is not your everyday horror film that impresses with jump-scares. The film brings in some elements of a paranormal thriller that is even more terrifying for the ordinary mind.
Ek Thi Daayan is a tad bit unrealistic but since when did being real become important in the horror genre. The taut plot and Konkona Sen’s eerie but brilliant performance make this spooky film a must-watch.
5. Ragini MMS
The film derived its inspiration from the Hollywood supernatural horror film called, ‘Paranormal Activity’ and that is not all. It also bears semblance to a real story, and that is what makes it so creepy. The film was made well and impressed the public for a long while. There are plenty of edge-of-the-seat thrills to keep you entertained. If you are not very brave, then be ready for some sleepless nights after you watch Ragini MMS.