The 17 Most Depressing Horror Movies–Can You Make It Through The List?

The best horror movies are the ones that stick with you long after the end credits. Sometimes they stick with you because of the jump scares or the gore. Then there are the miserably bleak horror movies that leave you depressed for days or weeks. Horror fans recently listed the most depressing horror movies they’ve ever seen. How many have you seen?

Threads (1984)


Someone here mentioned “Threads” 1984 the other day. I watched it.

It’s darker than a black cat in a coal cellar at midnight.


I Saw the Devil (2010)

I Saw the Devil

I’ve been waiting for a movie to make me hate someone like this movie did. It’s so outstanding.


Incident in a Ghostland (2018)

Incident in a Ghostland

Incident in a Ghostland, just unrelentingly depressing and bleak but so well done as well. That movie fucked me up for a few days.


The Wailing (2016)

The Wailing

To anyone who has never seen this one before, GO IN BLIND. Don’t read ANYTHING about it.


The Descent (2005)

The Descent

Make sure it’s the European extended cut. The 30-60 seconds make all the difference in the world.


His House (2020)

His House

Absolutely soul crushing in its power. I could not help but sob at the end. And yeah I think part of the brilliance is those flashbacks to the real life trauma. The supernatural stuff was also great and is interwoven brilliantly but God damn… God fucking damn that school room scene.


The Mist (2007)

The Mist

Just watched The Mist again yesterday because my girl hadn’t seen it. One of the most dreadful endings to a movie ever…


The Girl Next Door (2007)

The Girl Next Door

The Girl Next Door is such a depressing film. The most depressing on this list in my opinion.


Men Behind the Sun (1988)

Men Behind the Sun

This is a nasty little film. No catharsis or resolution to what happened, and it’s based on real events. Be warned, this is an extreme film and it won’t be for everyone, but if you can handle the likes of Martyrs and Threads then you will be able to handle this.


Possum (2018)


One of my favorite horror movies. A miserable and melancholy experience, that really draws you in to its environment in a compelling way.


Saint Maud (2019)

Saint Maud

THAT end scene haunted the life outta me.


The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Yeah I definitely wasn’t prepared for that one when I sat down.


The Lodge (2019)

The Lodge

For me, this is probably the most depressing horror movie I’ve ever seen. Highly recommended if that’s what you’re into.


The Night House (2020)

The Night House

Night House, just watched it last night and was both a solid scare and a pretty devastating depiction of grief after loss.


It Comes at Night (2017)

It Comes at Night

It Comes At Night is one of the biggest bummers I’ve ever seen, you’ll love it!


Crimes of the Future (2022)

Crimes of the Future

Crimes of the Future is very very depressing. So much so I don’t think I will manage to finish it. Everything is so gray, muffled and lifeless


Session 9 (2001)

Session 9

Starring David Caruso and a small secondary cast, if you loved The Mist you’ll love this I believe.

I can’t find it streaming for free anywhere, but I highly recommend it if you’re as in the mood for depressing horror as you say. Definitely worth the 4$ renting price.