Now we accept that Bollywood isn’t really known for producing great horror films but this doesn’t mean that this trope has been left unexplored. Since the late 1940s, filmmakers have worked in this genre and have produced some of the scariest and creepiest horror films.
Apart from the patented creaky doors and wrinkly old servants to haunt us, Bollywood did make some can’t-let-go-of-my-seat horror movies which could give Hollywood a run for its money. Here are some of the best from the lot in no particular sequence:
A landmark Indian horror movie, Raat is Ram Gopal Verma’s finest and scariest classic. When a family relocates, things turn supernaturally weird. After watching Raat, you’ll have several disturbed raats as well and cats will no more seem cute.
Set during the period of British Raj, a newlywed couple moves to an isolated house in the wild to turn it into a hotel. But little do they know that the mansion does not wish to be destroyed. 1920 maybe brimming with clichés but give you chills you’ll never be able to get rid of for the longest time.
Adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s novel Rebecca, Kohra stars some of the best known names like Waheeda Rehman. With a massive plot twist at the end, Kohra is often referred to as the better adaptation of the book and promises to send grim chills down your spine.
What happens when a couple tries to give their failing marriage a second chance? His dead lover’s spirit starts haunting them. Raaz, inspired by the film What Lies Beneath gave Bollywood its first horror queen, Bipasha Basu and gave us several moments to scream our lungs out.
Known to be the first Indian film to deal with reincarnation, Mahal made sure to give its viewers sleepless nights for months. A ground breaking supernatural suspense thriller, Mahal paved the way for legends Madhubala and Lata Mangeshkar.
6.Ek Thi Daayan (2013)
Expecting a scary faceless monster trying to kill you? You won’t find any. Ek Thi Daayan shows the mythical world of witches trying to reach out to someone in the present world. Thanks to Konkana Sen Sharma’s portrayal of a daayan, you’ll never respond if somebody calls out saying ‘bobo, tum kahaan ho.’
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