Are you looking for some of the best animated horror movies? Are you sick of watching the same old live-action horror films that circulate around Halloween? This year, if you’re looking for something new, consider animation.

In light of this, I’ve compiled 15 of the most terrifying animated horror movies you’re likely to find throughout your search. I’ve included a variety of scares for all ages because not everyone’s likes or experiences with horror films are the same.

15 best animated horror movies


Rate: 10/10

One of the best animated horror movies to date is ParaNorman. There are a lot of eerie elements in it, including witches, ghosts, zombies, and a title character who feels estranged because he can communicate with the dead.

This one features some enjoyable scares and draws heavily on the mythology and culture of earlier horror film eras. But throughout the course of the novel, ParaNorman also turns many of these clichés on their heads. The obvious villains turn out to be misunderstood victims, and the root of the town’s problems is an old hatred that originates from another mistake.

However, this is still the mildest inclusion on the list, despite the fact that the final battle between the two sides might be quite frightful for the small ones out there. For a Halloween family gathering, ParaNorman is ideal!

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

Rate: 9.5/10

While The Nightmare Before Christmas is still appropriate on either holiday, the scary one is. Look, even Halloween Town’s “Pumpkin King” Jack Skellington occasionally gets bored with the same old holiday celebrations. He simply wants to stir things up and bring a little of his unusual brand of holiday happiness to the season.

But even though Jack and many like him are frightful by nature, there is a much scarier dread that lies beneath the surface, glowing ghastly to frighten children.

A universe that is permeated with an eerie, terrifying appearance is given a horrific vibe by Selick’s exceptional stop-motion animation. Everywhere you turn in Halloween Town, there’s a hideous creature, and when that spills over into the Christmas celebrations, the hilarity of the movie really picks up.

The Nightmare Before Christmas is still a family-friendly Halloween movie even if Jack Skellington may be the best at terrifying the living daylights out of people.

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Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island

Rate: 9.5/10

This is one of the best animated horror movies ever! Thanks to the haunting presence of the pirate spirit Morgan Moonscar, Scoob and the group encounter a genuine supernatural menace for the first time. The presence of “actual monsters” gave the direct-to-video movie a darker tone than the animated movies that came before it, but the scares didn’t end with zombies.

Voodoo, shape-shifters, irate alligators, and even a cat deity on a revenge mission are all there to make your viewing experience unanticipated. It’s been over 20 years since Scoob and the gang last visited Zombie Island, so it’s definitely worthwhile to go back yourself!

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Monster House

Rate: 9/10

One of the best animated horror movies is Monster House. Three kids learn that their neighbor’s house is a monster that is alive and breathing in the children’s story Monster House, which is set the day before Halloween. By adopting the prevalent phobia of eerie abandoned buildings into the plot from a young person’s perspective, Monster House creates a terrifyingly believable thriller.

The use of storytelling in Monster House has been praised, and the storyline contains numerous suspenseful moments to keep the viewer interested. The excellent use of sound effects and music in Monster House, which supports the development of the movie’s more frightful elements, has also received recognition. 

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Corpse Bride

Rate: 9/10

Corpse Bride is a great animated horror film with an intelligent, funny script about a tale of love and generosity with a unique cast of characters. Corpse Bride tells the tale of Viktor, a shy man who attempts to perfect his wedding rehearsal. Viktor finds himself unintentionally marrying Emily’s corpse after going outside for a little period to rehearse his vows.

Corpse Bride received high marks from viewers for its moody, dark colors and stunning visual animation. 


Rate: 9/10

Coraline, an eleven-year-old girl who is curious, accidentally enters a parallel reality that embodies all of her aspirations in the movie’s plot. Coraline quickly learns, however, that this universe is far darker than she had imagined.

Coraline draws out the best in its odd group of characters with a quirky heroine, wonderfully cryptic and compelling supporting players, and a twisted and terrifying villain. Beautifully staged scenes in this movie do a great job of fusing cartoonish imagery with a darker and scary landscape.

Coraline, a frightening and gorgeous movie, unquestionably gives a stop-motion animated story a sufficient amount of fear.

Seoul Station

Rate: 9/10

It appears that a homeless man is Patient Zero of the impending zombie pandemic in the scene in the title station. Although infection from bites may be fatal in this movie, the main protagonists also experience a generalized social strain.

Even while that’s not as terrifying as a horde of flesh-eating monsters chasing you, it’s still an essential aspect of characterization to remember. It’s also important to note that Seoul Station is a tale set in a world where demons roam free and can strike at any time.

Watership Down

Rate: 9/10

In this horror-fantasy classic, Watership Down, the horrors of animal experimentation in labs temporarily take a backseat to the ferocity of the animal kingdom (and the cruelty of man).

Even if Richard Adams’ novel is wonderful, in this particular instance, it might benefit from a lean and mean animated adaptation.

The film captures the essence of the rabbits’ situation, whether it is because of the threats provided by snares, raptors, cats, and dogs, rival warrens, and human-made chemical and mechanical weaponry.

There is a rabbit who has convulsions when he has visions, another character has a near-death experience after being ensnared in a trap, and there is vicious combat against both allies and foes. The bleeding General Woundwort and the Black Rabbit of Inlé, the rabbits’ take on the Grim Reaper, could tie for the title of the eeriest creature. 

Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust

Rate: 8.5/10

The visually stunning movie Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust features an engaging lead character, a strong supporting cast, a great tale that ranks among the best Gothic dramas, and one of the best vampire storylines ever presented on either the big or small screen. So excellent. Along with the spooky tale, the film also features gorgeous graphics and an amazing soundtrack.

The eponymous character in Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust is a dhampir/dunpeal, a half-human, half-vampire, who is hired to find a woman who has been abducted by a vampire baron, or to kill her humanely if she has been transformed.

This stuff is covered in vampire mythology to the teeth, but it also has zombies, a creative twist on the werewolf stereotype, mutants, demons, shape-shifters, a master of shadow and illusion, and other characters, like the ghost of a vampire blood countess.

Even when you’re watching Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust and keeping an eye out for yet another horror sneaking up on you from every direction possible, the character and location design is absolutely top-notch and make the movie a joy to watch.

Van Helsing: The London Assignment

Rate: 8.5/10

A precursor to the 2004 movie Van Helsing, Van Helsing: The London Assignment is an animated, award-winning movie. Van Helsing visits Victorian London in Van Helsing: The London Assignment to look into a series of killings and apprehend the cruel serial killer, Mr. Hyde.

The movie only lasts 30 minutes, which is shorter than the norm, but this hasn’t stopped fans from giving it good reviews and recommending it to others. The film has been praised by viewers for its intricate chase sequences, complicated and interactive combat, and strong prologue to Van Helsing.


Rate: 8/10

The Tim Burton movie Frankenweenie centers on Victor, a young kid, and Sparky, a dog that unexpectedly dies. Then, Victor uses a potent science experiment to try and revive Sparky. Victor is frequently regarded as one of Tim Burton’s most undervalued characters. Frankenweenie is a well-known, distinctive black-and-white stop-motion film.

In its retelling of the classic Frankenstein story, Frankenweenie emphasizes the importance of friendship and commitment. The movie is praised by fans for its weird horror themes, skewed humor, and adorable yet spooky characters.

Frankenweenie is unquestionably one of the best-animated horror movies ever created, offering both a gory tale of mad scientists and a touching tale about a boy and his dog.

The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad

Rate: 7.5/10

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and the recognizable Headless Horseman character are included in the second part of the movie, The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, which combines two well-known stories. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad is a renowned movie that many Tim Burton admirers also adore, and it is a truly exceptional offering.

With its dark aesthetic, memorable soundtrack, and sound effects, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow undoubtedly gives this movie a greater sense of fear. Fans have lauded the Headless Horseman character for his thrilling and frightful debut in the movie, and the scene in which poor Ichabod meets this ghostly character face to face is unforgettable.

Wicked City

Rate: 7.5/10

Even while Wicked City is not for everyone and tells a fairly unusual story in a very unpleasant way, the same can be said of the scariest movies that are meant to provoke. Wicked City 100% is another example of how animation distinguishes itself from live-action without needing an X classification.

The action of the novel occurs at the point where our normal human world and the Black World, which is populated by demons, converge. The border is guarded by special forces known as the Black Guard, and peacekeepers from both sides work together to maintain order.

Although the Black Worlders have a human appearance, they can also take on other forms, such as the arachnoid creature our protagonist had sex with at the beginning of the story. It’s a horrifying start to Wicked City’s horror show and it prepares the audience for everything that will follow.

Fear(s) of the Dark

Rate: 7/10

Fear(s) of the Dark, a French anthology film, is an outstanding achievement in visual storytelling and, in my opinion, the most stunning inclusion in our list in that sense. It is made up of five distinct stories by imaginative comic book authors and graphic designers. The black and white shorts are all focused on the idea of terror, and they each vividly evoke that undeveloped, primal sensation.

There is a tale of a cunning man who releases his deadly dogs one at a time on unwary strangers. Then there is the sad tale of a little girl who is made to repeatedly suffer her nightmares as a type of medical “therapy,” or the story of a kid who is obsessed with insects and discovers that his love life intersects with his hobby in a rather peculiar way.

These stories examine the terrible repercussions that fear has on people, both overtly and in a very private way. It is well worth your effort to look for it because there is something for everyone to love (and fear) here.

Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter

Rate: 7/10

Tales of the Black Freighter is a comic book that is contained within the narrative of Watchmen. It was snatched from the deranged imaginations of author Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons. The wonderful animated version was developed instead of the live-action version, which was initially meant to be produced alongside the rest of the movie. 

The story follows the survivor of a raid by the notorious pirate ship the Black Freighter as he makes an effort to get home quickly in order to inform his wife and kids of the approaching pirates. We witness the lone survivor conversing with his deceased crew members before utilizing their bloated bodies as buoys to maintain the stability of his homemade raft in the water.

Every stage of the survivor’s journey into lunacy is harder to watch, whether he is eating raw gull meat, avoiding shark attacks, or experiencing his final mental breakdown. Your sense of dread is well-earned throughout the story, and the shocking revelation at the end will stay with you for a very long time.

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Above is our recommendation of what we consider the best animated horror movies. Animation and horror make for an uncommonly successful niche pairing, although many movies that have tried to do so have found great success. We are aware that the majority of people are used to getting their yearly dose of frights from live-action movies.

But you can also encounter the same Halloween frights in animated form. In order to enjoy some cartoon horrors, turn off the lights, pull up to the sofa with a bowl of snacks, and make yourself extremely comfortable.

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