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November 26th, 2014

14 Oscar Winning Horror Movies

1991’s Silence of the Lambs:

Silence of The Lambs has a strong crime-thriller element to it so perhaps that is why this one faired better at the Oscars. Or perhaps it was the casting of Anthony Hopkins. The Silence of the Lambs is the story of a serial killing doctor who kills not for pleasure and not for any real agenda other then his dinner. One of the most terrifying films of the 90’s it is a staple in the horror genre.

With a half dozen nominations it won Best Picture, Best Oscar, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay. The Silence of the Lambs is the first and only horror movie to ever win a Best Picture award and when it comes to Oscar Winning horror movies this one was very deserving!

14 Oscar Winning Horror Movies

1993’s Jurassic Park:

Some would argue that Jurassic Park is not a horror movie. To that I counter what is scarier Jason with his Hockey Mask or a pack of Velociraptor tearing your face off? Jurassic Park is the story of a new park featuring genetically engineered dinosaurs. True to form the Dinosaurs do not like their cages and go prehistoric resulting in carnage as a family works to survive with their young children in tow.

Jurassic Park broke new ground with its CGI and animatronics work and went on to win three oscars. Best Sound Effects Editing, Best Sound and Best Visual Effects

14 Oscar Winning Horror Movies

1990’s MISERY:

The adaptations of the various Stephen King books into films has been dubious at best. Some have been fantastic like The Mist, the mini series The Stand and MISERY. Others have been debacles. Kathy Bates and James Caan star in this film about a deranged fan who rescues her favorite author from a car accident only to let her obsession take things to a very brutal end.

Misery won Kathy Bates a well deserved Oscar for Best Actress. She put the obsession into obsessed fan! Misery easily should have gotten and won a Best Picture nod from the Academy but who can account for taste.

14 Oscar Winning Horror Movies

1999’s Sleepy Hollow:

I am a huge fan of Tim Burton and Sleepy Hollow has always had a soft spot in my heart. This film is the modern telling of Sleepy Hollow with Johnny Depp starring as Ichibod Crane. It co-stars Christina Ricci and features the truly outstanding actor Christopher Walken as the Headless Hessian Horseman.

The film was nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction and Best Costume design. It won for Best Costume Design.

14 Oscar Winning Horror Movies

Which on this list are your favorites? More importantly what horror films can you look back to over the years and point to as a truly great film that was completely ignored by the Oscars? Oscar Winning horror movies may not be as common as us horror fans might want but they do exist. It is just a shame that so many great films get overlooked.

 

 
 





70 Comments


  1. Momofpoophead

    The oscars should have a best horror film category.


    • Ankit Malasi

      The oscars don’t have categories by genres. There are just too many genres to categorize.
      They once had a “Best Director, Comedy Picture” category in 1928, but that’s it.

      If you want award ceremonies that award the best horror films, check out:
      -Saturn Award for Best Horror or Thriller Film
      -The Scream Awards
      -The Horror category in Empire Awards by the Empire magazine


    • Micah 李 文 Jung

      YES! that would be so cool wouldnt it


    • Micah 李 文 Jung

      YES! that would be so cool wouldnt it


  2. Silence of the Lambs won a best oscar?


    • i hope that was a wow silence of the lambs won a best oscar and not wtf why did silence of the lambs win a best oscar,,,,cuz that movie is a classic and its fucken awesome, the acting was superb the plot couldnt get any better, and thriller or horror its a fucken beautiful movie


      • Ankit Malasi

        @Ellen Choi
        I hope that you do realize that there is no category called “Best Oscar”.
        It’s a typo. He meant to write Best Actor.


    • Carol Frank-Stork Ray

      I’m fairly certain that’s a typo or something stupidly similar (doesn’t anybody proofread these things?). “Silence of the Lambs” walked off with the Big Five: Best picture, actor, actress, director, and screenplay. It was only the second movie of all time to achieve this feat.


  3. Why Gary Oldman is so over looked is beyond me.


  4. vekatesh

    now there is no horrorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr…………left in hollywood mov


  5. Lee

    The Oscars should have Horror , Sci- Fi ,Dark comedy, catagories……They also should have a separate panel thats qualified to vote on alternate catagories like Horror/Sci fi….. better yet, why doesn’t someone with financial backing create create a Horror/Sci-fi awards show.


  6. Iam_Sparticus

    Sloppily written article. It lists Aliens, but it descibes Alien which actually both of them won Oscars for visual effects. I think Aliens was the the first horror film to have a best actress nod with Sigourney.


  7. Quinnton

    This guy has absolutely NO taste in movies if he thinks Sweeney Todd wasn’t the shit and that a beetlejuice sequel is a good idea


    • Ankit Malasi

      So, you are the ultimate authority in movies? Anyone who doesn’t agree with your options has NO taste, and anyone who agrees with you has good taste?

      Personally, I haven’t seen BeetleJuice, and have no interest in seeing it either. I have seen Sweeney Todd and actually like it because it was quite different from other horror/thriller films I had seen, although I could predict the ending from far off.


  8. Lime Blake

    Silence of the Lambs is a horror movie? Last I checked, it was a crime thriller.


    • Iam_Sparticus

      Some films are cross genre films like the Alien films that crossover scifi and horror. Silence crosses over to horror because of the cannibalism and serial killer elements.


  9. T P

    I can’t believe he missed the first horror movie of all to garner an Academy Award. The actor Fredric March won for his portrayal of the dual roles Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the 1931 film.


  10. Richard Lake

    Seems to me that those in charge of the Oscars are almost embarrassed by the horror genre. Sure they get nominated occasionally in the ‘big categories’, but tend only to win the technical ones (effects, sound, editing, etc). Maybe this will change when the snob factor is overcome.
    I also think it’s a bit of a stretch to include Silence of the Lambs in this list. While there may be horrific crimes committed within the film, I don’t think they make it horror. Still just a crime thriller – a bloody good one though!


    • nicolekruex

      Embarresed by how much money horror films make compared to the budgets they command? Because given a choice? Horror is the safest investment in film…. and has a much high fan rate then any other genre.


  11. Capitalist's Diary

    Se7en should have won an Oscar.


  12. Capitalist's Diary

    Se7en should have won an Oscar.


  13. Capitalist's Diary

    Se7en should have won an Oscar.


  14. Capitalist's Diary

    …and maybe the first Saw and Let Me In


  15. Gusti Hafizh Aldi Darwis

    You forgot to add the 1931 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, in which the actor portrayed those two character (Fredric March) won an Oscar for Best Actor. Which makes him the ONLY actor who ever won an Oscar for potraying a true monster.


  16. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  17. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  18. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  19. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  20. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  21. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  22. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  23. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  24. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  25. Riley

    I…I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone say that they actually liked An American Werewolf in Paris let along think it is anywhere as good as An American Werewolf in London…that just doesn’t seem right.


  26. Tim

    Glad someone remembered Fredric March for Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Also, probably the main reason why Linda Blair didn’t win was because her “demon” voice in the movie was dubbed by actress Mercedes McCambridge..


  27. Jeremy Christensen

    I hate to be “that guy” but come on. There, their, they’re. Learn the difference. At least give your articles a quick read-through before posting them. This article is just sloppy.


  28. Jeremy Christensen

    I hate to be “that guy” but come on. There, their, they’re. Learn the difference. At least give your articles a quick read-through before posting them. This article is just sloppy.


  29. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


  30. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


  31. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


  32. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


  33. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


  34. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


  35. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


  36. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


  37. Connor Bruce

    Rosemary’s Baby was a good film, but it wasn’t a great film, I certainly wouldn’t say that it was overlooked. I am not sure I’d consider Aliens a horror (Alien certainly) but it is certainly a classic.

    I couldn’t stand Dracula, it was terrible as indeed is any film by Tim Burton (aside from Batman, he’s the most overrated film maker ever) and I totally agree about musicals.

    Sweeney Todd though, was NOT based on a true story!


    • Mike Jacobson

      I agree on Dracula. So much potential in pulling material from the novel, but the film just wasn’t scary at all. It was an attempt to be uber-artistic and to create sympathy for the Dracula character as some kind of heartbroken lover. The love story elements didn’t drive the novel as much as the film and don’t even get me fookin’ started on how awful Keanu Reeves was.

      A Dracula film that follows in the footsteps of Horror of Dracula, with Christopher Lee, is what we need to revive the character. Now THAT was a good flick.


    • Mike Jacobson

      I agree on Dracula. So much potential in pulling material from the novel, but the film just wasn’t scary at all. It was an attempt to be uber-artistic and to create sympathy for the Dracula character as some kind of heartbroken lover. The love story elements didn’t drive the novel as much as the film and don’t even get me fookin’ started on how awful Keanu Reeves was.

      A Dracula film that follows in the footsteps of Horror of Dracula, with Christopher Lee, is what we need to revive the character. Now THAT was a good flick.


    • nicolekruex

      Not a great film compared to what though? Films of 2013? Or films from that era? Rosemary’s Baby was incredible, especially for when it was shot. And as far as Aliens? Define horror… a group of people in a situation where something scary attacks and kills them. Yep, sounds like horror to me, even if it’s set in space. I loved Dracula, but that’s subject to personal taste… I wouldn’t classify it a horror film though. Not even kind of.


      • Connor Bruce

        I meant compared to films of all time. Compared to films of 2013 Rosemary’s Baby would be a near masterpiece! I had heard so much about it before I watched it for the first time, and I was a bit disappointed, it was good, but not great. If you include Aliens, you may as well include Planet of the Apes too. That was a group of people trapped in a situation where something scary attacks and kills them, there’s nothing scarier than talking apes riding horses and carrying guns.


  38. nicolekruex

    Half of the films listed aren’t horror movies. =/


  39. nicolekruex

    Half of the films listed aren’t horror movies. =/


  40. GT

    BETTE DAVIS IN “HUSH HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE” WAS GREAT


  41. Murphy Minielly

    You forgot to include The Sixth sense. The movie is horror gold. I see dead people. That’s one of horror films greatest lines and scenes of all time. The movie got 6 Oscar nominations including best picture, director, supporting actress and supporting actor.


  42. Murphy Minielly

    You forgot to include The Sixth sense. The movie is horror gold. I see dead people. That’s one of horror films greatest lines and scenes of all time. The movie got 6 Oscar nominations including best picture, director, supporting actress and supporting actor.


  43. Murphy Minielly

    You forgot to include The Sixth sense. The movie is horror gold. I see dead people. That’s one of horror films greatest lines and scenes of all time. The movie got 6 Oscar nominations including best picture, director, supporting actress and supporting actor.


  44. Murphy Minielly

    You forgot to include The Sixth sense. The movie is horror gold. I see dead people. That’s one of horror films greatest lines and scenes of all time. The movie got 6 Oscar nominations including best picture, director, supporting actress and supporting actor.


  45. Murphy Minielly

    You forgot to include The Sixth sense. The movie is horror gold. I see dead people. That’s one of horror films greatest lines and scenes of all time. The movie got 6 Oscar nominations including best picture, director, supporting actress and supporting actor.


  46. Murphy Minielly

    You forgot to include The Sixth sense. The movie is horror gold. I see dead people. That’s one of horror films greatest lines and scenes of all time. The movie got 6 Oscar nominations including best picture, director, supporting actress and supporting actor.


  47. Micah 李 文 Jung

    people forget Alien and Aliens I think thats Horror slash science Fiction?


  48. TheOct8pus

    I didn’t know Silence of The Lambs won Best Oscar!! Wow….I didn’t even know such a category existed!


  49. J.M.E

    ORGY OF THE DEAD should be on that list.
    … Or not…
    …..ehhhh, what the hell, some Hollywood dimwit with no clue on how to make a good film will probably “re-imagine” it soon, anyway. Fuck it, i’m gonna smoke a joint and watch “BLOOD SUCKING FREAKS” now. ‘nite, folks


  50. J.M.E

    …Oh, and the scariest movie I have ever seen?……Water world.
    Christ on a cracker, I came THIS close to turning into a brain-dead zombie after seeing this pile just ONCE….


  51. J.M.E

    All humor and wry sarcasm aside, to all you guys chatting here with me, check out Ingmar Bergman’s Seventh Seal.
    Think about the plot, and tell me your not at least a little awed by the situation Antonius Block (Max Von Sydow) is put into. The “silence of God” can be deafening. Think i’ll forget Blood sucking Freaks and brush up on my chess game…


  52. J.M.E

    Just in case…



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