Horror movies in Bollywood have their own frightening pull on the audiences. While Hollywood horror tends to reflect on a curse that prevails in a home, Bollywood horror films tend to have infidelity and revenge as the core themes.
Some of the famous directors in the Bollywood horror genre are Vikram Bhatt, Ram Gopal Varma, Pawan Kriplani and the Ramsay brothers, who made a lot of money by making low-budget horror flicks to a dedicated audience. Here are the top 10 Bollywood horror films
- Raaz (2002) – It is the story of a woman whose spirit returns to take revenge on her lover. She makes the life of the man and his wife miserable. The haunted spirit was played by Malini Sharma while Bipasha Basu and Dino Morea played the couple. Vikram Bhatt created his own scary movies brand with Raaz. Though there have been several sequels for Raaz, none have been able to match the fear factor of the original.
- Horror Story (2013) – Vikram Bhatt should be criticized as well as praised for this film. He should be panned because he should have stepped on the promotions of the film. He should be praised because this movie sells fear in its scariest avatar. Without taking refuge to songs, sex or any other diversions, the movie is pure fear in its raw form. Horror Story did not have a decent run at the box-office but it has good number of hits on Youtube and video sales. The story is about a group of youngsters who decide to spend a few hours in a haunted hotel.
- 1920(2008) – Vikram Bhatt made this film with just Rs. 2.5 crores but ended up with 10 crores in profit. The lowly marketed film is about a series of events that disturb the life of a just-married couple. There is a back-story of the regal mansion in which they stay, being haunted, since 1920.
- Bhool Bhulaiya (2007)- This psychological Bollywood horror-comedy film directed by Priyadarshan was the official remake of 1993 Malayalam film, Manichitrathazhu (the second biggest hit in India ever). Akshay Kumar and Vidya Balan starred in the Hindi remake, which went on to phenomenally well in Bollywood too. Siddharth(Shiney Ahuja) and his wife Avni (Vidya Balan) stay in the ancestral palace along with other members of the family. This huge palace is believed to be haunted by the ghost of the erstwhile Bengali classical dancer Manjulika.
- Haunted 3D (2010)- India’s first stereoscopic 3d horror film directed by Vikram Bhatt did exceptionally well at the box office. It had a unique story of the protagonist time-traveling to the past to exorcise the demon of the past that haunts his present – a girl who is crying out for help in his Ooty home.
- Ragini MMS – This date-movie with the horror theme, turned out to be a surprise hit in 2010. It was said to be inspired by true incidents, in which a girl and her boyfriend go for a secret rendezvous at a lodge. The guy has a hidden agenda to make a tape of their frolics in bed and sell it off. Little does he know that there is a spirit in the lodge that makes life difficult for the couple. Made with just Rs.9 crore, the movie which was made in 25 days, recovered the cost within 2 days of release. Pawan Kriplani directed this chiller.
- 13 B (2010) – The unique story of the television causing panic among family members did its job and the movie ended up as a hit. R. Madhavan and Neetu Chandra starred in this film among many other supporting characters.
- Veerana (1998) – Ramsay brothers among their many horror films in the 80s created this one which is considered as one of the best in its genre. The movie still has a cult following.
- Darna Mana Hai(2003) -This anthology film (film consisting of five short films) was an original in India for the horror genre. 5 youths who lose their way due to a car-break down, spend the night in the forest, telling each other scary stories. The best of the lot is the one that stars Vivek Oberoi and Nana Patekar.
- Raaz 3D – This Vikram Bhatt film starred Bipasha Basu in the role of a fading movie star who takes to black-magic and voodoo; to pull down another upcoming starlet who aims to take her position in the industry. The movie had its moments, especially the scene in which Esha Gupta is hounded by cockroaches in a hotel bathroom.