20 Must Watch Tamil Horror Films of All Time: From Haunted Tales to Thrilling Scares

Tamil cinema has a rich history of delivering spine-chilling horror movies that have captivated audiences for decades. Tamil horror movies have left an indelible mark on the genre, from hair-raising tales of supernatural entities to psychological thrillers that keep us on the edge.
This article delves into the world of fear and suspense as we present a meticulously curated list of the best Tamil horror movies ever. Whether you are a die-hard fan or new to this genre, prepare for a thrilling journey through unforgettable cinematic experiences. So grab your popcorn and dim the lights as we explore these exceptional gems that have shaped Tamil cinema’s frightful legacy.

Best Tamil Horror Movies of All Time List

No. Movie Title
1 Devi 2
2 Aatma 2
3 Pathimoonam Number Veedu
4 Kanchana 2 (Ganga Muni 3)
5 Mohini
6 Chitram Bhalare Vichitram
7 Damayanti
8 Pisasu
9 Maya
10 Demonte Colony
11 Aval (The House Next Door)
12 Pizza
13 Eeram
14 Shivalinga
15 Karungaapiyam
16 Aranmanai 3
17 Connect
18 Cinderella
19 DD Returns
20 Petromax

1. Devi 2

A. L. Vijay co-wrote and directed the 2019 Indian Tamil-language comedy horror film Devi 2 (stylized as Devi+2). It is a continuation of the 2016 film Devi. In addition to Nandita Swetha and Dimple Hayathi, Prabhu Deva and Tamannaah reprise their roles from the previous film.

Devi 2

.The film marked Dimple’s debut in Tamil cinema. Kovai Sarala, Ajmal Ameer, RJ Balaji, and Saptagiri play supporting roles. Actress 2 was simultaneously filmed in Telugu under the title Abhinetri 2.

2. Aatma 2

Ravi Babu penned, directed, and produced the 2015 Indian Telugu horror thriller film Avunu 2. The film is a sequel to the 2012 film Avunu and stars Poorna and Harshvardhan Rane reprising their roles from the original alongside new cast members Sanjjanaa and Nikita Thukral. The narrative immediately follows the events of Avunu.

Aatma 2

3. Pathimoonam Number Veedu

Pathimoonam Number Veedu is Indian horror movie which is also known as 13am Number Veedu. The movie is directed by Baby and produced by Asha Creation. The star-cast of the movie are Nizhalgal Ravi, Sadhana and Lalitha Kumari who are in the lead role.

The movie was released on 15 June 1990 and became a blockbuster hit. Later, the movie was remade in Hindi as House No. 13 in 1991 and the movie was directed by Baby.

Pathimoonam Number Veedu

4. Kanchana 2 (Ganga Muni 3)

Directed by Raghava Lawrence, this film is a comedy horror that revolves around a man who gets possessed by the spirit of a transgender woman seeking revenge.

Kanchana 2

5. Mohini

Mohini is a 2018 supernatural horror film in Tamil, written and directed by Ramana Madhesh and starring Trisha and Jackky Bhagnani. The film’s production, which was shot primarily in London, began in June 2016.


6. Chitram Bhalare Vichitram

Chitram Bhalare Chitram Bhalare Vichitram is a film in the Telugu language that came out on January 1, 2016. Chandini Tamilarasan and Manoj Nandam played the leading roles in the movie, which Bhanu Prakash directed.

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7. Damayanti

Navarasan wrote and directed the 2019 Kannada film Damayanthi, a comedy horror movie based on a story. The movie has the same name in Tamil and Malayalam and is called Samharini in Telugu. The movie is made by Sri Lakshmi Vrushadhri Productions and is said to be a mythological horror-comedy.


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8. Pisasu

Directed by Mysskin, this supernatural horror film follows the story of a violinist who encounters the spirit of a deceased girl and tries to help her find peace.


9. Maya

Directed by Ashwin Saravanan, this psychological horror film explores the life of a woman haunted by a spirit in her new apartment.


10. Demonte Colony

Directed by Ajay Gnanamuthu, this film is inspired by real events and revolves around four friends who enter a haunted bungalow and encounter terrifying experiences.

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11. Aval (The House Next Door)

Directed by Milind Rau, this horror-thriller is about a neurosurgeon and his family facing supernatural occurrences in their new house.


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12. Pizza

Directed by Karthik Subbaraj, this horror film follows the life of a pizza delivery boy who gets trapped in a haunted house.


13. Eeram

Directed by Arivazhagan, this horror mystery revolves around a series of mysterious deaths and a cop’s investigation into the incidents.


14. Shivalinga

Directed by P. Vasu, this horror-comedy movie is about a CID officer investigating a murder that leads him to unravel supernatural occurrences.


15. Karungaapiyam

Deekay wrote and directed the 2023 Indian Tamil horror thriller Karungaapiyam, which means “Black Novel.”[1] It stars Kajal Aggarwal, Regina Cassandra, Janani, and Raiza Wilson.


Noyrika Bhatheja, Kalaiyarasan, Yogi Babu, Karunakaran, Lollu Sabha Manohar, John Vijay, Sha Ra, Aadhav Kannadasan, TSK, and Shelin Seth also have small parts. The movie came out on May 19, 2023. Sundar C. has written and directed the 2021

16. Aranmanai 3

Indian Tamil-language comedy horror movie Aranmanai 3. Stars like Sundar C, Arya, Raashii Khanna, and Andrea Jeremiah are in the film, along with Sakshi Agarwal, Myna Nandhini, Yogi Babu, Nalini, Manobala, Sampath Raj, Baby Ovi Bhandnarkar, Vincent Asokan, Madhusudhan Rao, and Vela Ramamoorthy in important roles.

Aranmanai 3

17. Connect

Connect is a magical horror movie in Tamil from 2022 that stars Nayanthara, Sathyaraj, Anupam Kher, and Vinay Rai. It was directed by Ashwin Saravanan and produced by Vignesh Shivan for Rowdy Pictures.


After Maya, this is the second time Saravanan and Nayanthara have worked together on a movie. Prithvi Chandrasekhar wrote the music that played in the background. Kher is also back in Tamil movies after a long time away.

18. Cinderella

Cinderella is an Indian horror movie in Tamil that will be released in 2021. It will be Vinoo Venketesh’s first movie as a director, and it will be made by SSi Productions. Raai Laxmi plays the title part in the film, with Sakshi Agarwal and Anbu Thasan in the lead roles.


Aswamithra wrote the music for the movie.[3] The primary filming for the movie began in October 2018. The movie came out on September 24, 2021. The movie got mixed to good reviews but was still a failure.

19. DD Returns

Prem Anand S wrote and directed the 2023 Tamil comedy-horror film DD Returns. Santhanam and Surabhi play the main characters, and Redin Kingsley, Maran, Pradeep Rawat, Rajendran, Ramdoss, and many others play supporting parts. Dipak Kumar Padhy was in charge of the film’s photography, and N. B. Srikanth was in charge of the film’s editing.

DD Returns

Durai wrote all of the songs in the movie. OfRo did the music for the songs, and Daniel B. George did the music for the background. C. Ramesh Kumar made this movie through his company, RK Entertainment. Filming took place in Chennai and Pondicherry. The principal filming started on February 21, 2023, and ended on May 15, 2023.

20. Petromax

The 2019 Indian horror comedy Petromax is in Tamil and directed by Rohin Venkatesan. Passion Studios made it. Tamannaah, Prem, Yogi Babu, Ramdoss, Kaali Venkat, Sathyan, and TSK were all in the movie. This movie is a copy of the Telugu movie Anando Brahma, and reviews were mixed when it first came out.



In conclusion, Tamil cinema has produced some truly exceptional horror movies that have left audiences on the edge of their seats. From supernatural entities to psychological thrillers, these films have successfully explored various sub-genres within the horror genre.
The list above showcases the best Tamil horror movies of all time, each offering viewers a unique and spine-chilling experience. Whether you are a fan of the genre or simply looking to delve into Tamil horror cinema, these films are an excellent place to start. So grab some popcorn, turn off the lights, and prepare yourself for a thrilling ride through the scariest Tamil movies ever!


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