Haunted Realms: Exploring the Best South Indian Horror Movies of 2024

Welcome to the spine-chilling world of South Indian cinema, where horror meets imagination in a terrifying blend of supernatural thrills. In our curated list, we unveil the top 21 South Indian horror movies of 2024, promising an immersive journey into the realms of fear and suspense.

From haunted houses to vengeful spirits, these films showcase the best of the genre, captivating audiences with their eerie atmospheres and hair-raising scares.

Join us as we unravel the mysteries and horrors lurking in the shadows, exploring the dark depths of South Indian cinema’s supernatural landscape. Brace yourself for a cinematic experience like no other.

New South Indian Horror Movies List

Movie Title Release Year Main Cast Director
U-Turn (2018) 2018 Samantha Pawan Kumar
Pizza (2012) 2012 Vijay Sethu Pati Karthik Subbaraj
13B: Fear Has a New Address 2009 R Madhavan Vikram Kumar
Aranmanai (2014) 2014 Sundar C., Hansika, etc. Sundar C.
Bhaagamathie (2018) 2018 Anushka Shetty, etc. G. Ashok
Karvva (2016) 2016 Tilak, Anisha Ambrose Navaneeth
Maya (2015) 2015 Nayanthara Ashwin Saravanan
Aval (2017) 2017 Siddharth, etc. Milind Rau
Ezra (2017) 2017 Prithviraj Sukumaran, etc. Jay K.
Zero (2016) 2016 Ashwin, Shivada Shiv Mohaa
Pisaasu 2014 Naga Mysskin
Kumari 2022 Aishwarya Lakshmi Pramod Mohan
Arundhati 2009 Anushka Shetty Kodi Ramakrishna
Kanchana 2011 Raghava Lawrence, etc. Raghava Lawrence
Kantara 2022 Rishab Shetty Rishab Shetty
Virupaksha 2023
Devil Hunters 2024 Prajith Raveendran, Ramya M. Prajith Raveendran
Chaarulatha Not specified Priyamani
Bhinna Not specified Paayal Radhakrishna
Devil 2024 Aathityaa
Asvins 2023 Vasanth Ravi, Vimala Raman, Muralidaran, Saraswathi Menon, Udhaya Deep, Simran Pareek Tarun Teja

1. U-Turn (2018)


U-Turn is a 2018 suspense-thriller movie with a supernatural twist. Samantha plays a reporter in the main part, and the movie has a supernatural twist. In the movie, a reporter is looking into a series of highway accidents that happened at the same spot and finds herself caught up in one of the deaths. Pawan Kumar wrote and directed the movie for two hours and eight minutes. You can also watch the movie on Amazon Prime Video and MX player.

2. Pizza (2012)


Pizza is a horror thriller about a delivery boy who lives with a writer of ghost stories and delivers food to a strange bungalow. The plot of the movie is about the scary thing that happens inside the house and a twist that will surely give you goosebumps. Vijay Sethu Pati, a South Indian superstar, is in the lead part. Bobby Simha and Remya Nambeesan are also in it. Karthik Subbaraj makes the movie and is part of a series. 

3. 13B: Fear Has a New Address (2009)


13B: Fear Has a New Address is a cult horror movie with R Madhavan as the main character, Manohar. In the movie, he and his family move into a new apartment on the thirteenth floor of a building. Soon, a spirit starts to talk to the family through the TV, putting their lives in danger. Vikram Kumar directed the movie, which came out simultaneously in Tamil and Hindi. Since then, fans of the genre have given it a special place in their hearts. It’s available on Disney Plus Hotstar.

4. Aranmanai (2014)


Aranmanai is the first movie in a series of scary movies called Rajmahal. In the movie, a family moves into a big house, only to find that it has been cursed and is haunted by evil spirits. It lasts two hours, and Sundar C. Sundar C, Vinay Rai, Hansika, Raai Laxmi, Andrea Jeremiah, Santhanam, Soori, and Kovai Sarala are all in the movie. It is also available to watch on Disney Plus Hotstar.

5. Bhaagamathie (2018)


The horror thriller Bhaagamathie came out in 2018 and stars Anushka Shetty, Jayaram, Murli, and Dhanraj. The movie is about an IAS officer who is put in a haunted house to be questioned and is later taken over by the spirit of a ghost who wants payback. The movie runs for a total of two hours and eighteen minutes. It’s available on Disney Plus Hotstar.

6. Karvva (2016)


What happens when a bloodthirsty ghost tries to get the payback she’s been waiting for? For starters, you get a mix of a scary and exciting revenge story that could make even the toughest person cry. Karvva is a horror thriller about a ghost wanting to get what’s rightfully his. Navaneeth directed it. The movie is one hour and forty-eight minutes long and stars Tilak, Devraj, RJ Rohith, Anisha Ambrose, and Vijay Chendur. Voot is where you can watch the movie.

7. Maya (2015)

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The neo-noir horror film in Tamil Maya is about a single mother who works in small-scale advertisements to make a living. The movie then shows a terrible thing that happened in her life that led to the deaths of her friends and coworkers. Ashwin Saravanan controls the movie, and Nayanthara plays the main part. Jio Cinema is where you can watch the scary movie.

8. Aval (2017)


The term “Aval,” which is in the Tamil language, roughly means “the house next door.” The movie goes back and forth in time to show the scary things inside a house in the area, which are connected to a horrible secret. The scary thriller runs for two hours, and Milind Rau controls it. Jio Theatre lets you watch it online.

9. Ezra (2017)


Ezra is a 2017 Malayalam film starring Prithviraj Sukumaran, Priya Anand, Ann Sheetal and Tovino Thomas. The movie is about a mysterious box whose past is full of dark spirits and strange events. It runs for two hours and twenty-seven minutes and is directed by Jay K. You can also watch it on the Disney Plus Hotstar app.

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10. Zero (2016)


Jayakrishnan is in charge of Zero, a horror/fantasy movie. The movie is about a couple who get married against their families wishes and are taken over by a bad spirit who only wants to hurt the people they love. Ashwin and Shivada play the main couple, and Tulasi, Lintu Rony, and JD Chakravarthy also have parts.

11. Pisaasu


The 2014 movie Pisaasu, directed by the well-known Tamil filmmaker Mysskin, left a strong impression on viewers with its unique mix of horror and romance. A young violinist named Siddharth, played by Naga, sees a terrible accident one day. This is how the movie starts.

12. Kumari


The Malayalam movie Kumari from 2022 is one of the scariest movies to come out of India in recent years. A unique and well-executed premise blends the creepy familiarity of Indian myths with the scary not-knowing of classic Lovecraftian mysteries. Actress Aishwarya Lakshmi plays the main character, Lakshmi, a young woman with a lot of energy thrown into a marriage with a guy from a village far away.

13. Arundhati


Telugu-language film Arundhati is more like the usual kind of horror movie that comes out of the South Indian film industries in the area. This movie is about rebirth and powerful occult spirits. The main character is played by Anushka Shetty, who is the go-to actress for strong women in Telugu movies. Arundhati is about a feud between a famous heir to the Gadwal royal clan and a bad sorcerer who wants her. The story is written as a part of the history of the Gadwal royal clan. 14.

14. Kanchana


Kanchana is the most famous horror film series in the South Indian film industry. People all over the country love and adore it. The series fits the “horror comedy” label well, though it leans more toward the funny side than Aranamanai. Most of the time, the Kanchana movies are long and have a lot of funny bits. The idea of possession is a big part of all movies, and they often use it to tell sad stories that comment on social problems.

15. Kantara 


The year 2022 was great for Indian movies, as many of them were quickly called “iconic” and won the hearts of people all over the country. One of these movies was Kantara, which became the third highest-grossing movie of the year.

It was a huge success for the Kannada film business. Kantara, which Rishab Shetty wrote, directed, and starred in as the main character, brought attention to a cultural phenomenon called Bhoota Kola. This is a ritual dance tradition in which it is thought that local protector gods take over the bodies of its dancers.

16. Virupaksha


In the 2023 movie Virupaksha, the South Indian horror tropes of black magic and fights fought on the mystical front are shown more dramatically.

The story starts in a small town where an innocent couple is accused of using black magic and is killed by a mob, leaving a young boy without his parents.

After 12 years, strange deaths keep happening in the village, like when crows attack people by accident, or people kill themselves in horrible ways.

17. Devil Hunters

The Tamil movie Devil Hunters came out on March 15, 2024. It was directed by Prajith Raveendran and starred Prajith Raveendran, Jinson Jose, Shivaji Guruvayoor, and Biju Kuttan in the main roles. Many well-known actresses were also cast in Devil Hunters. They are Gouri Parvathy and Ramya M.

Devil Hunters

18. Chaarulatha

The plot of Chaarulatha might bother you if you haven’t seen the Thai movie Alone, which it was based on. In the movie, Priyamani plays two roles: Charu and Latha, who are joined at the hip and fall in love with the same man.

Once their mother makes up her mind to separate the girls through surgery, one of them dies. But soon, her evil spirit starts to haunt the other sister, wanting to get back at her for the love interest they both had.


19. Bhinna

Bhinna is a big deal for the Kannada film industry. Its unique story and the fact that it is the first original Kannada-language movie from an Indian streaming service make it stand out.

The main character is played by actress Paayal Radhakrishna. She is an actor named Kaveri who is very strict about the method acting style and is having a hard time fixing problems in her marriage.


She chooses to lock herself up in a vacation home and focus on getting ready for her new role when the chance comes up. She starts to work on it, though and finds that the story is a lot like her own life. The watcher is left to wonder if everything is happening in Kaveri’s head or if there is something more sinister going on.

20. Devil

The Indian Tamil-language horror movie Devil came out in 2024. It was written and directed by Aathityaa. Worstna, Vidharth, and Thrigun play the main parts in the movie. Along with Radhakrishnan and Hari, the movie was made by Maruti Films and H Pictures.


21. Asvins

Asvins is an Indian Tamil-language psychological horror movie that came out in 2023. It was written and directed by Tarun Teja, who was making his directing debut.

Vasanth Ravi and Vimala Raman play lead parts in the movie. Muralidaran, Saraswathi Menon, Udhaya Deep, and Simran Pareek play supporting roles.

It’s based on Tarun Teja’s short film of the same name. The movie came out in theaters on June 23, 2023. It did well at the box office and got mixed to positive reviews from reviewers.



As we conclude our journey through the top 16 South Indian horror movies, we’re left with a lingering sense of dread and fascination. From the spine-tingling suspense of “U-Turn” to the bone-chilling horrors of “Arundhati” and the supernatural thrills of “Kanchana,” these films have kept us on the edge of our seats.

Each movie has showcased the creativity and talent of South Indian filmmakers in crafting unforgettable tales of fear and suspense. Whether you’re a horror aficionado or a casual viewer, these movies offer a chilling escape into the world of the paranormal. Prepare to be haunted long after the credits roll.

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