Updated On: November 06, 2023 by   PTdev   PTdev  

This article tackles a list of all horror movies starting with M. The list includes top-rated horror films, thrillers and recent films that start with the letter M.

This list of 20 horror movies includes serial killer and slasher flicks, scary movies, psychological thrillers, haunted houses, urban legend and monster movies, and the top cult classic films from the horror genre.

If you are a horror movie enthusiast, this article is for you. Get your favourite drink and snack, and choose your movie to enjoy your night.

1. Manhunter (1986)

Will Graham (William L. Petersen), an F.B.I. criminal profiler, is called out of retirement early to help with a serial killer case. The killer is known as the “Tooth Fairy” (Tom Noonan). 

Prisoner serial killer Dr Hannibal Lecktor (Brian Cox), who is the reason Graham decided to retire early, is enlisted by Graham.

Soon, Graham and the F.B.I. are involved in a deadly cat-and-mouse game between Lecktor, the Tooth Fairy, and an interfering journalist (Stephen Lang).

  • Stars: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Joan Allen
  • Director: Michael Mann
  • Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Crime, Drama
  • Release Date: 22 August 1986  
  • Runtime: 1h 59m
  • Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: 93%
  • IMDB Rate: 7.2

2. Mandy (2018)

Red Miller and Mandy Bloom are outsiders who lived a loving and serene life in the Pacific Northwest in 1983. When a cult led by the cruel Jeremiah Sand brutally destroys their pine-scented retreat, Red is thrust into a phantasmagoric voyage of bloody revenge and deadly fire.

  • Stars: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache
  • Director: Panos Cosmatos
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery & Thriller
  • Release Date: 14 September 2018  
  • Runtime: 2h 1m
  • Distributor: RLJE Films
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: 90%
  • IMDB Rate: 6.5

3. Midsommar (2019)

A young American couple whose love is collapsing travels to a legendary Swedish midsummer festival. There, what at first appears to be a pastoral paradise quickly turns into a frightening, dread-filled nightmare when the inhabitants unveil their terrifying plans.

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache

  • Director: Ari Aster
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery & Thriller
  • Release Date: 30 August 2019  
  • Runtime: 2h 25m
  • Distributor: A24
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: 83%
  • IMDB Rate: 6.5

4. Man Bites Dog (1992)

A documentary team willingly engaged in Ben’s (Benoît Poelvoorde) crimes is documenting them and eventually joining him in his actions. Ben is a raging, indiscriminate serial killer. 

Ben talks indiscriminately about his line of work and randomly rambles on about things that fascinate him, like music or the problems in low-income housing. He even introduces his family to the film team. But their careless indulgences quickly catch up with them.

  • Stars: Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert, Benoît Poelvoorde, , Nelly Pappaert
  • Director: Ari Aster
  • Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
  • Release Date: Jan 15, 1992  
  • Runtime: 1h 36m
  • Distributor: Criterion Collection, Roxie Releasing
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: 74%
  • IMDB Rate: 7.4

5. My Friend Dahmer (2017)

The eerie, real account of young Jeffrey Dahmer is a quiet high school student who became an infamous serial killer.

  • Stars: Ross Lynch, Alex Wolff, Anne Heche
  • Director: Marc Meyers
  • Genre: Biography, Drama
  • Release Date: 3 November 2017   
  • Runtime: 1h 47m
  • Distributor: FilmRise
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: 86%
  • IMDB Rate: 6.2

6. Malevolent (2018)

When a brother-and-sister team accepts a job at an estate where there is actual paranormal activity, they end up with more than they anticipated.

  • Stars: Florence Pugh, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Scott Chambers
  • Director: Olaf de Fleur Johannesson
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery & Thriller
  • Release Date: 5 October 2018  
  • Runtime: 1h 28m
  • Distributor: Oct 5, 2018
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: 58%
  • IMDB Rate: 4.8

7. Mother! (2017)

A young woman lives in the country with her husband and spends her days remodelling their Victorian mansion. One night, a stranger knocks on the door and unexpectedly stays with them. 

Later, his wife and two kids also show up to extend their welcome. Fear eventually overtakes the frustrated woman as she struggles to understand why her husband seems to be so cordial and understanding to everyone else but her.

  • Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Bardem, Ed Harris
  • Director: Darren Aronofsky
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery & Thriller
  • Release Date: 15 September 2017
  • Runtime: 2h 0m
  • Distributor: Paramount Pictures
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: 58%
  • IMDB Rate: 4.8

8. Mayhem (2017)

Derek Cho is experiencing a terrible day. He learns that the building of the law firm is under quarantine for a mysterious and hazardous infection after being unfairly fired from his job. 

The disease’s victims start acting out their wildest urges, causing chaos throughout the workplace. Derek fiercely battles to reach the executives on the top floor and settle the matter once and for all, teaming up with a former client who shares his grudge.

  • Stars: Steven Yeun, Samara Weaving, Steven Brand
  • Director: Joe Lynch
  • Genre: Horror, Action
  • Release Date: 15 September 2017
  • Runtime: 1h 26m
  • Distributor: RLJE Films
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: 84%
  • IMDB Rate: 6.4

9. M.F.A. (2017)

After accidentally killing her rapist, an art student finds a rich source of creative inspiration. An unexpected vigilante arises and vows to exact revenge on college girls whose attackers fled.

  • Stars: Clifton Collins Jr., Leah McKendrick, Francesca Eastwood
  • Director: Natalia Leite
  • Genre: Mystery & Thriller
  • Release Date: 13 October 2017
  • Runtime: 1h 35m
  • Distributor: Dark Sky Films
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: 80%
  • IMDB Rate: 5.9

10. Mama (2013)

Sisters Lilly and Victoria disappear into the woods when their parents pass away. Their disappearance causes a desperate search by their Uncle Lucas (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and his fiancée, Annabel (Jessica Chastain). 

Lucas and Annabel are happy to welcome the girls into their house after they are miraculously discovered alive in a ruined cabin five years later. 

As Annabel tries to reintegrate the kids into daily life, she discovers that someone—or something—still wants to put them to bed at night.

  • Stars: Jessica Chastain, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier
  • Director: Andy Muschietti
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery & Thriller
  • Release Date: 18 January 2013
  • Runtime: 1h 40m
  • Distributor: Universal Pictures
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: 63%
  • IMDB Rate: 6.2

11. Martyrs (2008)

A young woman’s search for retribution against the individuals who abducted and tortured her as a child sends her and a friend on a harrowing trip into a terrible world of abomination. Her friend was also abused as a youngster, 

  • Stars: Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin, Morjana Alaoui
  • Director: Pascal Laugier
  • Genre: Drama, Horror
  • Release Date: 24 March 2009
  • Runtime: 1h 37m
  • Distributor: Richard Grandpierre, Simon Trottier
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: 64%
  • IMDB Rate: 7

12. Motel Hell (1980)

They own a little hotel, but Vincent Smith (Rory Calhoun) and his sister Ida (Nancy Parsons) make most of their money from a food stand. They sell famous sausages worldwide. 

Despite the pair’s years of success, the duo’s upright brother, Sheriff Bruce (Paul Linke), soon learns the horrifying truth about their lucrative enterprise: Vincent and Ida are, in fact, bulking up their hotel guests by killing, dismembering, and then grinding them into frankfurters.

  • Stars: Rory Calhoun, Paul Linke, Nancy Parsons
  • Director: Kevin Connor
  • Genre: Horror, Comedy
  • Release Date: 1 August 2006
  • Runtime: 1h 46m
  • Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: 67%
  • IMDB Rate: 6

13. Maniac (2012)

Elijah Wood plays a serial killer who pins the scalps of his victims to the antique mannequins he restores in his dead mother’s shop.

  • Stars: Elijah Wood, Nora Arnezeder, America Olivo
  • Director: Franck Khalfoun
  • Genre: Horror 
  • Release Date: 21 June 2013 
  • Runtime: 1h 29m
  • Distributor: IFC Films
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: 53%
  • IMDB Rate: 6.1

14. Mad God (2021)

Follow The Assassin as he explores a dark world filled with tortured souls, decaying bunkers, and despicable monsters created from the most primal nightmares of the subconscious. 

This eerie masterwork features meticulously hand-crafted and conventional stop-motion animated sets, creatures, and puppets. 

MAD GOD is a labour of love, a tribute to the classic form of stop-motion animation, and a testimonial to the strength of inventive grit. Activate your eyes. Get your spirit ready. Get ready to face your maker.

  • Stars: Alex Cox, Niketa Roman, Satish Ratakonda
  • Director: Phil Tippett
  • Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Animation, Adventure
  • Release Date: 16 June 2022
  • Runtime: 1h 23m
  • Distributor: R.L.J. Entertainment 
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: 93%
  • IMDB Rate: 6.8

15. Monkey Shines (1988)

Jason Beghe’s character, Allan, an athlete, has a terrible car accident and goes into quadriplegia. Allan is given a trained monkey named Ella by his buddy Geoffrey (John Pankow), who is undertaking research with monkeys, to cheer him up and keep him company.

Ella starts to let Allan’s latent wrath out and take it out on his family. So, the initially strong bond that even allowed him to fall in love with Melanie (Kate McNeil) slowly breaks down.

  • Stars: Jason Beghe, John Pankow, Kate McNeil
  • Director: George A. Romero
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Date: 29 July 1988 
  • Runtime: 1h 53m
  • Distributor: Orion Pictures, Image Entertainment Inc., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: 55%
  • IMDB Rate: 6.2

16. M.I.A. A Greater Evil (2018)

American college students set off on a gold-hunting expedition across Vietnam’s war-torn jungles. As a result of an unplanned diversion that leaves the group confused and roaming where many before them have mysteriously disappeared, their hopes swiftly end. 

They learn they are not alone after a horrific nighttime encounter. As they search for safety in the battle-ravaged jungle, tensions rise as echoes of the Vietnam War follow them.

  • Stars: Valerie Bentson, Lâm Vissay, Sarah Ball
  • Director: Abishek J. Bajaj
  • Genre: Mystery & Thriller
  • Release 10 May 2018
  • Runtime: 1h 26m
  • Distributor: Multicom Entertainment Group.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: NA
  • IMDB Rate: 3.5

17. M3GAN (2023)

The artificial intelligence marvel M3GAN is a lifelike doll designed to be both a parent’s and child’s best friend. She transforms into a companion, playmate, teacher, and protector for the child she is attached to. M3GAN can listen, watch, and learn thanks to her creator, clever toy-company roboticist Gemma (Get Out’s Allison Williams). 

Gemma is uncertain and unprepared to be a mom when she unexpectedly adopts her 8-year-old orphaned niece Cady. Gemma makes the terrible choice to link her M3GAN prototype with Cady to fix both issues while under extreme pressure at work.

  • Stars: Allison Williams, Jenna Davis(voice), Violet McGraw
  • Director: Gerard Johnstone
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery & Thriller, Sci-Fi
  • Release Date: 6 January 2023 
  • Runtime: N.A.
  • Distributor: Universal Pictures
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: NA
  • IMDB Rate: N.A.

18. Ma (2019)

A depressed middle-aged woman decides to host a party in her home’s basement after making friends with several young people. But there are some home rules: One of the kids must refrain from drinking alcohol, refrain from cursing, and never go upstairs. She must also be referred to as Ma. 

However, what started as a teenage dream quickly became a terrifying nightmare. Ma’s residence transforms from the most excellent place in town to the most horrible place on Earth as Ma’s hospitality evolves into obsession.

  • Stars: Octavia Spencer, Diana Silvers, Juliette Lewis
  • Director: Tate Taylor
  • Genre: Mystery & Thriller, Horror
  • Release Date: 31 May 2019 
  • Runtime: 1h 39m
  • Distributor: Universal Pictures
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: 55%
  • IMDB Rate: 5.6

19. Macabre (2009)

Two new weds, Astrid and Adjie, and 3 of their best friends decided to have a cross-country road trip. It is the last go to reconcile Adjie with his unfriendly little sister Ladya. 

However, their journey is unexpectedly cut short when they come upon Maya, a weird girl who appears out of nowhere and stumbles across their path. All she can say is, “I was robbed.”

The group of friends agreed to drive her to her remote home at the edge of the woods. Maya reveals her blue-blooded mother, Dara, a woman of timeless mystery and few uttered words, to Adjieher and his friends.

Dara believes a supper feast should be served in gratitude for their generosity. The six companions are imprisoned and pursued by Dara and her cult-like family of three killer protégés. They were taught to kill innocent bystanders for one sinister reason, methodically. 

At this point, the night turns into a crimson hell for them. Everybody will bleed, one by one, and the bloodiest nights have never appeared so scarlet.

  • Stars: Shareefa Daanish, Julie Estelle, Ario Bayu
  • Director: Kimo Stamboel, Timo Tjahjanto
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Date: 9 January 2017
  • Runtime: 1h 35m
  • Distributor: Golden Village Pictures
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: NA
  • IMDB Rate: 5.4

20. Madhouse (1981)

A horribly deformed escapee from a mental prison prepares to surprise her twin sister on her birthday.

  • Stars: Patricia Mickey, Michael MacRae, Dennis Robertson
  • Director: Ovidio Assonitis
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Date: 1 July 2014
  • Runtime: 1h 32m
  • Distributor: Golden Village Pictures
  • Rotten Tomatoes Rate: 24%
  • IMDB Rate: 5.5

Now you have the list of the best horror movies starting with M. Choose your movie for tonight, turn off the lights, get your favourite drink and start the horror night. 

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