Top 10 Creepy Video Games for True Horror Fans

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Caitlin Johnson
There are a lot of bad video games based on movies, but when horror video games get inspired by movies, we end up with some of the best games we've ever played. So check out or picks for the best horror games that draw the most inspiration from classic horror movies.

Written by Caitlin Johnson
Top 10 CREEPY Video Games for True Horror Movie Fans

Fully immerse yourself in these horrifying classics. Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 creepy video games for true horror movie fans.

For this list, we’re looking at games which are paying clear homage to iconic horror films or borrow from horror movie tropes to make themselves truly terrifying.

#10: “Soma” (2015)

It’s not the first game to mine the untapped depths of the ocean to terrify players, but it does tackle the horrors of the water in a truly unique way. The main villains are not unobserved sea monsters but confused and often hostile AI-human hybrids. Despite being gameplay-lite and dialogue-heavy, this game will have you drowning in existential dread from the get-go as you – like Simon – struggle to reconcile psychological humanity with the reality that humanity as we know it is gone. The derelict base of Pathos-II makes for immersive horror at its finest, and the sense of desperation to save what remains keeps you hooked to the bittersweet conclusion.

#9: “Amnesia: The Dark Descent” (2010)

The previous game from “Soma” developers Frictional Games, while not as streamlined as its successor, Amnesia is responsible for putting Frictional on the map. Revamping the celebrated sanity meter which debuted in “Eternal Darkness” eight years earlier, “Amnesia” made waves as players take on the role of a mysterious protagonist trapped in a haunted castle. This atmospheric horror was praised for its eerie sound design and hideous monsters, and with no weapons with which to fight back it makes for a highly cinematic gaming experience any film buff will love.

#8: “Dead Space” (2008)

As one of the best franchises released for the seventh generations of consoles, “Dead Space” scared gamers for years until the studio closed down. The first game in the series is nothing less than the best of the survival horror genre and captures the terror of outer space perfectly. Engineer Isaac Clarke investigates the stranded USG Ishimura and battles all manner of cosmic horrors, slowly driven insane by the many violent encounters as the narrative unfolds. With outstanding gameplay and equally acclaimed story, it’s hard to find somebody who won’t enjoy it.

#7: “The Evil Within” (2013)

After a brief lapse in the genre, “The Evil Within” almost single-handedly rebooted survival horror. While it does have fun and exciting gameplay, the fact the whole game is viewed through a wide-screen box really makes you feel as though you’re watching a big-budget movie. Detective thriller, slasher flick, psychological horror – it’s all of these things and more, and its 2017 sequel received just as much critical acclaim. If you want to be scared out of your mind, literally, then this game is something you cannot afford to miss.

#6: “BioShock” (2007)

The BioShock series is not only horrifying, but boasts one of the most fascinating stories and some truly engaging gameplay. Rapture’s flooded corridors, retro aesthetics, and drug-addled, maniacal Splicers have tormented gamers for years. There was even a movie in the works at one point, cancelled less than two months before shooting began. While we can’t say for sure whether the movie would actually have been any good, if you want to experience this classic’s iconic environment and gripping narrative today you’ll have to go out and play it. Luckily, it’s worth every frightening minute.

#5: “P.T.” (2014)

It may be little more than a demo, but you can’t ignore the collaboration of Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro, two of the most ingenious writers working today. The promise of “P.T.” and “Silent Hills” was huge, and while they were never delivered upon thanks to behind-the-scenes problems with Konami, the brief and enigmatic “playable teaser” chilled everyone to the bone when it appeared on the PlayStation Store. However, fans of “P.T.” should not worry, as the upcoming “Death Stranding” reunites Kojima, del Toro, and much-loved actor Norman Reedus in what will surely be an outstanding game.

#4: “Dead by Daylight” (2016)

If you’re looking for a heavy horror homage then “Dead by Daylight” has you covered. An asymmetrical multiplayer game, players take on the role of a group of survivors and one brutal killer. The maze-like, procedurally-generated maps stop anybody from being able to exploit the game too much, and more than most other entries on this list you really get a sense of the fight for survival thanks to the co-op. It also includes killers from the most famous horror franchises of all time, meaning you could be running and hiding from the likes of Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers, to name a few.

#3: “Resident Evil 7: Biohazard” (2017)

While it may be a fresh take on one of gaming’s longest series, the crazy, cannibal family and chainsaw boss-fight will be familiar to any horror connoisseur. The grotesque and plentiful violence afforded by the characters’ regenerative abilities reflects the way that Leatherface just won’t die, opening up the doors for seemingly-endless “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” sequels. Whether you think “Resident Evil 7” is a good entry in the series or not, its opening stages are everything you could possibly want from a modern survival horror game.

#2: “Until Dawn” (2015)

Half a dozen teenagers get trapped in cabin at the top of a snowy mountain while a “Saw” esque maniac threatens to pick them off one-by-one. “Until Dawn” has clichés abound and often plays more like an interactive movie than a video game – which is exactly why horror film fans will love it to death. But it has a dark and disturbing twist half-way down the line as we’re introduced to the wendigo, a folkloric monster rarely seen in popular culture. This means that while it’s certainly awash with all the genre staples we’ve seen before, there’s enough originality to keep even the most cynical people engaged.

#1: “Alien: Isolation” (2014)

There’s no argument that Ridley Scott’s 1979 blockbuster “Alien” is a cinematic masterpiece, but up until 2014 no game had managed to properly capture the franchise. “Alien: Isolation” has everything that made the movie so good – an awesome female protagonist, the terror of the unbeatable xenomorph, those creepy androids, and more 80’s nostalgia than you can shake a stick at. If you’re a fan of the movies but, like many people, think that the recent “Prometheus” and “Covenant” haven’t lived up to the originals, then you’ll definitely want to check out “Isolation” to satisfy all your “Alien” needs.