Telephone Horror

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Horror movies featuring a telephone theme

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1. When Michael Calls (1972 TV Movie)

73 min | Horror, Thriller

A woman begins receiving ominous phone calls from her nephew who died 15 years earlier. With each phone call, a family member dies. Will she be the next in line?

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Ben Gazzara, Elizabeth Ashley, Michael Douglas, Al Waxman

Votes: 673

2. Black Christmas (1974)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

65 Metascore

During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

Votes: 30,358 | Gross: $4.05M

3. Scream (1996)

R | 111 min | Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Skeet Ulrich

Votes: 271,290 | Gross: $103.05M

4. Murder by Phone (1982)

R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller, Mystery

A disgruntled phone company employee develops a device whereby those answering a phone can be murdered, and it's up to Nat Bridger to stop the killer.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Richard Chamberlain, John Houseman, Sara Botsford, Robin Gammell

Votes: 619

5. Are You in the House Alone? (1978 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A teenage girl is harassed by a stalker who torments her with threatening notes and phone calls.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Kathleen Beller, Blythe Danner, Tony Bill, Robin Mattson

Votes: 815

6. Cell (I) (2016)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama, Horror

38 Metascore

When a mysterious cell phone signal causes apocalyptic chaos, an artist is determined to reunite with his young son in New England.

Director: Tod Williams | Stars: John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, Isabelle Fuhrman, Clark Sarullo

Votes: 23,393

7. When a Stranger Calls (2006)

PG-13 | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

27 Metascore

During a babysitting gig, a high-school student is harassed by an increasingly threatening prank caller.

Director: Simon West | Stars: Camilla Belle, Tommy Flanagan, Katie Cassidy, Tessa Thompson

Votes: 41,296 | Gross: $47.86M

8. When a Stranger Calls (1979)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

58 Metascore

A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.

Director: Fred Walton | Stars: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rutanya Alda, Carmen Argenziano

Votes: 8,828 | Gross: $21.41M

9. When a Stranger Calls Back (1993 TV Movie)

R | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young babysitter, all alone in the house with two children asleep above, is bothered by a stranger. Unfortunately, the phone's dead...

Director: Fred Walton | Stars: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Jill Schoelen, Gene Lythgow

Votes: 2,678

10. Phone (2002)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Investigative reporter Ji-won begins to receive a series of menacing calls. To escape the terrifying and relentless clanging of the telephone, she changes her number and moves out. But the threatening campaign of terror continues unabated.

Director: Byeong-ki Ahn | Stars: Ji-won Ha, Yu-mi Kim, Woo-jae Choi, Ji-yeon Choi

Votes: 4,767

11. Phone Booth (2002)

R | 81 min | Crime, Thriller

56 Metascore

Publicist Stuart Shepard finds himself trapped in a phone booth, pinned down by an extortionist's sniper rifle. Unable to leave or receive outside help, Stuart's negotiation with the caller leads to a jaw-dropping climax.

Director: Joel Schumacher | Stars: Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, Radha Mitchell

Votes: 242,281 | Gross: $46.57M

12. 976-EVIL (1988)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Horror

People who dial 976-EVIL receive supernatural powers and turn into satanic killers.

Director: Robert Englund | Stars: Stephen Geoffreys, Patrick O'Bryan, Sandy Dennis, Jim Metzler

Votes: 4,453 | Gross: $2.96M

13. 976-Evil II (1991)

R | 93 min | Horror

A seemingly harmless telephone service endows an evil teacher with powers from beyond the grave

Director: Jim Wynorski | Stars: Debbie James, René Assa, Patrick O'Bryan, Philip McKeon

Votes: 1,422

14. The Ring (2002)

PG-13 | 115 min | Horror, Mystery

57 Metascore

A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone one week to the day after they view it.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox, David Dorfman

Votes: 307,508 | Gross: $129.13M

15. The Ring Two (2005)

PG-13 | 110 min | Horror, Mystery

44 Metascore

6 months after the incidents involving the lethal videotape, new clues prove that there is a new evil lurking in the darkness.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Naomi Watts, David Dorfman, Sissy Spacek, Simon Baker

Votes: 88,483 | Gross: $76.23M

16. Ringu (1998)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Mystery

A reporter and her ex-husband investigate a cursed video tape that is rumored to kill the viewer seven days after watching it.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Nanako Matsushima, Miki Nakatani, Yûko Takeuchi, Hitomi Satô

Votes: 60,462

17. Ringu 2 (1999)

Not Rated | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Reiko takes Yoichi into hiding when her son begins to display frightening powers. Meanwhile, Mai Takano and the authorities begin a desperate search for them, as the mysterious Ring curse spreads...

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Miki Nakatani, Hitomi Satô, Kyoko Fukada, Fumiyo Kohinata

Votes: 11,908

18. Pulse (I) (2006)

PG-13 | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

27 Metascore

When their computer hacker friend accidentally channels a mysterious wireless signal, a group of co-eds rally to stop a terrifying evil from taking over the world.

Director: Jim Sonzero | Stars: Kristen Bell, Rick Gonzalez, Christina Milian, Ian Somerhalder

Votes: 27,473 | Gross: $20.26M

19. Pulse (2001)

R | 119 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

70 Metascore

Two groups of people discover evidence that suggests spirits may be trying to invade the human world through the Internet.

Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa | Stars: Haruhiko Katô, Kumiko Asô, Koyuki, Kurume Arisaka

Votes: 15,295 | Gross: $0.05M

20. Bedeviled (2016)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

Five friends are terrorized by a supernatural entity after downloading a mysterious app.

Directors: Abel Vang, Burlee Vang | Stars: Saxon Sharbino, Mitchell Edwards, Brandon Soo Hoo, Victory Van Tuyl

Votes: 2,621

21. One Missed Call (2008)

PG-13 | 87 min | Horror, Mystery

24 Metascore

Several people start receiving voice-mails from their future selves - messages which include the date, time, and some of the details of their deaths.

Director: Eric Valette | Stars: Edward Burns, Shannyn Sossamon, Ana Claudia Talancón, Ray Wise

Votes: 30,079 | Gross: $26.88M

22. One Missed Call (2003)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery

54 Metascore

People mysteriously start receiving voicemail messages from their future selves, foretelling their deaths.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Ko Shibasaki, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi, Kazue Fukiishi, Anna Nagata

Votes: 16,118

23. One Missed Call 3: Final (2006)

Not Rated | 109 min | Horror

The timid, young Asuka is bullied by her classmates. When they embark on a class field trip to Korea, Asuka plans revenge by sending them a cursed phone message they can either pass on or ... See full summary »

Director: Manabu Asô | Stars: Maki Horikita, Meisa Kuroki, Keun-Suk Jang, Erika Asakura

Votes: 1,645

24. One Missed Call 2 (2005)

R | 105 min | Horror, Mystery

A Japanese restaurant cook/owner dies after answering his daughter's cellphone. Other people are getting strange, same ringtone calls as well and dying painfully. It happened in Taiwan as well. Can the police stop it if it's a ghost?

Director: Renpei Tsukamoto | Stars: Rie Mimura, Hisashi Yoshizawa, Renji Ishibashi, Haruko Wanibuchi

Votes: 2,877

25. Spiral (1998)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A young pathologist seeks answers to the mysterious death of a friend and soon comes into contact with the same cursed videotape that caused the death of the friend's wife and son, which is haunted by the curse of Sadako, a relentless spirit.

Director: Jôji Iida | Stars: Kôichi Satô, Miki Nakatani, Hinako Saeki, Shingo Tsurumi

Votes: 2,709

26. Ringu 0 (2000)

Not Rated | 99 min | Horror, Thriller

In this prequel to Ring, a young Sadako becomes an actress in hopes of escaping her troubled past. But strange visions and terrifying powers begin to manifest...

Director: Norio Tsuruta | Stars: Yukie Nakama, Seiichi Tanabe, Kumiko Asô, Takeshi Wakamatsu

Votes: 7,963

27. Sadako 3D (2012)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

The spiteful ghost of Sadako, a murdered woman whose body was thrown down a well, reaches Internet searching for a host in order to live once again.

Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa | Stars: Satomi Ishihara, Kôji Seto, Ryôsei Tayama, Tsutomu Takahashi

Votes: 1,309

28. Sadako 2 3D (2013)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

Fuko Ando (Miori Takimoto) is a 24-years-old graduate student in psychology. She is tasked to take care of her 4-year-old niece. Soon, mysterious events occur around her niece. She then ... See full summary »

Director: Tsutomu Hanabusa | Stars: Miori Takimoto, Kôji Seto, Kokoro Hirasawa, Satomi Ishihara

Votes: 525

29. Sadako vs. Kayako (2016)

Not Rated | 98 min | Horror

The vengeful spirits of the Ring and Grudge series face off.

Director: Kôji Shiraishi | Stars: Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Aimi Satsukawa, Misato Tanaka

Votes: 2,469

30. The Ring Virus (1999)

Not Rated | 108 min | Horror

After the mysterious death of her niece and other three teenagers on the same hour and with the symptoms of heart attack, the journalist Sun-ju decides to investigate their last moments. ... See full summary »

Director: Dong-bin Kim | Stars: Eun-Kyung Shin, Seung-Hyun Lee, Jin-young Jung, Chang-wan Kim

Votes: 2,036

31. Ring: The Final Chapter (1999– )

54 min | Horror

Asakawa is a journalist. He is witness to the strange death of a biker. Later this day, he learned that his niece Tomoko died suddenly of heart failure at the same time as the biker .So, he... See full summary »

Stars: Toshirô Yanagiba, Tomoya Nagase, Kotomi Kyôno, Akiko Yada

Votes: 115

32. Ringu (1995 TV Movie)

110 min | Horror, Mystery

In different parts of Tokyo, four young and seemingly healthy people suddenly die of heart failure at exactly the same moment. Reporter Kazuyuki Asakawa decides to investigate the deaths, ... See full summary »

Director: Chisui Takigawa | Stars: Katsunori Takahashi, Ayane Miura, Mai Tachihara, Maha Hamada

Votes: 259

33. End Call (2008)

94 min | Horror

The Devil has a phone number, and if you call him on your mobile phone at midnight, he will grant your wish. In return however, he will control your life for the duration of the call.

Director: Kiyoshi Yamamoto | Stars: Yuria Haga, Asami Usuda, Tasuku Nagaoka, Rina Matsuki

Votes: 197

34. Unfriended (2014)

R | 83 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

59 Metascore

A group of online chat room friends find themselves haunted by a mysterious, supernatural force using the account of their dead friend.

Director: Levan Gabriadze | Stars: Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Hennig

Votes: 64,593 | Gross: $32.48M

35. Unfriended: Dark Web (2018)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

53 Metascore

A teen comes into possession of a new laptop and soon discovers that the previous owner is not only watching him, but will also do anything to get it back.

Director: Stephen Susco | Stars: Colin Woodell, Stephanie Nogueras, Betty Gabriel, Rebecca Rittenhouse

Votes: 17,915 | Gross: $8.78M

36. Disconnected (1984)

Unrated | 82 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Alicia has started getting these very noisy, and disturbing phone calls. The question is, are they real, or is it all in her head?

Director: Gorman Bechard | Stars: Frances Raines, Mark Walker, Carl Koch, Professor Morono

Votes: 330

37. Dead Tone (2007)

R | 100 min | Horror, Thriller

Finals at the prestigious University of Dreyskill are finally over and it's time to party. "The Crew", as they are known by their peers and dorm mates, are invited to a rich classmate's ... See full summary »

Directors: Brian Hooks, Deon Taylor | Stars: Rutger Hauer, Gwendoline Yeo, Antwon Tanner, Brian Hooks

Votes: 2,727

38. App (2013)

Not Rated | 75 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

A young psychology student is drawn into the dark and fearful world of a diabolic and mysterious App that starts to terrorize her, distributing compromising photographs, videos and text ... See full summary »

Director: Bobby Boermans | Stars: Hannah Hoekstra, Isis Cabolet, Robert de Hoog, Mark van Eeuwen

Votes: 2,352

39. Midnight FM (2010)

Not Rated | 106 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Sun-young, a popular radio host, decides to quit her job to take care of her ill-daughter. But, the last day of her job turns nightmarish when a murderer takes her family hostage.

Director: Sang Man Kim | Stars: Soo Ae, Ji-Tae Yoo, Joon-Ha Lee, Dong-seok Ma

Votes: 2,111

40. Last Shift (I) (2014)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A rookie cop's 1st shift alone in the last night of a closing police station turns into a living nightmare.

Director: Anthony DiBlasi | Stars: Juliana Harkavy, Joshua Mikel, Hank Stone, J. LaRose

Votes: 15,617

41. Southbound (2015)

R | 89 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

58 Metascore

Five interlocking tales of terror follow the fates of a group of weary travellers who confront their worst nightmares - and darkest secrets - over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway.

Directors: Roxanne Benjamin, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, Tyler Gillett, Patrick Horvath, Justin Martinez, Radio Silence, Chad Villella | Stars: Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Kristina Pesic, Fabianne Therese

Votes: 15,272 | Gross: $0.01M

42. The Caller (2011)

R | 92 min | Thriller

A young divorcee is getting her life back together by moving into an apartment. But what will she do when a strange person repeatedly calls her, and threatens to change her new life around?

Director: Matthew Parkhill | Stars: Rachelle Lefevre, Stephen Moyer, Lorna Raver, Ed Quinn

Votes: 10,155

43. Don't Answer the Phone! (1980)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

A deeply disturbed Vietnam veteran terrorizes the young women of Los Angeles and taunts a radio psychologist with descriptions of his grisly crimes.

Director: Robert Hammer | Stars: James Westmoreland, Ben Frank, Flo Lawrence, Nicholas Worth

Votes: 1,565

44. Black Sabbath (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

82 Metascore

Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a vampire-like monster who preys on his family, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Michèle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Boris Karloff, Mark Damon

Votes: 9,570

45. Play Misty for Me (1971)

R | 102 min | Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

The life of a disc jockey is turned upside down after a romantic encounter with an obsessed fan.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills, John Larch

Votes: 24,073 | Gross: $11.80M

46. New Year's Evil (1980)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller