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13 Graveyard Horror Movies That’ll Make You Fear Cemeteries!

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6. House by the Cemetery (1981)

When a family moves to a New England mansion, they’re unaware of the home’s dark history and the malevolent presence lurking nearby. With the neighboring graveyard holding secrets of its own, Lucio Fulci crafts a tale that’s as eerie as it is enigmatic.

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Orion Pictures

5. The Return of the Living Dead (1985)

A canister leak at a medical supply warehouse brings the dead back to life, leading to a night of punk rock, chaos, and brain-hungry zombies. The graveyard isn’t just a backdrop; it’s where the undead party truly kicks off.

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Touchstone Pictures

4. My Boyfriend’s Back (1993)

Teenager Johnny Dingle will do anything to win the heart of his crush, even come back from the dead. This dark comedy brings a fresh twist to the zombie genre, with Johnny trying to navigate high school life (and love) while decomposing. The graveyard here serves as both his exit and re-entry into the world of the living.

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cemetery man 1994
October Films

3. Cemetery Man (1994)

Francesco Dellamorte’s job is unique, to say the least. As the caretaker of a cemetery where the dead rise after seven days, he’s tasked with ensuring they’re “dead-dead.” This surreal, darkly comedic tale is as much a reflection on life and love as it is a zombie flick.

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2. Pet Sematary (1989)

Dr. Louis Creed relocates his family to Maine, only to discover a mysterious burial ground with resurrection powers. When tragedy strikes, he’s tempted by the cemetery’s dark promise, leading to dire consequences. Stephen King’s chilling tale reminds us that sometimes, dead is better.

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1. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

George A. Romero’s genre-defining classic is the epitome of graveyard horror. As the dead rise and society collapses, a group of survivors barricades themselves in a farmhouse. The film’s opening, set in a cemetery with the iconic line, “They’re coming to get you, Barbara,” sets the tone for the zombie apocalypse that follows.

In wrapping up our moonlit journey, it’s clear that graveyards offer more than just a final resting place. They’re a treasure trove of tales, teeming with the undead, the supernatural, and the unknown. So, dear Nightmare on Film Street Fiends, the next time you pass by a graveyard, remember the cinematic scares it has inspired and cherish the chills it brings. Until our next spooky soiree, keep those tombstones tidy and the ghouls at bay!

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