The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies represents a complete transformation of J.R.R. Tolkien's stand-alone children's tale into an appropriately dark prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. It's a potent mix, as heroic characters must engage the forces of evil on an epic scale.
The world of fantasy offers horror filmmakers a rich mine to tap into, most often by incorporating fantastical elements into real-world scenarios. That introduces a creepy, unsettling atmosphere. We've collected a handful of terrifying trailers for horror fantasy movies; see if you can watch them all without turning on the lights!
Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)
After surviving a horrifying encounter with a witch in their childhood, grownup Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and his sister Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have made it their mission in life to track down and kill witches. But they are about to face their greatest challenge yet.
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
What if Santa Claus exists, but instead of being a jolly old father figure, he's actually a mean and nasty villain? The inhabitants of a small town in Finland must wrestle with that question, which becomes more urgent when the local crime rate suddenly increases.
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Aiming for a promotion at the bank where she works, Alison Lohman goes against her instincts and is placed under a curse by an elderly woman who looks like she belongs to another world. At first it seems like a bad joke, but the loan officer quickly learns that her fantastical nightmares may soon be coming true.
With her parents preoccupied after a cross-country move, a young girl stumbles upon an alternate world that is much more appealing than her own. But all is not what it seems, and soon Coraline is trapped in a dark universe of nightmares.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
A young girl in Spain must deal with the horrors of war, not to mention her intimidating new stepfather. A possible escape is offered when she discovers a hidden world of fantastic creatures. Is it real, or is it her imagination?