From the captivating streets of Glasgow to the haunted closes of Edinburgh, Scotland has seen a number of famous horror movies filmed on its ancient land. With an abundance of historic buildings, stunning vistas of Scottish nature and plenty of atmospheric opportunities, it’s no surprise our bonnie country was chosen for these scary films. So, let’s have a look at some famous horror movies that were filmed in Scotland.
1. Under The Skin
Filmed in 2013, Under The Skin stars Scarlet Johansson as an alien, roaming the streets of Glasgow, a nightclub in Livingston, as well as showing a castle in East Lothian. The budget British independent film was directed by Jonathan Glazer, and proved to be one of the most unearthly films out there with the help of the Scottish backdrop.
Matriarch is a pretty disturbing horror movie from 2018 filmed in the Balfron area, near Stirling. River City star Scott Vickers directed and acted in the film, following a couple after a car crash, who encounter a family with a dark secret.
3. Shallow Grave
The 1994 film stars Ewan McGregor and was shot mostly in Glasgow, but Paisley and Edinburgh made an appearance as well. What is more, it was the debut of Danny Boyle as a director.
4. The Descent
The Descent was directed by Neil Marshall and originally set in North America. However, the real shooting locations were Perth and Kinross. The horror movie is truly terrifying, and it was one of Scotland born actor Shauna Macdonald’s best.
5. The Wicker Man
This one’s a real horror movie classic from 1973, and it was, of course, filmed in Scotland. The many filming locations were Gatehouse of Fleet, Newton Stewart, Kirkcudbright, Anwoth and Creetown in Galloway as well as Plockton in the Highlands.