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Top 18 Best Minecraft Horror Mods

Create your own horrifying Minecraft experience with these Top 18 best horror mods.

Horror and Minecraft go hand in hand. Even the base version of the game has hair-raising moments that can terrify newcomers — and send chills down the spines of experienced players. In a game that has such a huge fanbase, it’s no surprise players have made mods to make the dark caves darker and the scarier bits scarier.

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Here’s our list of the Top 18 best Minecraft horror mods that add everything from mobs and whole new biomes to mechanics like sanity.

Scariest Minecraft Horror Mods

Hardcore Dark Mod

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Have you ever thought Minecraft isn’t scary enough? Are the caves not dark enough to give you a sense of worry? The Hardcore Dark mod by Lumien231 changes things drastically, making any of the dark spaces you encounter in caves or the overworld vastly darker than before. Reduced visibility ratches up the sense of worry that plagues players curious about what could lie around the pitch-black corners. This, coupled with amplified sound from the mod, can make any normal journey through the night much more intense, especially on harder difficulties.

Sildur’s Vibrant Shader Mod

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With Sildur’s Vibrant Shader mod by SildurFX, you don’t have to stop at Hardcore Dark, and you can deepen the darkness further. This extremely customizable shader mod gives you more precision when adjusting the lighting for your Minecraft seeds. Just as in the best horror movies of all time, anything can be much more terrifying with the correct use of lighting. This mod can push your world outright to be terrifying.

Sanity Mod

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Sanity by tiffit_ is a mod that changes how the game operates depending on the level of sanity at any given moment. It’s a mechanic seen in games like Amnesia and Don’t Starve, which causes you to see demonic figments of the imagination until they become very real. The Sanity mod does a similar thing, giving you a bar that decreases as you kill certain mobs. When it gets low enough, creepy things happen, adding to the stress of managing yet another stat in Minecraft.

The Grue Mod

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This is another peak Minecraft mod that adds another horror feature seen in Don’t Starve. Players familiar with the game remember that staying out of the dark is important for survival. The same goes for this mod. Staying in the dark too long causes a monster called The Grue (by Shinoow) to appear and hunt you down mercilessly, making light sources much more of a necessity and dark spaces incredibly (and eerily) tense.

Bloodmoon Mod

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The Bloodmoon mod by Lumien231 makes mobs more aggressive and drastically increases their numbers. Not only are the mobs more terrifying, with blood-red eyes and a taste for flesh, but the tension increases because you never know when a Blood Moon will begin; there’s only a 5% chance of it appearing while you play. What’s worse is that you can’t sleep through the event, so even though walls protect you, you have to hear them moving around. It’s something that makes the hair on the back of your next stand on end. And you never know when the monsters are coming.

Eyes in the Darkness Mod

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Eyes in the Darkness by gigaherz is a Minecraft horror mod that definitely adds the chills when walking through the darkness. Every so often, orange eyes will appear, staring at you and disappearing with a child’s laughter. The eyes follow you in the night as you try to make your way to the safety of your home. Unlike the purple eyes of an Enderman, you’ll want to look into these orange eyes lest they catch you from behind.

The Legend of Herobrine Mod

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MC‘s most popular creepypasta can now haunt your overworld with this mod. You can summon the Herobrine himself by AlexMacLean and test your luck as this monster with white eyes stalks you day or night. Although you summon him, losing sight of him can make for some nasty surprises when you least expect it. Even better is when a friend summons him and then invites another to the seed.

Graveyard Mod

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The Graveyard mod by finallion_13 adds spooky biomes to Minecraft. You may come across crypts or graveyards adorned with ceremonial trees and burning candles while exploring the overworld or caves. While it’s purely cosmetic and doesn’t add any new items, it’s an addition that can enhance the Halloween feel of the game, especially around the spooky season.

Scrape and Run: Parasites Mod

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Scrape and Run: Parasites by Dhanantry is another great mod. It makes the already dangerous overworld into a hellish place filled with parasites that can make the mobs they infect into grotesque beasts. What’s more, as the game goes on, there are wilder and more horrifying creations that chase after you. These monsters have bizarre figures that will strike fear into any Minecraft player, especially if you run across them in the dark.

AbyssalCraft Mod

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This mod gives you the power of the Necronomicon for your adventures. This book is a guide to everything in the mod and the different environments that can be found in it. The abyss in AbyssalCraft mod by Shinoow are the dimensions that can be visited in the mod with a gate key. There are four in total with their own horror elements and enemies similar to the nether. There are:

  • The Wastelands: which are polluted with the undead.
  • The Dreadlands: which has scary mutated monsters.
  • The Dark Realm: which is the world of shadow monsters.
  • The Omothol: this is the culmination of all your efforts in surviving the creepy mobs and where you face the final boss.

Horror Elements Mod

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The Horror Elements mod by predator97427fr is perfect for adding finishing touches to your horror creations. Aside from having creepy pieces like the heads of mobs and sacrificed villagers, this mod even has blood. And it looks a lot better than the Redstone Dust I was already using. Use this mod to make your world even scarier and build a horror attraction your friends will remember.

Biomancy Mod

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Biomancy by Elenterius is one of my favorite Minecraft horror mods that paints the overworld and its dark areas in a putrid, organic feel, allowing you to build and create (very cool) grotesqueries. As a huge fan of Dead Space, I like to use this mod to create creepy organic matter that seemingly grows, and other blocks that ooze and pulse by themselves. It’s great for a perfect atmosphere that can get your skin crawling and even better when coupled with a nice parasite mod.

The Dead Sea Mod

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For true creepy-looking environments and biomes, this is a go-to. The Dead Sea mod by caz_fps comes with four horror biomes, like a Haunted forest and an undead, clown-infested amusement park. This mod already comes with a horrifying atmosphere, but you can add a shader to make this even creepier. With dead corpses hanging from trees and literal clown zombies, this is sure to add a sense of horror to any Minecraft seed.

Tissou’s Zombie Mod

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Are you tired of the same zombie behavior and look? Well, here’s your chance to spice things up with Tissou’s Zombie Mod (by Tissou), which totally modifies all zombie, husk, villager zombie, and drowned mobs. These are much smarter and faster, challenging your every step on a survival server. I also appreciate that the creator of the mod allows other modders to use these textures in other modpacks.

Sasquatch (Bigfoot) Mod

Sasquatch bigfoot at night in Minecraft
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Sasqatch, also known as Bigfoot, is by far one of the scariest legends in American folklore. With the Sasquatch (Bigfoot) Mod by TortuDragon, you can finally meet one in your survival game, but only at night. In addition to this creepy monster, the creators of the mod added such haunting locations as hunting towers and ruined railways to help you both hunt and escape from the Bigfoot. But either way, you can easily identify the creature at night by noticing his large, glowing eyes.

Vampire Hunters Mod

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One of the more exciting Minecraft horror mods in recent times has been the Vampire Hunters Mod by maxanier, also known as the Vampirism mod. While playing this mod, I can either choose to become a vampire or a vampire hunter. Of course, hunting vampires is much more fun due to the availability of various types of gear and weapons. On top of that, you can unlock special skills to fight vampires more effectively, especially when they’re getting stronger at night.

Movie Monsters Mod

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One of my favorite mods on this list is the Movie Monsters Mod by ApemanMC, which adds over 30 famous movie monsters, such as Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, Candyman, and many others. The best part about this mod is that it also adds their signature weapons, such as knives, machetes, chainsaws, etc. With such an arsenal, any survival game will surely turn into a real movie set where you can hunt these menacing creatures for fun.

Alien vs. Predator Mod

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Two of the biggest monsters in cinematic history are Alien and Predator. If you’re a fan of these two, just like me, be sure to check out the newest Alien vs. Predator Mod by Ri5ux, which adds eggs, huggers, bursters, and the monsters of Alien and Predator themselves. Unfortunately, the original project on Curseforge has been closed, but the guys at 9minecraft were able to preserve the files for all the previous versions of the mod.

That’s it for our Top 18 best Minecraft horror mods. Looking for more information on seeds, mods, and mobs in Minecraft? Check out our dedicated MC guides page.


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