Horror and animation go together like chicken and peanut butter, in that you don't need one to enjoy the other and a lot of people wouldn't expect them to work, but the combination is surprisingly successful.
Okay, not every simile can be Pulitzer-worthy. But the dream team of cartoons meets creepy chilling stories is actually a pretty well-established sub genre, despite the paucity of contemporary examples. In the world of anime, where the medium of animation has never been viewed as a necessarily family-friendly phenomenon, horror geared toward adults is common and widespread.
European and American studios may be slow to catch up, but even kid-friendly animation houses have occasionally offer scarier efforts in the hopes of winning over genre audiences by blending cartoons with horror.
These flicks are mostly aimed at younger audiences, but like the PG-rated Poltergeist they can still pack a spooky punch at times. Meanwhile the likes of legendary experimental Czech animator Jan Švankmajer's classic Alice might be nightmare-inducing, but the film wasn't even intended to be a horror.
With this in mind this list is a collection of the ten best horror animations out there, ranging from distinctly adult psychedelic trips all the way through to spooky childhood classics.