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More Than 100 Horror Movie Names for Dogs

There are thousands of horror films out there. Plenty of fans are committed to these spooky movies—and will drag anyone into the dungeon to watch them. Sometimes, that includes their precious pups, who will stare at the screen and, perhaps, bark when they see a home invasion play out. If you’re among these fright-obsessed cinephiles, why not choose a horror movie name for your dog? That way, when the phone rings and a voice asks, “What’s your favorite scary movie,” you’ll have the perfect horror dog name ready to prove your loyalty.

Browse this list of horror movie names for dogs to find a perfectly chilling name for your new pet.

Hitchcock Horror Dog Names

Charlie

Uncle Charlie offers the menace while Charlie (short for Charlotte) hopes for the possibility of life being shaken up in Hitchcock’s “Shadow of a Doubt.” This is a gender-neutral name we can all appreciate.

Marnie

If you’ve got a blonde with a dark past, one of Hitchcock’s most fascinating protagonists from “Marnie” would suit your dog best.

Rebecca

You’d do both Daphne du Maurier and Hitchcock proud by naming your dog after the novel/film “Rebecca.”

Mrs. Danvers

Pair your Rebecca with her very own Mrs. Danvers. Please ensure that they are never split up.

Scottie

I’m not saying you should name your Scottish Terrier after “Vertigo’s” lead character, but ... actually, I am.

Madeleine

If you want an air of mystery, no name is better than Kim Novak’s Madeleine in “Vertigo.”

Judy

Mess with your friends by referring to Judy exclusively as Madeleine for a while. If they like “Vertigo,” they’ll get it. (Your dog may suffer from identity issues at some point, though.)

Brandon and Phillip

If you have a pair of dogs, why not name them after this devious duo in “Rope”? Buy them tiny suits and martini glasses for Halloween.

Jeff

Does your dog like staring out of windows? “Rear Window’s” L.B. “Jeff” Jefferies sounds ideal for you.

Marion

If your dog hates showers, at least you’ll know it’s because you named your dog after “Psycho’s” Marion Crane.

Norma Bates

If you have a female dog, a penchant for horror, and maybe some deep-seated mommy issues, why not honor the greatest mother in cinematic history?

Norman Bates

If you use Norma as a name for a mother dog, it only makes sense to use Norman for her child.

Stephen King Horror Dog Names

Cujo

Maybe naming your dog after a killer dog movie is not the best idea. Then again, this is possibly the most famous dog in horror history.

Christine

If your dog is a big fan of riding in cars, it only feels right to name them after this killer car from the Stephen King novel of the same name.

Carrie

Please do not bathe this dog with pig’s blood. They deserve better.

Margaret

Another horrible cinematic mother, also from the novel “Carrie.” With this name, you can pretend all of your dog’s barks are actually fake Bible quotes.

Jack

All work and no play makes Jack a dull dog. And this name works to refer to either Jack Torrance or Jack Nicholson, the actor who played him in the Stanley Kubrick adaptation of “The Shining.”

Wendy

For the timid but persistent pet, try naming them after one of Shelley Duvall’s greatest performances/characters: “The Shining’s” Wendy.

Danny

Tell people your dog has “the shining,” just like the son in King’s novel, whenever they walk up to them.

Tony

You don’t even need a dog for this one. Just tell people it’s Danny’s imaginary friend.

Dick

If you’re bringing in an older dog to keep a younger one company, here’s hoping they’ll form a bond just like Mr. Hallorann and Danny did.

Annie

I truly hope you never injure yourself at home because this dog might never call for help, enjoying your “Misery” all too much.

Church

Name your dog after the cat from “Pet Sematary”—but when it’s time, maybe aim for cremation instead of a burial.

It

Just name your dog It. Then you can explain, “I called it It, from ‘It,’” in hilariously repetitive fashion. (Bonus: If It has a child, call it It Chapter Two.)

Pennywise

Dress this dog up as a clown as often as possible. “It” will appreciate it.

Salem

What better name than the fictional town of “Salem’s Lot”?

Classic Horror Dog Names

 Faust

Ever wonder if your dog has made a pact with the Devil? Faust’s tale has been around and adapted dozens of times onto film since the 1900s.

Caligari

Name your dog after the German expressionist masterpiece, “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.” Bonus points if their doghouse looks like a nightmare.

Cesare

If not Caligari himself, why not our sleepwalking man forced to murder innocent souls by Dr. Caligari?

Jekyll

What a cute, smart-looking dog!

Hyde

Oh god, no! He’s a monster!

Nosferatu

Nothing says “they’re a biter” like the name of a literal vampire.

Orlok

If Dracula is too popular for you, why not go for F.W. Murnau’s name for the great count?

Dracula

Then again, going with the classic vampire name is never a bad idea.

Bela

Speaking of Dracula, how about Bela Lugosi, best remembered for his iconic portrayal of the count.

Van

Abraham Van Helsing was ready to hunt down Dracula. Give your dog a cute little crucifix to carry around.

Frankenstein

Not the monster, just the scientist (who himself, is—gasp!—the true monster).

Victor

Or you could just use Dr. Frankenstein’s first name.

Boris

Nothing says you’re a horror fan like naming your dog after Boris Karloff, of “Frankenstein” and “The Mummy” fame.

Imhotep

Speaking of “The Mummy,” get ready to wrap your dog up in toilet paper this Halloween.

Tod

Celebrate director Tod Browning, who brought us “Dracula,” “Freaks” and more, by giving your dog a simple name like this.

Lon

Best known as “The Man of a Thousand Faces,” actor Lon Chaney could transform into anyone from the Hunchback of Notre Dame to the Phantom of the Opera.

Claude

Clause Rains played The Invisible Man, and his name packs a nice mystique.

Frank N. Furter

It’s especially appropriate to name your dog after “Rocky Horror Picture Show’s” mad doctor if they’re a Dachshund.

Herbert

One of our favorite mad scientists—just make sure your dog doesn’t become a “Re-Animator.”

Pamela

Celebrate “Friday the 13th,” not with Jason, but with Pamela Voorhees, the OG killer of the series.

Jason

But you can also use Pamela’s son’s name, the popular figure we all know too well.

Laurie

AKA Jamie Lee Curtis’ iconic babysitter from “Halloween.”

Michael

Have your pet Laurie face off against your pet Michael Myers. They’ll eternally be in battle with each other.

Samuel

Throw in a third dog to the bunch and hope that this one, named after Dr. Loomis, can psychoanalyze your pet Michael.

Shaun

Hopefully you won’t have any zombies lurking around your backyard, so this dog doesn’t become “Shaun of the Dead.”

Stevie

One of the best radio DJs in cinema, Stevie Wayne from “The Fog” is a great low-key reference.

William

Sam Neill’s mad doctor in space from “Event Horizon” seems like an ideal name choice.

Alice

If you’re a fan of the “Resident Evil” films, its leading lady offers a perfect name for your pup.

Sidney

Who doesn’t love a true “Scream” queen? Sidney Prescott is an absolute favorite.

Gale

Name your dog after the best reporter in horror history, Gale Weathers from “Scream.”

Dewey

No Gale would be complete without a Deputy Sheriff Dewey in tow to haphazardly help out and bumble through the killings.

Brody

Is your dog afraid of sharks? I mean, who isn’t? So why not go with the last name of “Jaws”’ protagonist.

Quint

Move over, Ahab and your boring whale. We’ve got an obsessive shark hunter here in “Jaws.”

Nancy

The original gal from “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” whose subsequent appearances only made her more amazing.

Heather

We’ve also got to include Heather [Langenkamp] who played not only Nancy, but also herself in Wes Craven’s genius “New Nightmare.”

Freddy

No “Nightmare” would be complete without everyone’s favorite villain, Freddy Kreuger.

Martin

One of horror director George Romero’s best films is “Martin”—and it makes a perfect name.

Pinhead

One of Clive Barker’s most notable characters, from “Hellraiser,” it’d be pretty amusing to name your dog this.

Vincent

Nothing says “I love horror” like a dog named for the iconic Vincent Price.

Ash

Truly one of the best protagonists of horror cinema, from Sam Raimi’s “Evil Dead” series.

Ripley

Celebrate amazing women in horror like Ellen Ripley in “Alien.”

Ellen

Ripley’s first name speaks for itself.

Rosemary

The main role of “Rosemary’s Baby.” You’ll probably want to make sure your dog is spayed.

Guy

Rosemary’s husband, Guy Woodhouse, is a real piece of work—but who doesn’t want to yell “Guy” across the room whenever you want your dog to come running over?

Minnie

No, not the mouse, but Ruth Gordon’s unforgettable neighbor from “Rosemary’s Baby.”

Damien

When you want to let everyone else know your dog is an absolute angel, “The Omen” works best.

Jigsaw

Name your dog after the man from “Saw” who created some of the most absurd, and frankly monstrous, traps and scenarios to get people to appreciate their lives if they escape.

Henry

Your dog will be the ideal “Portrait of a Serial Killer.”

Frank

Dennis Hopper’s madman from “Blue Velvet.”

Dorothy

Another “Blue Velvet” reference, this name embraces Isabella Rossellini’s beauty as Dorothy Vallens.

Laura

David Lynch’s most iconic protagonist from both TV and film, “Twin Peaks”’ Laura Palmer is the name to choose.

Dale

On the flip side of “Twin Peaks,” special agent Dale Cooper is a great option.

Blade

Wesley Snipes gave us a better movie and character than most of what Marvel puts out nowadays, so here’s to “Blade.”

The Thing

John Carpenter called his masterpiece “The Thing."

R.J.

Instead of “The Thing,” maybe go with Kurt Russell’s amazing R.J. MacReady.

Pazuzu

The greatest demon of them all, messing with two priests and a young girl in “The Exorcist.”

Regan

For any dog who acts like they’re possessed by a demon, Linda Blair’s young Regan from “The Exorcist” is the perfect name.

Clarice

The sole reason to name your dog this is to say “Quid pro quo, Clarice” to your dog at any given moment, imitating Anthony Hopkins’ voice from “Silence of the Lambs.”

Hannibal

Name your dog after the world’s best-known cannibal.

Bill

You can also expand this one to Buffalo Bill if your heart desires.

Darla

Buffalo Bill’s precious white Toy Poodle deserves some recognition here.

Bub

How about going with one of the few good zombies in cinema: Bub from “Day of the Dead.”

Jennifer

She’s got a great body and she knows how to use it. Karyn Kusama’s underrated “Jennifer’s Body” deserves a fierce pup named after it.

Leatherface

Named for “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” villain.

Chucky

Everyone’s favorite killer doll from the “Child’s Play” series.

Tiffany

Chucky’s bride is just as much of a treat as the man-doll himself. Now imagine your dog with Jennifer Tilly’s wonderful voice.

Horror Director Dog Names

Dario

After Dario Argento, one of the best Italian horror directors of the ‘70s and ‘80s, who brought us “Suspiria” and “Profondo Rosso.”

Alfred

Hitchcock, of course, whose “Psycho” and “The Birds” inspired fear in us all.

Tobe

After Tobe Hooper, the man who gave us “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and other horror classics.

Ed

Ed Wood, everyone’s favorite queer cult filmmaker, gave us “Glen or Glenda” and “Plan 9 From Outer Space.”

Sam

Sam Raimi brought us not only the “Evil Dead” series but gems like “Drag Me to Hell” and “Darkman” (not to mention the best “Spider-Man” films to date).

Wes

As in Craven, who gave us everything from “A Nightmare on Elm Street” to “Scream” and beyond.

David

This name does double director duty. It could refer to Cronenberg, the master behind “Videodrome,”Crash,”The Broodand more; or Lynch, creator of “Eraserhead,” “Twin Peaks,” “Blue Velvet” and more.

Foreign Horror Dog Names

Peter and Paul

Get yourself two dogs who look very similar and send them to your neighbors’ house to harass them with a note for eggs attached. These dogs might get up to some “Funny Games.”

Michel

Name your dog after the cheating husband from “Les Diaboliques,” because who among us doesn’t love a good cinematic bad guy?

Asami

Who can ever forget the first time they saw “Audition” and witnessed what Asami could do to a man?

Sadako

If your dog has long, black hair, name them after Sadako, of “The Ring” fame. (You can also use the English language remake name of Samara)

Eli

“Let the Right One In’s” young vampire has the best name for a best friend you could ask for.

Ofelia

Why not roll with the marvelous child from Guillermo del Toro’s “Pan’s Labyrinth” as your name of choice?

We may have listed over 100 horror movie names for dogs, but there are hundreds more to be found. Maybe they’re lurking in your closet right now. Maybe they’re hiding under your bed. Maybe they’re waiting in your dreams. Or maybe, tonight, instead of feeling the weight of your dog jumping into bed by your feet, you’ll feel something different. Something spectral. Something pulling at your leg. Something … slobbering? No, wait, that’s definitely my little baby Xenomorph trying to eat me alive.

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By: Juan Antonio Barquin

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