HORROR MOVIE NIGHT- Witchy, satanic and cultish collectionby Gonzothefacey | created - 27 Apr 2011 | updated - 20 Sep 2016 | Public
Grab a bowl of popcorn and be spooked by these satanic and spellbinding thrillers! This list contains horror movies that are perfect for planning a creepy night of demons, witches and exorcisms. Witch and demonic themed horror movies are my favorite by far. Good or bad these movies are made to entertain- whether your laughing at how terrible they are or scream in horror.
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1. Häxan (1922)
Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Fantasy, History
Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in Europe.
This is the scariest silent film I've ever seen. It rounds out the top ten because although silent and in black and white, the 'mockumentary' film shocks the viewer with the images and real life feel.
3. Black Sunday (1960)
Not Rated | 87 min | Horror
A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant, with only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor standing in her way.
Witches and vampires!
4. The City of the Dead (1960)
PG-13 | 76 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A young college student arrives in a sleepy Massachusetts town to research witchcraft; during her stay at an eerie inn, she discovers a startling secret about the town and its inhabitants.
This '60s classic is a must see for any cult horror fanatic.
6. The Witches (1966)
Not Rated | 90 min | Horror
Following a horrifying experience with the occult in Africa, a schoolteacher moves to a small English village, only to discover that black magic resides there as well.
An oldie but a goodie.
7. Witchfinder General (1968)
Unrated | 86 min | Biography, Drama, Horror
A young soldier seeks to put an end to the evils caused by a vicious witch-hunter when the latter terrorizes his fiancée and kills her uncle.
One of the most talked about 'witchy' movies, it is a must see.
9. Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Approved | 137 min | Drama, Horror
A young couple trying for a baby move into a fancy apartment surrounded by peculiar neighbors.
The villian is an Aleister Crowley knock-off so Rosemary's Baby is up there on the satanic movie scale.
11. Mark of the Devil (1970)
R | 90 min | Drama, History, Horror
In 1700s Austria, a witch-hunter's apprentice has doubts about the righteousness of witch-hunting when he witnesses the brutality, the injustice, the falsehood, the torture and the arbitrary killing that go with the job.
13. The Devils (1971)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually-repressed nun.
Votes: 14,934 | Gross: $1.13M
Hard to find but a great movie!
15. Virgin Witch (1972)
R | 88 min | Horror
A pair of miniskirted birds who travel to a remote castle in order to land a contract in the modeling agency of the mysterious lesbian Sybil Waite (In HD).
16. The Wicker Man (1973)
R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A puritan Police Sergeant arrives in a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed.
Votes: 75,797 | Gross: $0.06M
Way better than its recent remake, this film has what all the great films about cults have- an intensely disturbing ending.
18. The Exorcist (1973)
R | 122 min | Horror
When a 12-year-old girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her.
Votes: 375,876 | Gross: $232.91M
As far as demons and satan go this film is the scariest of all. The only reason it didn't top this list is because of its lack of 'cult' elements. None the less, its always number one in my heart.
19. Beyond the Door (1974)
R | 108 min | Horror
Juliet Mills plays a young pregnant woman in San Francisco who is going to have the devil's baby during her strange possession. Richard Johnson shows up to help her... but what does he really want?
20. To the Devil a Daughter (1976)
R | 95 min | Horror
An American occult novelist battles to save the soul of a young girl from a group of Satanists, led by an excommunicated priest, who plan on using her as the representative of the Devil on Earth.
21. The Omen (1976)
R | 111 min | Horror
Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?
Votes: 112,019 | Gross: $4.27M
Demon child! Satanic ritual! Thats the makings of a good horror movie.
23. Suspiria (1977)
R | 92 min | Horror
An American newcomer to a prestigious German ballet academy comes to realize that the school is a front for something sinister amid a series of grisly murders.
Has to be number one. This artisticly scary film is a must see for any cult horror fan.
25. Inferno (1980)
R | 106 min | Horror
An American college student in Rome and his sister in New York investigate a series of killings in both locations where their resident addresses are the domain of two covens of witches.
Another witchy tale by director Dario Argento. Although not as good as Suspiria it stays safely at the top of the list.
26. Invitation to Hell (1982)
Unrated | 50 min | Horror
A young girl attends her high school reunion, but when it's discovered she is still a virgin, she is taken prisoner and planned to be used as a sacrifice in a Druid ceremony for the spring equinox.
27. Superstition (1982)
Unrated | 85 min | Horror
A witch put to death in 1692 swears vengeance on her persecutors and returns to the present day to punish their descendants.
This witchy film is another classic of the genre that I enjoyed as a child.
28. Demons (1985)
Not Rated | 88 min | Horror
A group of random people is invited to a screening of a mysterious movie, only to find themselves trapped in the theater with ravenous demons.
'80s demon scarefest at its best, this film is a must see for lovers of the demonic horror genre.
29. Prince of Darkness (1987)
R | 102 min | Horror
A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister in an abandoned church, but when they open the container, they inadvertently unleash a strange liquid and an evil force on all humanity.
Votes: 39,981 | Gross: $14.18M
30. Hellraiser (1987)
R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller
A woman discovers the newly resurrected, partially formed, body of her brother-in-law. She starts killing for him to revitalize his body so he can escape the demonic beings that are pursuing him after he escaped their sadistic underworld.
Votes: 110,616 | Gross: $14.56M
Sometimes campy but always horrific, this film had to make the list of demonic fright night choices.
32. Spellbinder (1988)
R | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
A young lawyer, after falling in love with a beautiful woman, finds that she has an extremely mysterious past.
Votes: 2,384 | Gross: $1.94M
This film put its spell on me at a young age and is a classic in its own right.
33. Witchery (1988)
R | 95 min | Horror
When a storm strands a group on a Massachusetts island where the only dwelling is an old hotel supposedly haunted by the ghost of a former German actress (Knef), the result is the standard ... See full summary »
34. Warlock (1989)
R | 103 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
A warlock flees from the 17th to the 20th century, with a witch-hunter in hot pursuit.
Votes: 16,082 | Gross: $9.09M
The series is super campy and doesn't take itself too seriously but all in all a good pick for the bottom of the list.
35. Mister Frost (1990)
R | 104 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A serial killer gets sent to a mental institution, but as his insidious presence cause the doctors and orderlies to receive strange visions, his psychiatrist tries to find out his true identity.
37. Cast a Deadly Spell (1991 TV Movie)
R | 96 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
In a fantastical 40's where magic is used by everyone, a hard-boiled detective investigates the theft of a mystical tome.
A TV movie, below is the sequel.
39. Lord of Illusions (1995)
R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A private detective gets more than he bargains for when he encounters Philip Swan, a performer whose amazing illusions captivate the world, but they are not really what everyone thinks.
Votes: 16,919 | Gross: $13.29M
This is one '90s film everyone must see- you get a laugh and a scare all at once!
40. The Craft (1996)
R | 101 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft, and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who anger them.
Votes: 85,473 | Gross: $24.88M
A newer movie but it is genuinly scary but also for being acurate in its depiction of some of the rituals- minus the special effects of course.
41. The Devil's Advocate (1997)
R | 144 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
An exceptionally adept Florida lawyer is offered a job at a high-end New York City law firm with a high-end boss - the biggest opportunity of his career to date.
Votes: 347,031 | Gross: $60.98M
42. The Ninth Gate (1999)
R | 133 min | Mystery, Thriller
A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.
Votes: 173,833 | Gross: $18.66M
Although slow at times the storyline of the film draws the viewer in to the world of demons and satanic cults. With the explosive ending- that almost makes sense- and historical references it deserves a high spot on my list.
43. Stigmata (1999)
R | 103 min | Horror
When a young woman becomes afflicted by stigmata, a priest is sent to investigate her case, which may have severe ramifications for his faith and for the Catholic Church itself.
Votes: 66,356 | Gross: $50.05M
I loved this movie the first time I saw it. Although uplifting in a way this movie has the aspects of possession horror films that I love.
44. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery
Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.
Votes: 243,178 | Gross: $140.54M
Love it or hate it, this movie jump started and popularized a sub-genre of horror that- when done well- has captivated audiences.
45. End of Days (1999)
R | 122 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror
At the end of the century, Satan visits New York in search of a bride. It's up to an ex-cop who now runs an elite security outfit to stop him.
Votes: 107,849 | Gross: $66.89M
I gotta give it to Arnie- this was a good movie. Creepy and action packed.
46. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)
R | 90 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror