HORROR MOVIE NIGHT- Witchy, satanic and cultish collection

by 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.

Director: Benjamin Christensen | Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan

Votes: 13,272

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.

2. Woman Who Came Back (1945)

Approved | 68 min | Horror, Mystery

After a bus accident, a woman comes to believe that she's actually a 300-year-old witch.

Director: Walter Colmes | Stars: John Loder, Nancy Kelly, Otto Kruger, Ruth Ford

Votes: 328

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.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani

Votes: 14,569

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.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Patricia Jessel, Dennis Lotis, Christopher Lee, Tom Naylor

Votes: 6,676

This '60s classic is a must see for any cult horror fanatic.

5. Witchcraft (1964)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror

When her grave is disturbed by modern-day land developers, a 300-year-old witch is accidentally resurrected and terrorizes an English village.

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Jack Hedley, Jill Dixon, Viola Keats

Votes: 1,042

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.

Director: Cyril Frankel | Stars: Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh, Alec McCowen, Ann Bell

Votes: 2,659

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.

Director: Michael Reeves | Stars: Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy, Rupert Davies, Hilary Heath

Votes: 9,846

One of the most talked about 'witchy' movies, it is a must see.

8. The Devil Rides Out (1968)

G | 95 min | Horror

Devil worshipers plan to convert two new victims.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Nike Arrighi, Leon Greene

Votes: 8,511

9. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Approved | 137 min | Drama, Horror

96 Metascore

A young couple trying for a baby move into a fancy apartment surrounded by peculiar neighbors.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon, Sidney Blackmer

Votes: 203,344

The villian is an Aleister Crowley knock-off so Rosemary's Baby is up there on the satanic movie scale.

10. The Witchmaker (1969)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery

A psychic researcher and his assistants investigate a series of murders of beautiful young women.

Director: William O. Brown | Stars: Anthony Eisley, Thordis Brandt, Alvy Moore, John Lodge

Votes: 488

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.

Directors: Michael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven | Stars: Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, Olivera Katarina, Reggie Nalder

Votes: 3,169

12. The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)

PG | 92 min | Horror

A family is trapped in a desert town by a cult of senior-citizens who recruit the town's children to worship Satan.

Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, Charles Bateman, Ahna Capri

Votes: 1,445

13. The Devils (1971)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

49 Metascore

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.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton, Max Adrian

Votes: 14,934 | Gross: $1.13M

Hard to find but a great movie!

14. The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)

R | 97 min | Horror

Horror thriller set in 17th century England about the children of a village slowly converting into a coven of devil worshipers.

Director: Piers Haggard | Stars: Patrick Wymark, Linda Hayden, Barry Andrews, Michele Dotrice

Votes: 5,454

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).

Director: Ray Austin | Stars: Ann Michelle, Vicki Michelle, Keith Buckley, Patricia Haines

Votes: 1,185

16. The Wicker Man (1973)

R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

87 Metascore

A puritan Police Sergeant arrives in a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed.

Director: Robin Hardy | Stars: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland

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.

17. Baba Yaga (1973)

Unrated | 89 min | Horror

A photographer finds herself falling under the spell of a witch.

Director: Corrado Farina | Stars: Carroll Baker, George Eastman, Isabelle De Funès, Ely Galleani

Votes: 1,726

18. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

81 Metascore

When a 12-year-old girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb

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?

Directors: Ovidio G. Assonitis, Robert Barrett | Stars: Juliet Mills, Richard Johnson, Gabriele Lavia, Nino Segurini

Votes: 2,145

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.

Director: Peter Sykes | Stars: Richard Widmark, Christopher Lee, Honor Blackman, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 3,893

21. The Omen (1976)

R | 111 min | Horror

62 Metascore

Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens, David Warner

Votes: 112,019 | Gross: $4.27M

Demon child! Satanic ritual! Thats the makings of a good horror movie.

22. Shock (1977)

R | 93 min | Horror

A couple is terrorized in their new house haunted by the vengeful ghost of the woman's former husband, who possesses their young son.

Directors: Mario Bava, Lamberto Bava | Stars: Daria Nicolodi, John Steiner, David Colin Jr., Ivan Rassimov

Votes: 3,588

23. Suspiria (1977)

R | 92 min | Horror

79 Metascore

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.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé

Votes: 86,459

Has to be number one. This artisticly scary film is a must see for any cult horror fan.

24. The Sentinel (1977)

R | 92 min | Horror

19 Metascore

A young woman moves into an apartment in a building which houses a sinister evil.

Director: Michael Winner | Stars: Cristina Raines, Ava Gardner, Chris Sarandon, Martin Balsam

Votes: 9,746

25. Inferno (1980)

R | 106 min | Horror

69 Metascore

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.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Eleonora Giorgi, Daria Nicolodi

Votes: 19,949

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.

Director: Michael J. Murphy | Stars: Becky Simpson, Joseph Sheahan, Colin Efford, Steven Longhurst

Votes: 156

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.

Director: James W. Roberson | Stars: James Houghton, Albert Salmi, Lynn Carlin, Larry Pennell

Votes: 2,756

This witchy film is another classic of the genre that I enjoyed as a child.

28. Demons (1985)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror

53 Metascore

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.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Fiore Argento

Votes: 21,780

'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

50 Metascore

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.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Lisa Blount, Jameson Parker, Victor Wong

Votes: 39,981 | Gross: $14.18M

30. Hellraiser (1987)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

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.

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman

Votes: 110,616 | Gross: $14.56M

Sometimes campy but always horrific, this film had to make the list of demonic fright night choices.

31. The Unholy (1988)

R | 102 min | Horror

A priest battles a demon that kills sinners in the act of sinning.

Director: Camilo Vila | Stars: Ben Cross, Hal Holbrook, Ruben Rabasa, Nicole Fortier

Votes: 1,773 | Gross: $6.34M

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.

Director: Janet Greek | Stars: Tim Daly, Kelly Preston, Rick Rossovich, Audra Lindley

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 »

Director: Fabrizio Laurenti | Stars: David Hasselhoff, Linda Blair, Catherine Hickland, Annie Ross

Votes: 1,997

34. Warlock (1989)

R | 103 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

44 Metascore

A warlock flees from the 17th to the 20th century, with a witch-hunter in hot pursuit.

Director: Steve Miner | Stars: Julian Sands, Lori Singer, Richard E. Grant, Mary Woronov

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.

Director: Philippe Setbon | Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Kathy Baker, Alan Bates, Jean-Pierre Cassel

Votes: 2,540

36. Sometimes They Come Back (1991 TV Movie)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A man and his family return to his hometown, where he is then harassed by teenagers who died when he was a kid.

Director: Tom McLoughlin | Stars: Tim Matheson, Brooke Adams, Robert Rusler, Chris Demetral

Votes: 10,151

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.

Director: Martin Campbell | Stars: Fred Ward, David Warner, Julianne Moore, Clancy Brown

Votes: 3,364

A TV movie, below is the sequel.

38. Witch Hunt (1994 TV Movie)

R | 100 min | Crime, Fantasy, Mystery

In a twisted 1950's where everyone does magic, a private detective investigates a murder case without it.

Director: Paul Schrader | Stars: Dennis Hopper, Penelope Ann Miller, Eric Bogosian, Sheryl Lee Ralph

Votes: 1,298

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.

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Scott Bakula, Kevin J. O'Connor, J. Trevor Edmond, Daniel von Bargen

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

55 Metascore

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.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Rachel True

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

60 Metascore

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.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, Charlize Theron, Jeffrey Jones

Votes: 347,031 | Gross: $60.98M

42. The Ninth Gate (1999)

R | 133 min | Mystery, Thriller

44 Metascore

A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin, Emmanuelle Seigner

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

28 Metascore

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.

Director: Rupert Wainwright | Stars: Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne, Jonathan Pryce, Nia Long

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

81 Metascore

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.

Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez | Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard, Bob Griffin

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

33 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Kevin Pollak

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