Witches and Occult

by dabrowska-ea | created - 24 Jan 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Includes movies with themes:

  • occult,
  • witchcraft,
  • witches,
  • other religious themes.


Excluded:
  • fantasy comedy and romance movies with such themes, if they don't have even a pinch of horror.

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1. 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: 12,160

Based very loosely on Nikolai Gogol's short story "Viy".

2. La maschera del demonio (1990)

94 min | Horror

A group of skiers get lost in the mountains, and come across the snowy tomb of a centuries-old witch. They accidentally awaken the witch's vengeful spirit, who then proceeds to possess them one by one.

Director: Lamberto Bava | Stars: Giovanni Guidelli, Debora Caprioglio, Stanko Molnar, Mary Sellers

Votes: 249

Quasi-remake of the Black Sunday (1960).

3. Viy (1967)

77 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him.

Directors: Konstantin Ershov, Georgiy Kropachyov | Stars: Leonid Kuravlyov, Natalya Varley, Aleksey Glazyrin, Nikolay Kutuzov

Votes: 4,783

Soviet adaptation of 'Viy'.

4. A Holy Place (1990)

90 min | Drama, Horror

Sveto mesto (A Holy Place, 1990) is based on a literary classic, Nikolai Gogol's 1835 short story, 'Viy'. However, Kadijevic uses it only as a starting point for his own explorations into ... See full summary »

Director: Djordje Kadijevic | Stars: Dragan Jovanovic, Branka Pujic, Aleksandar Bercek, Mira Banjac

Votes: 743

Serbian (Yugoslav) adaptation of 'Viy'.

5. The Power of Fear (2006)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror

Ivan, a cynical journalist, is assigned to investigate mysterious events in a small town. During his first night, he is seduced by a strange and mysterious girl. As they embrace, she ... See full summary »

Director: Oleg Fesenko | Stars: Valeriy Nikolaev, Evgeniya Kryukova, Lembit Ulfsak, Arnis Licitis

Votes: 510

Russian movie inspired by the 'Viy'.

South Korean version of the story 'Viy'.

7. Forbidden Kingdom (2014)

Not Rated | 127 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery

An eighteenth century English cartographer, Jonathan Green, sets out on a journey to map the uncharted lands of Transylvania, only to discover the dark secrets and dangerous creatures hidden in a cursed, fantastical Romanian forest.

Director: Oleg Stepchenko | Stars: Jason Flemyng, Andrey Smolyakov, Aleksey Chadov, Agniya Ditkovskite

Votes: 4,419 | Gross: $34.59M

Dark fantasy movie inspired by the story 'Viy'.

8. Eye of the Devil (1967)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Workers employed at a French vineyard follow old pagan rituals that call for the life of the marquis owner to save his crops during dry seasons.

Director: J. Lee Thompson | Stars: David Niven, Sharon Tate, Deborah Kerr, Donald Pleasence

Votes: 1,830

Based on the novel Day of the Arrow by Robin Estridge.

9. 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: 2,222

Based on the novel of the same title by Norah Lofts aka Peter Curtis.

10. The Witches (1967)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Five short stories loosely dealing with the roles of women in society.

Directors: Mauro Bolognini, Vittorio De Sica, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Franco Rossi, Luchino Visconti | Stars: Silvana Mangano, Annie Girardot, Francisco Rabal, Massimo Girotti

Votes: 1,178

11. The Crimson Cult (1968)

R | 87 min | Horror

When his brother disappears, Robert Manning pays a visit to the remote country house he was last heard from. While his host is outwardly welcoming, and his niece more demonstrably so, ... See full summary »

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Mark Eden, Barbara Steele

Votes: 1,780

12. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

R | 137 min | Drama, Horror

96 Metascore

A young couple moves in to an apartment only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

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

Votes: 172,522

Based on the novel of Ira Levin 'Rosemary's Baby'.

13. Rosemary's Baby (2014)

TV-14 | 170 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Modern 4 hour mini-series adaptation of the classic novel by Ira Levin focusing on young Rosemary Woodhouse's suspicions that her neighbors may belong to a Satanic cult who are hell bent on getting one thing: the baby she is carrying.

Stars: Zoe Saldana, Patrick J. Adams, Carole Bouquet, Christina Cole

Votes: 4,759

Based on the novel of Ira Levin 'Rosemary's Baby'.

14. The Dunwich Horror (1970)

R | 90 min | Horror

Wilbur Whateley travels to the Arkham Miskatonic University to borrow the legendary Necronomicon. But, little does anyone know, Whateley isn't quite human...

Director: Daniel Haller | Stars: Sandra Dee, Dean Stockwell, Ed Begley, Lloyd Bochner

Votes: 3,361

Based on the short story of the same name by H.P. Lovecraft.

15. The Dunwich Horror (2009 TV Movie)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

In Louisiana, the thirty-five year old single mother Lavina, delivers a baby boy - and a monster - in the evil Whateley House. Ten years later, Dr. Henry Armitage and his assistant, ... See full summary »

Director: Leigh Scott | Stars: Sarah Lieving, Griff Furst, Dean Stockwell, Jeffrey Combs

Votes: 887

Unnecesarry and forgetable. Lovecraft's piece is still waiting for good movie.

16. Satan's School for Girls (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 78 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A young woman investigating her sister's suicide at a private girls' school finds herself battling a Satanic cult.

Director: David Lowell Rich | Stars: Pamela Franklin, Kate Jackson, Lloyd Bochner, Jamie Smith-Jackson

Votes: 1,058

Could have been better, and the ending was dissapointing.

17. The Wicker Man (1973)

R | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

87 Metascore

A Police Sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl who the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.

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

Votes: 60,386 | Gross: $0.06M

One of the best movies from this cathegory.

18. The Wicker Man (2006)

PG-13 | 102 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

36 Metascore

A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, neo-pagan community.

Director: Neil LaBute | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Leelee Sobieski, Kate Beahan

Votes: 60,922 | Gross: $23.64M

Remake of classic. Not as good, but watchable and quite entertaining. Worth watching especially if you're fan of Nicholas Cage.

19. The Wicker Tree (2011)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror

Charmed by the residents of Tressock, Scotland, two young missionaries accept the invitation to participate in a local festival, fully unaware of the consequences of their decision.

Director: Robin Hardy | Stars: Brittania Nicol, Henry Garrett, Graham McTavish, Jacqueline Leonard

Votes: 2,348

More modern version of the Wicker Tree. Not as bad, as expected, but still only for fans of the series.

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: 3,155

21. Don't Panic (1978)

82 min | Horror

A young couple are tricked into going into a sinister house where a coven of devil-worshipers waits for them.

Directors: Carlos Puerto, Juan Piquer Simón | Stars: Ángel Aranda, Sandra Alberti, Mariana Karr, José María Guillén

Votes: 728

22. Beyond Evil (1980)

R | 94 min | Adventure, Horror

An architect and his wife move into a house with a bloody past and a 100-year-old ghost, who possesses the wife.

Director: Herb Freed | Stars: John Saxon, Lynda Day George, Michael Dante, Mario Milano

Votes: 508

23. Children of the Corn (1984)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

45 Metascore

A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.

Director: Fritz Kiersch | Stars: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong, John Franklin

Votes: 43,166 | Gross: $14.57M

24. Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

18 Metascore

A journalist and his son travel to Nebraska to investigate the mysterious town of Gatlin where, unbeknownst to them, a murderous cult of children are still waiting in the corn fields.

Director: David Price | Stars: Terence Knox, Paul Scherrer, Ryan Bollman, Christie Clark

Votes: 7,039 | Gross: $6.98M

25. Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

Two brothers connected to the murderous children's cult of Gatlin, Nebraska are taken to Chicago by an adoptive couple.

Director: James D.R. Hickox | Stars: Dano Cerny, Ron Melendez, Jim Metzler, Nancy Lee Grahn

Votes: 6,249

26. Children of the Corn: The Gathering (1996 Video)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

All the kids in a town over night become feverish and have convulsions. The next day they start to become evil, change their names for those of kids killed long ago, and then start killing ... See full summary »

Director: Greg Spence | Stars: Naomi Watts, Jamie Renée Smith, Karen Black, Mark Salling

Votes: 3,987

27. Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998 Video)

R | 83 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Six college students on a road trip take a wrong turn and end up trapped in a strangely deserted rural town inhabited by a murdeous cult of children.

Director: Ethan Wiley | Stars: Stacy Galina, Alexis Arquette, Eva Mendes, Greg Vaughan

Votes: 3,996

3/10

28. Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return (1999 Video)

R | 82 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

As a teenage girl comes to Gatlin to find her biological mother, the town's infamous cult plots a comeback as their leader, Isaac, awakens from a coma.

Director: Kari Skogland | Stars: Natalie Ramsey, Gary Bullock, Alix Koromzay, Stacy Keach

Votes: 3,724

3/10

29. Children of the Corn: Genesis (2011)

R | 80 min | Horror, Thriller

A young couple try to free an imprisoned child with catastrophic results.

Director: Joel Soisson | Stars: J.J. Banicki, Diane Peterson, Kai Caster, Kelen Coleman

Votes: 2,876

4/10

30. Children of the Corn (2009 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

While traveling, an unhappy married couple encounter a cult of murderous children who worship an entity called He Who Walks Behind the Rows.

Director: Donald P. Borchers | Stars: David Anders, Kandyse McClure, Daniel Newman, Preston Bailey

Votes: 5,260

Completely unnecesary remake of old classic which original series was extremly exploited (8 movies!).

31. 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: 1,924 | Gross: $1.94M

Position especially recommended for Wicker Man fans.

32. Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988)

PG-13 | 96 min | Comedy, Horror

Upon arriving in a small town where she has inherited a rundown mansion, a famous horror hostess battles an evil uncle, and townspeople who want her burned at the stake.

Director: James Signorelli | Stars: Cassandra Peterson, Phil Rubenstein, Larry Flash Jenkins, Damita Jo Freeman

Votes: 11,660 | Gross: $5.60M

Witch story as a dark comedy.

33. The Seventh Sign (1988)

R | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Abby Quinn is eagerly awaiting childbirth but is haunted by dreams where she suffers a miscarriage. When she decides to rent a room to a mysterious stranger, she realizes a chain of events that will unleash the end of humanity.

Director: Carl Schultz | Stars: Demi Moore, Michael Biehn, Jürgen Prochnow, Peter Friedman

Votes: 12,255 | Gross: $18.88M

Apocalyptic horror with reference to the Bible.

34. The Vineyard (1989)

R | 95 min | Horror

Dr. Elson Po is one of the world's most famous wine growers. He has a magic potion which has kept him handsome and alive during the centuries. However, lately the magic which rejuvenates ... See full summary »

Directors: James Hong, William Rice | Stars: James Hong, Karen Lorre, Michael Wong, Lars Wanberg

Votes: 536

4/10

35. The Church (1989)

R | 102 min | Horror

An old Gothic cathedral, built over a mass grave, develops strange powers which trap a number of people inside with ghosts from a 12th Century massacre seeking to resurrect an ancient demon from the bowels of the Earth.

Director: Michele Soavi | Stars: Hugh Quarshie, Tomas Arana, Feodor Chaliapin Jr., Barbara Cupisti

Votes: 6,020

Considered as the official second sequel to the Dario Argento's Dèmoni series. 5/10

36. Society (1989)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Horror

An ordinary teenage boy discovers his family is part of a gruesome orgy cult for the social elite.

Director: Brian Yuzna | Stars: Billy Warlock, Concetta D'Agnese, Ben Slack, Evan Richards

Votes: 11,670

Not a typical Occult movie, but this is where it fits best.

37. The Witches (1990)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Anjelica Huston, Mai Zetterling, Jasen Fisher, Rowan Atkinson

Votes: 32,244 | Gross: $10.36M

Great screening of Roald Dahl's novel. Source of my childhood nightmares 7/10

38. Eko Eko Azarak: Wizard of Darkness (1995)

80 min | Horror

Misa Kuroi is an adorable high-school girl who arrives at her new school when it is falling under an evil supernatural force. Trying to figure out who's behind the supernatural attack, Misa... See full summary »

Director: Shimako Sato | Stars: Kimika Yoshino, Miho Kanno, Shu-Ma, Naozumi Takahashi

Votes: 665

6/10

39. Eko Eko Azarak II: Birth of the Wizard (1996)

83 min | Horror

Kimika Yoshino returns in this prequel to 'Wizard of Darkness' to play Misa Kuroi before she was famous, or at least before she realized she was a witch. 'Birth of the Wizard' begins in ... See full summary »

Director: Shimako Sato | Stars: Kimika Yoshino, Wataru Shihôdô, Chieko Shiratori, Akira Otani

Votes: 260

6/10

41. 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.

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

Votes: 69,189 | Gross: $24.88M

6/10

42. 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: 218,174 | Gross: $140.54M

43. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

15 Metascore

A group of tourists arrives in Burkittsville, Maryland after seeing The Blair Witch Project (1999) to explore the mythology and phenomenon, only to come face to face with their own neuroses and possibly the witch herself.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Jeffrey Donovan, Stephen Barker Turner, Erica Leerhsen, Kurt Loder

Votes: 34,127 | Gross: $26.44M

Sequen to The Blair Witch Project (1999).

44. Blair Witch (2016)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

47 Metascore

After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his vanished sister Heather, James and a group of friends head to the forest believed to be inhabited by the Blair Witch.

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: James Allen McCune, Callie Hernandez, Corbin Reid, Brandon Scott

Votes: 37,479 | Gross: $20.78M

Unnecessary continuation to one of most scary horror movies ever. Should I rather say - a half-remake, because some scenes were like cut out from Blair Witch Project. BWP wins by understatement and scaring by unseen. In new Blair Witch literality of last scenes killed all scariness. Unfortunately, Book of Shadows was not enough to discourage from making another sequel.

45. Dagon (2001)

R | 98 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A boating accident runs a young man and woman ashore in a decrepit Spanish fishing town which they discover is in the grips of an ancient sea god and its monstrous half human offspring.

Director: Stuart Gordon | Stars: Ezra Godden, Francisco Rabal, Raquel Meroño, Macarena Gómez

Votes: 15,348

Despite the title, the plot is actually based, though a good deal loosely, on H. P. Lovecraft's novella The Shadow Over Innsmouth rather than his earlier short story "Dagon" (1919). / Wikipedia

46. Blessed (2004)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A fertility clinic visit becomes an unfathomable nightmare for a woman who's impregnated with the devil's DNA.

Director: Simon Fellows | Stars: Heather Graham, James Purefoy, Fionnula Flanagan, Alan McKenna

Votes: 2,037

Film seems like washings after Rosemary's Baby. Waste of time.

47. The Dark (2005)

R | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In mourning over the tragic drowning of their daughter Sarah, James and Adèle are visited by Ebrill, a young girl who claims she died 60 years ago - and bears a startling resemblance to Sarah.

Director: John Fawcett | Stars: Sean Bean, Maria Bello, Sophie Stuckey, Abigail Stone

Votes: 10,063

48. Tamara (2005)

R | 98 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

34 Metascore

Tamara, an unattractive girl, who is picked on by her peers returns after her death as a sexy seductress to exact revenge.

Director: Jeremy Haft | Stars: Jenna Dewan, Katie Stuart, Chad Faust, Bryan Clark

Votes: 9,210 | Gross: $0.17M

49. Satanic (2006)

R | 88 min | Horror