Folk Horror

by R_Redbeard | created - 24 Oct 2014 | updated - 02 Jul 2018 | Public

I hope the 2 films at the start help you pick up on the theme here. If it's listed that doesn't necessarily mean it's a great film but that it relates to a particular theme.

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1. 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: 61,333 | Gross: $0.06M

"Some tribes have colossal images made of wickerwork, the limbs of which they fill with living men; they are then set on fire, and the victims burnt to death." - Julius Caesar on The Druids, c. 50 BCE

2. 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: 2,362

3. Apprentice to Murder (1988)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Fire-and-brimstone preacher sees Satan everywhere, trains gullible young boy to "detect" evil, and the two of them commit several murders in the name of Jesus. Based on a true story.

Director: Ralph L. Thomas | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Chad Lowe, Mia Sara, Knut Husebø

Votes: 405 | Gross: $0.47M

Based on a true story of murders committed by a Hexologist.

4. 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: 219,787 | Gross: $140.54M

5. Kill List (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

67 Metascore

Nearly a year after a botched job, a hitman takes a new assignment with the promise of a big payoff for three killings. What starts off as an easy task soon unravels, sending the killer into the heart of darkness.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Neil Maskell, MyAnna Buring, Harry Simpson, Michael Smiley

Votes: 33,579 | Gross: $0.03M

6. A Field in England (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, History, Horror

73 Metascore

Amid the Civil War in 17th-century England, a group of deserters flee from battle through an overgrown field. Captured by an alchemist, the men are forced to help him search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Ryan Pope

Votes: 9,701 | Gross: $0.03M

7. Häxan (1922)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Fantasy, Horror

Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.

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

Votes: 10,586

8. Nosferatu (1922)

Not Rated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror

Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder

Votes: 82,305

9. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Horror

79 Metascore

Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Isabelle Adjani, Bruno Ganz, Roland Topor

Votes: 29,526

10. 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: 8,244

11. The Seventh Seal (1957)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Fantasy

A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Gunnar Björnstrand, Bengt Ekerot, Nils Poppe

Votes: 147,019

12. Sauna (2008)

Unrated | 83 min | Horror

As a 25-year war between Russia and Sweden concludes, two brothers who are part of an effort to outline new border accords become undone by their actions, and their mistreatment of a young woman during their journey.

Director: Antti-Jussi Annila | Stars: Ville Virtanen, Tommi Eronen, Viktor Klimenko, Rain Tolk

Votes: 6,493

13. The White Ribbon (2009)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, Mystery

82 Metascore

Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?

Director: Michael Haneke | Stars: Christian Friedel, Ernst Jacobi, Leonie Benesch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 63,799 | Gross: $2.22M

14. Mr. Jones (2013)

PG-13 | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

38 Metascore

A young couple moves to the woods and soon finds their nightmares and reality colliding.

Director: Karl Mueller | Stars: Jon Foster, Sarah Jones, Mark Steger, Faran Tahir

Votes: 3,769

15. Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

PG | 115 min | Drama, Mystery

81 Metascore

During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Rachel Roberts, Anne-Louise Lambert, Vivean Gray, Helen Morse

Votes: 30,972 | Gross: $0.23M

16. 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: 12,322

17. 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: 4,940

18. 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: 4,481 | Gross: $34.59M

19. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

R | 105 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

65 Metascore

Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of three people, with the culprit being the legendary apparition, The Headless Horseman.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon

Votes: 310,581 | Gross: $101.07M

20. 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: 4,216

21. Alucarda (1977)

R | 78 min | Horror, Thriller

After the death of her parents, a young girl arrives at a convent and brings a sinister presence with her. Is it her enigmatic imaginary friend, Alucarda, who is to blame? Or is there a satanic force at work?

Director: Juan López Moctezuma | Stars: Claudio Brook, David Silva, Tina Romero, Susana Kamini

Votes: 2,603

22. 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: 7,009

23. Against the Crowd (1975– )
Episode: Murrain (1975)

55 min | Drama

A young country vet begins to suspect that the local farmland is under the spell of a witch.

Director: John Cooper | Stars: David Simeon, Bernard Lee, Una Brandon-Jones, David Neal

Votes: 75

24. The Stone Tape (1972 TV Movie)

90 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A research team from an electronics company move into an old Victorian house to start work on finding a new recording medium. When team member Jill Greeley witnesses a ghost, team director ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Michael Bryant, Jane Asher, Iain Cuthbertson, Michael Bates

Votes: 1,114

25. Beasts (1976– )

60 min | Horror, Mystery

An anthology series concerning bestial horror created by Nigel Kneale.

Stars: Pamela Moiseiwitsch, Bernard Horsfall, Patrick Magee, Pauline Quirke

Votes: 169

26. The Owl Service (1969– )

30 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

Three teenagers discover a mysterious set of owl and flower-patterned dinner plates in the attic and the magical ancient legend of the "Mabinogion" comes to life once again in their Welsh valley.

Stars: Dorothy Edwards, Gillian Hills, Michael Holden, Francis Wallis

Votes: 121

27. A Warning to the Curious (1972 TV Movie)

50 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

An archeologist goes treasure hunting along the English coast in search of a lost, fabled crown that supposedly helps protect Great Britain against invasion.

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark | Stars: Peter Vaughan, Clive Swift, Julian Herington, John Kearney

Votes: 913

28. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world.

Director: Jaromil Jires | Stars: Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýzová, Petr Kopriva, Jirí Prýmek

Votes: 7,058

29. Crowhaven Farm (1970 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Horror

A young couple inherits a farm. Hoping that the rural location might help to patch up their strained marriage, they move into it, only to be confronted by the supernatural forces that inhabit it.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Hope Lange, Paul Burke, Lloyd Bochner, John Carradine

Votes: 683

30. Ravenous (1999)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

46 Metascore

In a remote military outpost in the 19th century, Captain John Boyd and his regiment embark on a rescue mission which takes a dark turn when they are ambushed by a sadistic cannibal.

Director: Antonia Bird | Stars: Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette, Jeremy Davies

Votes: 34,764 | Gross: $2.06M

31. Call of the Hunter (2009)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Horror

A documentary crew arrive at an old country manor intent on filming the Legend of Herne the Hunter. As members of the crew die in horrible circumstances the survivors are on a desperate ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Straeger | Stars: Sarah Paul, Michael Instone, Katrin Riedel-Kelly, Don McCorkindale

Votes: 64

32. Alice (1988)

Not Rated | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

A surrealistic revision of Alice in Wonderland.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Kristýna Kohoutová, Camilla Power

Votes: 10,508

33. Play for Today (1970–1984)
Episode: Robin Redbreast (1970)

76 min | Comedy, Drama

After the break-up of a long-term relationship, urban sophisticate Norah seeks refuge in a remote house in the country. The locals are friendly, if eccentric, and she toys with the idea of ... See full summary »

Director: James MacTaggart | Stars: Anna Cropper, Amanda Walker, Julian Holloway, Freda Bamford

Votes: 155

34. ITV Playhouse (1967– )
Episode: Casting the Runes (1979)

Not Rated | 47 min | Comedy, Drama

Like NIGHT OF THE DEMON, this adaptation is based only very loosely based on the original ghost story by M.R. James. However, it does feature eerie scenic views and is directed by Lawrence "Ghost Story For Christmas" Gordon Clark

Director: Lawrence Gordon Clark | Stars: Iain Cuthbertson, Jan Francis, Bernard Gallagher, Joanna Dunham

Votes: 135

35. Styria (2014)

Not Rated | 99 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Depicts the intense and fractured relationship between a lonely teenager and a beautiful stranger.

Directors: Mauricio Chernovetzky, Mark Devendorf | Stars: Eleanor Tomlinson, Stephen Rea, Erika Marozsán, Jules Willcox

Votes: 2,891

36. The Witch (2015)

R | 92 min | Horror, Mystery

83 Metascore

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic, and possession.

Director: Robert Eggers | Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie, Julian Richings

Votes: 163,420 | Gross: $25.14M

37. The Ritual (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

57 Metascore

A group of college friends reunite for a trip to the forest, but encounter a menacing presence in the woods that's stalking them.

Director: David Bruckner | Stars: Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James-Collier, Sam Troughton

Votes: 60,527

38. The Hallow (2015)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror

65 Metascore

A family who moved into a remote mill house in Ireland finds themselves in a fight for survival with demonic creatures living in the woods.

Director: Corin Hardy | Stars: Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic, Michael McElhatton, Michael Smiley

Votes: 14,179 | Gross: $0.01M

39. Pyewacket (2017)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

56 Metascore

A frustrated, angst-ridden teenage girl awakens something in the woods when she naively performs an occult ritual to evoke a witch to kill her mother.

Director: Adam MacDonald | Stars: Laurie Holden, Nicole Muñoz, Chloe Rose, Eric Osborne

Votes: 5,962

40. 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: 38,029 | Gross: $20.78M



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