Witch Cult, Satanic B-Movies of the '60 & '70s

by Nik_Bloodstorm | created - 01 Oct 2014 | updated - 28 Oct 2016 | Public

Just a random list of my personal favorite classic, Witch Cult, Satanic B-movies from the '60s & '70s that creeped me out when I was a kid growing up in the 1970's. Today's modern horror flicks lack the atmosphere, the creepy vibe and imagination of those old Witchcraft / Satanic Cult films of that era, in my opinion. The 1970's was the golden-age of Satanic B-movies. Anytime is a good time to watch the films on this list, but I suggest you wait 'til after midnight (especially if you're alone) and definitely in the month of October. Also the perfect list for a Halloween night / Samhain creepfest movie marathon.

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1. The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)

GP | 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: 1,065

2. 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: 3,610

3. The Devil's Rain (1975)

PG | 86 min | Horror

A satanist cult leader is burnt alive by the local church. He vows to come back and haunts down, and enslave, every descendant of his congregation by the power of a book of blood contracts, in which they sold their souls to the devil.

Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Eddie Albert, Ida Lupino, William Shatner

Votes: 2,575

4. Race with the Devil (1975)

PG | 88 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

Two couples vacationing together in an R.V. from Texas to Colorado are terrorized after they witness a murder during a Satanic ritual.

Director: Jack Starrett | Stars: Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, Lara Parker

Votes: 4,780

5. Satan's Cheerleaders (1977)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Horror

The janitor at a local high school is actually the scout for a coven of Satanists on the lookout for a virgin to sacrifice. One day he kidnaps the cheerleading squad to use for their ... See full summary »

Director: Greydon Clark | Stars: John Ireland, Yvonne De Carlo, Jack Kruschen, John Carradine

Votes: 753

6. The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

R | 115 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Alan Alda's character is a music journalist whose career as a piano player came to an end when his debut concert received undeservedly scathing reviews.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 1,843

7. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

82 Metascore

When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

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

Votes: 315,703 | Gross: $232.91M

8. 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: 160,157

9. Black Sabbath (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a patriarch who has become a vampire-like monster, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Michèle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Boris Karloff, Mark Damon

Votes: 8,398

10. 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: 3,139

11. 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: 2,042

12. The Devil's Hand (1961)

Approved | 71 min | Horror

A man is haunted by visions of a beautiful woman. When he finally meets her, he winds up involved in a Satanic cult.

Director: William J. Hole Jr. | Stars: Linda Christian, Robert Alda, Ariadne Welter, Neil Hamilton

Votes: 892

13. 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: 687

14. 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: 6,209

15. 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.

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

Votes: 10,636

16. 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.

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

Votes: 7,488

17. 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: 11,236

18. 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 whom 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: 55,390 | Gross: $0.06M

19. Beyond the Door (1974)

R | 99 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: 1,227

20. 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 her young son.

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

Votes: 2,694

21. 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: 56,789

22. 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: 2,485

23. Virgin Witch (1972)

R | 88 min | Horror

Christine gets her big chance at modeling when she applies at Sybil Waite's agency. Together with Christine's sister Betty they go to a house in the country for the weekend for a photo ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 863

24. Baba Yaga (1973)

Unrated | 91 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: 1,202

25. 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: 2,885

26. 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: 92,473 | Gross: $4.27M

27. Demons of the Mind (1972)

R | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

A physician discovers that two children are being kept virtually imprisoned in their house by their father. He investigates, and discovers a web of sex, incest and satanic possession.

Director: Peter Sykes | Stars: Robert Hardy, Shane Briant, Gillian Hills, Yvonne Mitchell

Votes: 1,076

28. Daughters of Satan (1972)

R | 90 min | Horror

James Robertson buys a painting depicting witches being burned at the stake, one of whom bears an uncanny resemblance to his wife, Chris. Chris, gradually taken over by the personality of ... See full summary »

Director: Hollingsworth Morse | Stars: Tom Selleck, Barra Grant, Tani Guthrie, Paraluman

Votes: 673

29. 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: 944

30. Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)

Not Rated | 90 min | Horror

A skeptical college professor discovers that his wife has been practicing magic for years. Like the learned, rational fellow he is, he forces her to destroy all her magical charms and ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Hayers | Stars: Peter Wyngarde, Janet Blair, Margaret Johnston, Anthony Nicholls

Votes: 2,353

31. Simon, King of the Witches (1971)

R | 99 min | Horror

Simon, a young man with magic powers, invokes the help of the evil forces in order to take revenge on a man who cheated him with a bad cheque.

Director: Bruce Kessler | Stars: Andrew Prine, Brenda Scott, George Paulsin, Norman Burton

Votes: 526

32. Necromancy (1972)

PG | 83 min | Horror

Orson Welles plays the head of a witches' coven in the town of Lilith, where he needs the powers of Pamela Franklin to raise his son from the dead.

Director: Bert I. Gordon | Stars: Orson Welles, Pamela Franklin, Lee Purcell, Michael Ontkean

Votes: 517

33. The Demon Lover (1976)

R | 83 min | Horror

A group of teenagers hanging around a cemetery get involved with a satanic priest who calls up a demon from hell.

Directors: Donald G. Jackson, Jerry Younkins | Stars: Christmas Robbins, Val Mayerik, Gunnar Hansen, Tom Hutton

Votes: 218

34. Baron Blood (1972)

PG | 90 min | Horror

A young man, visiting the castle of a murderous ancestor in Austria, accidentally brings his dead relative back to life - searching for new victims.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Joseph Cotten, Elke Sommer, Massimo Girotti, Luciano Pigozzi

Votes: 2,697

35. Tutti i colori del buio (1972)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

A woman recovering from a car accident in which she lost her unborn child finds herself pursued by a coven of devil worshipers.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Ivan Rassimov, Julián Ugarte

Votes: 2,149

36. The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher, David Weston

Votes: 10,166

37. Enter the Devil (1974)

R | 92 min | Horror

The story in this horror movie revolves around a strange religious icon and the demonic sexual influence it exerts on a young art student. After a gory dream sequence in which the woman ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Gariazzo | Stars: Stella Carnacina, Chris Avram, Lucretia Love, Ivan Rassimov

Votes: 392

38. Seven Women for Satan (1976)

82 min | Horror

Michael plays a descendant of the original count Zaroff who leaves his Paris flat every weekend to hunt humans on his isolated estate.

Director: Michel Lemoine | Stars: Michel Lemoine, Nathalie Zeiger, Howard Vernon, Joëlle Coeur

Votes: 345

39. Nuda per Satana (1974)

Unrated | 82 min | Adult, Horror

Italian Gothic horror that tells the tale of a man who stops at a remote castle hoping to get medical help for an injured woman, only to find the inhabitants mirror the darker sides of the woman and himself.

Director: Luigi Batzella | Stars: Rita Calderoni, Stelio Candelli, James Harris, Renato Lupi

Votes: 1,095

40. Devil's Kiss (1976)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

Former Countess Clair and Professor Gruber conduct occult research in castle basement of Count Victor, re-animating people to kill for them.

Director: Jordi Gigó | Stars: Silvia Solar, Olivier Mathot, José Nieto, Evelyne Scott

Votes: 230

41. Witchhammer (1970)

103 min | Drama, History

A very popular movie on the medieval persecution of witches (inquisition).

Director: Otakar Vávra | Stars: Vladimír Smeral, Elo Romancik, Josef Kemr, Sona Valentová

Votes: 1,301

42. The Naked Witch (1961)

M | 59 min | Horror

A student researching the German settlements of Central Texas unearths the grave of a reputed witch. The witch (who happens to be both beautiful and naked) rises from her grave and embarks ... See full summary »

Directors: Claude Alexander, Larry Buchanan | Stars: Denis Adams, Charles West, Howard Ware, Jack Herman

Votes: 278

43. Blood Orgy of the She-Devils (1973)

PG | 73 min | Horror, Thriller

Lorraine and Mark enter the world of witchcraft where Mara foretells the future and helps them remember their past lives. When a series of mysterious murders begin to occur, they turn to Dr. Helsford for advice.

Director: Ted V. Mikels | Stars: Lila Zaborin, Victor Izay, Tom Pace, Leslie McRay

Votes: 529

44. The Witch's Curse (1962)

91 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

Maciste travels to Hell to find a witch and make her undo a curse she put on the surface world.

Director: Riccardo Freda | Stars: Kirk Morris, Hélène Chanel, Vira Silenti, Angelo Zanolli

Votes: 337

45. Cry of the Banshee (1970)

GP | 91 min | Horror

In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader, Oona. Oona calls up a magical servant, a "banshee", to ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Vincent Price, Essy Persson, Hilary Heath, Carl Rigg

Votes: 1,516

46. 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: 1,632

47. Twins of Evil (1971)

R | 87 min | Horror

A religious sect led by Gustav Weil hunts all women suspected of witchcraft, killing a number of innocent victims. Young Katy, Gustav's niece, will involve herself in a devilish cult, and become an instrument of Justice in the region.

Director: John Hough | Stars: Peter Cushing, Dennis Price, Mary Collinson, Madeleine Collinson

Votes: 3,680

48. Inquisición (1978)

90 min | Horror

Period piece set during the Inquisition about a witch-finder general who falls in love with the village beauty, who has made a pact with the devil to seduce and condemn the man who is ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Naschy | Stars: Paul Naschy, Daniela Giordano, Mónica Randall, Ricardo Merino

Votes: 330

49. Summer of Fear (1978 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 100 min | Horror, Thriller

A teenage girl's life is turned upside down after her cousin moves into her house, and as time goes by, she begins to suspect that she may be a practitioner of witchcraft.

Director: Wes Craven | Stars: Linda Blair, Lee Purcell, Jeremy Slate, Jeff McCracken

Votes: 1,586