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1. Midsommar (2019)

R | 148 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.2
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72 Metascore

A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren, William Jackson Harper

Votes: 119,532 | Gross: $27.33M

2. Gretel & Hansel (2020)

PG-13 | 87 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

5.4
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64 Metascore

A long time ago in a distant fairy tale countryside, a young girl leads her little brother into a dark wood in desperate search of food and work, only to stumble upon a nexus of terrifying evil.

Director: Oz Perkins | Stars: Sophia Lillis, Samuel Leakey, Charles Babalola, Alice Krige

Votes: 4,156

3. The Witch (2015)

R | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.9
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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: 175,380 | Gross: $25.14M

4. The Curse of la Llorona (2019)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.3
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41 Metascore

Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.

Director: Michael Chaves | Stars: Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz, Patricia Velasquez, Marisol Ramirez

Votes: 29,623 | Gross: $54.73M

5. Antlers (2020)

R | Horror, Mystery | Completed

A small-town Oregon teacher and her brother, the local sheriff, become entwined with a young student harboring a dangerous secret with frightening consequences.

Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham Greene

6. The Ritual (I) (2017)

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

6.3
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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: 65,051

7. Pet Sematary (1989)

R | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

6.6
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38 Metascore

After tragedy strikes, a grieving father discovers an ancient burial ground behind his home with the power to raise the dead.

Director: Mary Lambert | Stars: Dale Midkiff, Denise Crosby, Fred Gwynne, Brad Greenquist

Votes: 89,498 | Gross: $57.47M

8. Apostle (2018)

TV-MA | 130 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.3
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62 Metascore

In 1905, a drifter on a dangerous mission to rescue his kidnapped sister tangles with a sinister religious cult on an isolated island.

Director: Gareth Evans | Stars: Dan Stevens, Richard Elfyn, Paul Higgins, Bill Milner

Votes: 36,084

9. The Wind (II) (2018)

R | 86 min | Horror, Western

5.5
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66 Metascore

A plains-woman faces the harshness and isolation of the untamed land in the Western frontier of the late 1800s.

Director: Emma Tammi | Stars: Caitlin Gerard, Julia Goldani Telles, Ashley Zukerman, Miles Anderson

Votes: 4,484 | Gross: $0.03M

10. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery

6.5
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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: 222,734 | Gross: $140.54M

11. The Hole in the Ground (2019)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

5.7
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63 Metascore

A single mother living in the Irish countryside with her son begins to suspect he may not be her son at all, and fears his increasingly disturbing behavior is linked to a mysterious sinkhole in the forest behind their house.

Director: Lee Cronin | Stars: Seána Kerslake, James Quinn Markey, Kati Outinen, David Crowley

Votes: 12,014 | Gross: $0.02M

12. The Wicker Man (1973)

R | 88 min | Horror, Musical, Mystery

7.5
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87 Metascore

A puritan 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 pagan rites that take place there.

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

Votes: 63,161 | Gross: $0.06M

13. The Painted Bird (2019)

169 min | Drama, War

7.3
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75 Metascore

A young Jewish boy somewhere in Eastern Europe seeks refuge during World War II where he encounters many different characters.

Director: Václav Marhoul | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Barry Pepper, Udo Kier

Votes: 785

14. Red Riding Hood (2011)

PG-13 | 100 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

5.4
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29 Metascore

Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family's displeasure.

Director: Catherine Hardwicke | Stars: Amanda Seyfried, Lukas Haas, Gary Oldman, Billy Burke

Votes: 104,573 | Gross: $37.66M

15. Over the Garden Wall (2014)

TV-PG | 110 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

8.8
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Two brothers find themselves lost in a mysterious land and try to find their way home.

Stars: Elijah Wood, Collin Dean, Melanie Lynskey, Christopher Lloyd

Votes: 33,313

16. Children of the Corn (1984)

R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

5.7
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45 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 44,834 | Gross: $14.57M

17. Hagazussa (2017)

102 min | Drama, Horror

5.9
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72 Metascore

Paranoia & Superstition in 15th Century Europe.

Director: Lukas Feigelfeld | Stars: Aleksandra Cwen, Celina Peter, Claudia Martini, Tanja Petrovsky

Votes: 3,144 | Gross: $0.01M

18. The Crucible (1996)

PG-13 | 124 min | Drama, History

6.8
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A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen

Votes: 33,925 | Gross: $7.34M

19. The Field Guide to Evil (2018)

R | 117 min | Horror

4.8
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A feature-length anthology film. They are known as myths, lore, and folktales. Created to give logic to mankind's darkest fears, these stories laid the foundation for what we now know as the horror genre.

Directors: Ashim Ahluwalia, Can Evrenol, Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz, Katrin Gebbe, Calvin Reeder, Agnieszka Smoczynska, Peter Strickland, Yannis Veslemes | Stars: Marlene Hauser, Luzia Oppermann, Karin Pauer, Birgit Minichmayr

Votes: 1,151

20. The Wicker Man (2006)

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

3.7
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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: 62,105 | Gross: $23.64M

21. Häxan (1922)

Not Rated | 91 min | Fantasy, History, Horror

7.7
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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: 11,085

22. Kill List (2011)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

6.4
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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: 34,346 | Gross: $0.03M

23. Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.2
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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: 7,328

24. The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

R | 93 min | Comedy, Horror

5.9
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61 Metascore

When an archeologist uncovers a strange skull in foreign land, the residents of a nearby town begin to disappear, leading to further unexplainable occurrences.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Amanda Donohoe, Hugh Grant, Catherine Oxenberg, Peter Capaldi

Votes: 9,468 | Gross: $1.19M

25. Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)

Not Rated | 70 min | Horror

1.9
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A family gets lost on the road and stumbles upon a hidden, underground, devil-worshiping cult led by the fearsome Master and his servant Torgo.

Director: Harold P. Warren | Stars: Tom Neyman, John Reynolds, Diane Adelson, Harold P. Warren

Votes: 34,056

26. A Dark Song (2016)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.1
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71 Metascore

A determined young woman and a damaged occultist risk their lives and souls to perform a dangerous ritual that will grant them what they want.

Director: Liam Gavin | Stars: Steve Oram, Catherine Walker, Susan Loughnane, Mark Huberman

Votes: 12,562

27. A Field in England (2013)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, History, Horror

6.3
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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: 10,022 | Gross: $0.03M

28. Errementari (2017)

TV-MA | 98 min | Fantasy, Horror

6.4
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A quiet village is thrown into turmoil upon disturbing a reclusive and feared blacksmith rumored to be in league with the devil.

Director: Paul Urkijo Alijo | Stars: Kandido Uranga, Uma Bracaglia, Eneko Sagardoy, Ramón Agirre

Votes: 7,729

29. Draug (2018)

87 min | Fantasy, History, Horror

4.6
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In the 11th century a missionary goes missing somewhere in the huge forests bordering the northern parts of Sweden. Among the rescue party chosen to find him is Nanna, a young woman on her ... See full summary »

Directors: Karin Engman, Klas Persson | Stars: Elna Karlsson, Thomas Hedengran, Ralf Beck, Nina Filimoshkina

Votes: 324

30. Witchfinder General (1968)

Unrated | 86 min | Biography, Drama, Horror

6.8
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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: 8,494

31. Viy (1967)

77 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.4
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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: 5,218

32. Curse of the Demon (1957)

Not Rated | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

7.5
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American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Maurice Denham

Votes: 11,258

33. The Devil Rides Out (1968)

G | 95 min | Horror

7.0
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Devil worshipers plan to convert two new victims.

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

Votes: 7,359

34. The Hallow (2015)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror

5.7
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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: 14,464 | Gross: $0.01M

35. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 13,734

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

R | 97 min | Horror

6.4
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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: 4,430

37. The Virgin Spring (1960)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama

8.1
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An innocent yet pampered young virgin and her family's pregnant and jealous servant set out to deliver candles to church, but only one returns from events that transpire in the woods along the way.

Director: Ingmar Bergman | Stars: Max von Sydow, Birgitta Valberg, Gunnel Lindblom, Birgitta Pettersson

Votes: 24,721 | Gross: $1.53M

38. Onibaba (1964)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Horror

8.0
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Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satô, Jûkichi Uno

Votes: 14,453

39. Mohawk (2017)

91 min | Action, Drama, History

4.5
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70 Metascore

Late in the War of 1812, a young Mohawk woman and her two lovers battle a squad of American soldiers hell-bent on revenge.

Director: Ted Geoghegan | Stars: Kaniehtiio Horn, Ezra Buzzington, Eamon Farren, Justin Rain

Votes: 1,151

40. Eye of the Devil (1967)

Not Rated | 92 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

6.1
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Workers employed at a French vineyard quietly 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: 2,019

41. Final Prayer (2013)

R | 89 min | Horror

5.8
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A team of Vatican investigators descends upon a church in a remote area to demystify the unusual happenings, but what they discover is more disturbing than they had first imagined.

Director: Elliot Goldner | Stars: Gordon Kennedy, Robin Hill, Aidan McArdle, Sarah Annis

Votes: 6,191

42. Race with the Devil (1975)

PG | 88 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

6.6
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53 Metascore

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: 5,393 | Gross: $12.64M

43. For Those in Peril (2013)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama

6.4
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79 Metascore

Aaron, a young misfit living in a remote Scottish fishing community, is the lone survivor of a strange fishing accident that claimed the lives of five men including his older brother. ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Wright | Stars: George MacKay, Kate Dickie, Michael Smiley, Brian McCardie

Votes: 872

44. Cry of the Banshee (1970)

GP | 91 min | Horror

5.6
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In 1500s England, a cruel witch-hunting magistrate, who often tortures innocent villagers for his entertainment, runs afoul of a witch who conjures a banshee to kill the magistrate and his family.

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

Votes: 1,817

45. Wendigo (2001)

R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.0
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63 Metascore

George is a high-strung professional photographer who is starting to unravel from the stress of his work with a Manhattan advertising agency. Needing some time away from the city, George, ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Fessenden | Stars: Patricia Clarkson, Jake Weber, Erik Per Sullivan, John Speredakos

Votes: 3,741 | Gross: $0.10M

46. The Wicker Tree (2011)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror

3.8
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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: 2,397

47. Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (1973)

PG | 80 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

6.3
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49 Metascore

A young girl who returns to her hometown to see her dying father finds herself being drawn into a web of vampirism and witchcraft.

Director: Richard Blackburn | Stars: Lesley Taplin, Cheryl Smith, William Whitton, Hy Pyke

Votes: 1,877

48. Necromancy (1972)

PG | 83 min | Horror

4.7
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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: 670

49. Greedy Guts (2000)

132 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.3
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74 Metascore

When a childless couple learn that they cannot have children, it causes great distress. To ease his wife's pain, the man finds a piece of root in the backyard and chops it and varnishes it into the shape of a child. However the woman takes the root as her baby and starts to pretend that it is real. When the root takes life they seem to have gained a child; but its appetite is much greater than a ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Veronika Zilková, Jan Hartl, Jaroslava Kretschmerová, Pavel Nový

Votes: 5,750 | Gross: $0.12M

50. The Hollow Child (2017)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

4.8
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A troubled foster teen, Samantha, works to expose a dangerous supernatural impostor in her new family and rescue her foster sister.

Director: Jeremy Lutter | Stars: Jessica McLeod, Hannah Cheramy, John Emmet Tracy, Jana Mitsoula

Votes: 1,093



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