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The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies

Updated May 12, 2020 5.7k votes 513 voters 17.9k views54 items

As you're reading through this list of the best horror movies about cults, please don't drink the Kool-Aid. This list ranks the scariest movies about cults and conspiracies, with the help of your votes. Do you have a favorite scary movie about a cult? The most recent example of a good cult horror movie is 2016's The Invitation, which finds the main character Will at a creepy dinner party hosted by his ex-wife.

Other good horror movies about cult leaders include beloved classics like The Wicker Man and Children of the Corn. Modern scary movies about conspiracies and cults include V/H/S/2 and The Conspiracy, both of which happen to be found footage movies.

Vote up your favorite horror movies with cults below, and downvote any films you've seen but didn't really enjoy.

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    The Wicker Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    The Wicker Man

    Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland

    Released1973

    Directed byRobin Hardy

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    Children of the Corn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    Children of the Corn

    Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton

    Released1984

    Directed byFritz Kiersch

    Children of the Corn is a 1984 supernatural horror film based upon the 1977 short story of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Halloween is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    Halloween

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards

    Released1978

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns

    Released1974

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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    The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    The Evil Dead

    Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi

    Released1981

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    Suspiria

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli

    Released1977

    Directed byDario Argento

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    The Ninth Gate is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    The Ninth Gate

    Johnny Depp, Frank Langella

    Released1999

    Directed byRoman Polanski

    The Ninth Gate is a 1999 French-Spanish-American thriller film directed, produced, and... more on Wikipedia
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    The Invitation is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    The Invitation

    Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman
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    Midsommar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    Midsommar

    Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor

    Released2019

    Directed byAri Aster

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    V/H/S/2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    V/H/S/2

    Adam Wingard, Mindy Robinson

    Released2013

    Directed byGregg Hale, Adam Wingard, Simon Barrett, Eduardo Sánchez, Gareth Evans

    V/H/S/2 is a 2013 American anthology horror film. It features a series of found-footage... more on Wikipedia
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    The House of the Devil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    The House of the Devil

    Lena Dunham, Greta Gerwig

    Released2009

    Directed byTi West

    The House of the Devil is a 2009 horror film written, directed, and edited by Ti West,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Black Cat is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    The Black Cat

    Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi

    Released1934

    Directed byEdgar G. Ulmer

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    Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    Evil Dead II

    Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva

    Released1987

    Directed bySam Raimi

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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    The Rocky Horror Picture Show

    Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry

    Released1975

    Directed byJim Sharman

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    Black Sunday is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    Black Sunday

    Barbara Steele, John Richardson

    Released1960

    Directed byMario Bava

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    The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    The Blair Witch Project

    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard

    Released1999

    Directed byDaniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

    The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American found footage horror film written, directed and... more on Wikipedia

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    Race with the Devil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    Race with the Devil

    Peter Fonda, Warren Oates

    Released1975

    Directed byJack Starrett

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    Night of the Demon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    Night of the Demon

    Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins

    Released1957

    Directed byJacques Tourneur

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    Starry Eyes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    Starry Eyes

    Amanda Fuller, Nick Simmons

    Released2014

    Directed byDennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch

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    Kill List is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    Kill List

    MyAnna Buring, Ben Crompton

    Released2011

    Directed byBen Wheatley

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    The Seventh Victim is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    The Seventh Victim

    Kim Hunter, Tom Conway

    Released1943

    Directed byMark Robson

    The Seventh Victim is a 1943 horror and film noir starring Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Isabel... more on Wikipedia

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    To the Devil a Daughter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    To the Devil a Daughter

    Christopher Lee, Nastassja Kinski

    Released1976

    Directed byPeter Sykes

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    The Devil Rides Out is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    The Devil Rides Out

    Christopher Lee, Paul Eddington

    Released1968

    Directed byTerence Fisher

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    The Sacrament is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    The Sacrament

    Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg

    Released2013

    Directed byTi West

    The Sacrament is a 2013 horror thriller film written and directed by Ti West.

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    Red State is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
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    Red State

    John Goodman, Melissa Leo

    Released2011

    Directed byKevin Smith

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