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The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies  

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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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Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi
Evil Dead II is a 1987 American horror comedy film directed by Sam Raimi and a parody sequel to the 1981 film The Evil Dead. The film was written by Raimi and Scott Spiegel, produced by Robert ...more
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Starry Eyes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Amanda Fuller, Nick Simmons, Pat Healy
Starry Eyes is a 2014 horror film directed and written by Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer. The film had its world premiere on March 8, 2014 at South by Southwest and features Alex Essoe as ...more
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The Mephisto Waltz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Jacqueline Bissett, Alan Alda, Barbara Parkins
The Mephisto Waltz is a 1971 American horror film about an occult-murder mystery. It was directed by Paul Wendkos and starred Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins, Bradford Dillman and ...more
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The City of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Christopher Lee, Nickolas Grace, Venetia Stevenson
A creepy classic! A young college student Nan Barlow visits the village of Whitewood, Massachusetts to do some research into New England witchcraft. Her tutor, Professor Alan Driscoll ...more
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To the Devil a Daughter is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Christopher Lee, Nastassja Kinski, Honor Blackman
To the Devil a Daughter is a 1976 horror film, directed by Peter Sykes and produced by Hammer Film Productions and Terra-Filmkunst. It is based on the novel of the same name by Dennis Wheatley, ...more
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The Conspiracy is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Angela Besharah, Laura DeCarteret, James Gilbert
The Conspiracy is a 2012 Canadian conspiracy thriller film written and directed by Christopher MacBride and features actors Aaron Poole, James Gilbert, Alan C. Peterson, and Julian Richings. It ...more
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The Sacrament is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, A. J. Bowen
The Sacrament is a 2013 horror thriller film written and directed by Ti West.
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The Blood on Satan's Claw is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Linda Hayden, Patrick Wymark, Godfrey James
The Blood on Satan's Claw is a 1970 British horror film made by Tigon British Film Productions and directed by Piers Haggard. The film was written by Robert Wynne-Simmons, with additional ...more
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Paranormal Activity: The Marke... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Molly Ephraim, Meredith Eaton, Katie Featherston
Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is a 2014 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Christopher B. Landon. Released on January 3, 2014 in the United States, it is the first ...more
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The Shrine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Cindy Sampson, Aaron Ashmore, Monica Bugajski
The Shrine is a Canadian horror film produced by Brookstreet Pictures. The film was directed by Jon Knautz and stars Aaron Ashmore, Cindy Sampson, Meghan Heffern, and Trevor Matthews. The ...more
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Midsommar is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Will Poulter
Midsommar (Swedish for "Midsummer") is a 2019 American horror film written and directed by Ari Aster. A couple travels to Sweden to visit their friend's rural hometown for its fabled ...more
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Satan's School for Girls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Cheryl Ladd, Kate Jackson, Pamela Franklin
A young woman investigating her sister's suicide at a private girls' school finds herself battling a satanic cult.
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Eraserhead is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk
Eraserhead is a 1977 American experimental body horror film directed by David Lynch. Henry Spencer (Jack Nance) tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend (Charlotte ...more
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Black Candles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Black Candles Helga Liné, Fernando Valverde, Mauro Ribera
Black Candles is a 1982 erotica horror film written and directed by José Ramón Larraz.
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Jug Face is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Sean Young, Larry Fessenden, Sean Bridgers
Jug Face is a 2013 horror film written and directed by Chad Crawford Kinkle and starring, Sean Bridgers, Lauren Ashley Carter, Larry Fessenden, Sean Young and Daniel Manche. The film was ...more
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Believers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Deanna Russo, Jon Huertas, Johnny Messner
Believers is a 2007 thriller film directed by award-winning filmmaker Daniel Myrick and written by Myrick, Julia Fair, and Daniel Noah. The film was distributed by Warner Bros. as a ...more
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Moonchild is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Moonchild John Carradine, Victor Buono, William Challee
Moonchild is a 1974 American independent horror/new age film directed and produced by Alan Gadney. It was originally shot in 1971 as a student film. The film received limited commercial release ...more
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Resolution is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Sarah Oliver, Zahn McClarnon, Bill Oberst Jr.
Resolution is a 2012 horror, mystery and thriller film written by Justin Benson and directed by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson.
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Sound of My Voice is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Maeve Quinlan, Brit Marling, Constance Wu
Sound of My Voice is a 2011 drama thriller film written by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij and directed by Zal Batmanglij.
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Santa Sangre is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Blanca Guerra, Guy Stockwell, Adan Jodorowsky
Santa Sangre is a 1989 Mexican-Italian avant-garde Horror film directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky and written by Jodorowsky along with Claudio Argento and Roberto Leoni. Divided into both a ...more
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End of the Line is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Nicolas Wright, Tim Rozon, Ilona Elkin
End of the Line is a 2007 Canadian horror film written, produced and directed by Maurice Devereaux.
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Thirst is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
David Hemmings, Henry Silva, Rod Mullinar
Thirst is a 1979 Australian Vampire film by Rod Hardy. It stars Australian actors Chantal Contouri and Max Phipps and British actor David Hemmings. It has been described as a blend of vampire ...more
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Faults is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Lance Reddick, Beth Grant
Faults is a 2014 drama film written and directed by Riley Stearns in his feature film debut. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Leland Orser, Jon Gries, Beth Grant, Chris Ellis and Lance ...more
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Satan's Children is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Satan's Children
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Werewolves on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Severn Darden, Barry McGuire, Stephen Oliver
Werewolves on Wheels is a 1971 American exploitation film that blends two genres: the outlaw biker film and the traditional horror movie.