Graveyard Shift The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies  

Ranker Film
2.1k votes 210 voters 8.9k views 51 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.

list ordered by

1
59 22
The Wicker Man is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Edward Woodward The Wicker Man is a 1973 British mystery horror film directed by Robin Hardy and written by Anthony Shaffer. The film stars Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Ingrid Pitt, and ...more

2
51 34
Children of the Corn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Linda Hamilton, Peter Horton, R. G. Armstrong Children of the Corn is a 1984 supernatural horror film based upon the 1977 short story of the same name by Stephen King. Directed by Fritz Kiersch, the film stars Peter Horton and Linda ...more

3
40 25
The Ninth Gate is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin The Ninth Gate is a 1999 French-Spanish-American thriller film directed, produced, and co-written by Roman Polanski. The film is loosely based upon Arturo Pérez-Reverte's 1993 novel The ...more

4
40 26
The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi This film is a 1981 American horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also stars alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. This film ...more

5
46 33
Halloween is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her ...more

6
28 17
The Black Cat is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, David Manners Not to be confused with the 1941 version also featuring Bela Lugosi. The Black Cat is a 1934 horror film that became Universal Pictures' biggest box office hit of the year. The picture was the ...more

7
30 19
Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier Suspiria is a 1977 Italian horror film directed by Dario Argento, co-written by Argento and Daria Nicolodi, and co-produced by Claudio and Salvatore Argento. The film stars Jessica Harper as an ...more

8
38 27
The Invitation is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
The Invitation Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman, Tammy Blanchard

9
31 21
Kill List is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
MyAnna Buring, Ben Crompton, Emma Fryer Kill List is a 2011 British horror film directed by Ben Wheatley, co-written and co-edited with Amy Jump, and starring Neil Maskell, Michael Smiley, and MyAnna Buring. When a British soldier ...more

10
37 27
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal This movie is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote it with Kim Henkel. It stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow and Gunnar ...more

11
27 19
The Devil Rides Out is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Christopher Lee, Paul Eddington, Patrick Mower The Devil Rides Out, known as The Devil's Bride in the United States, is a 1968 British horror film, based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Dennis Wheatley. It was written by Richard ...more

12
42 35
The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American found footage horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. The film was produced by the Haxan Films production ...more

13
26 19
Night of the Demon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis Night of the Demon is a 1957 British horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur, starring Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins and Niall MacGinnis. An adaptation of the M. R. James story "Casting the ...more

14
24 17
Black Sunday is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Arturo Dominici Black Sunday is a 1960 Italian gothic horror film directed by Mario Bava, from a screenplay by Ennio de Concini, Mario Serandrei and Marcello Coscia. The film stars Barbara Steele, John ...more

15
20 13
To the Devil a Daughter is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
35 29
The Sacrament is listed (or ranked) 16 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.

17
24 18
Race with the Devil is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit Race with the Devil is a 1975 occult thriller and action film starring Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit and Lara Parker. This was the second of three films Fonda and Oates would star in ...more

18
24 20
The House of the Devil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Lena Dunham, Greta Gerwig, Dee Wallace The House of the Devil is a 2009 horror film written, directed, and edited by Ti West, starring Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, and Mary Woronov. It combines elements of both the slasher film and ...more

19
21 17
Martha Marcy May Marlene is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, Hugh Dancy Martha Marcy May Marlene is a 2011 American drama thriller film written and directed by Sean Durkin, and starring Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, Sarah Paulson, and Hugh Dancy. The plot focuses on ...more

20
19 15
The City of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
19 15
The Mephisto Waltz is listed (or ranked) 21 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

22
17 13
The Seventh Victim is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Kim Hunter, Tom Conway, Evelyn Brent The Seventh Victim is a 1943 horror and film noir starring Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Isabel Jewell, Kim Hunter, and Hugh Beaumont, directed by Mark Robson, and produced by Val Lewton for RKO ...more

23
21 18
The Blood on Satan's Claw is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
25 23
V/H/S/2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Adam Wingard, Mindy Robinson, Lawrence Michael Levine V/H/S/2 is a 2013 American anthology horror film. It features a series of found-footage shorts. It is the sequel to the film V/H/S. The sequel involves a largely different group of directors: ...more

25
19 17
Helter Skelter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Alan Oppenheimer, Jon Gries, Steve Railsback Helter Skelter is a 1976 TV film based on the 1974 book by prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. In the United States, it aired over two nights. In some countries it was shown in theaters ...more

26
27 26
Paranormal Activity: The Marke... is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
17 15
Satan's School for Girls is listed (or ranked) 27 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.

28
17 15
Psychomania is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
George Sanders, Robert Hardy, Beryl Reid Psychomania is a British horror-cult film starring Nicky Henson, Beryl Reid, George Sanders and Robert Hardy. Frequently revisited by nostalgic modern audiences for scenes filmed in the Hepworth ...more

29
15 13
The Devils is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Gemma Jones The Devils is a 1971 British historical drama horror film directed by Ken Russell and starring Oliver Reed and Vanessa Redgrave. Russell's screenplay is based partially on the 1952 book The ...more

30
27 27
Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 30 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

31
16 15
Starry Eyes is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
16 15
Black Candles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Black Candles Helga LinĂ©, Fernando Valverde, Mauro Ribera Black Candles is a 1982 erotica horror film written and directed by José Ramón Larraz.

33
19 19
The Conspiracy is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
15 15
Moonchild is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
29 31
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Susan Sarandon, Tim Curry, Meat Loaf The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 British-American musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman and Richard O'Brien based on the 1973 musical ...more

36
23 25
Night of the Living Dead is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 American independent zombie horror film directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea and Karl Hardman. It premiered on October 1, 1968, and ...more

37
19 22
The Shrine is listed (or ranked) 37 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

38
11 14
Thirst is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
18 23
Red State is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
John Goodman, Melissa Leo, Anna Gunn Red State is a 2011 American independent action-adventure-thriller-horror film, written and directed by Kevin Smith, starring John Goodman, Melissa Leo and Michael Parks. For months, Smith ...more

40
13 17
Believers is listed (or ranked) 40 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

41
11 15
Resolution is listed (or ranked) 41 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.

42
12 17
Sound of My Voice is listed (or ranked) 42 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.

43
10 15
Satan's Children is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Satan's Children

44
9 14
Faults is listed (or ranked) 44 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

45
13 21
Jug Face is listed (or ranked) 45 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

46
9 16
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.

47
16 25
Eraserhead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Jack Nance, Jeanne Bates, Jack Fisk Eraserhead is a 1977 American surrealist body horror film written and directed by filmmaker David Lynch. Shot in black-and-white, Eraserhead is Lynch's first feature-length film, coming after ...more

48
7 16
Werewolves on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 48 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.

49
6 18
Santa Sangre is listed (or ranked) 49 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

50
8 22
Holy Ghost People is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
Holy Ghost People is a 1967 documentary directed and narrated by Peter Adair. It is about the service of a Pentecostal community in Scrabble Creek, West Virginia, United States. The church ...more