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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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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
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is listed (or ranked) 2 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
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Children of the Corn is listed (or ranked) 3 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
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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 4 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
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The Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 5 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
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Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 6 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
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The Ninth Gate is listed (or ranked) 7 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
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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
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Midsommar is listed (or ranked) 9 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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The Blair Witch Project is listed (or ranked) 10 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
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V/H/S/2 is listed (or ranked) 11 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
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The Black Cat is listed (or ranked) 12 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
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The Rocky Horror Picture Show is listed (or ranked) 13 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
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Kill List is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Cults and Conspiracies
MyAnna Buring, Ben Crompton, Emma Fryer
This film 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
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Black Sunday is listed (or ranked) 15 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
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The Seventh Victim is listed (or ranked) 16 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
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Night of the Demon is listed (or ranked) 17 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
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The Devil Rides Out is listed (or ranked) 18 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
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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
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The House of the Devil is listed (or ranked) 20 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
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The Sacrament is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Starry Eyes is listed (or ranked) 22 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 Devils is listed (or ranked) 23 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
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Red State is listed (or ranked) 24 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
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Evil Dead II is listed (or ranked) 25 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