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The Best Horror Movies About Hell 

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Updated October 21, 2019 3.1k votes 541 voters 22.9k views 35 items

List Rules Horror films that either take place in hell, or are about hell

Given that it's supposed to be the scariest place in existence, it's surprising that there aren't more horror movies set in hell. With that being said, here's our ranked list of the best horror movies about hell, as voted on by horror experts like you. Not every horror movie on this list takes place in hell, but hell does play an important role in all of their plots.

If you want horror movies that actually take place in hell, your options include Jacob's Ladder, Hellraiser II, and Dark Angel: The Ascent. Good scary movies about hell (that don't necessarily take place in hell) include From Hell, Drag Me to Hell, and The Ninth Gate.

Do you have a favorite horror movie about hell or the underworld? Vote up the best hell horror movies on this list, and downvote the films you wouldn't recommend to other fans of the genre.

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Constantine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf

Released: 2005

Directed by: Francis Lawrence

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Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence

Released: 1987

Directed by: Clive Barker

Hellraiser is a 1987 British horror film written and directed by Clive Barker, based upon his own novella The Hellbound Heart. The film spawned a series of sequels.

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Event Horizon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill

Released: 1997

Directed by: Paul W. S. Anderson

Event Horizon is a 1997 British-American science fiction horror film. The screenplay was written by Philip Eisner and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. The film stars Laurence Fishburne and Sam ...more

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Hellbound: Hellraiser II... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham

Released: 1988

Directed by: Tony Randel

Hellbound: Hellraiser II is a 1988 British-American horror film directed by Tony Randel. It draws heavily upon, and was made by much of the same cast and crew as its precursor, Hellraiser.

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As Above, So Below is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
As Above, So Below Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman, Edwin Hodge

Released: 2014

Directed by: John Erick Dowdle

As Above, So Below is a 2014 American found footage horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and written by Dowdle and his brother Drew. The film was produced by Legendary Pictures and ...more

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Drag Me to Hell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Octavia Spencer, Justin Long, Lia Johnson

Released: 2009

Directed by: Sam Raimi

Drag Me to Hell is a 2009 American horror film co-written and directed by Sam Raimi. The plot, written with his brother Ivan, focuses on loan officer Christine Brown, who reluctantly, under ...more

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The Ninth Gate is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Johnny Depp, Frank Langella, Lena Olin

Released: 1999

Directed by: Roman Polanski

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 Prophecy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Walken, Virginia Madsen

Released: 1995

Directed by: Gregory Widen

The Prophecy is a 1995 American fantasy horror-thriller film starring Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen, Eric Stoltz, and Viggo Mortensen. It was written and directed by Gregory ...more
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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander

Released: 1990

Directed by: Adrian Lyne

Jacob's Ladder is a 1990 American psychological horror film directed by Adrian Lyne, written and produced by Bruce Joel Rubin and starring Tim Robbins, Elizabeth Peña and Danny Aiello. ...more

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The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

Released: 1979

Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg

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The Legend of Hell House... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough, Pamela Franklin

Released: 1973

Directed by: John Hough

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The Gate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Stephen Dorff, Kelly Rowan, Ingrid Veninger

Released: 1987

Directed by: Tibor Takács

The Gate is a 1987 American-Canadian horror movie starring Stephen Dorff and directed by Tibor Takács. It was followed by a sequel in 1990 titled The Gate II: Trespassers.

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Prince of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Alice Cooper, Donald Pleasence, Peter Jason

Released: 1987

Directed by: John Carpenter

Prince of Darkness is a 1987 American supernatural horror film directed, written and scored by John Carpenter. The film is the second installment in what Carpenter calls his "Apocalypse ...more

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Hellraiser: Inferno is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Doug Bradley, Kathryn Joosten, James Remar

Released: 2000

Directed by: Scott Derrickson

Hellraiser: Inferno is the fifth installment in the Hellraiser series and the first Hellraiser film to go straight-to-DVD. It was directed by Scott Derrickson and released on October 3, 2000. ...more
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The Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Ava Gardner

Released: 1977

Directed by: Michael Winner

The Sentinel is a 1977 American horror film directed by Michael Winner and starring Cristina Raines, Chris Sarandon, Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, Sylvia Miles, and Eli Wallach. Christopher ...more

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Jason Goes to Hell: The ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Erin Gray, Leslie Jordan, Kane Hodder

Released: 1993

Directed by: Adam Marcus

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday is a 1993 slasher film directed by Adam Marcus and produced by Sean S. Cunningham. Released on August 13, 1993, it is the ninth installment of the Friday the ...more

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Tales from the Hood is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen, Art Evans

Released: 1995

Directed by: Rusty Cundieff

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The Prophecy II is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Christopher Walken, Brittany Murphy, Jennifer Beals

Released: 1998

Directed by: Greg Spence

The Prophecy II is a fantasy horror–thriller film and the second motion picture in The Prophecy series. Christopher Walken and Steve Hytner reprise their roles as the Archangel Gabriel and the ...more
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The House by the Cemeter... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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Motel Hell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Paul Linke

Released: 1980

Directed by: Kevin Connor

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Devil's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Jeri Ryan, William Shatner, Ciara Hanna

Released: 2019

Directed by: Jared Cohn

Devil's Revenge is a 2019 American horror film directed by Jared Cohn. A desperate archeologist discovers a cave that has a cursed relic that can also open a portal to hell, the curse follows ...more
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The Beyond is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
David Warbeck, Veronica Lazăr, Catriona MacColl

Released: 1981

Directed by: Lucio Fulci

The Beyond is a 1981 Italian horror film directed by Lucio Fulci. The second film in Fulci's unofficial Gates of Hell trilogy, The Beyond has gained a cult following over the decades, in part ...more

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Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Ben Stiller, Gilbert Gottfried, Kristy Swanson

Released: 1992

Directed by: Ate de Jong

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The Unholy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Ned Beatty, Hal Holbrook, Trevor Howard

Directed by: Camilo Vila

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The Devil's Carnival is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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