Graveyard Shift The Best Horror Movies About Hell  

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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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Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf - Constantine is a 2005 American supernatural action-thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence as his feature film directorial debut, starring Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, with Rachel Weisz, ...more

92 21
Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson, Ashley Laurence - 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.

117 36
Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs, Sam Neill - 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

72 20
Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham - 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.

77 24
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

83 30
Octavia Spencer, Justin Long, Lia Johnson - 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

67 22
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

48 17
Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Walken, Virginia Madsen - 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

47 20
Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins, Jason Alexander - 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

41 22
James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger - The Amityville Horror is a 1979 American supernatural horror film, directed by Stuart Rosenberg, based on Jay Anson's bestselling 1977 novel of the same name. It is the first film in the ...more

30 15
Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough, Pamela Franklin - The Legend of Hell House is a 1973 British horror film directed by John Hough and based on the American novel Hell House by Richard Matheson, who also wrote the screenplay. The film stars Pamela ...more

33 19
Stephen Dorff, Kelly Rowan, Ingrid Veninger - 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.

35 22
Doug Bradley, Kathryn Joosten, James Remar - 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

30 21
Alice Cooper, Donald Pleasence, Peter Jason - 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

27 22
Erin Gray, Leslie Jordan, Kane Hodder - 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

28 28
Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane - From Hell is a 2001 American horror mystery film directed by the Hughes brothers and loosely based on the graphic novel From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell about the Jack the Ripper

20 20
Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum, Ava Gardner - 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

21 23
Christopher Walken, Brittany Murphy, Jennifer Beals - 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

13 15
Linda Blair, Peter Barton, Ron Gans - Hell Night is a 1981 American independent horror film directed by Tom DeSimone, written by Randy Feldman, and starring Linda Blair. The film depicts a night of fraternity hazing set in an old ...more

14 20
Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack, Paul Linke - Motel Hell is a 1980 horror comedy film directed by Kevin Connor and starring Rory Calhoun as farmer, butcher, motel manager, and meat entrepreneur Vincent Smith. It is often seen as a satire of ...more

13 19
Ned Beatty, Hal Holbrook, Trevor Howard - The Unholy is a 1988 horror film directed by Camilo Vila and starring Ben Cross and Ned Beatty. It also features Trevor Howard in his final role.

14 22
Ben Stiller, Gilbert Gottfried, Kristy Swanson - Highway to Hell is a 1992 American horror comedy film directed by Ate de Jong and starring Chad Lowe, Kristy Swanson, Patrick Bergin, and Jarrett Lennon. It was written by Brian Helgeland and ...more

13 21
The House by the Cemetery

9 18
David Warbeck, Veronica Lazăr, Catriona MacColl - 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

13 25
David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen, Art Evans - Tales From the Hood is a 1995 horror anthology film directed by Rusty Cundieff, and executive produced by Spike Lee. The film presents four short African American-themed horror stories, ...more

9 22
The Devil's Carnival

7 22
Leslie Bibb, Michael Ian Black, Keegan-Michael Key - Hell Baby is an American horror-comedy film written and directed by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. The film stars Rob Corddry, Leslie Bibb, Keegan Michael Key, Riki Lindhome, Rob Huebel, ...more

8 24
Stipe Erceg, Hannah Herzsprung, Angela Winkler - Hell is a 2011 sci-fi horror thriller film written by Tim Fehlbaum, Oliver Kahl and Thomas Wöbke and directed by Tim Fehlbaum.

5 21
Viveca Lindfors, Alfredo Mayo, Erasmo Pascual - A Bell from Hell is a 1973 film written by Santiago Moncada and directed by Claudio Guerín and Juan Antonio Bardem.

5 21
Yoichi Numata, Shigeru Amachi, Fumiko Miyata - Jigoku, also titled The Sinners of Hell, is a 1960 Japanese horror film, directed by Nobuo Nakagawa and starring Utako Mitsuya and Shigeru Amachi. Jigoku was re-made in 1970 by Tatsumi ...more

5 21
The Witch's Curse

6 24
Angela Featherstone, Nicholas Worth, Charlotte Stewart - Dark Angel: The Ascent is a 1994 horror romance film directed by Linda Hassani.

6 24
José Mojica Marins, Oswaldo De Souza, Graveto - This Night I'll Possess Your Corpse is a 1967 Brazilian horror film directed by José Mojica Marins. Marins is also known by his alter ego Coffin Joe. It is the second installment of ...more

5 22
Susan Lucci, Soleil Moon Frye, Joanna Cassidy - Invitation to Hell is a 1984 horror, sci-fi and thriller film written by Richard Rothstein and directed by Wes Craven.

4 23
Pamela Adlon, Simon Reynolds, James Kidnie - Gate II: Trespassers, aka Gate II and Gate II: Return to the Nightmare, is a 1990 Canadian-American sequel to the 1987 film The Gate. It was directed by Tibor Takács, with Louis Tripp ...more

4 24
Necromentia Zach Cümer, Layton Matthews, Crow Garrett - Necromentia is a 2009 horror film directed by Pearry Teo.