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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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Hellraiser is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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.

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Constantine is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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

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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
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
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
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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The Ninth Gate is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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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Drag Me to Hell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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

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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
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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The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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

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The Legend of Hell House... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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
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Jacob's Ladder is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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

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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
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
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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The Sentinel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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
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Hellraiser: Inferno is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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

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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
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
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

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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
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 Beyond is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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

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The House by the Cemeter... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
The House by the Cemetery
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Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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
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The Unholy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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.
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Devil's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
Jeri Ryan, William Shatner, Ciara Hanna
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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Motel Hell is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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. Because of its low budget ...more

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