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The Best Horror Movies About Hell

Updated July 13, 2020 4.1k votes 640 voters 27.5k views36 items

List RulesHorror 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

    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson

    Released1987

    Directed byClive Barker

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    Constantine

    Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves

    Released2005

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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  • Event Horizon3
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    Event Horizon

    Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

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    Hellbound: Hellraiser II

    Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence

    Released1988

    Directed byTony Randel

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  • As Above, So Below5
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    As Above, So Below

    Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman

    Released2014

    Directed byJohn Erick Dowdle

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  • The Ninth Gate6
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    The Ninth Gate

    Johnny Depp, Frank Langella

    Released1999

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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  • Drag Me to Hell7
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    Drag Me to Hell

    Octavia Spencer, Justin Long

    Released2009

    Directed bySam Raimi

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  • The Prophecy8
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    The Prophecy

    Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Walken

    Released1995

    Directed byGregory Widen

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  • The Legend of Hell House9
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    The Legend of Hell House

    Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough

    Released1973

    Directed byJohn Hough

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    Jacob's Ladder

    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins

    Released1990

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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  • The Amityville Horror11
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    The Amityville Horror

    James Brolin, Margot Kidder

    Released1979

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

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  • The Gate12
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    The Gate

    Stephen Dorff, Kelly Rowan

    Released1987

    Directed byTibor Takács

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  • Prince of Darkness13
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    Prince of Darkness

    Alice Cooper, Donald Pleasence

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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  • The Sentinel14
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    The Sentinel

    Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1977

    Directed byMichael Winner

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  • Hellraiser: Inferno15
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    Hellraiser: Inferno

    Doug Bradley, Kathryn Joosten

    Released2000

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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    The Prophecy II

    Christopher Walken, Brittany Murphy

    Released1998

    Directed byGreg Spence

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  • Tales from the Hood17
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    Tales from the Hood

    David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen

    Released1995

    Directed byRusty Cundieff

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  • Motel Hell18
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    Motel Hell

    Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack

    Released1980

    Directed byKevin Connor

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  • The Beyond19
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    The Beyond

    David Warbeck, Veronica Lazăr

    Released1981

    Directed byLucio Fulci

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  • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday20
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    Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

    Erin Gray, Leslie Jordan

    Released1993

    Directed byAdam Marcus

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  • Baskin21
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    Baskin

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  • Highway to Hell22
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    Highway to Hell

    Ben Stiller, Gilbert Gottfried

    Released1992

    Directed byAte de Jong

    Highway to Hell is a 1992 American horror comedy film directed by Ate de Jong and starring...  more
  • The House by the Cemetery23
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    The House by the Cemetery

    Katherine MacColl, Paolo Malco

    Released1981

    Directed byLucio Fulci

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  • Devil's Revenge24
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    Devil's Revenge

    Jeri Ryan, William Shatner

    Released2019

    Directed byJared Cohn

    Devil's Revenge is a 2019 American horror film directed by Jared Cohn. A desperate...  more
  • The Unholy25
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    The Unholy

    Ned Beatty, Hal Holbrook

    Directed byCamilo Vila

    The Unholy is a 1988 horror film directed by Camilo Vila and starring Ben Cross and Ned...  more