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The Best Horror Movies About Hell

Updated July 13, 2020 4.2k votes 620 voters 25.9k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    Hellraiser

    Doug Bradley, Andrew Robinson

    Released1987

    Directed byClive Barker

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

    Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves

    Released2005

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

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    Event Horizon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    Event Horizon

    Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

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    Hellbound: Hellraiser II is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    Hellbound: Hellraiser II

    Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence

    Released1988

    Directed byTony Randel

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    As Above, So Below is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    As Above, So Below

    Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman

    Released2014

    Directed byJohn Erick Dowdle

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

    Johnny Depp, Frank Langella

    Released1999

    Directed byRoman Polanski

    The Ninth Gate is a 1999 French-Spanish-American thriller film directed, produced, and... more on Wikipedia
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    Drag Me to Hell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    Drag Me to Hell

    Octavia Spencer, Justin Long

    Released2009

    Directed bySam Raimi

    Drag Me to Hell is a 2009 American horror film co-written and directed by Sam Raimi. The plot,... more on Wikipedia
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    The Prophecy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    The Prophecy

    Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Walken

    Released1995

    Directed byGregory Widen

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

    Roddy McDowall, Michael Gough

    Released1973

    Directed byJohn Hough

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

    Macaulay Culkin, Tim Robbins

    Released1990

    Directed byAdrian Lyne

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    The Amityville Horror is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    The Amityville Horror

    James Brolin, Margot Kidder

    Released1979

    Directed byStuart Rosenberg

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    The Gate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    The Gate

    Stephen Dorff, Kelly Rowan

    Released1987

    Directed byTibor Takács

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    Prince of Darkness is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    Prince of Darkness

    Alice Cooper, Donald Pleasence

    Released1987

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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

    Christopher Walken, Jeff Goldblum

    Released1977

    Directed byMichael Winner

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    Tales from the Hood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    Tales from the Hood

    David Alan Grier, Corbin Bernsen

    Released1995

    Directed byRusty Cundieff

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    Hellraiser: Inferno is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    Hellraiser: Inferno

    Doug Bradley, Kathryn Joosten

    Released2000

    Directed byScott Derrickson

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    The Prophecy II is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    The Prophecy II

    Christopher Walken, Brittany Murphy

    Released1998

    Directed byGreg Spence

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    Motel Hell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    Motel Hell

    Rory Calhoun, Wolfman Jack

    Released1980

    Directed byKevin Connor

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

    David Warbeck, Veronica Lazăr

    Released1981

    Directed byLucio Fulci

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    Jason Goes to Hell: The Final  is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

    Erin Gray, Leslie Jordan

    Released1993

    Directed byAdam Marcus

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    Baskin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    Baskin

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    Highway to Hell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    Highway to Hell

    Ben Stiller, Gilbert Gottfried

    Released1992

    Directed byAte de Jong

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    The House by the Cemetery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    The House by the Cemetery

    Katherine MacColl, Paolo Malco

    Released1981

    Directed byLucio Fulci

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    Devil's Revenge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    Devil's Revenge

    Jeri Ryan, William Shatner

    Released2019

    Directed byJared Cohn

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    The Unholy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Horror Movies About Hell
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    The Unholy

    Ned Beatty, Hal Holbrook

    Directed byCamilo Vila

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