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The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies

Updated April 18, 2019 3.8k votes 81 voters 1.3k views139 items

List RulesVote up your favorite religious horror movies.

The best religious horror movies tend to incorporate more than just terrifying demons or draconian religious rituals. They also focus on familial bonds or the horror of sinning. They can also be considered biblical horror movies like The Exorcist or the more recent Conjuring films. There are also films on here like Signs that deal more with questions about faith and less about direct combat with a devil or demon figure. If you like a little action with your scary religious movies be sure to check out End of Days starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. But which of these is the best religious horror film?

You get to help decide with your votes! Vote up your favorite terrifying religious horror films and vote down any you never want to see again so other fans know which ones to watch next.

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    The Exorcist

    Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn

    Released1973

    Directed byWilliam Friedkin

    The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 exorcism...  more
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    The Conjuring

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2013

    Directed byJames Wan

    The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan and the first installment in the Conjuring series. Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga) are...  more
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    Carrie

    John Travolta, Sissy Spacek

    Released1976

    Directed byBrian De Palma

    Carrie is a 1976 American supernatural horror film based on Stephen King's first major 1974 novel of the same name. The film was directed by Brian De Palma and written by Lawrence D. Cohen. The film...  more
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    End of Days

    Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Tunney

    Released1999

    Directed byPeter Hyams

    End of Days is a 1999 American action fantasy horror thriller film directed by Peter Hyams starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Gabriel Byrne, Robin Tunney, Kevin Pollak, Rod Steiger, CCH Pounder, and Udo...  more
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    Deliver Us from Evil

    Eric Bana, Édgar Ramírez

    Released2014

    Directed byScott Derrickson

    Deliver Us from Evil is a 2014 American supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson....  more
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    The Witch

    Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson

    Released2015

    Directed byRobert Eggers

    The Witch (stylized as The VVitch, subtitled A New-England Folktale) is a 2015 historical period supernatural horror film written and directed by Robert Eggers in his directorial debut and stars Anya...  more
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    The Blackcoat's Daughter

    Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton

    Released2017

    Directed byOz Perkins

    The Blackcoat's Daughter (also known by its original title February) is a 2015 American-Canadian supernatural psychological horror film directed and written by Oz Perkins. During the dead of winter,...  more
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    Fallen

    Denzel Washington, John Goodman

    Released1998

    Directed byGregory Hoblit

    Fallen is a 1998 American fantasy action film directed by Gregory Hoblit, and starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman and Donald Sutherland. It was the only Turner Pictures film to receive an R...  more
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    The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2016

    Directed byJames Wan

    The Conjuring 2 is a 2016 American supernatural horror film, directed by James Wan. It is the sequel to 2013's The Conjuring and the third installment in The Conjuring series. Ed and Lorraine Warren...  more
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    The Devil's Advocate

    Charlize Theron, Al Pacino

    Released1997

    Directed byTaylor Hackford

    The Devil's Advocate is a 1997 American mystery thriller film based on Andrew Neiderman's novel of the same name. It is directed by Taylor Hackford and stars Keanu Reeves, Al Pacino, and Charlize...  more
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    The Nun

    Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir

    Released2018

    Directed byCorin Hardy

    The Nun is a 2018 American horror film directed by Corin Hardy, and the fifth installment in The Conjuring series. In 1952 at the Cârța Monastery in Romania, a nun (Charlotte Hope), a priest...  more
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    Legion

    Adrianne Palicki, Dennis Quaid

    Released2010

    Directed byScott Stewart

    Legion is a 2010 American apocalyptic supernatural action film directed by Scott Stewart. After a group of strangers is attacked by unknown demonic forces, an archangel named Michael (Paul Bettany)...  more
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    Apostle

    Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen

    Released2018

    Directed byGareth Evans

    Apostle is a 2018 period thriller film directed by Gareth Evans. When his sister is kidnapped by a religious cult, a mysterious man (Dan Stevens) travels to the remote island where he digs deeper and...  more
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    The Prophecy II

    Christopher Walken, Brittany Murphy

    Released1998

    Directed byGreg 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 Prophecy

    Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Walken

    Released1995

    Directed byGregory 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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    The Exorcism of Emily Rose

    Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter

    Released2005

    Directed byScott Derrickson

    The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a 2005 American courtroom drama horror film directed by Scott Derrickson, loosely based on the story of Anneliese Michel. A self-proclaimed agnostic lawyer (Laura...  more
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    The Order

    Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon

    Released2003

    Directed byBrian Helgeland

    The Order, also known as The Sin Eater, is a 2003 mystery horror film written and directed by Brian Helgeland, starring Heath Ledger, Benno Fürmann, Mark Addy, and Shannyn Sossamon. Helgeland...  more
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    Alucarda

    Claudio Brook, David Silva

    Released1978

    Directed byJuan López Moctezuma

    Alucarda is a 1978 Mexican horror film directed by Juan López Moctezuma, and starring Tina Romero in the title role. Often thought to be based on the 1872 novella Carmilla, it revolves around two...  more
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    Constantine

    Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves

    Released2005

    Directed byFrancis Lawrence

    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, Shia...  more
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    Afflicted

    Zach Gray, Michel Gill

    Released2013

    Directed byDerek Lee, Clif Prowse

    Afflicted is a 2013 Canadian found footage film that was written and directed by Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, and is their feature film directorial debut. It had its world premiere on September 9, 2013...  more
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    Bless the Child

    Christina Ricci, Kim Basinger

    Released2000

    Directed byChuck Russell

    Bless the Child is a 2000 American horror-thriller film directed by Chuck Russell, starring Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits, Angela Bettis, Rufus Sewell, Christina Ricci, and Holliston Coleman. It is based...  more
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    Carrie

    Julianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz

    Released2013

    Directed byKimberly Peirce

    Carrie is a 2013 American supernatural horror film. It is the third film adaptation of Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name, though Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Screen Gems, who produced the film,...  more
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    American Exorcist

    Bill Moseley, Leanna Billings

    Directed byTony Trov, Johnny Zito

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    Annabelle: Creation

    Talitha Bateman, Stephanie Sigman

    Released2017

    Directed byDavid F. Sandberg

    Annabelle: Creation is a 2017 American supernatural horror film directed by David F. Sandberg. It is a prequel to 2014's Annabelle and the fourth film in The Conjuring franchise. It tells the story...  more
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    The Stand

    Stephen King, Rob Lowe

    Released1994

    Directed byMick Garris

    The Stand (ABC, 1994) is an American horror miniseries directed by Mick Garris, and based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. The remaining survivors after a deadly plague split into two...  more