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The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies 

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Updated April 18, 2019 2.5k votes 62 voters 139 items

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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?

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The Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair

Released: 1973

Directed by: William 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 ...more
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The Conjuring is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King

Released: 2013

Directed by: James 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 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
John Travolta, Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie

Released: 1976

Directed by: Brian 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 ...more
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End of Days is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Robin Tunney, Renee Olstead

Released: 1999

Directed by: Peter 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, ...more
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Deliver Us from Evil is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Lene, Lasse Rimmer, Kurt Ravn

Released: 2009

Directed by: Ole Bornedal

"Ole Bornedal's smart, propulsive thriller Deliver Us from Evil opens on a deserted coastal road as the film's narrator, a garishly dressed young woman, quickly introduces us to the film's ...more
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The Blackcoat's Daughter... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
The Blackcoat's Daughter Emma Roberts, Lucy Boynton, Kiernan Shipka

Directed by: Oz 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 ...more
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The Witch is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

Released: 2015

Directed by: Robert 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 ...more
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The Conjuring 2: The Enf... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor

Released: 2016

Directed by: James 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 ...more
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Fallen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland

Released: 1998

Directed by: Gregory 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 Prophecy II is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Christopher Walken, Brittany Murphy, Jennifer Beals

Released: 1998

Directed by: Greg 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 Nun is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
The Nun Taissa Farmiga, Demián Bichir, Charlotte Hope

Released: 2018

Directed by: Corin 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 ...more
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Legion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Adrianne Palicki, Dennis Quaid, Kate Walsh

Released: 2010

Directed by: Scott 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 ...more
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Apostle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Dan Stevens, Michael Sheen, Lucy Boynton

Released: 2018

Directed by: Gareth 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 ...more
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The Devil's Advocate is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Charlize Theron, Al Pacino, Keanu Reeves

Released: 1997

Directed by: Taylor 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 ...more
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The Prophecy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Viggo Mortensen, Christopher Walken, Virginia Madsen

Released: 1995

Directed by: Gregory 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 Ro... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson

Released: 2005

Directed by: Scott 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 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Heath Ledger, Shannyn Sossamon, Peter Weller

Released: 2003

Directed by: Brian 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. ...more
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Alucarda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Claudio Brook, David Silva, Manuel Dondé

Released: 1978

Directed by: Juan 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 ...more
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Carrie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Julianne Moore, Chloë Grace Moretz, Judy Greer

Released: 2013

Directed by: Kimberly 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 ...more
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Annabelle: Creation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Annabelle: Creation Talitha Bateman, Stephanie Sigman, Anthony LaPaglia

Released: 2017

Directed by: David 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 ...more
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Bless the Child is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Bless the Child Christina Ricci, Kim Basinger, Ian Holm

Released: 2000

Directed by: Chuck 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 ...more
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The Sacrament is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, A. J. Bowen

Released: 2013

Directed by: Ti West

The Sacrament is a 2013 horror thriller film written and directed by Ti West.
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American Exorcist is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
American Exorcist Bill Moseley, Leanna Billings, Jeff Orens

Directed by: Tony Trov, Johnny Zito

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Afflicted is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Zach Gray, Michel Gill, Greg Ng

Released: 2013

Directed by: Derek 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, ...more
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Constantine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Terrifying Religious Horror Movies
Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf

Released: 2005

Directed by: Francis 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, ...more