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Depictions Of Satanic Rituals In Film

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List RulesVote up the sauciest Satanic rituals in cinema.

If there’s one thing you can count on in horror movies about Satan, it’s a scene in which a character is thrust into a Satanic ritual, or at the very least some people sit in a circle and talk about power. Even at its most subdued, Satanic ritual in film is a tad exploitative. No one goes to the cinema to see a bunch of devil worshippers sitting around drinking tea or discussing the liberating power of the Prince of Darkness and his rejection of God as a metaphor for personal liberation. Moviegoers want blood, guts, and a goat if at all possible. So which Satanic movies hit the nine inch nail on the head as far as accurately portraying a Satanic ritual or black mass? Take a look at some of the spookiest movies starring your pal Satan to find out.

Hella *spoilers* ahead, fyi. 

Depending on who you ask, Satan can take many forms. Sometimes he’s a satyr trying to get laid, but more often than not, the devil is a concept more than a being, a philosophical precept rooted in challenging accepted wisdom and questioning reality. How a director represents that on film comes down to the beliefs and aesthetics of each project's director and screenwriter. This list exists to help decide which films are able to show their love of Satan while grounding Satanic practices in a semblance of reality.

Which film do you think most accurately depicts Satanic rituals? Do you think they’re all being dramatic? Do you have a better way of contacting the one with the cloven hooves? If so, tell us about it in the comments. 

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