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The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches

Updated July 13, 2020 6.9k votes 1.6k voters 67.8k views25 items

Horror movies about witches may seem like a thing of the past, but there are have been several really scary witch movies released in the last 10 years that might change your mind on that. This list ranks the best witch horror movies, ranging from black and white classics to modern masterpieces. Forget the tired cliché of a green woman stirring a cauldron and riding a broom, because some of the scariest witch movies are seriously nightmare-inducing.

If you haven't seen 2016's The Witch yet, you are seriously missing out. The film centers around a 17th century Puritan family that succumbs to black magic, resulting in a creepy witchcraft movie that you'll be thinking about days after you watch it.

Besides obvious choices like The Blair Witch Project and Rosemary's Baby, good horror movies about witchcraft include Suspiria, Black Sunday, and Rob Zombie's The Lords of Salem.

Vote up the films you believe are the scariest movies about witches, and downvote any films you've seen and wouldn't recommend to other horror fans.

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    Rosemary's Baby

    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis

    Released1968

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    Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch

    Released2016

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    Richard Johnson, Gian Maria Volonté

    Released1966

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    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2016

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    The Blair Witch Project

    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard

    Released1999

    Directed byDaniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler

    Released1993

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    Joan Fontaine, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1966

    Directed byCyril Frankel

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    Suspiria

    Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton

    Released2018

    Directed byLuca Guadagnino

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    Barbara Steele, John Richardson

    Released1960

    Directed byMario Bava

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    John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda

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    The City of the Dead

    Christopher Lee, Nickolas Grace

    Released1960

    Directed byJohn Llewellyn Moxey

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  • Mark of the Devil12
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    Mark of the Devil

    Herbert Lom, Udo Kier

    Released1970

    Directed byMichael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven

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  • Inferno13
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    Inferno

    Alida Valli, Veronica Lazăr

    Released1980

    Directed byDario Argento

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    Asia Argento, Moran Atias

    Released2007

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    Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien

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    Stacy Keach, Albert Salmi

    Released1982

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    Kelly Preston, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

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    Clint Eastwood, Helmut Berger

    Released1967

    Directed byFranco Rossi, Vittorio De Sica, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Mauro Bolognini, Luchino Visconti

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    Carmen Maura, Carolina Bang

    Released2013

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    Elke Sommer, Joseph Cotten

    Released1972

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    Kathleen Byron, Peter Wyngarde

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  • Witchery23
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    David Hasselhoff, Linda Blair

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    Directed byFabrizio Laurenti

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    Lana Turner, Teri Garr

    Released1980

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    Virgin Witch

    Carol Needham, Vicki Michelle

    Released1972

    Directed byRay Austin

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