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The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches  

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes
Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The cast includes Mia ...more

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The Witch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Richard Johnson, Gian Maria Volonté, Ivan Rassimov
La strega in amore is a 1966 film directed by Damiano Damiani.
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The Autopsy of Jane Doe ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
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The Autopsy of Jane Doe is a 2016 American horror film directed by Norwegian André Øvredal. It stars Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox as father-and-son coroners who experience ...more

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The Conjuring 2: The Enf... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Frances O'Connor
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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The Blair Witch Project ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams
The Blair Witch Project is a 1999 American found footage horror film written, directed and edited by Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sánchez. The film was produced by the Haxan Films production ...more

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The Witches is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Joan Fontaine, Leonard Rossiter, Alec McCowen
The Witches is a 1966 British horror film made by Hammer Films. It was adapted by Nigel Kneale from the novel The Devil's Own by Norah Lofts, under the pseudonym Peter Curtis. It was directed by ...more
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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
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Hocus Pocus is a 1993 American comedy fantasy film directed by Kenny Ortega and starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as a trio of witches, the Sanderson Sisters, who are ...more

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Black Sunday is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Arturo Dominici
Black Sunday is a 1960 Italian gothic horror film directed by Mario Bava, from a screenplay by Ennio de Concini, Mario Serandrei and Marcello Coscia. The film stars Barbara Steele, John ...more

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The Mother of Tears is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Asia Argento, Moran Atias, Udo Kier
The Mother of Tears is a 2007 Italian-American supernatural horror film written and directed by Dario Argento. The film stars Asia Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Moran Atias, Udo Kier and Coralina ...more
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The City of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Christopher Lee, Nickolas Grace, Venetia Stevenson
A creepy classic! A young college student Nan Barlow visits the village of Whitewood, Massachusetts to do some research into New England witchcraft. Her tutor, Professor Alan Driscoll ...more
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Inferno is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Alida Valli, Veronica Lazăr, Eleonora Giorgi
Inferno is a 1980 Italian supernatural horror film, written and directed by Dario Argento. The film stars Irene Miracle, Leigh McCloskey, Eleonora Giorgi, Daria Nicolodi and Alida Valli. The ...more

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Book of Shadows: Blair W... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Jeffrey Donovan
Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 is a 2000 American psychological horror film and the sequel to The Blair Witch Project, directed by Joe Berlinger. Another sequel was planned but never ...more
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Mark of the Devil is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, Reggie Nalder
Mark of the Devil is a West German horror film released in 1970. It is most remembered for US marketing slogans devised by Hallmark Releasing Corp. that included "Positively the most ...more

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The Love Witch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Elle Evans, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Kaye L. Morris
The Love Witch is a 2016 American horror comedy film written and directed by Anna Biller. The film is about a modern-day witch (Samantha Robinson) who uses spells and magic to get men to fall in ...more

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Superstition is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Stacy Keach, Albert Salmi, Jim Houghton
Superstition is a 1982 Canadian-American horror film directed by James W. Roberson and starring James Houghton, Albert Salmi, and Lynn Carlin. The plot follows a family who move into a house ...more
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Witching & Bitching ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Carmen Maura, Carolina Bang, Mario Casas
Witching & Bitching is a 2013 Spanish horror-comedy film co-written and directed by Álex de la Iglesia. It stars Hugo Silva, Mario Casas and Carmen Maura. It won the most awards at ...more
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The Witches is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Clint Eastwood, Helmut Berger, Alberto Sordi
Le streghe is a film produced by Dino De Laurentiis in 1965 and released in 1967. It consists of 5 short stories, directed by Luchino Visconti, Franco Rossi, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Mauro Bolognini ...more
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Night of the Eagle is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Kathleen Byron, Peter Wyngarde, Colin Gordon
Night of the Eagle is a 1962 British horror film directed by Sidney Hayers. The script by Charles Beaumont, Richard Matheson and George Baxt was based upon the 1943 Fritz Leiber novel Conjure ...more
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Spellbinder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Kelly Preston, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Audra Lindley
Spellbinder is a 1988 American thriller film directed by Janet Greek, starring Timothy Daly and Kelly Preston. The screenplay was written by Tracy Tormé. The original music score was ...more

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Witchery is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
David Hasselhoff, Linda Blair, Catherine Hickland
Witchery is a 1988 horror film. It is the first sequel to Ghosthouse, starring David Hasselhoff, Catherine Hickland, Hildegard Knef, Linda Blair, & Annie Ross.
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Baron Blood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Elke Sommer, Joseph Cotten, Massimo Girotti
Baron Blood is a 1972 horror film directed by Mario Bava. It is one of Bava's least critically popular films.
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Virgin Witch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Carol Needham, Vicki Michelle, Patricia Haines
Virgin Witch is a 1971 British horror exploitation film about a prospective model who ends up joining a coven of witches. The film was directed by Ray Austin, and stars sisters Ann Michelle and ...more
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Witches' Brew is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Lana Turner, Teri Garr, Richard Benjamin
Witches' Brew is a 1980 horror comedy film directed by Herbert L. Strock and Richard Shorr who co-wrote screenplay with Syd Dutton. It was based on Fritz Leiber Jr.'s novel Conjure Wife. Witches ...more