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The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches 

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Updated July 13, 2020 7.6k votes 1.4k voters 58k views 25 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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The Witch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Richard Johnson, Gian Maria Volonté, Ivan Rassimov

Released: 1966

Directed by: Damiano Damiani

La strega in amore is a 1966 film directed by Damiano Damiani.

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Rosemary's Baby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes

Released: 1968

Directed by: Roman Polanski

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 Conjuring 2: The Enf... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
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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The Blair Witch Project ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, Michael C. Williams

Released: 1999

Directed by: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

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 Autopsy of Jane Doe ... is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Hocus Pocus is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
JabonDix added Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, Thora Birch

Released: 1993

Directed by: Kenny Ortega

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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The Witches is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Joan Fontaine, Leonard Rossiter, Alec McCowen

Released: 1966

Directed by: Cyril Frankel

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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Black Sunday is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Arturo Dominici

Released: 1960

Directed by: Mario Bava

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Suspiria is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Suspiria Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth

Released: 2018

Directed by: Luca Guadagnino

Suspiria is a 2018 horror film directed by Luca Guadagnino, and a remake of the 1977 film. A young American aspiring dancer (Dakota Johnson) begins attending a prestigious dance academy, only to ...more

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The Wretched is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones

Released: 2020

Directed by: Brett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce

The Wretched is a 2020 American horror film directed by Brett Pierce and Drew Pierce. In the midst of his parent's divorce, a teenage boy must face off with a thousand year-old witch who is ...more
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The City of the Dead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Christopher Lee, Nickolas Grace, Venetia Stevenson

Released: 1960

Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey

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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The Mother of Tears is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Asia Argento, Moran Atias, Udo Kier

Released: 2007

Directed by: Dario Argento

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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Inferno is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Alida Valli, Veronica Lazăr, Eleonora Giorgi

Released: 1980

Directed by: Dario Argento

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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Mark of the Devil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, Reggie Nalder

Released: 1970

Directed by: Michael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven

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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Superstition is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Stacy Keach, Albert Salmi, Jim Houghton

Released: 1982

Directed by: James W. Roberson

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Night of the Eagle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Kathleen Byron, Peter Wyngarde, Colin Gordon

Released: 1962

Directed by: Sidney Hayers

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Book of Shadows: Blair W... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien, Jeffrey Donovan

Released: 2000

Directed by: Joe Berlinger

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The Love Witch is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Elle Evans, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Kaye L. Morris

Directed by: Anna Biller

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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The Witches is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Clint Eastwood, Helmut Berger, Alberto Sordi

Released: 1967

Directed by: Franco Rossi, Vittorio De Sica, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Mauro Bolognini, Luchino Visconti

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Witching & Bitching ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Carmen Maura, Carolina Bang, Mario Casas

Released: 2013

Directed by: Álex de la Iglesia

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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Spellbinder is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Kelly Preston, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Audra Lindley

Released: 1988

Directed by: Janet Greek

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Baron Blood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Elke Sommer, Joseph Cotten, Massimo Girotti

Released: 1972

Directed by: Mario Bava

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Witchery is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
David Hasselhoff, Linda Blair, Catherine Hickland

Released: 1988

Directed by: Fabrizio Laurenti

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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Witches' Brew is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Lana Turner, Teri Garr, Richard Benjamin

Released: 1980

Directed by: Herbert L. Strock, Richard Shorr

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Virgin Witch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches
Carol Needham, Vicki Michelle, Patricia Haines

Released: 1972

Directed by: Ray Austin

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