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The Scariest Horror Movies About Witches

Updated July 13, 2020 6.5k votes 1.5k voters 64.7k 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
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    Rosemary's Baby

    Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis

    Released1968

    Directed byRoman Polanski

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    The Witch
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    The Witch

    Richard Johnson, Gian Maria Volonté

    Released1966

    Directed byDamiano Damiani

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    The Autopsy of Jane Doe
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    The Autopsy of Jane Doe

    Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch

    Released2016

    Directed byAndré Øvredal

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    The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist
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    The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Poltergeist

    Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson

    Released2016

    Directed byJames Wan

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    The Blair Witch Project
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    The Blair Witch Project

    Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard

    Released1999

    Directed byDaniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

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    The Witches
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    The Witches

    Joan Fontaine, Leonard Rossiter

    Released1966

    Directed byCyril Frankel

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    Hocus Pocus
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    Hocus Pocus

    Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler

    Released1993

    Directed byKenny Ortega

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  • 8
    Black Sunday
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    Black Sunday

    Barbara Steele, John Richardson

    Released1960

    Directed byMario Bava

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    Suspiria
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    Suspiria

    Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton

    Released2018

    Directed byLuca Guadagnino

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    The Wretched
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    The Wretched

    John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda

    Released2020

    Directed byBrett Pierce, Drew T. Pierce

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    The City of the Dead
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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 Devil
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    Mark of the Devil

    Herbert Lom, Udo Kier

    Released1970

    Directed byMichael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven

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    Inferno
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    Inferno

    Alida Valli, Veronica Lazăr

    Released1980

    Directed byDario Argento

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    The Mother of Tears
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    The Mother of Tears

    Asia Argento, Moran Atias

    Released2007

    Directed byDario Argento

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    Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2
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    Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2

    Jay Leno, Conan O'Brien

    Released2000

    Directed byJoe Berlinger

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    The Witches
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    The Witches

    Clint Eastwood, Helmut Berger

    Released1967

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

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    Superstition
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    Stacy Keach, Albert Salmi

    Released1982

    Directed byJames W. Roberson

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    The Love Witch
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    The Love Witch

    Elle Evans, Jeffrey Vincent Parise

    Directed byAnna Biller

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    Witching & Bitching
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    Witching & Bitching

    Carmen Maura, Carolina Bang

    Released2013

    Directed byÁlex de la Iglesia

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    Night of the Eagle
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    Night of the Eagle

    Kathleen Byron, Peter Wyngarde

    Released1962

    Directed bySidney Hayers

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    Spellbinder
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    Spellbinder

    Kelly Preston, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa

    Released1988

    Directed byJanet Greek

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    Baron Blood
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    Baron Blood

    Elke Sommer, Joseph Cotten

    Released1972

    Directed byMario Bava

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    Witchery
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    Witchery

    David Hasselhoff, Linda Blair

    Released1988

    Directed byFabrizio Laurenti

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    Witches' Brew
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    Witches' Brew

    Lana Turner, Teri Garr

    Released1980

    Directed byHerbert L. Strock, Richard Shorr

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    Virgin Witch
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    Virgin Witch

    Carol Needham, Vicki Michelle

    Released1972

    Directed byRay Austin

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