| Gross: Why are cults such a popular subject for horror movies? 120 min 1 Rosemary's Baby (8.0) In Roman Polanski's classic film, a woman named Rosemary becomes impregnated with the spawn of Satan by a demonic cult. Best Horror Movies of 2019 Ranked by Tomatometer. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors. David Cronenberg A group of graduate students and scientists uncover an ancient canister in an abandoned church, but when they open the container, they inadvertently unleash a strange liquid and an evil force on all humanity. Though there are Satanists behind the harrowing events in writer-director Ari Aster's feature debut, Hereditary, the worshipers of the demon king Paimon are more a coven than a cult, as they lack a charismatic leader (Ann Dowd's grandmotherly Joan is more spokesperson than frontman). Bruce Campbell, | | | Barbara Crampton, David Gale, Votes: Joe Swanberg, George A. Romero and off-kilter scenes (hydrophobia, a symptom of rabies, somehow allows a group of infected hardhats to be held off with a garden hose). James Karen, | 83 min $0.24M, R Christopher Stone, Votes: And if you want more films like Kill List, Wheatley has continued to explore the world of secret organizations and identities in a diverse array of films, from the dystopian High-Rise and the psychedelic folk horror of A Field in England to the latest adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's classic thriller, Rebecca. | Gross: Horror and thriller movies can only be thought of as successful if they have viewers at the edge of their seats, and these didn't. Though the true nature of what happens in The Endless may appear to touch on science fiction, the filmmakers' decision to filter the action through a cult scenario is spot on, as issues of de-personalization, separation from the outside world, and salvation (or damnation) by unseen entities based on degrees of faith are also some of the most frightening elements of a cult experience. Stars: Amanda Bearse, Not Rated | And intentional or not, it's hard to not see the film's clash between hippies and blue-collar workers as some kind of statement on fears about the counterculture, which at the time of the film's release, were fully ablaze thanks to a real-life cult leader Charles Manson, whose crimes inspired Durston's script. That debate comes into sharp focus with Pugh's character, who's been emotionally steamrolled by a family tragedy and her non-committal boyfriend (Jack Reynor). Stuart Gordon And for the purposes of this list, a "cult" is defined as a group or movement that adheres to the absolute belief in the word of a charismatic leader. | 96 min Stars: Director: So, we've compiled a list of truly terrifying films about creepy cults that you should definitely add to your must-watch list. | | Don Francks, Not Rated $41.48M, R The Oblong Box, She Demons, Freaks, they're all here at All Horror! Well, there's so much about cults that frighten people, such as the depersonalization and unwavering worship of their followers, the secrecy of their rituals, and the messianic tendencies of their leaders. Peter Jackson Horror, Thriller. Chuck Jones Frank Oz The individual stories in the three films that comprise the V/H/S trilogy of found-footage horror can be hit and miss, but nearly every fan of the franchise agrees that the most full-tilt crazy, gore-soaked entry is "Safe Haven," from 2013's V/H/S/2. 107 min | Gerald Potterton, Stars: Robert Houston, $25.00M, R 56,969 0. Of course, her friends and several cult members have to suffer ghastly deaths in order for that to happen. | | 104 min Elizabeth Moody, Patrick McGoohan, Horror, Mystery, Thriller. Eli Craig Independent cult favorites featuring the horror, thrillers, and sci-fi action you can’t find anywhere else. Comedy, Horror. Don Calfa, Stars: Comedy, Horror, Musical. Stars: | 63,608 A reporter and a psychic race to close the Gates of Hell after the suicide of a clergyman caused them to open, allowing the dead to rise from their graves. Ellen Sandweiss, Director: Comedy, Horror. Comedy, Horror. It can be combined with a horror, comedy, or character-driven drama, and can follow spies, assassins, cops, criminals, or … Action, Horror, Sci-Fi. A man's uneventful life is disrupted by the zombie apocalypse. Refine See titles to watch instantly, titles you haven't rated, etc. Lynda Day George, A young officer in Napoleon's Army pursues a mysterious woman to the castle of an elderly Baron. Director: Tobe Hooper But what the hosts (Tammy Blanchard and Michiel Huisman) are selling to their guests, including a former spouse (Logan Marshall-Green) and the always-great character John Carroll Lynch (American Horror Story: Freak Show), is a New Age-styled grief support system. Director: Stars: The Gremlins are back, and this time, they've taken control of a New York City media mogul's high-tech skyscraper. Judith O'Dea, Directors: | Maika Monroe, After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. At least, at first. | Calvin Reeder, John Houseman, Votes: John Carpenter 37,469 And therein lies the real terror at the heart of cult horror movies. As with The Wicker Man, Midsommar asks the viewer to question if the cult's rites are inherently evil or holdovers from an older and more brutal way of life. Director: Director: 64,253 Stephen Lack, Stars: horror comic books of the 1950s. Shot in just 18 days and largely improvised by its cast, Kill List raises many questions but leaves most unanswered by its devastating conclusion. | 83,749 | Director: Antonella Interlenghi, R Director: When hippie Satanists force-feed LSD to a small-town baker, his grandson gets revenge by selling them meat pies laced with the blood of a rabid dog! | https://filmschoolrejects.com/10-best-killer-cult-horror-movies 89 min Director: $14.23M, R James Woods, Daniel Henshall, Director Edgar G. Ulmer, who apprenticed with Nosferatu director F.W. (*I included films from many decades and a variety of genres/styles. Ellen Greene, David Lynch Comedy, Fantasy, Horror. Tell us your top 5 in the comment section below! Horror, Sci-Fi. Stars: Fantasy, Horror. Stars: Director: Corey Haim, Lane Hughes, The realism of the entire film, and particularly the special effects makes this one of the best foreign horror films ever created. | Unlike other protagonists in their position, Fonda and Oates fight back against the sinister cabal, resulting in some high-octane action set pieces, including a ferocious highway pursuit that rivals big-budget studio productions for sheer bravado.