20 films about occult rites and rituals

The supernatural frightens and attracts. Someone in childhood called the Queen of Spades, guessed at the cards, or in another magical way tried to touch what defies the laws of common sense. From time immemorial, people have performed rituals, inviting or driving away various baboons. You can always argue about the existence of otherworldly forces, but after spending the evening in the company of films about the occult, you will feel a chill creeping down your back, even from the impact of a night butterfly on the glass.

The Conjuring 3: By the Will of the Devil (2021)

The novelty of the movie is based on real events and tells about one of the most sensational cases in the practice of researchers of the occult and the paranormal – Ed and Lorraine Warren. The plot is built around the guy Arnie, who will have to fight a powerful demon inside, whose presence pushed him to kill. These events will lead to the first time in US history that a suspect uses demonic possession as his primary line of defense in court.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Genre:
Horror, detective

Actors:
Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ruairi O’Connor…

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


House on the Other Side (2020)

Marriage Beth and Owen from the outside looked perfect. Until a man put a bullet in his head one morning. What could push a person to such a terrible act? The inconsolable widow begins to sort out old things and suddenly opens the veil over the secrets of her husband’s life. The heroine of the film, to her horror, realizes that she did not know her husband when she finds records about the occult and photographs of strangers. Meanwhile, frightening events take place in the house, as if Owen is still here.

Original title:
The Night House

Genre:
Horror, detective

Actors:
Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis-Hall …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Spell (2020)

Wealthy lawyer Markus is flying to his father’s funeral with his family. However, before reaching its destination, the private jet crashes in the Appalachian Mountains. A wounded lawyer wakes up in the house of an elderly black woman, Eloise. And at first it looks like she and other residents of the community are trying to help the man find relatives who disappeared after the accident. But soon everything that happens turns into an ominous performance, and Eloise turns out to be a real witch from a sect of hoodoo magic fans.

Original title:
Spell

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, Lorraine Burrows…

Country:
USA, South Africa

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Reincarnation: The Devil’s Coming (2020)

A young pregnant woman wakes up in the basement of the house of her gynecologist and his wife. The couple kidnapped the unfortunate woman in order to carry out some kind of satanic ritual in order to bring the deceased grandson back to life. The essence of the ritual is to transfer the soul of a deceased child into the body of an unborn child. However, the rite cannot be completed, but a powerful demon enters the world, capable of controlling people’s fears. A low-budget horror film about occult rituals, although not included in the lists of the best, is quite capable of scaring pregnant spectators before going to the antenatal clinic.

Original title:
Anything for Jackson

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Sheila McCarthy, Julian Richings, Constantina Mantelos…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 6.3

Age Limits :
18+


Corruption (2020)

Recently, tragedy struck in Delane’s life. An unknown person strangled her mother right during a Skype session in front of a dumbfounded girl. Soon the heroine goes to South Africa to help her aunt with the sale of the house and sort out her mother’s old things. There, she stumbles upon strange finds that indicate that her mother’s death may have something to do with the South African curse and the occult.

Original title:
Heks

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Coco Lloyd, Mari Molefe van Heerden, Mary-Anne Barlow…

Country:
South Africa

Rating:
IMDb – 4.8

Age limit:
18+


Satanic Panic (2019)

The next film in the top horror films about rituals is a mystical bloody comedy. Pizza delivery girl Samantha happens to be at a demonic sect ‘s party . The members are going to summon the devil, but they need a virgin to do so. The previous girl, having learned about her mother’s intentions to sacrifice her, quickly solved the “problem” of innocence by finding a gentleman. But Samantha is just right for the sacrifice.

Original title:
Satanic Panic

Genre:
Horror, comedy

Actors:
Hayley Griffith, Rebecca Romijn, Arden Myrin…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Ninth (2019)

The action of an unusual detective film at the intersection of mysticism and ironic comedy takes place in St. Petersburg of the 19th century, where brutal murders of young women take place. During the investigation , a policeman named Rostov seeks help from a medium, Olivia Reed, who came from the UK. At first, the man and his assistant are skeptical about the occult, but soon they will have a chance to make sure that spirits exist and can even help.

Genre:
Detective, thriller, crime

Actors:
Evgeny Tsyganov, Daisy Head, Dmitry Lysenkov …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 5.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Voodoo (2019)

A mystical feature film about the occult and rituals tells about the British army doctor Izzy. Returning from a business trip, the woman realizes that everything has changed at home. A teenage daughter and two young children are behaving strangely. At first, the heroine thinks that her post-traumatic disorder is to blame. However, it gradually becomes clear that the otherworldly spirit has taken possession of the children, threatening their lives. And to get rid of the demon, you have to perform a special ceremony.

Original title:
The Unfamiliar

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Jemima West, Christopher Dane, Rebecca Hon…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.4, IMDb – 4.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Suspiria (2018)

The remake of the cult dance horror movie of 1977 turned out to be no less cruel and atmospheric. An American dancer comes to Europe to perform with a famous troupe. The girl manages to pass the audition and immediately get into the place of the prima in the upcoming production. However, soon she will discover something sinister and supernatural within the walls of the music academy.

Original title:
Suspiria

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, detective

Actors:
Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth…

Country:
Italy, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Apostle (2018)

Outside in 1905. Considered dead, Thomas learns that his sister Jennifer was kidnapped and became a prisoner on a remote island in a community of sectarians. Members of a religious cult are running out of funding, so they demand a ransom for the girl. Thomas decides to infiltrate the island undercover in order to rescue his sister from the clutches of the pagans. Here the hero of the film about occult fanatics realizes that idolaters are not as harmless as he might think.

Original title:
Apostle

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Dan Stevens, Lucy Boynton, Michael Sheen …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age limits :
16+


Evil Spirit (2017)

Leah and her mother are in an emotionally unstable state after the death of the head of the family. The daughter constantly quarrels with her mother. In addition, the strange fascination of a teenager with the occult scares a woman. After another scandal, Leah goes into the forest, cuts her wrist and casts a spell, thus trying to summon an evil spirit to kill her parent. And soon inexplicable events begin – a strange accident occurs, someone invisible is walking around in the attic of a new house, and other ominous omens follow.

Original title:
Pyewacket

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Laurie Holden, Nicole Munoz, Chloe Rose…

Country:
Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Nanny (dilogue, 2017 and 2020)

The horror film will continue the list of the best films about the occult with a full set of mystical trash and magic rituals, all wrapped up in black humor . The unlucky and lonely 12-year-old boy Cole is head over heels in love with the sexy nanny Bea. When the parents go away for the weekend, the nanny throws a party by inviting her friends. Cole is sent to bed, but a curious teenager decides to spy on the guests. But what he sees will not please the boy. It turns out that Bee is the leader of a satanic cult, and right now she is sacrificing a person.

Original title:
The Babysitter

Genre:
Horror, comedy

Actors:
Judah Lewis, Samara Weaving, Robbie Amell…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Voodoo (2017)

New Orleans resident Dani goes on vacation to Los Angeles to visit her cousin. Since this is her first visit to the famous city, the girl records what is happening on a video camera. However, this trip is not just a vacation, but an attempt to escape from problems. In her hometown, Dani met a married man whose wife, having learned about the affair, began to pursue her rival. Soon the heroine realizes that she cannot be safe wherever she goes. After all, the deceived wife of her lover is even ready to resort to the occult in order to take revenge on the homeowner.

Original title:
VooDoo

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Samantha Stewart, Ruth Reynolds, Dominic Matteucci…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 4.3

Age limit:
18+


Song of the Devil (2016)

Three years after her son’s death, Sophia decides to use black magic to see him again. She hires an occult specialist, Joseph, and rents a secluded mansion. Together, they isolate themselves from the outside world and must spend six months locked up. No one knows what horror they can expect next, but Sophia intends to bring the ritual to the end by all means.

Original title:
A Dark Song

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Steve Oram, Catherine Walker, Susan Lunein …

Country:
Ireland, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 6.2

Age Limits :
18+


Deathly Hallows (2015)

The hero of the film – the artist Jesse – is tired of being content with a titmouse in his hands. Therefore, he, along with his wife Astrid and daughter Zoe, moves to a new place of residence to create something special. The house in which the family settles has recently become a crime scene, which does not scare the new settlers at all. Soon, Jesse finally catches the muse by the tail and begins to paint talented, but terrifying paintings that depict the exhausted faces of children. It turns out that the artist’s inspiration is a gift from an evil spirit and he needs a payment. The choice falls on Zoe.

Original title:
The Devil’s Candy

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama

Actors:
Ethan Embry, Shiri Appleby, Pruitt Taylor Vince…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 6.4

Age Limits :
18+


Michael King Obsession (2014)

Michael King is an atheist. After the death of his beloved wife, he decides to make a documentary film about the occult in order to prove by his own example that no obsession exists. A man literally provides his body for the devil to inhabit, using rituals from necromancy, demonology and satanism. And what will come out of a creepy undertaking, you will find out by watching this non-trivial horror film, filmed in the format of pseudo-documentary cinema.

Original title:
The Possession of Michael King

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Shane Johnson, Ella Anderson, Kara Pifko…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Blood Creek (2008)

The fantasy thriller will remind you of Hitler’s love for the occult sciences. According to the plot of the film, even before the war, the Nazis send an agent to a quiet American village to study an artifact found there that can give a person immortality – the Rune Stone. Already today, the missing brother unexpectedly comes to the main character Evan and asks his relative to help find the offender who held him captive for two years. However, it would be better for the brothers not to disturb what lives on a terrible deaf farm with an overstayed SS man from the 30s.

Original title:
Blood Creek

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action movie, thriller

Actors:
Henry Cavill, Dominic Purcell, Emma Booth…

Country:
USA, UK, Romania

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Devil’s House (2008)

The stylish mystery film pays homage to the horror stories of the 70s and 80s, recreating the style of the films of that era. Student Samantha is desperate to scrape together enough money to pay a deposit on her new apartment. Therefore, he agrees to work as a nanny in a large old mansion. Arriving at the place, the girl begins to suspect that it is not the child who will keep her company in this sinister place, but something otherworldly.

Original title:
The House of the Devil

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Jocelyn Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Ravens…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Like tough cops (2007)

Highly qualified police officer Nicholas Angel, due to certain circumstances, has to move from London to a quiet province. Here he gets not too smart Danny as a partner and starts the service. For the past 20 years, nothing illegal has happened in the countryside, but as soon as a new cop sets foot on this land, a series of terrible incidents immediately hit the town.

Original title:
Hot Fuzz

Genre:
Action, thriller, comedy, detective

Actors:
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent …

Country:
UK, France

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
16+


Key to all doors (2005)

Caroline takes a job as a nurse in a large mansion on the outskirts of Louisiana. She must look after an elderly man – Ben Devereaux, who was recently paralyzed. His wife gives the girl a key that opens all the doors in the house, except for one – in the attic. It turns out that the black servants who lived here before were engaged in hoodoo magic and their occult corner was located there. Caroline suspects that this is the secret of Ben’s poor health and begins to understand what is happening.

Original title:
The Skeleton Key

Genre:
Horror, thriller, drama, detective

Actors:
Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, John Hurt …

Country:
USA, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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