Folk Horror: 10 horror films about creepy villages and rituals

More and more people prefer to live in cities rather than in the countryside. And for new generations who grew up in an urbanized world, distant villages with their own special way of life and an arsenal of superstitions are shrouded in a mysterious veil. Not surprisingly, horror stories about ancient rituals and witch cults practiced in the outback are experiencing a real flowering. Shivering horror stories about evil spirits, ruthless witches and insane cultists await you in a selection of the best folk horror films of recent years.

Solstice (2019)

In a rural settlement cut off from the world, once every ninety years a unique ceremony is held dedicated to the celebration of the solstice. A group of anthropology students come to an old Swedish village to see and learn pagan rituals for themselves. Young researchers do not even suspect that the magical action awakens truly powerful forces and on the day when the sun rises high above the horizon, real darkness will come for someone.

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Original title:  
Midsommar

Genre:
Horror, drama, thriller

Actors:  
Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren …

Country:  
USA, Sweden

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:  
18+


Dashra (2018)

An unusual horror film about creepy villages, filmed in hot Tunisia. A journalism student became interested in a strange thing that happened a quarter of a century ago. Then a certain woman was accused of witchcraft and imprisoned in a psychiatric hospital . Together with a couple of fellow students, the girl tries to shed light on a dark story and goes to a gloomy Tunisian village.

Original title:
Dachra

Genre:
Horror

Actors:
Hela Eid, Yassmin Dimassy, ​​Azis Jbali…

Country:
Tunisia

Rating:
IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:
18+


Apostle (2018)

On a secluded island inhabited by sectarians who practice a rather strange cult. The leader of the spiritual community claims to personally communicate with a powerful goddess . A series of crop failures dooms the settlers to a starvation existence. Blood sacrifices do not help, so the preacher organizes the kidnapping of the daughter of a very rich man. The brother of the stolen girl intends to take cruel revenge on the fanatics.

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+


Ritual (2017)

Screen adaptation of the popular horror novel by British writer Adam Neville. Four hikers go hiking in a Swedish national park to pay tribute to a recently deceased friend. Due to the injury of one of the guys, the group decides to take an alternative route through the wilds of the forest . After the friends spend the night in an abandoned house, where they had nightmares until dawn, a terrible creature follows the four.

Original title:  
The Ritual

Genre:  
Horror

Actors:  
Rafe Spall, Arsher Ali, Robert James Collier…

Country:  
UK, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.3

Age Limits
18+


Witches (2017)

Mother and daughter live in the wilderness. Residents from the surrounding villages consider the hermits to be witches and try to stay away from their hut. But one day the disease strikes a woman and her condition worsens every day. Daughters for the first time in many years will have to go out to strangers and ask for help. The girl is afraid of the locals, but the villagers are also afraid to face witchcraft.

Original title:  
Hagazussa

Genre:  
Horror, drama

Actors:  
Alexandra Quen, Selina Peter, Claudia Martini…

Country:  
Austria, Germany

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:  
18+


Evil Spirit (2017)

A teenage girl after the death of her father became seriously interested in the occult. The mystical passion was shared by the friends of the exalted girl. The mother, fearing for her daughter’s mental health, decided to move to a remote secluded home. The indignant girl asked the spirits to kill her mother, and the terrible request was heard. The atmospheric soundtrack for the Canadian horror film was written by the guitarist of the popular band Bring Me The Horizon.

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+


Witch (2015)

Residents of the Puritan community, for neglecting the rules of the church, expel one of the settlers along with his wife and children. The family settles down on a secluded farm in a gloomy wilderness. Despite all the hardships, the couple has another child. However, soon the child mysteriously disappears. The loss of a baby is only the beginning of a series of chilling events.

Original title:  
The VVitch: A New-England Folktale

Genre:  
Horror, thriller

Actors:  
Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickey…

Country:  
Canada, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.9

Age restrictions:  
16+


Harvest (2007)

The main character of the cult American horror was once a devout Christian, but, having experienced a string of personal tragedies, she was filled with skepticism. Now a woman in the company of like-minded people travels around the country, exposing false miracles. The next destination is a small town where it rains from frogs, there is a loss of livestock, and the water turns into blood …

Original title:  
The Reaping

Genre:  
Horror, thriller

Actors:  
Hilary Swank, David Morrissey, Idris Elba…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:  
16+


Wicker Man (2006)

A retired police officer is tormented by the fact that he caused the death of several people. Another problem is added to the man’s mental trauma – his old close friend asks for help in finding his missing daughter. A former cop arrives at a settlement where a woman and a girl lived. There lives a mysterious religious community. The detective quickly realizes that the fanatics intend to sacrifice the girl to their bloodthirsty gods .

Original title:  
The Wicker Man

Genre:  
Horror, thriller, detective

Actors:  
Nicolas Cage, Ellen Burstyn, Keith Beehan …

Country:  
USA, Mexico, Canada, Germany

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 3.7

Age restrictions:  
16+


Mystery Forest (2004)

Spectacular mystical film with a high rating – one of the best thrillers with an unexpected denouement . A small village is surrounded on all sides by forests teeming with bloodthirsty monsters. According to a long-standing agreement, monsters do not touch the locals if they follow certain rules and do not poke their nose into the thicket. But when a sick child dies, one brave man, in order to provide the community with medicines for the future, decides to break the taboo and make his way through the forbidden forest territory to the city.

Original title:  
The Village

Genre:
Thriller, romance

Actors:  
Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:  
12+


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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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