Top 5 Scary Occult Horror Movies

Top 5 Scary Occult Horror Movies

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We love horror movies. And we’re also fantastically fascinated
by the arcane mysteries of the occult and the mystical, magical professions that surround
its dark arts. You could say that, historically, the very
DNA of horror cinema was founded within the motif of the occult. Since 1922’s Nosferatu – to the works of
the legendary Kenneth Anger and later Stanley Kubrick – it’s safe to say that horror cinema
has been fascinated by the origin of the occult. So what better way then, than to combine these
two bizarre passions into a neat, handy little list. Hello horror fans – and welcome back to the
scariest channel on YouTube – Top 5 Scary Videos. As per usual, I’ll be your horror host Jack
Finch – as today, we curiously take a look at the Top 5 Scary Occult Horror Movies. Roll the clip. For
the curious amongst you, that clip was from 1992’s Hellraiser 3: Hell on Earth – which
eh, is kind of trashy – but that’s besides the point. Pinhead in a Church – yeah, of course we’re
going to use that to set the scene for this particular video list. Like I said previously – it’s all about
framing. Kicking off at Number 5 – The Devil’s Candy,
2017 And if you’re in the mood for a tongue in
cheek subversion of modern horror concepts, while also delivering consistently nerve-wracking
cinematic set pieces – then The Devil’s Candy is for you. The fact that this film doesn’t really take
itself that seriously – also adds to the slow, creeping horror that the films opening third
deliberately sets up. It’s like – no one’s in control of anything,
even the level of humour delivered – and that’s a pretty uneasy feeling. Written and directed by Sean Byrne – the Australian
director responsible for the fantastic 2009 film, The Loved Ones – which if you haven’t
seen it – please do, it’s brilliant – his sophomore film, The Devil’s Candy, tells
the tale of an unwitting family and their brush with the devil – all beneath a heavy
metal homage. It’s got all the hallmarks of a classic
haunted house horror, detailing the plight of the struggling Hellman family, who just
kind of want to get on with their lives – but obviously, find themselves at the beck and
call of the Devil himself and his loyal servants. Also, as seems to be standard with Byrne’s
filmmaking – this film is just beautiful to watch, juxtaposed by some pretty vividly violent
imagery. You wanna dip your toe into some occult horror? The Devil’s Candy is for you. Next up at Number 4 – Rosemary’s Baby, 1968 While it may not be apparent to some, and
while this film is also ridden with controversy, from it’s filmmaker, to the pitfalls and
tragedies following its release – Rosemary’s Baby has proven to be – time and time again
– the benchmark for occult horror cinema. Adapted from Ira Levin’s horror bestselling
novel of the same name, Rosemary’s Baby was Roman Polanski’s first American feature
film – which paved the way for some of horror cinema’s most iconic films following it’s
1968 release. The thing is, what Rosemary’s Baby proved
– is that horror can be delivered without the trappings and overstyled monsters of nightmarish
creation. This film is terrifying, because of its humanity. And of course, a perverse – upper class cult
that wants to usher in the antichrist. This film is a long, sprawling display of
psychological horror tinted with the supernatural – delivered in its entirety by some of the
most incredibly vivid performances in horror cinema. Mia Farrow as the titular Rosemary Woodhouse
is so damn good that it’s criminal she doesn’t get more recognition for her harrowing on-screen
depiction. Combine that with the late, great Ruth Gordon
Jones as the terrifying Minnie Castevet – and what we have is some of the most nerve-wracking,
disturbing emotional trauma ever captured on screen. It would also later inspire one of my favourite
films of all time, The Hand That Rocks The Cradle. Two for one guys. Value. Swinging in at Number 3 – The VVitch, 2015 If you’re familiar with this channel – you’ll
understand the adoration that I have for this film. Which is quickly becoming an unhealthy adoration
because I’m pretty sure there are only a certain number of times that you can watch
2015’s The VVitch before succumbing to madness. Also – shameless namedrop, but I had the pleasure
of having a beer with the voice of Black Phillip – and he was awesome. So there you go. Written and directed by the unstoppably original
Robert Eggers, who is swiftly cementing himself as one of my favourite horror directors – after
just one film, may I add – and I’m incredibly excited for his new release, The Lighthouse
– and you should be too. The VVitch tells the story of a Separatist
family during the mid 1630s in New England, who are cast out from the Puritan Plymouth
Colony – and set out to build their new life in the deep woods of a bleak New England. This film is a demonstration of isolation,
and achieves that aim to literal perfection. The amount of times I’ve watched this film,
and realised that in all honesty, it could be set anywhere, during any time and any place
– and it would still have the same impact. But thankfully for us, it’s not – and this
film’s lifeblood is dripping in religious undertones, the arcane – and the mysteries
of the human spirit. And none of it is a commentary, which more
often than not filmmakers find themselves doing. All of it is personal. This film soars because of its characters. And I love it. Coming in at Number 2 – A Dark Song, 2016 Alright. Some people may disagree with this film’s
placement on the list – but I’ll tell you why 2016’s A Dark Song makes it to my number
2. Because, in fact – it is perhaps one of the
most truest and personal depictions of the occult in the whole of cinema. It is incredibly difficult to argue against
that fact – when 98% of this film is about two people in an isolated, abandoned house
in the Welsh countryside, trying to perform an occult ritual. But also – it is just an incredibly awesome
display of Irish and British Horror – and we know how much I like to advocate that fact. So go me. It also co-stars one of the United Kingdom’s
most criminally underrated actors of all time – Steve Oram, and if you haven’t seen 2012’s
Sightseers, please do. Trust me. Its great. Written and directed by the fledgling indie
director Liam Gavin, this film also happens to be his directorial debut – and that fact
definitely makes him one to watch. A Dark Song tells the story of Sophia, a grieving
mother whose seven year old son had been murdered and kidnapped, and Joseph Solomon – an occultist
who promises to perform a grueling ritual that will lead to her ultimate salvation. No spoilers, because if you haven’t seen
this film – then you’ll definitely want to go in blind, because what plays out is a visual
onslaught, grounded in an unnerving reality – that confronts some incredibly tough questions. Great film, great premise, great execution. And finally, coming in at our Number 1 spot
– The Wicker Man, 1973 Ah yes – of course – because we cannot talk
about Occult Horror – without addressing its pièce de résistance – 1973’s The Wicker
Man. Not only is The Wicker Man the best occult
horror movie ever made – it’s also the best British horror movie made – and double also,
stands tall amongst the halls of horror legend. Loosely based on the 1967 David Pinner novel,
Ritual – Anthony Shaffer’s adapted screenplay for The Wicker Man is still heralded as one
of the most perfectly complete screenplays in horror history. What it also achieved though – was to prove
to the genre that not everything needed a complete, and happy ending – a hallmark often
attributed to modern British cinema. If you haven’t seen 1973’s The Wicker
Man, directed by Robin Hardy and starring the collosal Christopher Lee, alongside Edward
Woodward – then please, stop what you’re doing right now and watch it. Also, please don’t accidently watch the
painstaking 2006 remake – unless you’re in the mood for watching a comedy, because
it’s so bad that it’s hilarious. Throughout the
events of the film, Woodward plays Police Sergeant Neil Howe – who journeys to the remote
Hebridean island of Summerisle to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. And that’s all I’m going to tell you – because
what plays out is perhaps one of the most completely chilling demonstrations of the
occult in horror cinema – and it is is terrifying. Well – there we have it folks, that’s my
list – how about yours? Why don’t you let us know your thoughts
in the comment section down below. Before we depart though, let’s read out
some of your most interesting comments from over the past few days. First up – Mr. F says — Jack! What’s your favourite doughnut? Ps love the channel. — Cheers Mr. F! Glad to have you on board. As for the doughnut, to be honest I’d rather
pick a cream cheese bagel or something – but that isn’t pertinent to your question, so
I’d have to choose a Krispy Kreme Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter. Damn straight. Doughnuts in an occult video – hm. That’s a crossover I didn’t expect. Well, on that note horror fans – cheers for
sticking around all the way until the end – if you were a fan of this video, make sure
to hit that thumbs up button – as well as that subscribe bell – and we’ll be seeing
you in the next one. As per usual, I’ve been your horror host
Jack Finch – you’ve been watching Top 5 Scary Videos – and until next time – you take
it easy.

100 comments

  1. What about digging deeper into this topic, with top 5 occult horror movies from the 70s, obvsly the golden age in this subgenre as well.
    By the way great content, mostly agree with the lists =D

  2. The Witch is the only western horror movie that actually scared me for days. While I love many western horror my favs being The Shining, Conjuring series, Nightmare on Elm Street etc, none of them actually made me feared like the Witch.

  3. So glad to see "The Dark Song" on here. Saw that movie a while back and really enjoyed it. I honestly think this is the first time I've seen it on any list.

  4. U guys should watch Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil its a Netflix Original and its absolutely fantastic

  5. Devils Candy was amazing but I couldn't get through it since Pruitt Taylor Vince was REALLY good at playing a creep. But yeah AMAZING movie but very hard to watch if you aren't ready for something that gritty and dark.

  6. Dark Song is so underrated. It shows a Solomonic magick ritual so completely. I loved the best how it shows the result of playing with magick forces. The end is beautiful.

  7. Jack!!!! youre Awesome!!!! may i ask you whats your opinion on the "The Ninth Gate" i was kinda suprised it wasnt on this list

  8. Hey Jack and crew, thanks for all the awesome movie recommendations! I just saw Fire in the Sky and the special and practical effects were amazing even by today's standards. Keep up the great work, and thanks again 🙂

  9. Rosemary's Baby is one of my top picks for people who like suspense! I saw it only recently (2 years or so ago) and I was literally on the edge of my seat while watching it!

  10. Rosemary's Baby still scares the begeebees out of me. My mother wouldn't let me see it till I was 17…and it gave me nightmares then. I am usually not fazed by horror films, but Rosemary's Baby still gives me nightmares.
    Dark Song was hard for me to get through. However once I did, it was more than worth it!
    The original Wicker Man much better than the remake….just saying.

    Jack, I'll join you on the cream cheese bagel!

    Note: I've seen the other movies on this list and still only Rosemary's Baby gives me nightmares.

  11. Does the Void count? Cause if it does, then that belongs on part 2 that movie is incredible, the monster design, the horrific atmosphere, the mystery … god that movie is incredible.

  12. Not having Haxan on this list is a travesty. The OG in occult cinema. Great call on A Dark Song! Others that should make a future list are Hopkins Witchfinder General, Hereditary, The Ninth Gate, House of the Devil and the almighty Omen trilogy. Keep me coming!

  13. It must be difficult because there’s SO MANY good classic and new occult horror movies. While I don’t think I’d choose these as my personal top 5, I think it’s a good sampling of some great ones. All 5 of these are fantastic films.

  14. Absolutely Hereditary should be on this list. I've seen every movie and certainly cannot go with "A Dark Song", fo sho. But Dang, Ti West's "House of the Devil" should be #1 or #2 on this list, and "Kill List" is absolutely one of the finest occult movies ever made.

  15. Great list!! I’ve never seen the original Wicker Man, have to do that. I just maybe would add The Sentinel (1977) and House of the Devil to a part2 video😄🎥🔥 or maybe that’s satanic horror movie list😂

  16. The witch isn't about the occult. Its the fever dreams of a family dying of Ergot poisoning had it pegged the first time the rotting crops and grain in their fields were shown. other wise good list

  17. I love Black Phillip! Now I have another reason lol! What a FINE actor.🐾✌😋😈🐐thanks for the cool vid. The original Wicker and Rosemary were SO good and creepy!🐝 Oh and The Hand That Rocks the Cradle? Yes!😵👶

  18. I'm surprised you could mention Rosemary's Baby and not mention the original Omen. The kid who played Damian was, in his own subdued way, absolutely terrifying, especially at the end. The performances, the direction, the atmosphere, the soundtrack, all of it gave me nightmares for weeks the first time I saw it.

  19. I'm also gonna mention another movie here which I'm sure a lot of people are gonna disagree with because parts of it were really cheesy. But I thought Drag Me to Hell was also an occult classic. Yeah, I know Sam Raimi is more along the lines of Roger Corman than Roman Polanski, but the basic plot and the ending were absolutely the stuff of my worst nightmares.

  20. I'm really curious if you've ever watched "Bo". It's more of a romantic cult horror-comedy Indy film that takes place within a single room.

    Personally I favor horror-comedy. My favorite by far is "Tucker and Dale vs Evil". It makes me happy to laugh at inappropriate things and not be stared at like a lunatic.

  21. I'm not familiar with The Devil's Candy or A Dark Song, but I will seek them out. Rosemary's Baby is a masterpiece and I cannot praise The VVitch enough. I absolutely love The VVitch. List are always subjective, but I think Hereditary should have been included here. The dread in Hereditary is overwhelming.

  22. did you know that rosemary's baby had help with the satanic rituals scenes from none other than Anton Lavey. founder of the satanic church

  23. You should probably do a part 2, and put 1999's End of Days, starring Arnold Swarzeneggar and Gabriel Byrne, at number 1. 🙂👹

  24. Great list! Maybe it is because it is one of the first horror movies I ever saw, but I would include The Omen on this list.

  25. You never mentioned angel heart great performances from Micky Rourke ! The exorcist? The omen? End of days?

  26. Thank you for loving The Wicker Man. The 1973 one of course. A masterpiece of subtle horror until the end when all is revealed and subtle goes right out the window. Christopher Lee to this day is my lord and master and I watch this film every year on his birthday in May. Sumer is in cumin in.

  27. Original The Wicker Man is the only one I haven't seen yet. I'll have to rectify that someday.

    I recommend Apostle (2018) for the future. And The House of the Devil (2009). Lords of Salem was fun…
    That's it, for now.

  28. I am so f$#king envious that the host of this episode got to have a drink with the hot mofo that voiced Black Phillip! It's my favorite movie, after Kill Bill 1&2 of course. But I've seen The VVitch at least eight times! I love the happy ending! 🙂

  29. 1973's The Wicker Man is amazing!!! The new version belongs in the toilet. Although it's still one of Nicolas Cage's better movies. Which really isn't saying a lot…

  30. Saw the original Wickerman on VHS in 1980s. Personally I think it is the best horror movie ever made not just scariest Occult. . I think since it’s release it has or is about to move out of Cult Classic status into the mainstream . Am stunned at the number of admirers it has and many generations of them it has acquired since its 1973 botched release . Wickerman has been called the Citizen Kane of Horror films but I think it is like the Wizard Of Oz. In that , like OZ , it hardly had any fanfare until years later when it started getting viewed

  31. Cult movies: wicker man, hereditary
    Witches movies: the witch, suspiria etc…
    Elite movies: martyrs, eyes wide shut, society, hostel, rosemary's baby, death becomes her etc…

  32. I personally kind of prefer horror films in which the story's ending is at least somewhat 'open', rather than being too conclusive and tragic.

    Anyway, how about:

    -Top 5 Scary Works of Classical Music (I'd nominate Harrison Birtwistle's 'Triumph of Time', Gyorgy Ligeti's 'Atmospheres' (used in the film '2001'), and the second movement from Ralph Vaughan Williams' 6th Symphony).

    -Top 5 Scary Paintings of Western Art (I'd nominate Goya's 'Saturn Devouring His Children' and Bruegel's 'Triumph of Death').

  33. Saw A Dark Song a couple of months ago and I agree about it being on the list, excellent movie with a truly shattering ending

  34. The Witch is obviously amazing, and I really like the Devils Candy too. I found it on Amazon Prime one night and was really surprised by it. Same with A Dark Song. It was actually quite freaky and by far the scariest (in as much as any horror movie can be scary, which really isnt much) and tensest movie on this list. Rosemary's Baby was really good too. Usually I stear away from horror films before 1970 because they are either absolutely terrible or completely tame and not horrific or remotely scary in any way shape or form.

  35. Kill list shouldve made this list. Come on jack its a cockney dream that film 😋 plus it was amazing as youre sucked into a gangsters paradise then being thrown into an occult nightmare.

  36. Rosemary's baby and the Wicker Man should be left alone and not ever remade.. Nic Cage should be punished. Oh, wait he's Nic Cage

  37. Alright, Jack, NOW that I've seen Part One, I can definitely ask: Is there a separate list for British Folk/Occult Horror, and if so, are things like BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW, MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH or THE DEVIL RIDES OUT on it?

  38. Your number one the wickerman is indeed the best occult video EVER MADE. Sir Christopher Lee did that film gratis. He believed that it needed to be made so much that he did anything he could to make it happen. I have 2 of the wooden box collector sets and more. I LOVE THIS FILM AND WE WATCH IT EVERY BELTANE/ MAY DAY!

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