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All of Them Witches: The 10 Best Witch Horror Movies to Put a Spell on You

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5. The Love Witch (2016)

Anna Biller’s The Love Witch is a visually captivating ode to 1960s Technicolor thrillers, with a modern twist on the witch as an archetype. The film follows Elaine (Samantha Robinson), a beautiful, modern-day witch who uses spells and magic in her quest for love. However, her enchantments lead to unforeseen consequences, weaving a tale of desire, obsession, and the power dynamics between genders. The Love Witch is both a satirical and earnest exploration of femininity, empowerment, and the cost of meddling with the hearts of others. With its sumptuous visuals and compelling narrative, this film is a bewitching experience that redefines witchcraft for a new era.


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4. The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

Andre Øvredal’s The Autopsy of Jane Doe combines the macabre setting of a morgue with the deeply unsettling concept of an ancient witch’s curse. As a father-and-son coroner team delves into the autopsy of an unidentified woman, they uncover bizarre and terrifying secrets hidden within her body. The claustrophobic atmosphere, coupled with the horrifying unraveling of the witch’s story, makes for a gripping and suspenseful horror film that brings a fresh perspective to the genre. The Autopsy of Jane Doe is a testament to the power of storytelling, where the past’s darkness can rise to haunt the living with relentless fury.


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3. The Witch (2015)

Robert Eggers’ The Witch offers a chilling glimpse into the paranoia and isolation of 17th-century New England, where a family’s fear of witchcraft becomes their undoing. With its authentic dialogue, meticulous period detail, and haunting score, The Witch is a masterclass in atmospheric horror. The film’s portrayal of a family torn apart by suspicion and the supernatural creates a nuanced narrative that explores themes of faith, family, and the terrifying reality of being outcast. The Witch stands as a powerful meditation on the horror of the human condition when faced with the incomprehensible.


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International Classics

2. Suspiria (1977)

Dario Argento’s masterpiece, Suspiria, is a fever dream of vivid colors, unsettling imagery, and the unearthly beauty of witchcraft at its most malevolent. Set in a prestigious dance academy that harbors a dark secret, the film follows a young American dancer as she uncovers the coven of witches that lurks within. Suspiria is renowned for its groundbreaking visual style, thrilling score by Goblin, and its ability to conjure an atmosphere of surreal, palpable dread. The film’s exploration of power, art, and the supernatural has made it a defining work in horror cinema and a mesmerizing depiction of witchcraft’s allure and horror.


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1. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

At the top of our list is Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, a seminal work in horror that examines the deepest fears surrounding witchcraft, motherhood, and betrayal. The story revolves around Rosemary Woodhouse, who moves into an apartment with a dark history and becomes embroiled in a chilling tale of witchcraft and conspiracy. With its slow-building tension, psychological depth, and unforgettable climax, Rosemary’s Baby captures the existential dread of being powerless in the face of an unseen evil. This film not only set the standard for witch horror movies but also remains a timeless exploration of the darkness that may lurk behind the most familiar faces.


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Witch horror movies offer a unique blend of scares, storytelling, and a touch of the supernatural that can’t be found in any other sub-genre. From the Gothic to the modern, the tales of witches challenge us to confront our fears of the unknown and explore the depths of human belief, paranoia, and the desire for control. Each of the films listed above serves as a testament to the timeless allure of witchcraft in cinema, inviting audiences into worlds where the arcane and the mortal coil are intertwined in a dance of darkness and light. So, as the nights grow longer and the shadows deeper, there’s no better time to explore the captivating terror that these witch horror movies hold.

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