The Blood On Satan'S Claw 1971 Folk Horror
The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971) | Tigon Pictures

Let’s Get Folked Up! 25 Essential Folk Horror Movies That’ll Cast a Spell on You

The Village (2004)
Buena Vista Pictures

16. The Village (2004)

M. Night Shyamalan skillfully crafts a tale of an isolated community bound by fear and tradition. The palpable tension, coupled with a rich backstory, keeps viewers engaged as they navigate a web of secrets and revelations. While divisive in its reception, The Village remains a thought-provoking exploration of fear and societal constructs.

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Apostle Movie 2018 Folk Horror
Apostle (2018) | Netflix

17. Apostle (2018)

A complex tapestry of faith, desperation, and deception, Apostle plunges the viewer into a world where nothing is as it seems. Set on a secluded Welsh island, the plot unravels with mounting tension as secrets are unearthed. It’s a thrilling journey that deftly merges elements of mystery with traditional folk horror.

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The Blair Witch Project 1999
Artisan Entertainment

18. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

A pioneer in its found footage format, this film delves deep into American folklore with its raw and visceral portrayal of a malevolent force in the woods. By using the found footage style, it brings an immediacy and realism to the age-old tales of witchcraft, making the fear feel all too close and personal.

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Paramount Pictures

19. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

Set against the backdrop of urban New York, this film introduces witchcraft into the modern age. Its brilliance lies in its subtlety, building a sense of dread not with overt horror, but with mounting paranoia and suspicion. It’s a masterclass in psychological horror with underpinnings of age-old beliefs.

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Sleepy Hollow 1999
Sleepy Hollow (1999) | Paramount Pictures

20. Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Reimagining a classic American folktale, Tim Burton brings his signature gothic flair to the legend of the Headless Horseman. With lush visuals and a captivating plot, the film transports viewers to a world where folklore meets fantasy, creating a delightful yet eerie experience.

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