Top 5 Scariest Occult Horror Movies – Part 2

Top 5 Scariest Occult Horror Movies – Part 2


Occult Horror–it’s back, and it’s bigger
and more terrifying than ever before. Because as it may seem, we’ll never truly
know how deeply seeded the twisted influence of the occult runs through horror fiction
and fandom. It’s interesting, because there’s nothing
quite like a horror movie that correctly handles the occult–an exploration of the hidden facets
of the human condition–of the ancient, and the forbidden. For horror cinema in particular, correctly
portraying occultism is a difficult task to do–and out of all our specific list videos
that we’ve revisited for a Part 2–this one is perhaps the most difficult. Let’s see what we can do. Hello horror fans, what’s going on–and
once again, 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 Scariest Occult Horror Movies
— Part 2. Roll the clip. For the curious amongst you, that clip was
from 2016’s A Dark Song–an absolutely fantastic British movie starring the awesome Steve Oram
alongside Catherine Walker, that happened to find itself at our Number 2 spot on the
previous part of this list–but is so damn good that it deserves to take the honorable
spot of today’s roll the clip. So yeah, there you go–there you have it–and
there will be many, many entries that deserve their recognition of horror movies that deal
with the occult–many of which I know you’ll have an opinion over, so let us know your
picks down in the comment section below. On with the show. Kicking off at Number 5 – Starry Eyes, 2014 And I’d just like to begin with the fact
that this film is hella messed up. It is incredibly, incredibly violent–and
for an independent movie that was pretty much funded through Kickstarter, it contains some
of the most truly shocking visual effects I’ve seen in a while. Also, not only that–but 2014’s Starry Eyes
handles some pretty acute themes–many of which cut close to the bone, and many of which
pose the question as to why this film had to be created by independent studios, as it
critically handles the vast conspiracy and occultism often lauded with Hollywood–and
in many ways, is reminiscent of the themes handled in Stanley Kubrick’s 1999 classic,
Eyes Wide Shut. Now we’ve got all of that out of the way
though–this film is just a straight up great horror movie, and although it has its flaws–start
to finish, it portrays occultism with an air of modernity. Co-written and directed by Kevin Kolsch and
Dennis Widmyer, Starry Eyes tells the tale of Sarah Walker, played by the awesome Alexandra
Essoe and who’s performance in this film is something to behold, as an aspiring actress
who’s stuck in a dead-end job at a fast-food restaurant in Hollywood, but who, of course,
quickly finds herself along a much more sinister path. After taking a casting call with a prestigious
studio, for a mysterious film known as The Silver Scream–Sarah quickly catches the eye
of a strange casting director, and her willingness to completely transform for any given reveals
the price that she has to truly pay. To be honest, there’s not too much to spoil
with this film–because you can guess the premise from the first few scenes–but nevertheless,
it’s in the gradual reveal of the true extent of the price that Sarah pays for fame where
horror truly lies. And saying that–the final moments of this
film are truly, truly shocking. This film is gross. It’s violent and bleak. It’s got a secret hollywood cult pulling
the strings for young actors–and as far as occultism goes, it paints the bleakest of
pictures. Coming in at Number 4 – The House Of The Devil,
2009 And whilst one thing does, indeed, lead to
another–and whilst we’ve also covered this film before on Top 5 Scary Videos–there’s
no denying the fact that when it comes to Occult Horror–The House of the Devil is a
rightful contender for the Top Spot. So much so, that the next four films on this
list are *so* neck and neck that you could almost consider this spot Number 2. Without beating about the bush, The House
of the Devil is a fantastic horror film–and as so far as genre filmmaking goes, it manages
to *so* accurately create a sense of time and place that it’s easy to slip through
the cracks of this film. And that time and place, is the 1980s–and
a Suburban America gripped in the midst of the Satanic Panic. And oh boy–is this film the definition of
Satanic Panic. Written and directed by the awesome Ti West,
the filmmaker behind 2011’s The Innkeepers, as well as You’re Next–which are both incredible
horror movies in their own right–The House of the Devil tells the tale of Samanatha Hughes–played
by Jocelin Donahue–a college student in the 1980s–who takes up a babysitting job at an
old house in the countryside, owned by the Ulman’s–an initially unassuming family
that are hiding more than just skeletons in their closet. Now, I almost don’t want to say anything
else about the plot–because for those that haven’t seen this film, it’s very much
a classic haunted house tale–who’s true terror lies in the discovery of what lurks
behind every corridor–but again, in classic occult fashion–the third act of this film
is the definition of Occult Horror. Now listen, although this film is far from
perfect, and it draws on many tropes already explored in classic 1980s horror–for the
sum of its parts, The House of the Devil is start to finish horror entertainment. I’d even go so far as to say it’s one
of the best occult horrors of the last decade. Next up at Number 3 – Häxan, 1922 This film. Was made. In 1922. And–horror list aside, we should all appreciate
how astonishing it is to bare witness to an artform that has lasted for so long, whilst
also being living evidence of the things that a creative team of human beings can do, despite
their technological limitations–during a time where these particular methods of narrative
weren’t even in the cultural idealogue. Big words, I know–but this film is a big
freakin’ deal. And when it comes to Occultism in Horror Cinema–this
film literally wrote the book. But it was based on another book, a book that
spawned the craze of demonology that has proliferated its way through the ages. The Malleus Maleficarum–the 15th century
demon-hunter’s handbook, and in many ways–Haxan is a visual depiction of the many bizarre
mysteries and cultural superstitions that it spawned. And in many ways, this film is the definition
of occultism in its visual form. Written and directed by Benjamin Christensen,
Haxan–also known as The Witches or Witchcraft Through the Ages–at the time, it was the
most expensive Scandinavian film ever made–and for what is essentially a horror movie based
on a medieval textbook–that’s a pretty big deal. Told in four distinct parts, Haxan seeks to
discover the origin of witchcraft–and the true meaning behind the many demons and destructive
entities that have found their place in folklore. In one manner, this film is an essay–and
in others, it is a visual tapestry of what role superstition–and demonology in particular–played
in European culture. Listen, this is a silent film–it was made
in 1922–and it will not be for everybody–but the bones that it laid down for horror cinema
as a whole, and the depiction of occultism and forbidden knowledge behind the silver
screen–are incredibly important, and they’re the ones we should cherish. Also, stylistically–this film is a wonder
to behold. It’s equal parts historical artefact as
it is a work of horror. There is nothing quite like it, and there
definitely won’t be another like it. Unless we go back in time… but yeah, that’s
a different story. Swinging in at Number 2 – Kill List, 2011 Alright–how do you get, what is for the most
part, a British Gangster movie–that then somehow manages to turn itself into one of
the most glaring and visceral occult horrors of recent memory? You have to be Ben Wheately, that’s how. I went into this film not knowing anything
about it, and it was my first brush with the incredibly talented British filmmaker, Ben
Wheately–and the fact that ultimately, I finally realised it was a horror film–rather
than a straight up crime-thriller–made things quite confusing on first viewing. But then you watch this film back again–with
that same thought in mind, and all the unexplored mysteries of the occult–cultism in general,
homogeneity, the breakdown of the social contract–conspiracy, shady old dudes in smoky rooms–and then suddenly,
2011’s Kill List truly becomes terrifying. And do you know why? Because no matter how many times you watch
this film, there are no answers. And the definition of occultism–is hidden
knowledge. Do you see where we’re going with this? Written and directed by Ben Wheatley, Kill
List tells the tale of Jay, played by the staggeringly talented Neil Maskell–alongside
his partner Gal, also played by the fantastic, Michaely Smiley–two former soldiers who took
up a career as hitmen ever since leaving the military–whilst Jay is haunted by the disaster
of a mysterious mission gone wrong in Kiev. Strangely though, the pair happen upon a mysterious
job–introduced to him by Gal’s new girlfriend, a human resources manager of all people–sounds
fishy already, right? Well, yeah–I’ll say no more, because although
I said previously that this film has very few answers–understanding the points that
get us there as an audience is part of the deeply disturbing mysterious. This film unravels like the bandage of an
infected wound. There’s something really off about it, the
whole way through. And despite the boisterous and often comedic
performances of Maskell and Smiley–their swager only serves to make the ultimate resolution
of this film far more terrifying. Yeah. Kill List guys. As far as Occult Horror Movies go. This is definitely one of the best. And finally, coming in at our Number 1 spot
– Hereditary, 2018 And boy–where do we begin. You just knew that this one was going to rear
its ugly, Paimon-ridden head sooner or later, and many of you found umbridge with the fact
that it didn’t appear on our Part 1 of this list–but come on, there’s a lot to get
through when it comes to occult horror, okay? And we’ve got a few demonic overlords to
crown. Nevertheless–there is only one Occult Horror
film of the 21st century that rightfully deserves its place at the top spot–and it’s Hereditary. Also, as a little sidebar–Ari Aster’s other
occult showstopper, Midsommar–perhaps deserves its place up here, but we’ll let the dust
settle first before we give that one a proper once over. For all intents and purposes–the meat and
bones of 2018’s Hereditary are horror incarnate. The reason this film is touted as one of the
scariest films of an entire generation, is because it is. Hereditary is terrifying. It’s disturbing. It contains some of the greatest performances
in the whole of horror–particularly with the extraordinary Toni Collette and the young
Alex Wolff–and occult aside, this film is the true meaning of fear. And then we can talk about the occult angle
of this film–because again, part for part–there are few other films that breach the topic
as deftly and as comprehensively as Hereditary. For all intents and purposes, this film is
about a demon. And in a genre oversaturated by demonic possession
movies, unexplored crypts or paranormal investigators–Hereditary manages to blow all of those films of that
ilk, completely out of the water–effortlessly. As far as demonology goes–and of shadowy,
malevolent cults–this film is the most convincing out of all of them. I’m not sure *exactly* why that is–but
it is. Part of it is in the writing–part of it is
in Ari Aster’s unique view of what horror actually is–but the majority of it is in
what we’re not shown. It’s in the implication of a family gripped
by a force far out of their control. Yeah. I don’t need to say much more. Occult Horror. Hereditary. They go together like a cult and a treehouse. Well, there we have it horror fans–our list
for the Top 5 Scariest Occult Horror Movies — Part 2. What do you guys think? Do you agree? Disagree? Have any more to add to this list? Let us know your thoughts down in the comment
section below, as well as any choice picks of your own. Before we depart from today’s video though,
if you’d like to continue on with your horror recommendation binge–then please, feel free
to hit that neatly compiled playlist floating conveniently to the side. Unfortunately, that’s all we’ve got time
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  1. Keep The Horror Binge Going With – Top 5 Scariest Forgotten Horror Movies – Part 4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcbBukfP0Tg

  2. The scariest cult is the one where Jack's clones keep getting sacrificially murdered by Lucy. We don't even who they're sacrificing to!

  3. Hereditary desturbed me so much i had to turn it off and iv'e never had to do that even watching japanese horror films

  4. Part of the reason Hereditary and Kill List worked so well for me was a sense that both movies had such a Hammer Horror vibes at different points, a gothic sensibility if you will permeating both, although only Hereditary managed to replicate a certain campiness whilst still remaining sinister (nothing campy about Kill List pure Wickerman weirdness throughout)

  5. When you mentioned "demonic possession" the movie "Fallen" with Denzel Washington came to mind – did you guys ever talk about this one? I think, Azazel was mentioned in one video but not the movie in which he, well, "starred" in. And it might not be "horror" but more "thriller", this guy who body swaps is one of my favorite demons in cinema because he is depicted as demonic but also partly human of sorts – maybe because he spent too much time in humans? At least in this movie he is better to grasp in his motivations because as much as he wants to plunge society into chaos by using human hosts for his evil deeds, he is also vengeful and a survivor who just wants to exist.

  6. Heredity is a movie I loved but made me so uncomfortable I don't know if I will ever rewatch it. But yeah that film needs to be burned into entertainment history and never forgotten it such a rare work.

  7. I know it's cosmic horror rather than occult, but have you heard about The Event Horizon series, with Adam Wingard attached?? Keep up the great content!!

  8. Hereditary and Killlist; And A Dark Song as honorable mention
    This is an all time favorite top5 video instantly 👏👏👏👏

  9. Do u ever think that the demon portrayed in Hereditary is just sittin back chillin like,"Yeah thats right…Im the reason that movie exists. I'm awsome."

  10. First I want to say that everyone are priviliged to thier own opinion…. But Midsommar sucked beautiful photo and great suspense but not much more. And for those who wonder. Byxmyndig means you have turned 15. 😈

  11. Where do I find these movies?! I just love all of the list y'all make. My movies to watch list is super long now! Please keep the creepiness coming!! 😍😵😵

  12. I bought Hereditary on DVD before I even knew what it was about and absolutely loved it, if that's the right word. It has to be the best movie I've seen in a long time! The little girl in the car, need I say more if you've seen it. Bloody awesome video Jack as always from your Aussie friend Ann xoxo 😱🙀

  13. Maybe I'm alone in this but I didn't find hereditary scary at all, I was able to predict a lot of the surpises in it.

  14. how can Hereditary be that popular?! it´s not even scary?! not the worst movie i´ve seen. But it is still kind of dull, there is basically 1 horrific scene, you even see happen a looong way. a girl sticking her head out the windows.. Hmm, i wonder what could happen? i kind of laugh when he jumped out the window. And there even was one scene which felt like it came from the 80:s. But what i think is really disturbing in movies, is when scenes are so wicked that i wonder, are those that made the movie really sane? Like a scene in a movie called taxidermy.

  15. Hereditary is the best! It's so disturbing and awesome! Good job on making it #1. There's no other horror movie that can compare to this one.

  16. I wasn’t a huge fan of Midsommar… can’t wait to see your take in a future vid! Love you guys, so happy you’re here to stay 😉

  17. I agree whole heartedly with the exception of house of the devil. Only because I have not seen it as yet. But it IS on my short list. And hereditary was in a word BRILLIANT. Because of Toni Collette. She was unbelievable. My new favorite in horror

  18. Hereditary was just plain amazing. I loved A Dark Song too, so good. I know some of it was inspired by Alister Crowley's attempt at the same ritual, but I wonder by how much.

  19. I really wish you guys would put a list of the movies in the bottom so I can remember the names and not rewind a bunch of times lol

  20. 'Like a cult in the tree house' I lol'd.
    I'm kiiinda making a list of older horror movies to watch and review for popculture portal I co-create, and Your lists are a treasure to me.

  21. Starry Eyes is a fun flick with that actually asks some pretty compelling real life questions when it comes to fame/success in our modern world: what lengths would you go to obtain a career in an industry that won’t hesitate to dispose of your efforts even if you give your all? It can make you lose your identity, your friends, your…hair and teeth.. lmao

    I wish that Starry Eyes ditched the campy slasher tone to explore the more psychological terror of what it’s like to unravel when trying to make it in a ruthless entertainment industry.

  22. I’m surprised Suspiria wasn’t on here Jack the original obviously. That’s my favourite a couple of mentions from me. City of the dead with the legendary Christopher Lee. And 1970s the Dunwich Horror.

  23. Another great list Jack 🙂 Would you make a TOP 5 scariest german expressionism movies? 😀 I love to see it!

  24. Honestly, I don’t get what the fuss was about Hereditary. Overall I found it quite dull and boring, not at all scary or frightening.

  25. Just put "kill list" on my kill list. Can't wait to watch you made it sound great. The only one on the list I've not watched . It has a shane meadows "dead mans shoes" vibe to it. X

  26. Not only entertaining but informational and gives things to explore for later… A single working mom after a long day or a break .. Keep this page alive !!!!!!

  27. Most horror movies I watch, I do enjoy them, but they don't technically scare me. Hereditary was one of the few that did actually scare me, which is why it's one of the best horror movies I've ever seen.

  28. pfft, house of the devil, pfft, try the august underground series or the guinea pig series. Those movies and grotesque make house of the devil look like play school

  29. Here’s one you missed that I really think deserves to be on this list: Pyewacket. Seriously Pyewacket. I don’t think I’ve seen you mention it in any list. Does that mean you haven’t seen it? If that is the case please do yourself a favor and watch it now! It’s on Hulu. I think it is the most realistic depiction of what would happen when teenagers mess around with the occult without really knowing what they are doing. Slow burn but bloody brilliant! 🖤

  30. I did not like hereditary that was not a real good movie to me the ending was really messed up really did not like it but other people probably did

  31. Your description of the removal of an infected wound's bandage being quite an apt analogy! If you've not had the pleasure the visuals +/or memories when you say "somethings just not right." comes way before touching the bandage. Probably when you see the look in the owner's eyes or smell that off scent. You nailed that close nuff to evoke a cringe.

  32. I love Hereditary. 20 years from now people are going to understand it better and recognize it as the masterpiece it is..

  33. Tonight im going to watch "Resolution" for the first time, which is like a followup movie to The Endless! I'm so excited! thank you for another fabulous list Jack, I download soo many of these! <3

  34. I do not like watching that actress in heredity- weird face acting is overdone extreme and unattractive – don’t see why she’s so praised… my opinion

  35. Hmmm … am not sure where I was during the time The House of the Devil is shown … interesting! Let me go back to 2009 …. the list is fascinating! Good Job guys! #Top5 #Scary #Videos

  36. In all honesty I rented a horror vid recommended by you, I was very disappointed and money down. I didn't rent anything recommend since, but… I did watch 'under the skin', it was a brilliant film, very thought provoking and very real from the 'woman's' point of view and our own. Even days later its all stuck in my mind and I find myself delving deeper and deeper in its meaning and the actual isolation behind it. Im So glad you recommended it. Even though its unlikely, it still comes across as something very real and heartbreaking. You guys rock 🌟

  37. Could you do a top 5 scary true occults? There are so many out there especially from the 60-70s. I read Rose McGowan was actually born into one. I much as I love the horror movie lists I want to hear more about real stuff like the literature videos or haunted countrysides. Keep it scary guys.

  38. Sorry but I found Hereditary really boring… Only the shocking beginning has merits, the rest is basically the plot of the paranormal Activity movies.

  39. I was so disappointed in Hereditary, i found it extremely boring. It looked soooo amazing in the previews, but i was disapointed

  40. Häxan totally deserves it's place on the list. Amazing effects and great, brave actors. Imaging the reactions on Swedish Film Industry, putting resources and money in an occult horror production like that.

  41. Occultist here I don’t really think that there are any Hollywood occultists and if there are they’re pretty rare.

  42. #3 was mislabeled on screen as the previous entry. I feel like I've simultaneously got a huge weight off my chest and done nothing helpful whatsoever! Lol

  43. Excellent list guys! Some other occult classics you may want to consider are Hammers, The Devil Rides Out (1968), Jacques Tourneur's The Curse of the Demon (1957), Burn, Witch, Burn (1962), and The Seventh Victim (1943). Keep up the good work…love the channel!

  44. Yes Yes Yes,Hereditary at number one, my favorite Film of 2018,I can’t believe I have friends and family that don’t like or understand this film,for shame

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