Top 10 Religious Horror Films

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Witchfinder General (1968)

“I will find out the truth for you, have no fear.”

Very few films communicate the tyrannical terror of religious authority as profoundly as Michael Reeves’ Witchfinder General. It incorporates all the classical gothic elements that come with Vincent Price, but with splashes of unrelenting realism for a little added bite.

The story is fairly simple and follows the deranged exploits of the Witchfinder, Matthew Hopkins, as he rides across the countryside torturing and murdering anyone he deems as being involved with witchcraft. He abuses his power and tosses around his condemnations seemingly without care for the blood he’s shedding. The character truly is a righteous monster. But, how does he get away with it? He’s allowed to slaughter the innocent only because he claims to be divinely guided. This is the unsettling nature of religion’s moral high ground.

People eagerly give up their own sense of right and wrong once someone brings religion into the equation – it’s not the Witchfinder who wants to see women burn, it’s god. And so the people watch as their friends and family are burnt alive because of their unwillingness to question .

What inspires such deplorable complacency? Well, that brings us to the last film on the list…

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Horror Film Critic. Am I obsessed? Maybe. I prefer the term “passionate”; it has a less creepy stalker kind of vibe. Not that I have anything against creepy stalkers being that my genre of choice is and forever will be the depraved, demented and deranged dwelling of horror. If you're looking for films that don’t sugarcoat things, that reveal people at their ugliest, that aren’t afraid to spill a little blood and have fun doing it, then look no further!