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Witches, Psychics & Cults – The Dark Arts

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Black Sunday (1960)

Directors: Mario Bava

Writers: Ennio De Concini, Mario Serandrei

Stars: Barbara Steele,  John Richardson,  Andrea Checchi

Story: A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant. Only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor stand in her way.

Other Films In Series: None.

Village of the Damned (1960)

Directors: Wolf Rilla

Writers: Stirling Silliphant, Wolf Rilla

Stars:  George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn

Story:  In the English village of Midwich, the blonde-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers.

Other Films In Series: Children of the Damned (1964), Village of the Damned (1995)


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Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Directors:  Roman Polanski

Writers: Ira Levin (novel), Roman Polanski (screenplay)

Stars:  Mia Farrow,  John Cassavetes,  Ruth Gordon

Story: A young couple move into an apartment, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences. When the wife becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life.

Other Films In Series: Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby (1976), Rosemary's Baby (2014)

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The Wicker Man (1973)

Directors: Robin Hardy

Writers: Anthony Shaffer

Stars: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento

Story: A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.

Other Films In Series: The Wicker Man (2006), The Wicker Tree (2011)

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The Omen (1976)

Directors: Richard Donner

Writers: David Seltzer

Stars: Gregory Peck,  Lee Remick,  Harvey Stephens

Story: Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

Other Films In Series: Damien: Omen II (1978), Omen III: The Final Conflict (1981), Omen IV: The Awakening (1991), The Omen (2006)

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Carrie (1976)

Directors: Brian De Palma

Writers: Stephen King (novel), Lawrence D. Cohen (screenplay)

Stars: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving

Story:  Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.

Other Films In Series: The Rage: Carrie 2 (1999), Carrie (2002), Carrie (2013)

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The Sentinel (1977)

Directors: Michael Winner

Writers: Jeffrey Konvitz (novel), Michael Winner (screenplay)

Stars: Cristina Raines, Ava Gardner, Chris Sarandon,  Christopher Walken, Beverly D'Angelo

Story:  Not ready for marriage, a fashion model moves into an unbelievably cheap Brooklyn Heights apartment, where weird occurrences turn into a much more frightening turn of events.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Suspiria (1977)

Directors: Dario Argento

Writers: Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi

Stars: Jessica Harper,  Stefania Casini,  Flavio Bucci

Story:  A newcomer to a fancy ballet academy gradually comes to realize that the school is a front for something far more sinister and supernatural amidst a series of grisly murders.

Other Films In Series: Inferno (1980), The Mother of Tears (2007), Suspiria (2018)

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Scanners (1981)

Directors: David Cronenberg

Writers: David Cronenberg

Stars: Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Patrick McGoohan

Story:  A scientist sends a man with extraordinary psychic powers to hunt others like him.

Other Films In Series: Scanners II: The New Order (1991), Scanners III: The Takeover (1992), Scanner Cop (1994), Scanners: The Showdown (1995)

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The Beyond (1981)

Directors: Lucio Fulci

Writers: Dardano Sacchetti, Dardano Sacchetti

Stars: Catriona MacColl,  David Warbeck,  Cinzia Monreale

Story: A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where after a series of supernatural 'accidents', she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Dead Zone (1983)

Directors: David Cronenberg

Writers: Jeffrey Boam (screenplay), Stephen King (novel)

Stars: Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt

Story: A man awakens from a coma to discover he has a psychic ability.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Children of the Corn (1984)

Directors: Fritz Kiersch

Writers: Stephen King (short story), George Goldsmith (screenplay)

Stars: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong

Story: A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed.

Other Films In Series: Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice (1992), Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest (1995), Children of the Corn IV: The Gathering (1996), Children of the Corn V: Fields of Terror (1998), Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return (1999), Children of the Corn: Revelation (2001), Children of the Corn: Genesis (2011), Children of the Corn: Runaway (2018)

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Firestarter (1984)

Directors: Mark L. Lester

Writers: Stephen King (novel), Stanley Mann (screenplay)

Stars: Drew Barrymore, David Keith, Freddie Jones

Story: A couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic.

Other Films In Series: Firestarter 2: Rekindled (2002), Firestarter (2022)

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The Witches of Eastwick (1987)

Directors: George Miller

Writers: John Updike (novel), Michael Cristofer (screenplay)

Stars: Jack Nicholson, Cher, Susan Sarandon, Michelle Pfeiffer

Story: Three single women in a picturesque village have their wishes granted, at a cost, when a mysterious and flamboyant man arrives in their lives.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Warlock (1989)

Directors: Steve Miner

Writers: David Twohy

Stars: Julian Sands, Lori Singer, Richard E. Grant

Story: A warlock flees from the 17th to the 20th century, with a witch-hunter in hot pursuit.

Other Films In Series: Warlock: The Armageddon (1993), Warlock III: The End of Innocence (1999)

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Lord of Illusions (1995)

Directors: Clive Barker

Writers: Clive Barker

Stars: Scott Bakula,  Kevin J. O'Connor,  Joseph Latimore

Story: During a routine case in L.A., NY private investigator Harry D'Amour stumbles over members of a fanatic cult, who are waiting for the resurrection of their leader Nix.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Craft (1996)

Directors: Andrew Fleming

Writers: Peter Filardi (story), Peter Filardi (screenplay)

Stars: Robin Tunney,  Fairuza Balk,  Neve Campbell

Story: A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.

Other Films In Series: The Craft: Legacy (2020)

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The Ninth Gate (1999)

Directors: Roman Polanski

Writers: Arturo Pérez-Reverte (novel), John Brownjohn (screenplay)

Stars: Johnny Depp,  Frank Langella,  Lena Olin

Story: A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Directors: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

Writers: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sánchez

Stars: Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard

Story: Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

Other Films In Series: Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000), Blair Witch (2016)

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Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Directors: Tim Burton

Writers: Washington Irving (original story), Andrew Kevin Walker (screenplay)

Stars: Johnny Depp,  Christina Ricci,  Miranda Richardson

Story: Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Skeleton Key (2005)

Directors: Iain Softley

Writers: Ehren Kruger

Stars: Kate Hudson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joy Bryant, John Hurt, Gena Rowlands

Story: A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Silent Hill (2006)

Directors: Christophe Gans

Writers: Roger Avary

Stars: Radha Mitchell, Laurie Holden, Sean Bean

Story: A woman, Rose, goes in search for her adopted daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill.

Other Films In Series: Silent Hill: Revelation (2012)

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The Woods (2006)

Directors: Lucky McKee

Writers: David Ross

Stars: Lauren Birkell, Agnes Bruckner, Jane Gilchrist

Story: Set in 1965 New England, a troubled girl encounters mysterious happenings in the woods surrounding an isolated girls school that she was sent to by her estranged parents.

Other Films In Series: None.

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From Within (2008)

Directors: Phedon Papamichael

Writers: Brad Keene

Stars: Elizabeth Rice,  Thomas Dekker,  Kelly Blatz

Story: A small Maryland town is gripped by a curse which causes residents to take their own life one after another.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The House of the Devil (2009)

Directors: Ti West

Writers: Ti West

Stars: Jocelin Donahue, Tom Noonan, Mary Woronov

Story: In 1983, financially struggling college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret, putting her life in mortal danger.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Drag Me to Hell (2009)

Directors: Sam Raimi

Writers: Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi

Stars: Alison Lohman, Justin Long, Ruth Livier

Story: A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Witching and Bitching (2013)

Directors: Álex de la Iglesia

Writers: Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Álex de la Iglesia

Stars: Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepón Nieto

Story: A gang of armed robbers finds a safe haven in a secluded village crammed with witches--only to encounter the bizarre, the unexpected, and the occult. Can they save themselves, and the rest of the world from the next witch apocalypse?

Other Films In Series: None.

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

Directors: Tommy Wirkola

Writers: Tommy Wirkola

Stars: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Peter Stormare, Famke Janssen

Story: Hansel & Gretel are bounty hunters who track and kill witches all over the world. As the fabled Blood Moon approaches, the siblings encounter a new form of evil that might hold a secret to their past.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Witch (2015)

Directors: Robert Eggers

Writers: Robert Eggers

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie

Story: A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

Directors: André Øvredal

Writers: Ian Goldberg, Richard Naing

Stars: Brian Cox, Emile Hirsch, Ophelia Lovibond

Story: A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Midsommar (2019)

Directors: Ari Aster

Writers: Ari Aster

Stars: Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, Vilhelm Blomgren

Story: A couple travels to Sweden to visit a rural hometown's fabled mid-summer festival. What begins as an idyllic retreat quickly devolves into an increasingly violent and bizarre competition at the hands of a pagan cult.

Other Films In Series: None.


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