Cult movies have captured the horror of what happens when members of a religious group are brainwashed into thinking they are serving something greater than themselves. This article lists the top ten movies about cults and their terrifying effects on people. These movies should be required viewing for anyone interested in exploring the subculture that surrounds cults.
Movies about Cults
1. Midsommar (2019)
This thriller features characters like Dani and Christian, who are forced to go back home to Sweden for the summer. While there, they meet up with their old friends and Dani discovers a cult called Midsommar. She attends a Midsommar ceremony where she sees disturbing things. As she tries to get away from the group, she accidentally kills a young woman.
2. The Master (2012)
The drama movie shows the many ways cults recruit people into their group. When Freddie meets Lancaster Dodd, he is intrigued by his techniques. When Freddie joins Dodd in his quest to help people, he also learns the many dangers of being a member of a cult. This movie also has great acting, a well-written script, and a great director.
3. The Endless (I) (2017)
It features Justin and Aaron who were abducted years before by a cult. Now they are released, but the group won’t let them go. They must keep returning to the camp because they may be running out of time. This thriller movie is beautifully shot and acted. The tension that builds as the movie progresses is almost unbearable, which makes it difficult to look away from the screen.
4. Starry Eyes (2014)
Starry Eyes is a good horror and fantasy movie about the dangers of joining a cult. Sarah is interested in being an actress and wants to move to LA. But when she gets there, she finds that her new agents are members of a cult. The agents end up coercing Sarah into signing a contract to join their group, which changes the way she views herself and causes her relationship with her boyfriend to deteriorate.
5. Silent Hill (2006)
The horror movie stars Rose and her adopted daughter, Sharon. After moving back to their old hometown, they get involved with a cult that worships the god named The Order. When Rose’s daughter disappears, she finds herself trapped in the town of Silent Hill. Rose must defeat the creature and save her daughter before it’s too late.
6. House of the Devil (2009)
House of the devil is a film that has received mixed reviews. The movie features a young woman named Samantha who meets up with a mysterious man, named Robert. He asks her to move in with him, and she accepts because he says he is from the CIA. But it turns out that Robert is actually from a closed-off cult, that uses an underground lair for their rituals and killings.
7. Drive Angry (2011)
It features Nicholas Cage as a guy who is out to get revenge on the cult that killed his daughter. He meets up with a waitress named Piper, who helps him along the way. This fantasy movie has a lot of action and some supernatural elements. The cult has some pretty gruesome rituals that are quite funny at times if you enjoy dark humor.
8. The Void (2016)
The Void is a horror movie that stars a police officer named Daniel Carter. When he arrives at a hospital, he finds out there is a cult inside that is kidnapping people and forcing them to have abortions. Carter must fight against the monsters to save the other cops and all of the women who are being held captive.
9. The Ritual (2017)
This mystery movie features four guys named Luke, Hutch, Blue, and Benedict. They decide to take a trip to Sweden and end up going on a hike in the forest. While there, they encounter many strange things that cause them to doubt their sanity. Eventually, the group becomes separated and Luke ends up with some local hunters who take him to an old church where he encounters something truly terrifying.
10. Hereditary (2018)
Hereditary is one of the best horror movies of 2018. Annie Graham (Toni Collette) plays a mother who has tried her best to keep her family together after the death of her husband. But now her daughter is getting married and leaving their home, which might lead to the disintegration of their family unit. After some strange things start happening, Toni realizes there might be more to those occurrences than she previously thought about.
If you are a fan of watching cult movies, then this top ten list above will be perfect for you knowing that it will help you to understand what is a cult and what are the most popular cults in the world. Cults are not just in movies but also happen in real life too.