10 More Best Horror Movies About Hell

Some incredible films set in or adjacent to the Bad Place.


The idea of Hell or some version of a horrible place where bad people go after they die exists in pretty much every culture around the world. Even non-religious folk use the word to describe a place of unimaginable pain and torment (even if that place is just a Walmart on Black Friday). 

Naturally, Hell has provided plenty of opportunities in the horror movie world. Filmmakers and writers have been getting creative with depictions of the underworld pretty much since the medium began, and there are so many movies that feature the realm of fire and brimstone that a single list simply wasn't enough. 

This list isn't just about films that are set mostly in the Devil's lair. The idea of Hell is always up for interpretation, so there are plenty of unique ways it has been shown on screen - some unassuming, some less so. 

The unifying thread tying all of these films together is that, in some way, shape, or form, the threat of eternal damnation hangs over them - a thought more terrifying than any monster could ever be. 

10. The Sentinel

Universal Pictures

In Britain, Michael Winner is known pretty much exclusively for his catchphrase "Calm down, dear". To the rest of the world, he's probably best known for his work as a film director, which he probably preferred. 

In 1977, he made The Sentinel, a low-budget supernatural horror starring the likes of Cristina Raines, Chris Sarandon, and Burgess Meredith. 

Raines plays Alison, a suicidal model who has recently moved into a new flat in Brooklyn. She soon discovers why the rent is so low - the building is actually a gateway to hell guarded by a blind priest. That’s what you get for not reading the small print. 

Alongside her boyfriend Michael, Alison makes a series of unnerving discoveries before coming face-to-face with a horde of demons looking to escape to the surface.

Whilst the plot isn’t exactly watertight, The Sentinel is B-movie fun with the final scene, where Alison is tormented by the residents of the underworld, being particularly disturbing. 

Also, fans of “Before They Were Famous” moments will have a field day with this one, as The Sentinel also features appearances from Christopher Walken, Beverley D’Angelo, and Jeff Goldblum prior to their big breaks.

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