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Let’s Talk Horror Movies Part 6: Demons and Possession

Demons and Possession

In this instalment of Let’s Talk Horror Movies we are going to look at demons and possession.

When we think about demons, we picture these little creatures from Hell, sent from the DEVIL HIMSELF! All with the aim to tempt us with their wicked ways, to cause harm, suffering disease and even death! Often they tempted the poor humans through vices; drugs, sex, greed, envy etc or by entering the person’s body and possessing them!

People LOVE to blame possession and demons for their misdeeds. As a result, the horror scene is rife with movies about demons and possession. We are going to detail a few in this article that you can feast your eyes on and tremble in fear!

 

Rosemary’s Baby– 1968 Roman Polanski

Young newlyweds Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her husband, Guy (John Cassavetes) move in the Bramford New York. An iconic building which is full of tales of strange dwellers and terrible occurrences. When Rosemary becomes mysteriously pregnant, paranoia over the safety of her unborn child begins to control her life. What is going on with their neighbours and won’t Guy help her?!

Rosemary’s Baby was remade as a mini series for TV in 2014, staring Zoe Saldana and Jason Isaacs, I particularly loved it, though it wasn’t widely well received.

 

The Exorcist– 1973 Wiliam Friedkin

Something evil is happening to 12 year old Regan (Linda Blair). Regan has changed in both the way she looks and the way she acts! Gone is the lovely little girl. Regan’s mother contacts a priest who announces that Regan, is possessed! As a result, Father Merrin (Max Von Sydow) is called in to perform an exorcism. Can little Regan be saved?

 

The Beyond– 1981 Lucio Fulci 

A young woman inherits an old hotel in Louisiana where, following a series of supernatural “accidents”, she learns that the building was built over one of the entrances to Hell*. She is confronted with strange events. A painter has a lethal fall, the plumber vanishes and her friend breaks his neck! 
**Being built on an “entrance to Hell” is really going to put a dampener on the resale value, just sayin.  

Poltergeist– 1982 Tobe Hooper

Any sensible kid is afraid of clowns, they are just the worst and the clown doll from Poltergiest is no exception. Again, a family move into a house that is built on an Indian burial ground and horrible stuff starts going down.  Although fun at first, these spirits soon turn and kidnap the young daughter. 

Demons– 1985 Lamberto Bava

Another cult status horror involving demons. A mysterious man invites people to an exclusive cinema screening of a new horror film. One of the guests decides to try on another mysterious mask, which leaves her with a cut on her face. The cut begins to worsen and she is turned into a demon! Will the other guests escape their cinema prison, or will they all be turned into demons?!

 

Hellraiser– 1987 Clive Barker

Messing with a supernatural puzzle box, Frank, (Sean Chapman) accidentally summons a gang of other-dimensional demon sadists. These cenobites offer the ultimate physical and sexual pleasure before ripping their victims to shreds and dragging them to Hell. 

It is a cult masterpiece with lots of leather-clad demons and the icon that is, Pinhead. 

 

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Get your very own puzzle cube! Careful messing with it though!

 

 

Child’s Play– 1988- Tom Holland

When Charles Lee Ray (Brad Dourif) needs to get a quick escape from the cops he takes his soul and buries it into playful, seemingly good guy doll Chucky. Charles confides in Andy (Alex Vincent) while he commits numerous murders and once the adults accept Andy’s story as truth, it’s too late.

Jacob’s Ladder– 1990 Adrian Lyne

A haunted Vietnam War veteran attempts to uncover his past while suffering from a severe case of dissociation. To do so, he must decipher reality and life from his own dreams, delusions, and perceptions of death. As Jacob’s (Tim Robbins) visions become more violent, the demons appear as malevolent twitching humanesque creatures. 

 

The Exorcism of Emily Rose– 2005 Scott Derrickson

When a young girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson) prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trial begins with lawyer Erin Bruner (Laura Linney) representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true.

 

Insidious– 2010 James Wan

The Lambert family move into a new home. Little do they know that the house is haunted. After a mysterious incident in the attic their son, Dalton (Ty Simpkins) falls into a come. Little do they know that there is much more to this endless sleep than meets the eye as they explore the paranormal, and rediscover the past; the key to getting their son back once and for all. 

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The Last Exorcism– 2010 Daniel Stamm 

In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the evangelical Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) agrees the let the filmmaker Iris Reisen (Iris Bahr) make a documentary about his life. He tells Iris that exorcisms are frauds but the results are good for the believers because they believe it is true. When Cotton is summoned by the farmer Louis Sweetzer to perform an exorcism on his daughter, Cotton sees a good opportunity to prove what he just said. Cotton performs the exorcism, exposing his tricks to the camera, but sooner they learn that the dysfunctional Sweetzer family has serious problems.

The Rite– 2011 Mikael Håfström

Struggling with his lack of faith, young priest Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donaghue) goes to Italy to partake in an exorcism course. Father Lucas Trevant’s (Sir Anthony Hopkins) methods are questionable yet quite effective. He witnesses the exorcism of a sixteen year old girl but still seems unconvinced. As the possession worsens, Kovack must commit to his faith if he will defeat this evil.

 

Worth it for O’Donaghue in a dog collar amiright?!

 

Sinister– 2012 Scott Derrickson 

True-crime writer Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) moves himself and his family into a lovely new home. No sorry, into a home where a horrific crime happened, unbeknownst to his nice little family. He uses that crime to try and save is failing career, and things start to just go way downhill. Furthermore, he comes across some home movies from many years previous, which turn out to be snuff films.. niice.

 

The Conjuring– 2013 James Wan

Carolyn (Lili Taylor) and Roger Perron (Ron Perron) move their family into a dilapidated Rhode Island farm house and soon strange things start happening around it with escalating nightmarish terror. Carolyn contacts the noted paranormal hoaxers investigators, Ed (Patrick Wilson) and Lorraine Warren (Vera Farmiga), to examine the house. What the Warrens discover is a whole area steeped in a satanic haunting that is now targeting the Perron family wherever they go. 

 

Annabelle– 2014 Jorn R. Leonetti

John (Ward Horton)  has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia (Annabelle Wallis) – a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of a satanic cult, who violently attack the couple. Spilled blood and terror are not all they leave behind. The cultists have conjured an entity so malevolent that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now… Annabelle

 

Funko - The Conjuring Annabelle Horror Pop! Vinyl Figure
What could make Funkos creepier? an Annabelle one!

 

 

IT -2017 Andy Muschetti 

In the Town of Derry, the local kids are disappearing one by one. Derry has a checkered history and “accidents” seem to keep occurring every 27 years. In 1958 seven children, bullied, ostracised find friendship with one another. In addition, they also find a shape-shifting demon creature who feeds off their fear and takes the guise of Pennywise the dancing clown. 

Great. 

We’ve not included the 1990s version as it is technically a TV mini series and we will cover that in our TV special! 

Veronica– 2017 Paco Plaza 

Paco Plaza you may remember from our earlier edition of Lets Talk Horror, where we discussed the incredible Rec!

Set in Madrid, 1991, Veronica (Sandra Esacncena) Is a teenage girl with a lot of responsibilities, she must care for her three siblings whilst her mother works. Stupidly, Veronica and her pals decide to mess with a Ouija board DURING a solar eclipse. I mean, come on girls REALLY?? But things obviously turn south and Veronica starts to feel a strange presence in the house and begins to hallucinate.

Plaza presents Veronica in such a way, that we are led to believe this film is BASED on the police notes and information on the first case of demon possession in Madrid.

 

So there you have it! We’ve got demons and possessions a plenty, we’ve got hauntings and ghouls galore! You want demon clowns, we’ve got twenty!

 

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3 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Horror Movies Part 6: Demons and Possession

  1. A few here I’ve added to my “too watch” list. Of the ones I have seen, Jacob’s Ladder left the most lasting impression I think.

    I loved The Conjuring and it’s direct sequel, have been disappointed by the spin-offs so far though. I think this is the subset of horror that is perhaps hardest to do well. Hmm.

    1. I think the universe ‘The Conjuring’ has tried to create is good on paper but falls short in practice, I mean how many times can a possession story be told with the same characters?!
      I much prefer the more religious exorcism type my self

      1. I think I like the two main characters enough that it has kept me interested. We’ll see if they can manage a third.

        I don’t think the ‘possessed object’ spin-offs are interesting enough, and like you I do like the religious element to them, I was most disappointed by “The Nun”, I don’t know how they managed to make that so dull!

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