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
Poltergeist– 1982 Tobe Hooper
Demons– 1985 Lamberto Bava
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!