10 Movies About Exorcism

If you're looking for 10 movies about exorcism, then halt your search because there's no creepier movies that cover the topic as well as the terrifying flicks on this list. Possession and exorcism have been two of the most widely used topics within the horror (and comedy) film genre over the past 40 years or so, mostly stemming from "The Exorcist" in 1973. Over the course of these past decades, the devil and his evil minions have reared their ugly heads and terrified many throughout these classic exorcism films.

  1. "The Exorcist." This is the one and only film which all exorcism film fanatics visit first. Back in the early 1970's, "The Exorcist" made a fortune by scaring millions worldwide, proving itself to be a faithful adaptation of the novel by the same name. This classic story of a young innocent girl's possession by a satanic force is executed quite well and its scare factor works like a charm to this day.
  2. "Repossessed." Every now and then, we need a little laugh between all these scary exorcism movies, that's where "Repossessed" comes in. Featuring the comedic genius of Leslie Nielsen and the "Naked Gun" movies, this film is the ultimate spoof of "The Exorcist."
  3. "Exorcist II: The Heretic." Set approximately four years after the original film, the sequel depicts Regan MacNeil, who is now seventeen years old and follows her recovery from her previous encounter with demonic possession. While it wasn't as appealing as the first film, "Exorcist II: The Heretic" does have some disturbing moments.
  4. "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." Based loosely on the true story of Anneliese Michel, the film is both a courtroom drama and a horror flick that is told through flashbacks, and it follows a defense lawyer who turns from non-believer to believer in spiritual warfare as she defends Emily's priest from accused negligent homicide during an exorcism.
  5. "Exorcist III: Legion." Fifteen years following "The Exorcist" film, "Exorcist III: Legion" completely ignores the second film and focuses on Lt. William F. Kinderman from the original as he investigates a strange series of murders in his town, all that appear to have some kind of satanic connection. While it wasn't as horrible as "Exorcist II: The Heretic," this third chapter is perhaps the closest to capture the same fear factor of the original.
  6. "Ninja III: The Domination." Following "Enter the Ninja" and "Revenge of the Ninja," this third entry in the series borrows heavily from "Flashdance" and "The Exorcist." It follows a female aerobics teacher who becomes possessed by the spirit of a very evil ninja who dies in the beginning. The ninja uses her body to enact vengeance on those who punished him and to carry out his original assignment.  The film makes for a fun combination of exorcism and martial arts.
  7. "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist." This is was the original version of "The Exorcist" prequel as well as the fourth film in the franchise. Set decades before "The Exorcist," the film follows a younger Father Lankester Merrin as he travels to East Africa and his first encounters with the evil Pazuzu. This was the most favored version of the prequel, proving itself as a thoughtful horror picture.
  8. "REC 2." Picking up minutes after the original "REC," the sequel follows a SWAT team led by a scientist/priest who enters the apartment complex to collect a blood sample from Tristana Medieros, the original host of the virus. The sequel explores the virus a bit more, describing it as a form of possession. Expect many exorcism-like scenes here.
  9. "Exorcist: The Beginning." The second version of "The Exorcist" prequel follows Father Merrin and his archaeological ventures in Cairo, Egypt and his first encounter with Pazuzu. Even though it won a couple of Razzie awards and was noted as the worst version of the prequel, "Exorcist: The Beginning" contains some highly terrifying scenes in it.
  10. "Scary Movie 2." While the sequel to "Scary Movie" doesn't focus entirely on exorcism, the long opening sequence is notable as one of the best spoofs of "The Exorcist" since "Repossessed." James Woods may not be no Leslie Nielsen, but his work here as the heroic priest is priceless.  

 

 

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