Top 7 Demonic Possessions in Horror
The Last Exorcism
Another exorcism film that stands out because of its unique story is The Last Exorcism. It's a sort of mockumentary about a disillusioned minister-for-hire performing "exorcisms" for families who believe a member of their clan is possessed. Of course none of them ever are... until one is. Then suddenly the idea of being a phony mercenary exorcist doesn't seem like such a good idea anymore. To work the camera into the story, the minister, Reverend Cotton Marcus (played by Patrick Fabian), agrees to shoot a documentary about his unscrupulous shenanigans, but it's all quite derailed when he meets his final subject. Highlighted by the amazing body contortion work of lead actress Ashley Bell, The Last Exorcism brings all the aspects of a great possession film and another fresh story idea as well. Because there's no sense in just being another copycat of the granddaddy of them all.
The Exorcist (1977)
And, of course, there could be no other possession to headline this list than The Exorcist. Not only the scariest exorcism film of all time, in my opinion it's the scariest movie of all time, and it's held that title with little to no competition for over 35 years. Linda Blair's portrayal of Regan Teresa MacNeil, accompanied by outstanding special F/X, was literally unforgettable. However, the real icing on the cake, the final and perhaps most important detail that made this character so chilling, was the voice provided by actress Mercedes McCambridge. A story of a priest losing his faith brilliantly accompanies the story of the possession, and the demon's incessant toying with his mind shows just how evil the creature is. This is the true pinnacle of horror.
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