devils & demons The Best Demonic Possession Movies  

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List Rules Movies with a character who is possessed by a demon.

There’s nothing more horrifying than watching a movie about a person who’s possessed by a demon. What is it about the thought of demons, supernatural visitations, darkness, and evil that fascinates to human beings so much? We must love it, as there are tons of wildly successful films where characters are possessed by demons.

Who doesn’t remember scenes from movies like these that forever haunt us every time we walk into a dark alley or a creepy haunted house? Supernatural movies are usually even scarier than normal horror flicks because they reach an even deeper part of the soul. This list features some of the scariest films in the horror industry! Watch these at your own risk!

This list features the best demonic possession movies, including: The Exorcist, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, The Cloth, The Shining, Constantine, The Rite, Prince of Darkness, Paranormal Activity, Night of the Demons, The Amityville Horror, Demons, and The Evil Dead.

Get in touch with your inner demon and vote up your favorite demonic possession film or add one you love that isn't on the list.
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The Exorcist Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair The Exorcist is a 1973 American supernatural horror film directed by William Friedkin, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his 1971 novel of the same name. The book, inspired by the 1949 ...more

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The Conjuring Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Joey King The Conjuring is a 2013 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan. Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga star as Ed and Lorraine Warren, who were American paranormal investigators and ...more

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dee123 added Insidious Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Patrick Wilson Insidious is a 2011 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan, written by Leigh Whannell, and starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Barbara Hershey. It is the first installment ...more

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The Exorcism of Emily Rose Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson The Exorcism of Emily Rose is a 2005 American courtroom drama horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson. The film is loosely based on the story of ...more

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dee123 added Sinister Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Fred Thompson Sinister is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. It stars Ethan Hawke as fictional true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt who ...more

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The Shining Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Scatman Crothers The Shining is a 1980 British-American psychological horror film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, co-written with novelist Diane Johnson, and starring Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, ...more

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The Amityville Horror James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger The Amityville Horror is a 1979 American supernatural horror film, directed by Stuart Rosenberg, based on Jay Anson's bestselling 1977 novel of the same name. It is the first film in the ...more

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The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell, Sam Raimi, Ted Raimi The Evil Dead is a 1981 American horror film written and directed by Sam Raimi and executive produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell, who also stars alongside Ellen Sandweiss and Betsy Baker. The ...more

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ChrisRobarchek added Annabelle Alfre Woodard, Annabelle Wallis, Brian Howe Annabelle is a 2014 American supernatural psychological horror film directed by John R. Leonetti, produced by James Wan, and written by Gary Dauberman. It is both a prequel to and spin-off of ...more

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Cole Hersey added Evil Dead Jane Levy, Jessica Lucas, Shiloh Fernandez Evil Dead is a 2013 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Fede Alvarez. It is the fourth installment of the Evil Dead franchise, serving as both a reboot, a remake and as a ...more

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The Rite Anthony Hopkins, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Rutger Hauer The Rite is a 2011 American supernatural thriller film directed by Mikael Håfström and written by Michael Petroni. It is loosely based on Matt Baglio's book The Rite: The Making of a ...more

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Constantine Rachel Weisz, Keanu Reeves, Shia LaBeouf Constantine is a 2005 American supernatural action-thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence as his feature film directorial debut, starring Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, with Rachel Weisz, ...more

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dee123 added Rosemary's Baby Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The cast includes Mia ...more

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The Possession Kyra Sedgwick, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Matisyahu The Possession is a 2012 supernatural horror film directed by Ole Bornedal and produced by Sam Raimi. It was released in the US on August 31, 2012, with the film premiering at the Film4 ...more

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Paranormal Activity Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Randy McDowell Paranormal Activity is a 2007 American supernatural horror film written, co-produced, photographed, edited, and directed by Oren Peli. The film centers on a young couple, Katie and Micah, who ...more

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Fallen Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland Fallen is a 1998 American fantasy action film directed by Gregory Hoblit, and starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman and Donald Sutherland. It was the only Turner Pictures film to receive an R ...more

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The Babadook Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Adam Morgan The Babadook is a 2014 Australian psychological horror film, written and directed by Jennifer Kent, in which a woman and her son are tormented by a "boogie-man" type monster. The film ...more

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dee123 added Devil Zoie Palmer, Caroline Dhavernas, Logan Marshall-Green Devil is a 2010 American supernatural horror film directed by John Erick Dowdle and written by Brian Nelson based on a story by M. Night Shyamalan. The film stars Chris Messina, Logan ...more

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ChrisRobarchek added Evil Dead II Bruce Campbell, Kassie DePaiva, Ted Raimi Evil Dead II is a 1987 American horror comedy film directed by Sam Raimi and a parody sequel to the 1981 film The Evil Dead. The film was written by Raimi and Scott Spiegel, produced by Robert ...more

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The Last Exorcism Ashley Bell, Elton LeBlanc, Iris Bahr The Last Exorcism is a 2010 American found footage supernatural horror film directed and edited by Daniel Stamm. It stars Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr, and Louis Herthum. The film ...more

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sdsd added From Dusk till Dawn Salma Hayek, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino From Dusk till Dawn is a 1996 American horror-crime thriller film directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Quentin Tarantino. It stars George Clooney, Tarantino, Harvey Keitel and Juliette ...more

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Night of the Demons Linnea Quigley, Cathy Podewell, Amelia Kinkade Night of the Demons is a 1988 American supernatural horror film written and produced by Joe Augustyn and directed by Kevin S. Tenney. The film tells the story of ten high school seniors having a ...more

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Session 9 Josh Lucas, David Caruso, 피터 뮬란 Session 9 is a 2001 American independent psychological horror film directed by Brad Anderson and written by Anderson and Stephen Gevedon. The film stars David Caruso, Peter Mullan, Stephen ...more

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The Exorcist III Samuel L. Jackson, George C. Scott, Brad Dourif The Exorcist III is a 1989 American supernatural horror film written and directed by William Peter Blatty. It is the third installment of The Exorcist series and a film adaptation of Blatty's ...more

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Paranormal Activity 2 Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden, Katie Featherston Paranormal Activity 2 is a 2010 American supernatural horror film directed by Tod Williams and written by Michael R. Perry. The film is a prequel to the 2007 film Paranormal Activity, beginning ...more

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Kyle Parker Lewis added Possession Sam Neill, Isabelle Adjani, Heinz Bennent Possession is a 1981 French-German horror film directed by Andrzej Żuławski and starring Isabelle Adjani and Sam Neill. The plot obliquely follows the relationship between an international spy ...more

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dee123 added The Reaping Idris Elba, Hilary Swank, AnnaSophia Robb The Reaping is an 2007 American horror film, starring Hilary Swank. The film was directed by Stephen Hopkins for Warner Bros. Pictures, Village Roadshow Pictures and Dark Castle Entertainment. ...more

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Exorcist: The Beginning Stellan Skarsgård, Izabella Scorupco, James D'Arcy Exorcist: The Beginning is a 2004 prequel to the 1973 film The Exorcist. It is the fourth installment of The Exorcist series. It was adapted by William Wisher Jr., Caleb Carr, and Alexi Hawley ...more

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JimBowman added Amityville II: The Possession Burt Young, Diane Franklin, Moses Gunn Amityville II: The Possession is a 1982 supernatural horror film directed by Damiano Damiani. The screenplay by Tommy Lee Wallace is based on the novel Murder in Amityville by the ...more

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Incarnate Mark Henry, Aaron Eckhart, Carice van Houten

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Prince of Darkness Alice Cooper, Donald Pleasence, Peter Jason Prince of Darkness is a 1987 American supernatural horror film directed, written and scored by John Carpenter. The film is the second installment in what Carpenter calls his "Apocalypse ...more

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dee123 added Audrey Rose Anthony Hopkins, Marsha Mason, John Hillerman Audrey Rose is a 1977 psychological horror and drama film directed by Robert Wise, and starring Marsha Mason, Anthony Hopkins, and Susan Swift. It was based on the novel of the same title by ...more

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dee123 added Bless the Child Christina Ricci, Kim Basinger, Ian Holm Bless the Child is a 2000 American horror-thriller film directed by Chuck Russell, starring Kim Basinger, Jimmy Smits, Angela Bettis, Rufus Sewell, Christina Ricci, and Holliston Coleman. It is ...more

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This Is the End Emma Watson, James Franco, Channing Tatum The comedy "This is the End" follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling ...more

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Burnt Offerings Bette Davis, Burgess Meredith, Oliver Reed Burnt Offerings is a 1976 mystery horror film based on the 1973 novel of the same name by Robert Marasco. Directed by Dan Curtis, the film stars Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Bette Davis, Lee H. ...more

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Demons Lamberto Bava, Michele Soavi, Urbano Barberini Demons is a 1985 Italian horror film directed by Lamberto Bava and produced by Dario Argento, starring Urbano Barberini and Natasha Hovey. The screenplay was written by Bava, Argento, Franco ...more

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dee123 added My Soul to Take Danai Gurira, Frank Grillo, Max Thieriot My Soul to Take is a 2010 American supernatural horror film, written and directed by Wes Craven. It is his first film since 1994's Wes Craven's New Nightmare that he both wrote and directed. The ...more

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Exorcist II: The Heretic James Earl Jones, Richard Burton, Max von Sydow Exorcist II: The Heretic is a 1977 horror film directed by John Boorman and written by William Goodhart. It stars Linda Blair, Richard Burton, Louise Fletcher, Max von Sydow, Kitty Winn, Paul ...more

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The Convent Kelly Mantle, Coolio, Adrienne Barbeau The Convent is a 2000 horror film directed by Mike Mendez. The film had its world premiere on 21 January 2000 at the Sundance Film Festival and follows a group of college students that go into ...more

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Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist Stellan Skarsgård, Gabriel Mann, Mary Beth Hurt Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist is a 2005 American supernatural horror film directed by Paul Schrader. It is an alternative and original prequel to The Exorcist and the fifth entry in The ...more

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The Last Exorcism Part II Spencer Treat Clark, Muse Watson, Julia Garner The Last Exorcism Part II is a 2013 American supernatural drama horror film co-written and directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly. It stars Ashley Bell, Julia Garner, Spencer Treat Clark, David Jensen, ...more

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A Haunted House Marlon Wayans, Nick Swardson, David Koechner From the creators of "Scary Movie" comes another hilarious horror spoof, a parody of the "Paranormal Activity" franchise. When newlyweds Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha ...more

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Curse of Chucky Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, Jordan Gavaris Curse of Chucky is a 2013 American horror straight-to-video film, and the sixth installment of the Child's Play franchise. The film was written and directed by Don Mancini, who created the ...more

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Kyle Parker Lewis added The Shrine Cindy Sampson, Aaron Ashmore, Monica Bugajski The Shrine is a Canadian horror film produced by Brookstreet Pictures. The film was directed by Jon Knautz and stars Aaron Ashmore, Cindy Sampson, Meghan Heffern, and Trevor Matthews. The ...more

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The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes The Amityville Horror: The Lost Tapes is a 2012 horror film written and directed by Daniel Farrands and Casey La Scala.

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Demons 2 Asia Argento, Nancy Brilli, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni Demons 2 is a 1986 Italian horror film directed by Lamberto Bava and co-written and produced by Dario Argento. It is a sequel to Bava's 1985 film Demons and stars David Edwin Knight, Nancy ...more

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The Exorcist Chronicles Natasha Leggero, Michael Roemer, Sebastian Feldman

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dee123 added Shock Lamberto Bava, Daria Nicolodi, John Steiner Shock is a 1977 Italian horror film directed by Mario Bava. It was Bava's last film before he died of a heart attack in 1980. The film stars Daria Nicolodi, John Steiner and David Colin, Jr.

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The Cloth Danny Trejo, Eric Roberts, Robert Miano The Cloth is a 2013 American horror/thriller film that was written and directed by Justin Price, who based it upon his book of the same title. The film stars Danny Trejo, Eric Roberts, Rachele ...more

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Hellbenders Clancy Brown, Clifton Collins, Jr. Hellbenders is a 2012 horror, thriller and comedy film written and directed by JT Petty.