Fictional Characters The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film  

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The idea of someone – or something – controlling your thoughts and actions is one of the oldest horror stories ever told. From ancient religious manuscripts to contemporary Hollywood films, that idea has sparked nightmares for generations. Many of the greatest possessed characters are found in the movies, whether they have been overtaken by evil spirits or are under the influence of the devil. The scariest possessed people in movies often go on murderous, bloody rampages before the credits roll.

Which fictional figure deserves the top spot on this list of the greatest possessed characters in film? Jack Torrance from The Shining is certainly one of the most iconic possessed roles. As memorably played by Jack "Here's Johnny!" Nicholson, this feverish writer will stop at nothing to kill his unsuspecting family. And in the realm of demonic possession, few characters can match Regan MacNeil from The Exorcist.

While these characters are usually found in horror flicks, this list also includes a few comedic roles as well. Jonah Hill became possessed for laughs while playing a fictionalized version of himself in the 2013 comedy This is the End. Dana Barrett from Ghostbusters was taken over by the demonic spirit Zuul, with often hilarious results.

It's time to decide the all-time greatest possessed character in film. Vote up your favorites, and add any roles that are missing. Act now...while you're still in control.
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111 25
Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
The Exorcist, Exorcist II: The Heretic

2
112 26
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
The Shining, Terror in the Aisles

3
58 36
Damien Thorn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Omen III: The Final Conflict, The Omen, Damien: Omen II

4
49 33
Emily Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
The Exorcism of Emily Rose

5
45 31
Carolyn Perron is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Carolyn Perron The Conjuring

6
49 36
Dana Barrett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Ghostbusters III

7
44 32
George Lutz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
The Amityville Horror, The Amityville Horror

8
44 33
Charles Lee Ray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Child's Play 2, Child's Play 3, Bride of Chucky

9
41 35
Ash Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II, The Evil Dead

10
20 27
Nell Sweetzer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Nell Sweetzer The Last Exorcism

11
26 35
Jennifer Check is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Jennifer's Body

12
27 38
Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
This Is the End

13
21 31
Frankie Paige is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Frankie Paige Stigmata

14
19 29
Micah is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Micah Children of the Corn: The Final Sacrifice

15
24 38
Katie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Katie Paranormal Activity, Paranormal Activity 2, Paranormal Activity 3