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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103 18
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Jack Torrance The Shining, Terror in the Aisles

2
99 21
Regan MacNeil is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Regan MacNeil The Exorcist, Exorcist II: The Heretic

3
44 26
Emily Rose is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Emily Rose The Exorcism of Emily Rose

4
48 31
Damien Thorn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Damien Thorn Omen III: The Final Conflict, The Omen, Damien: Omen II

5
40 24
Carolyn Perron is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Carolyn Perron The Conjuring

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46 30
Dana Barrett is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Dana Barrett Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Ghostbusters III

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38 25
Chucky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Chucky Child's Play 2, Child's Play 3, Bride of Chucky

8
39 28
George Lutz is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
George Lutz The Amityville Horror, The Amityville Horror

9
37 29
Ash Williams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Ash Williams Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II, The Evil Dead

10
25 31
Jonah Hill is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Jonah Hill This Is the End

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23 31
Katie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Katie Paranormal Activity, Paranormal Activity 2, Paranormal Activity 3

12
21 31
Jennifer Check is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Jennifer Check Jennifer's Body

13
17 26
Micah is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Micah Children of the Corn: The Final Sacrifice

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15 26
Nell Sweetzer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Nell Sweetzer The Last Exorcism

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16 28
Frankie Paige is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film
Frankie Paige Stigmata