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The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film

Updated September 22, 2019 2.7k votes 330 voters 7.1k views17 items

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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    192
    93

    Emily Rose

    The Exorcism of Emily Rose
  • 2
    154
    76

    Regan MacNeil

    The Exorcist, Exorcist II: The Heretic
  • 3
    136
    103

    Jack Torrance

    The Shining, Terror in the Aisles
  • 4
    80
    53

    Jonah Hill

    This Is the End
  • 5
    21
    13

    Samara Morgan

    The Ring Franchise
  • 6
    75
    93

    George Lutz

    The Amityville Horror, The Amityville Horror
  • 7
    85
    114

    Damien Thorn

    Omen III: The Final Conflict, The Omen
  • 8
    13
    16

    Marlena Evans

    Days of our Lives
  • 9
    68
    101

    Carolyn Perron

    The Conjuring
  • 10
    70
    112

    Chucky

    Child's Play Franchise
  • 11
    69
    112

    Dana Barrett

    Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II
  • 12
    55
    118

    Ash Williams

    Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II
  • 13
    49
    114

    Jennifer Check

    Jennifer's Body
  • 14
    32
    93

    Nell Sweetzer

    The Last Exorcism
  • 15
    41
    115

    Katie

    Paranormal Activity, Paranormal Activity 2
  • 16
    32
    103

    Frankie Paige

    Stigmata
  • 17
    30
    101

    Micah

    Children of the Corn: The Final Sacrifice