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The Greatest Possessed Characters in Film

Updated 22 Sep 2019 1.9k votes 321 voters 6.1k 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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