Are you looking for a movie to watch while you Netflix and chill that says, “our world is controlled by forces that we do not understand and I fear that at any moment they may strike out against us?” Or are you just looking for some pretty good movies to watch on a Saturday night that also happen to be about creatures from Hell rising up to destroy mankind, or ruin a specific person’s life? If so, the movies about demons that are on this list will fit quite well into that growing Netflix queue you have.
There hasn’t been an amazing movie about demons since The Exorcist, but don’t let that stop you from checking out these demon movies that are pretty good. You might even find yourself thinking that some of them are great - and that’s fine, everyone has different taste. Most movies with demons all have a few specific narrative bullet points they hit, so if you’re going to watch all of these in one night make sure you’re okay with seeing five or six different versions of a priest yelling at a young woman in a t-shirt dress while she writhes and chants in Latin.
If pretty okay Netflix movies about demons is way too specific for you, why not check out these pretty okay horror films? Or maybe a movie about ghosts? Whatever you fancy, all these movies are pretty okay.
The Rite is one of those movies that's trying to make you think it's much more classy than it really is, but at its heart it's just a movie about a guy learning how to be an exorcist. What would just be a boring movie about a priest learning things is taken to new heights by Anthony Hopkins, who could read the phone book and make it compelling.
Even though you remember Children of the Corn being a super scary movie from your . childhood that made you fear any and all fields, it's actually not so good in hindsight. Some might even say it's kind of a bad movie. But, with its schlocky made-for-TV looks, it's exactly what you want to watch to temper your evening full of demonic possession and spooky crab walking teens. Also, it's Children of the Corn! You get to see a corn demon take over a teenage boy and who doesn't love that?
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A documentary based on a nonfiction book by a priest who went around interviewing other priests who exercised various demons from men and women throughout the '70s? Yes please! The book this documentary is based on is VERY long and just okay, so you're definitely better off watching this okay documentary that won't swallow weeks of your life.
A horror movie about a film crew stuck in a spooky castle that isn't found footage is already a +1 for a horror film. So what if Gallows Hill has two generic titles (on Netflix it's also called The Damned)? It's fun to watch on a dreary night when you don't know what's lurking in the dark corners of your room.