With the DVD/Blu-ray release of The Last Exorcism Part II set for a home debut on September 30th, we take a look back at our top five favourite films about exorcism. Prepare to be completely freaked out!
The Exorcist (1973)
The first film of its kind, William Friedkin’s The Exorcist tells the story of 12-year-old Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair), who quickly changes from being sweet natured and cheerful to having violent and erratic outbursts. It’s soon clear to her worried mother (Ellen Burstyn) and local priest (Jason miller) that she’s been possessed by the Devil. Enter, Father Merrin (Max von Sydow), the exorcist. The Exorcist, which won many award including two Oscar’s for best sound and best writing and one Golden Globe for best director, motion picture and screenplay is definitely as scary today as it was 40 years ago.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
Based on true events, this award-winning film by Scott Derrickson follows the story of college student Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter), who dies during an exorcism performed by Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson). Before she died she believed she had become possessed and along with her and her parents approval she lets Father Moore perform the exorcism. But after her unfortunate death, Moore is accused of negligent homicide and must convince a courtroom what really happened to Emily and why. Truly terrifying exorcism at its best!
The Possession (2012)
Another story based on true events, The Possession tells the terrifying story of a family who come into contact with an unspeakable evil when their daughter Em (Natasha Calis) becomes obsessed with a small antique box she buys at a yard sale. Once she opens the box she becomes possessed and divorced couple Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick) must work together to fight the evil that has taken over their daughter before it’s too late. This film will scare you stupid.
The Last Exorcism (2010)
Evangelical reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) agrees to let a documentary filmmaker to make a documentary of his life and to film his last exorcism. For years Reverend Marcus has been exploiting the desperate, claiming that the exorcisms aren’t real. He hopes to set the record straight when he gets a letter from farmer Louis Sweetzer (Louis Herthum) begging him to help his possessed daughter Nell (Ashley Bell). But it’s not until they arrive at the farm that they realize the true evil that lies within this young girl. Marcus and his crew must find a way to save Nell and themselves before it’s too late. Daniel Stamm‘s film won the audience award for best feature film at the Toronto After Dark Film festival and is a must watch for all exorcism film fans!
The Rite (2011)
Mikael Hafstrom’s The Rite tells the story of a seminary student (Colin O’Donoghue) who has become increasingly skeptical about his faith so is sent to Italy to study at an exorcism school. When he questions the methods used by the school, claiming that psychiatry is a better answer he’s sent to Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), a priest who is known for his unorthodox methods in exorcism. He soon experiences a troubling case that’s involves an evil so malevolent and violent that it causes him to question everything he once believed in. Anthony Hopkins is amazing in The Rite, this film will give you the chills!
Catch the terrifying sequel to The Last Exorcism, The Last Exorcism Part II, out on DVD/Blu-ray from September 30th!