Welcome to the world of spirits, demons, and the Devil. The world is full of evil, and many religions attribute this not to a human’s ability to do wrong but Devil’s ploys to stoop humanity to his level. Consequently, many ways of exorcising a demon out of a human have been developed by religions all around the world. Today we bring you the list of top exorcism movies ever. Perhaps you can catch some pointers to release your own demons. Cheers.
15. The Devil Inside (2012)
Isabella is a girl looking for answers. Twenty years ago her mother who was suffering from a demonic possession killed three clergymen during her exorcism. To find out the truth behind her mother’s death and the demons haunting her family, Isabella begins her search in Italy under cover of creating a documentary on exorcisms. There Isabella meets the demons she had been longing to meet.
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14. Exorcismus (2010)
Young Emma is a typical teenager who wants to have fun but her parents, especially her mother, restraint her. Normality goes out the window when Emma starts having scary and strange episodes. Initially of the opinion that her daughter is acting out, Emma’s mother realises her daughter is possessed who then calls a priest to perform an exorcism.
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13. The Last Exorcism (2010)
Reverend Cotton Marcus of Lousiana is being interviewed for a documentary on exorcism and how they are fraud or borderline placebo. To prove to his interviewers that these views are correct, Reverend takes the crew to the home of Sweetzer family who has asked for his help to perform an exorcism on their daughter Nell. Initially it appears that the Sweetzer family are acting to gain attention, but soon Reverend and the crew realises that there is more going on than meets the eye. Can the non-believer perform something which he doesn’t believe in?
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12. The Unborn (2009)
Well, who said only Christians do Exorcisms? A Jewish girl starts experiencing supernatural events as a spirit begins haunting her. When she realises it is a demon trying to take advantage of her dead brother’s soul to get entry into the mortal world she seeks the help of a rabbi to exorcise it out of her body. Several people will be killed in this jest to keep the living and dead separate.
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11. The Priests (2015)
Two Korean priests are in a dilemma. They can’t decide whether the girl under their care is possessed or molested. When they realise it might be a combination of both, they go forth to perform an exorcism without understanding that the demon they are facing is an old and legendary one. With police on their tail on suspicion of wrongdoing and an ancient demon bent on killing them, can the two priests save everyone involved?
10. Requiem (2006)
An alternate representation of the real story that inspired the movie Exorcism of Emily Rose, Requiem follows the life of Michaela. Michaela, despite her mother’s rejections goes out of her home to study and starts believing that she is possessed. When her condition worsens, she stops taking her epilepsy medicines resulting in her condition worsening with each passing day. A documentary-style representation of the real-life story of Anneliese Michel, this movie conjectures that maybe the life and death of this unfortunate girl was not as demonic as it is presented.
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9. Constantine (2005)
Let me introduce you to John Constantine, a demon hunter whose soul the Devil has vowed to collect himself. When the search for the famed Spear of Destiny puts Constantine in the middle of a supernatural battle between angels of good and evil, he finds himself out of his league. With an angel conspiring to unleash the son of Satan onto the world, Constantine must exorcise the Devil’s son out of his beloved’s body while trying to buy himself a ticket to Heaven.
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8. The Amityville Horror (2005)
Based on the world-famous case of real-life exorcists Ed and Lorraine Warren, Amityville Horror is a 2005 movie starring Ryan Reynolds and Chloë Grace Moretz. A different and cheeky plot where an entire house is possessed, the film follows the spirit of a Devil worshipper making the head of the Lutz family thirsty for his own family’s blood. Though an exorcism was attempted by Ed and Lorraine Warren the family eventually had to move out owing to the resilience of the demons inside the Amityville house.
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7. Deliver Us from Evil (2014)
Deliver us from Evil is a fabulous and bone-chilling story of Inspector Ralph Sarchie. Haunted by his past, Sarchie begins investigating some inexplicable and heinous crimes in his town. Joined by the exorcist Mendoza, Sarchie realises that the man behind all these crimes is possessed by a demon. When Sarchie’s family gets kidnapped, he has no choice but to believe in the unbelievable and perform an exorcism on the serial killer.
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6. The Rite (2011)
Starring Anthony Hopkins, Rite is one of the best acting performances of the Silence of the Lambs actor. Michael, a seminary student, has travelled to the heart of the Catholic religion in Italy to learn the ways of exorcism from Father Lucas. However, things get exciting when Michael who doesn’t believe in God and demons has to face the fact that an evil entity is walking in his wake. What will he do when the dark forces of evil threaten to take his life and newfound mentor away?
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5. The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Ed and Lorraine Warren are back and this time in London. In 1977, Peggy Hodgson, a single mother of four girls living in an old house in North London started believing that her house is haunted. When water goes above the head, she calls Ed and Lorraine Warren who initially are of the opinion that Peggy’s youngest daughter is just acting. But when Lorraine realises that the demon haunting the house is the same one who has been haunting her since childhood, she must save her husband along with the poor family from the savage beast.
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4. Insidious (2010)
Married couple Josh and Renai Lambert have moved into a new house with their three children. However, Josh’s sordid past starts showing its effects soon after. When, their son Dalton, slips into a coma the family calls demonologist Elise Rainier and her team to exorcise the home. However, when she arrives, Elise is overwhelmed by Josh’s dark past and the spirit that has been haunting him since he was a child. Will the Lambert family recover from the skeletons of their closet?
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3. The Conjuring (2013)
Based on the experiences of real-life demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren, The Conjuring is quite famous when it comes to the modern horror genre. The plot follows the 1971 haunting of the Perron family house which was cursed by Bathsheba, a victim of the Salem witch trials. When Bathsheba possesses the mother of the Perron family and urges her to sacrifice her own daughters to the Devil, it is up to Ed and Lorraine to exorcise the dead witch out of the living realm.
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2. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
It is said in the arcane circles that though demons often try to cross into our world, it very rare for the Angels of Hell to possess a human being. However, one of these rare events happened when Emily Rose was possessed by not one or two but six major angels of evil including Lucifer. This film is a horror-filled and supernatural recollection of a real-life story. One of the best exorcism movies based on the life of a girl who chose a desolate death over ascending to heaven so that the world can realise the truth of evil.
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1. The Exorcist (1973)
One of the legends in the history of horror movies Exorcist is one of the few horror movies which has an IMDB rating of 8. Based on the 1971 novel of William Blatty of the same name, the plot follows the demonic possession for a 12-year old girl and the attempts of a priest to bring the innocent girl back from the brink of darkness. Considered a masterpiece of the genre, any exorcism or horror fan should not miss this one.
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