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5 Movies About Possession to Make You Cry Like A Baby

Firefilm | 29 Oct 2015 12:00
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"Possession Movies"

Halloween is but two days away. Kids everywhere are putting the finishing touches on their costumes, parents are wondering if they've eaten too much of the candy originally bought for trick-or-treaters, and all the decorations are spooky and fun. I feel the spirit of Halloween flowing through my body...forcing me to do things...horrible things. Wait a minute! This might be the telltale signs of possession! For those who are religiously inclined, possession movies can be extremely horrifying, reminding them of the darker sides of their faith. For those who are more secular, possession movies can still pack a wallop, introducing the concept that a fearsome beast or demon can take over your friends, loved ones, or even your own body. The idea of an unseen force controlling your actions has ties to rape, emotional abuse, and a host of other unappealing phobias and fears that make films about possession popular in the horror genre. As I put the finishing touches on my pretty princess costume, here are my picks for five possession films that both scare, and make you care:

1. The Exorcist
Yes, the father of all possession movies, and ironically enough it's focus is about the removal of said uninvited guest. Many people forget that Linda Blair is not possessed by the devil himself, but of a lesser demon named Pazuzu. You just don't notice that kind of detail because you're so focused on voiding your own bowels in fear. A film that continues to age well due to its subject matter and low-tech filming techniques (i.e. no stupid CGI), this is the benchmark for all possession movies. "Scary as The Exorcist" is the critic blurb that most horror filmmakers dream about.

Let us not think this is a happy story. Everyone knows that an old priest and a young priest perform an exorcist for a little girl. Both men die, one mainly off screen behind a closed door, and the other in an act of self-sacrifice to rob the demon of a vessel. The heroes lose, though I suppose their victory of saving the little girl is the silver lining. Still, for such a famous movie to have a decidedly hollow victory ending makes you stop and think: if it takes two deaths for every life saved from possession, humanity isn't on the winning side.

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