Possession movies are an underrated subgenre of horror to me. Some of the movie get thrown into the supernatural horror subgenre while others go without any specific classification at all. I wanted to do a brief top ten list of my favorite supernatural horror movies.
10. Night of the Demons (1988)
Kind of a weird place to start to say the least. This is one of the films that I absolutely love. Most people will never understand my love affair with it, and I cannot even argue with them. Yes, it is cheesy and it is bad, but I love it.
9. The Omen (1976)
The epitome of evil. This movie was absolutely frightening and I can sum it all up in one line taken from the film – “Look at me, Damien. It’s all for you.” That, of course is the line that the nanny shouts out before hanging herself at the party.
8. [Rec] 2 (2009)
I am still shocked that this film is on the list, but I have to include it. I liked it that much. I liked it more than [Rec] itself. Make no mistake about it, [Rec] 2 is a possession movie and it deserves to be here.
7. Paranormal Activity (2009)
I am sure that a lot of people would argue with this pick as well, but I enjoyed it that much. This is probably much more of a supernatural horror film that a possession horror film, but it does have elements of possession. This is a movie that did what 99.9% of horror movies do not do – it scared us. It is about the things that go bump in the night that we all hear in our own houses.
6. Fallen (1998)
This is another one of those films that I rate much higher than most other people. I am a huge Denzel Washington fan and this is one of his highlights in my opinion. I know that he has had some major acting performances, but this film just has something special for me.
5. The Evil Dead (1981)
I doubt anyone could really argue with The Evil Dead making this top ten list. This was a terrifying film when I was a child. This was before Evil Dead 2 came about and added some comedy to the mix.
4. The Shining (1980)
Stanley Kubrick’s classic with an outstanding performance by Jack Nicholson. Do I really have to say anything else about this one?
3. Evil Dead 2 (1987)
While most would put The Evil Dead ahead of Evil Dead 2, I always enjoyed the sequel more. Ash is a classic character and he simply shined in Evil Dead 2 and Army of Darkness.
2. The Last Exorcism (2010)
I am hearing the boos now. Most will say that I am nuts, but for those of you who know me, you know how much I love The Last Exorcism. From my first viewing of it to each of my subsequent viewings, I enjoy it more each time.
1. The Exorcist (1973)
This one is a no brainer to me. This is my favorite film of all time. It was one of my first horror movies, and one that I saw way too early in life. After all of these years, it still sticks with me. Every time I watch it, it affects me more. It is such a powerful film.
Let me know your thoughts on this list.