'The Dybbuk'

Like body-swiping demons, exorcism movies simply refuse to go away. The latest one to take possession of the multiplex is 'The Devil Inside,' which premieres this Friday, and which is just one of several that will open this year. You may think you know all about exorcism movies, since you've seen 'The Exorcist' (the 1973 classic by which all other exorcism movies are judged), as well as all the documentary-style possession-and-expulsion chillers of recent years. But you may not know about the forgotten Jewish exorcism tale that launched the genre, or the apparent curse that afflicted 'The Exorcist' both during production and after its release, or the truth behind the real-life exorcism stories that inspired many of these films. Read on, if you dare, for a history of the horror movies that will make your head spin.
The Last Exorcism
Based on 31 critics

A deceitful cleric (Patrick Fabian) must summon faith when he finds real evil at a Louisiana farm. Read More

The Rite
Based on 33 critics

A skeptical seminary student (Colin O'Donoghue) reluctantly attends a Vatican school of exorcism. Read More

The Devil Inside
Based on 19 critics

A woman (Fernanda Andrade) and two young exorcists battle demons for her mother's soul. Read More

In Theaters on September 14th, 1990

Old exorcist (Leslie Nielsen) vs. satanic housewife (Linda Blair), on live TV. Read More

Exorcist: The Beginning
Based on 22 critics

A former priest (Stellan Skarsgard) fights demonic possession in Kenya. Read More

The Exorcist II: The Heretic
In Theaters on June 27th, 2004

A priest (Richard Burton) tries to free a possessed teen (Linda Blair). Read More

The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Based on 32 critics

A lawyer (Laura Linney) defends a priest (Tom Wilkinson) who performed a fatal exorcism. Read More

Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
Based on 16 critics

A former priest (Stellan Skarsgard) fights demonic possession in Kenya. Read More

Paranormal Activity
Based on 24 critics

A couple set up video cameras throughout their home to capture evidence of a haunting. Read More

The Unborn
Based on 16 critics

A woman (Odette Yustman) seeks the help of a spiritualist (Gary Oldman) to banish a demonic spirit. Read More

Season of the Witch
Based on 27 critics

Two medieval knights (Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman) escort an accused sorceress to a remote abbey. Read More

The Amityville Horror
In Theaters on July 27th, 1980

A couple (James Brolin, Margot Kidder) battle a demonic presence in their home. Read More

The Exorcist: Director's Cut
Based on 24 critics

An actress calls upon priests to try to end the demonic possession of her 12-year-old daughter. Read More