'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 Amityville Horror Movie Poster
The Amityville Horror
R1979
Based on 9 critics

Chiller about a family who is terrorized by supernatural forces when they move into a new house in New... Read More

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The Exorcist
R1973
Based on 24 critics

One of the most profitable horror movies ever made, this tale of an exorcism is based loosely on actual... Read More

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Exorcist: The Beginning
R2004
Based on 22 critics

Father Merrin (Stellan Skarsgard) is haunted by his experiences in World War II, when occupying Nazi... Read More

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Exorcist II: The Heretic
R1977
In Theaters on June 27, 2004

Owing to his experience with exorcisms, Father Lamont (Richard Burton) is chosen by his superiors to... Read More

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The Exorcism of Emily Rose
PG-132005
Based on 32 critics

The Rev. Moore (Tom Wilkinson) is prosecuted for the wrongful death of a girl thought to be demonically... Read More

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Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist
R2005
Based on 16 critics

Haunted by terrible acts the Nazis forced him to participate in, the disenchanted Father Lankester Merrin... Read More

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Paranormal Activity
R2007
Based on 24 critics

Soon after moving into a suburban tract home, Katie (Katie Featherston) and Micah (Micah Sloat) become... Read More

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Season of the Witch
PG-132011
Based on 27 critics

His faith broken by many years fighting in the Crusades, a knight named Behman (Nicolas Cage) returns... Read More

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Repossessed
PG-131990
In Theaters on 1990

An old exorcist (Leslie Nielsen) takes on a satanic housewife (Linda Blair), broadcast live by a televangelist... Read More

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The Last Exorcism
PG-132010
Based on 31 critics

After years of gulling the faithful, cleric Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) feels remorse and decides... Read More

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The Rite
PG-132011
Based on 33 critics

Though he is filled with doubt about the subject, seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O'Donoghue) finds... Read More

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The Devil Inside
R2012
Based on 19 critics

Twenty years after Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) murdered three people, her daughter, Isabella (Fernanda... Read More