BY SARAH EVANS
To me, films based around possession are some of the most terrifying types of movies out there. The thought of losing control over my own body, or witnessing it happen to another person, is so real to me. When it comes to illness or aging, we are ultimately succumbing to something taking over our bodies. Factor in some horrible demon or ghost, then you almost become inhuman. When someone you know suddenly becomes the Devil’s puppet, you can’t deny that shit is scary!
Here are some of the films that make me want to pee my pants.
5. The Amityville Horror
This film just goes to prove that step-parents really are evil. The 2005 remake of the original Amityville Horror stars Ryan Reynolds as George Lutz. Along with his wife Kathy (Melissa George), George decides to move his family into a house that was once the site of a horrific murder. Although they try to cast the house’s morbid history aside, strange things start happening, particularly to George, and horror ensues.
The reason why I picked the remake instead of the original version is mainly due to Ryan Reynolds. Not because of his looks, but mainly because of his effective sarcasm. And his looks.
4. Drag Me To Hell
When Christine Brown (Alison Lohman) denies a poor old lady an extension on a loan, she gets more than she bargained for. This old lady wants to see her ass in hell and places a curse on her soul. Although this Sam Raimi film is not the traditional possession movie, we witness Christine being taken down by an evil presence that follows her everywhere. We see her many struggles in trying to save her soul from the bowels of hell. Some struggles involve some pretty nasty secretions. All the while, she’s trying to convince her boyfriend that she’s not crazy.
I believe you, Christine. I believe you.
3. The Evil Dead
Another Sam Raimi film, and an appropriate choice due to the impending release of its remake, is The Evil Dead. Ash (Bruce Campbell) and his friends go up to a cabin in the woods to get their party on. They soon discover that this cabin they’re planning to have a good time in houses an evil beyond comprehension. They stumble upon “The Necronomicon” (The Book of the Dead) and the translated text ends up possessing the teens one by one. As the last to be taken over, Ash must find a way to stay afloat and battle the evil in the night.
This film is like watching a ridiculous circus of demons. On one hand, the physical acting and scenarios are comical but at the same time, scary as hell.
2. The Shining
The Shining is interesting because it deals with the theme of possession in the form of madness. Directed by the late, great Stanley Kubrick and starring one of my favourite actors, Jack Nicholson (Jack Torrance), The Shining introduced us to The Torrance Family. Struggling to support his family and his writing, Jack finds a job as a winter caretaker to an isolated resort hotel. With his family on board, this seems like the perfect solution to their financial woes and his writer’s block. However, when the son Danny (Danny Lloyd) begins to see disturbing visions, so begins Jack’s gradual descent into madness. And nothing can be more insane than Jack Nicholson’s devilish grin.
1. The Exorcist
OK, so maybe I’m a little biased because this is one of my favourite movies of all time, but The Exorcist pretty well epitomizes possession to a tee. Regan (Linda Blair), a perfectly normal young girl with a perfectly normal movie star mother, Chris (Ellen Burstyn), suddenly starts to display some rather odd behaviour. As Regan’s acts become more and more erratic and violent, Chris seeks the help of a young priest. As it turns out, she is, in fact, possessed by a strong demon presence and they must conduct an exorcism in order to free her innocent soul.
Honestly, I saw this movie when I was 13 and it still scares the bejesus out of me to this day. There’s just something about children being occupied by evil that doesn’t seem too far from reality.
Sarah is coupon writer by day and a freelance photographer/writer by night in the Ottawa region. Her all time favourite movie is The Exorcist and she cries in almost every sad scene in a movie no matter how bad it is.