For this list, we are looking at exorcist-related movies
You know Halloween is just around the corner when you start seeing scary Halloween makeup tutorials on Instagram.
But, if you are not the type to dress up and go out during Halloween, then staying at home and watching a movie is not a bad thing either. (You will get to see scary faces either way.)
For those who love the adrenaline rush (without having to get up from your comfy couch), here are some scary exorcist-related movies that are worth binge-watching this Halloween.
The Conjuring Series
Apart from Lord of the Rings, The Conjuring series is one of my favourite movie installments.
The Conjuring series features power couple Ed and Lorraine Warren who were American paranormal investigators.
The exorcist-related movies (Conjuring 1 and Conjuring 2) are based on their real-life experience with the Perron family in Rhode Island in 1971 and the Hodgson family in England in 1977.
There are also talks about the making of the third Conjuring movie
The Conjuring Universe also has a spin-off movie; Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation.
The Nun came out in September 2018 and was one of the most anticipated movies of the year.
Taking place in Bucharest, Romania in 1952, The Nun explores the backstory of Valak, the demon that appeared in Lorraine Warren’s vision in Conjuring 2.
Since Conjuring 2 and Annabelle: Creation, many were left wondering about the nun as she/it had been making cameos in the Conjuring series.
Being part of the Conjuring universe, I feel that The Nun should have its own series because bonus for exorcising a demon in an abandoned monastery.
Several decades since its release in 1973, The Exorcist remains one of the scariest movies of all time due to a few factors.
Based on a novel of the same name, it was inspired on the real-life exorcism of a boy known by the pseudonym Roland Doe.
In addition to be based on real events, the special effects in the movie are still considered superb! They were engineered by makeup artist Dick Smith and his protégée Rick Baker.
If you have seen the movie, how chilling was that demonic voice coming out of Linda Blair’s mouth?
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
I first saw Jennifer Carpenter in White Chicks, so her character in this movie was a 180-degree change.
Another film based on true events, The Exorcism of Emily Rose is loosely based on the story of Annelise Michel, who rejected medical treatment for her epilepsy towards the end of her life and relied solely on exorcism rites.
She underwent 67 exorcism sessions; one or two each week, lasting up to four hours, were performed over about ten months in 1975–1976 before she died from dehydration and malnutrition.
Another great exorcist-related movies to binge watch this Halloween is The Rite.
The movie follows Michael Kovak, who was about to take his vow to priesthood but decided to resign due to his lack to faith.
His superior was unable to accept his resignation and therefore he was sent to Rome to attend an exorcism class.
At Rome, he met Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins).
Despite his scepticism, it is interesting to see Michael insist on searching for the truth.
The Priests (South Korea)
The only Asian film on this list, The Priest is a South Korean movie released in 2015. It stars Kim Yoon-seok as Father Kim and Gang Dong-won as Deacon Choi.
Set in modern South Korea, it follows Father Kim and Deacon Choi exorcising a comatose female student who is possessed by a demon after a hit and run accident.
The Priest has a bit of a shamanism element in it, setting it apart from the rest of the movies in this list.
Constantine is one of the must watch exorcist-related movies if you are a big Keanu Reeves fan.
Based on DC’s comic series of the same name, Constantine received mixed reviews when it came out in 2005.
While some argue the plot is messy, this movie is still enjoyable to watch.
After watching this movie, you will start becoming extremely cautious of buying unfamiliar second-hand things.
The movie follows a young girl purchasing an antique box with Hebrew markings from a yard sale.
But unknown to her the box is actually a dybbuk box containing an evil spirit.
What makes this movie good (and also creepy) is that the dybbuk box actually existed.
The box was only sale on eBay for $1. It contained locks of hair, a couple of pennies, a wine cup, a slab of granite that had been engraved, and a dried flower.
After 50 bids, it was sold for almost $300.
According to the original buyer, Kevin Mannis, the box was purchased at the estate sale of a 103-year-old Holocaust survivor.
After coming to the United States, the holocaust survivor never opened the box and was terrified of it. After having the box in his possession, Kevin has h several bad lucks.
The box is currently on the hands of a university museum curator, Jason Haxton.