20 movies about exorcism and demonic possession

“Get out, Satan” is not only an old curse, but also a hygienic church procedure for delivering Christians from evil spirits. We know about the most famous exorcism of demons from the biblical parable, where Jesus healed the unfortunate possessed by transferring the unclean spirit into pigs. You can find out how the rites take place now and where the demons go by watching a movie from this selection of films about exorcism and demonic possession.

The Conjuring 3: By the Will of the Devil (2021)

The new movie about the fighters with the devil is an exciting triquel, like the first two films, tells about cases from the practice of Ed and Lorraine Warren. The couple investigate the paranormal, but one of the exorcism sessions gets out of control. The demon leaves the child-victim’s body to inhabit the eyewitness Arne. Later, the guy commits a murder, stating after his arrest that he did so not of his own free will. The film is based on real events that attracted unprecedented attention – the 1981 trial of Arne Cheyenne Johnson became a sensation in the history of world justice.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It

Actors:
Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Ruairi O’Connor …

Country:
USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:
18+


The Exorcist’s Apprentice (2020)

A young priest, Daniel, is sent to help an experienced mentor, Father Peter, to fight the dark forces. The demons increased their activity, subordinating the souls of children to their power – and the next victim was the boy Charlie. During the moments of seizures, the child does terrible things, speaks in an adult voice and curses. For release, you will need a powerful rite of exile, which will be held together by the two main characters of a dramatic horror film about exorcists.

Original title:
The Seventh Day

Actors:
Guy Pearce, Vadir Derbes, Stephen Lang …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 4.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Devil’s Hour (2019)

Drew and Max are best friends and hosts of a popular live show where demons are exorcised from people. In fact, the programs consist entirely of productions, but one day during the online broadcast, the supernatural happens. Beloved Drew agrees to the role of the main character of the show, Max begins the rite of exorcism – and at this moment a dark entity is nearby. Vengeful evil spirits are ready to expose the deceit of friends and the presenters have to engage in a deadly battle with evil.

Original title:
The Cleansing Hour

Actors:
Ryan Guzman, Kyle Gallner, Alix Angelis…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
18+


The Exorcist: Insomnia (2019)

Blake suffers from a rare form of insomnia that can quickly lead to death. With such an unconventional plot, an Australian horror film about the exorcism of demons begins. Blake’s sister is studying medicine and wants to help her brother, but the disease is not amenable to traditional treatment. The further Karla goes into the study of a strange disease, the gloomier are the causes of insomnia and the prospects for the experimental treatment of the guy.

Original title:
Awoken

Actors:
Sarah West, Eric Thomson, Benson Jack Anthony …

Country:
Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.3, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Curse of the Nun (2018)

The Vatican instructs exorcist priest Anthony Burke to deal with the causes of suicide in a secluded monastery. A Romanian nun committed suicide, which is considered a particularly grave sin among believers. The novice was not stopped by thoughts of eternal life and paradise – death seemed to the poor fellow the only salvation from the demonic essence. Burke sets off on a journey to investigate and expel the intruder from the monastery grounds.

Original title:
The Nun

Actors:
Demian Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, Jonas Blocke …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Devil’s Asylum (2017)

The list of the best foreign films about the exorcism of the devil continues with a little-known Mexican film about unlucky robbers . Three girls decide to sneak into the cottage of a famous senator after learning about the lack of protection. Friends urgently need money, and a house without additional protection seems like a tasty morsel to them. The girls do not suspect that the villa is guarded around the clock by evil imprisoned in the basement.

Original title:
El habitante

Actors:
Maria Evoli, Vanessa Restrepo, Carla Adell…

Country:
Mexico

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


The Exorcist (TV series 2016 – 2018)

Father Thomas Ortega conducts services in the Catholic Church, helping parishioners not to lose their faith. One day, a shepherd encounters an unusual phenomenon when a young woman turns to him for advice. Angela’s daughter is behaving strangely, and Father Thomas suspects the intervention of dark forces. The rite of exorcism will help rid the child of the demon, but the priest alone cannot cope with the ritual.

Original title:
The Exorcist

Actors:
Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Kurt Egyavan …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 8.0

Age Limits :
18+


Outcast (TV series, 2016 – 2017)

Kyle Barnes first encountered the devil as a child when his mother became possessed. The woman began to mock her son and soon ended up in a mental hospital . Years later, the demons reappeared, but now a little boy needs the help of Barnes himself. The guy is forced to interrupt his seclusion for the sake of the battle for the child’s soul and enter into an alliance with Reverend Anderson for the ritual. An interesting series about exorcism is worth watching for fans of modern mystical stories about the battle between Good and Evil.

Original title:
Outcast

Actors:
Patrick Fugit, Philip Glenister, Wrenn Schmidt…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
18+


Incarnation (2016)

An accident chained Seth Amber to a wheelchair, but higher powers endowed the man with an amazing gift that allows him to exorcise demons from human bodies. The last battle also ended in favor of the exorcist, although the victory was not easy. One day, the parents of an obsessed boy turn to Seth for help – and Amber recognizes an old acquaintance in the opponent.

Original title:
Incarnate

Actors:
Aaron Eckhart, Carys van Houten, Catalina Sandino Moreno …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Deborah Logan’s Demons (2014)

A foreign horror film about exorcism is a feature film in the mockumentary genre for viewers with strong nerves. Medical University student Mia was lucky – she was awarded a grant for scientific research. The girl goes to a country mansion to film a documentary about Alzheimer’s disease. Sarah lives in the house, whose mother suffers from this serious illness, but watching nightly videos shows that something else is hiding behind the signs of a mental disorder .

Original title:
The Taking of Deborah Logan

Actors:
Jill Larson, Ann Ramsey, Michelle Eng…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.2, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
18+


Deliver us from the evil one (2014)

New York was covered by a wave of cruel crimes committed by people under the influence of powerful demons. The police are unable to cope with the situation on their own, and the department continues to receive reports of new murders. Officers Sarchi and Mendoza team up to investigate a paranormal criminal event, and soon realize they need an experienced exorcist.

Original title:
Deliver Us from Evil

Actors:
Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Michael King Obsession (2014)

The story about the possession of the devil, where the main character does not believe in the supernatural and mysticism, got into the top of the films, and undertakes to expose experts in the occult. After the death of his wife, Michael shoots a documentary in which he conducts an eccentric experiment. Leading necromancers and demonologists test various spells on the director, which confirms the man’s theory about the absence of otherworldly forces. However, Michael soon begins to show unusual abilities .

Original title:
The Possession of Michael King

Actors:
Shane Johnson, Ella Anderson, Kara Pifko …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Atticus Institute (2014)

In the 70s of the last century, psychologist Henry West opens a research center to study people with paranormal abilities. The real record holder for the manifestation of superpower is Judith, chained to a wheelchair. The woman owns telepathy and telekinesis, moves through the air and destroys objects. The country’s secret services want to use Judith as a powerful weapon, but Dr. West discovers the true nature of the amazing gift.

Original title:
The Atticus Institute

Actors:
Ria Kilstedt, William Mapother, Sharon Moan …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Possessed (2012)

Isabella’s mother, during the rite of exorcism, dealt with two priests, a nun, and attempted to assassinate a policeman. The woman was sent to a psychiatric clinic, and years later, the grown-up daughter decided to find out what was really behind the crime. Isabella brings documentary filmmakers and exorcists to her mother’s hospital for a second ritual. The horror film about the possessed by the devil will surprise you with an unexpected ending – a demon exorcism session will present many surprises.

Original title:
The Devil Inside

Actors:
Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quaterman, Evan Hellmuth …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 4.9, IMDb – 4.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Rite (2011)

A seminary student goes to the Vatican to be trained by Father Lucas. The priest is engaged in the exorcism of demons, freeing people from evil spirits, but the young trainee is skeptical about the exorcism ritual. Over time, the student has to change his mind, faced with inexplicable otherworldly phenomena. The guy’s faith grows, but one day the unforeseen happens – Father Lucas himself becomes a victim of demons.

Original title:
The Rite

Actors:
Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga …

Country:
USA, Hungary, Italy

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Curse Box (2011)

The action of the film about the introduction of the devil takes place in a small American town. After a divorce from his wife, Clyde takes his daughters for the weekend, and on one of the walks with the children, a fatal event happens. At the fair, Emily liked a vintage box, and the girl persuades her dad to buy a rare item. Soon the parents notice oddities in the behavior of their daughter, who is in the grip of a powerful evil spirit.

Original title:
The Possession

Actors:
Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Natasha Kalis, Kira Sedgwick …

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


The Last Exorcism (2010)

The exorcist Marcus has several dozens of liberated souls on his account, so the film crew became interested in the unique ritual. Journalists , along with a healer, go to a provincial town where a young girl needs help. Reporters do not suspect that behind the mystical rites there are clever special effects that will prove powerless when the showman-reverend meets the devil himself.

Original title:
The Last Exorcism

Actors:
Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bar…

Country:
France, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.7, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Six Demons by Emily Rose (2005)

A film about a girl possessed by demons is a horror film with positive reviews from viewers who love religious horror films. The plot is based on a true story. Father Moore is facing trial on charges of manslaughter and must prove the correctness of his own actions. Emily Rose began to hear voices, and visions gradually drove the student crazy. Appeals to traditional doctors did not bring results, so the parents decided to resort to the help of the church, which led to an irreparable tragedy.

Original title:
The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Actors:
Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, Campbell Scott …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
16+


The Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

The Second World War changed the outlook of the priest Merrin – the man laid down his dignity and returned to archaeological excavations. On the way, the former shepherd meets a collector and learns about an ancient underground temple. A valuable artifact is stored inside an ancient building, and the antique dealer wants to get a rare item. Merrin agrees to take part in an expedition to East Africa, ignoring the warnings of the locals.

Original title:
Exorcist: The Beginning

Actors:
Stellan Skarsgård, Isabella Skorupko, James D’Arcy…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.6, IMDb – 5.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Exorcist (1973)

A highly rated classic horror film released in the last century is still able to impress the sophisticated modern audience. Chris notices a terrible change in Regan’s daughter’s behavior, but the best doctors can’t find the cause of the strange ailment. The girl scandalizes and shouts out curses, and the manifestation of incredible physical strength by a teenager leads to the death of her mother’s best friend. Chris turns to an experienced exorcist for help, but for the first time he encounters such a powerful demon.

Original title:
The Exorcist

Actors:
Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.0

Age restrictions:
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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