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The Shadow Creatures are otherworldly spirits tasked with taking presumably to hell recently deceased who have committed evil acts in their life. They are first alluded to when the hospital ghost gives recently deceased Sam Wheat pointers regarding his death. Said ghost compares them to the Light Beings that take the good deceased to heaven. However they aren't shown until Sam confronts and scares Willy Lopez , causing the latter to run into moving traffic. The spirits later take Carl away after he dies while failing to kill Oda Mae Brown and Molly Jenson . Unlike the Light Beings, the Shadow Creatures don't seem to let bad ghosts linger in the world over unfinished business.

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Things You Only Notice In Ghost After Watching It More Than Once

Sam Wheat gazes intently (as a ghost)

More than 30 years after its release, " Ghost " is one of those classic movies that's referenced so often it might  feel like you've seen it, even if you haven't. At the very least, the often-parodied pottery scene  is something you remember well. Although it's most well known for that steamy scene and the picturesque, tragic love story of main couple Sam (Patrick Swayze) and Molly (Demi Moore), "Ghost" is actually a thriller. After Sam is killed by a thug hired by his best friend Carl (Tony Goldwyn), the ins and outs of becoming a ghost mostly serve the plot as Sam uncovers the truth and tries to save Molly's life from beyond this mortal coil. 

In its straight-forwardness and blending of romantic and fantasy elements, it harkens back to classic Hollywood romances like "Heaven Can Wait," and the screenplay earned writer Bruce Joel Rubin a well-deserved Oscar . But its simplicity and one-note visualization in pop culture history belie a fascinating story, one that raises a lot of metaphysical questions in short order, full of characters it can be hard not to second guess. Here are the things you only notice in "Ghost" when you watch it more than once.

Who wears white clothes to do construction work?

At the very beginning of "Ghost," Sam, Molly, and best friend Carl are busy knocking down walls and fixtures in Sam and Molly's newly purchased loft ... wearing a rather confusing trio of coordinated outfits. If Sam is anything like Patrick Swayze's other film roles, then he and Carl likely bonded as friends over any excuse to go shirtless, so that makes a certain amount of sense. But where did they both get white jeans to match Molly's white overalls?

Moreover, why wear white if you'll be knocking down drywall and doing the generally dirty work of home renovation? Did they call Carl to let him know the dress code before he got there? "Hey Carl, just so you know, we're  nouveau riche so we bought brand new painters' whites to do demolition in even though we're not painting yet ... No, no need for a shirt." "Ghost" may have come out in 1990, but it really captured the dying spirit of the 1980s, which in many ways was a generally shirtless time.

Sam is kind of a jerk in life

Granted, we don't get to know Sam for very long before he's shot and killed, but if you think about it on a rewatch, he's kind of boorish to Molly. The most famous scene of the movie, rife with sexual chemistry though it may be, is Sam completely ruining a piece that Molly was throwing on the pottery wheel. In an earlier scene, he thinks it's funny to pretend to dangle her out of the window of their loft. Fun!

Later in the film, when Sam is trying to convince psychic Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) to help him, he sings "I'm Henry the Eighth, I am" over and over at her until she relents —  annoying, but reasonable under life-and-death circumstances. But when Molly hears about it, she reveals that's  also how Sam got her to go out with him in the first place. And once they're in a committed relationship, he makes it a particular point to always say "ditto" instead of the more earnest and vulnerable "I love you too." Clearly Sam was just coasting through his (unfortunately short) life, content to rely on being as handsome as an in-his-prime Patrick Swayze to smooth the way for generally douche-y behavior.

How can Sam and Molly afford that loft?

No offense to Molly, but you have to assume that the income of a sculptor only goes so far in Manhattan real estate. And Sam may be a successful Wall Street investment banker, but he's clearly a new one that gets nervous before meeting with the proverbial Japanese investors, and an ethical one that's too naïve to realize what Carl's up to until it's too late. Granted, the '80s were an ethical haze of opulence, trickle-down economics, and cocaine, but re-watching "Ghost" after recognizing  other suspiciously large NYC apartments in film and television , it's impossible not to un-suspend your disbelief.

It's not just a question of whether Sam and Molly can afford it, they renovate the entire thing from basically scratch after knocking all the fixtures and walls out at the beginning of "Ghost." Does one or both of them come from money? Are those absurd giant Roman columns they put in load-bearing? Even after Sam's death, other than going into the bank to sign some papers (life insurance?), Molly's financial situation is unaddressed moving forward. One presumes she had to move out of that cavernous, preposterous loft well before it was listed for $10.5 million  in 2015.

The famous pottery scene has a jarring continuity error

Even the one scene in "Ghost" that everyone remembers the best has a surprising, borderline-inexcusable continuity error in it. In by far the most famous pottery-related scene in all of cinema, Sam sits behind Molly late one night while The Righteous Brothers cover of "Unchained Melody" plays on their bespoke, vintage jukebox. The chemistry practically sparks through the air as they intertwine fingers, lean against one another, and get potter's clay all over themselves. 

But as soon as they get swept away by passion and move away from the wheel, all of the clay is magically  gone . Not even a smudge remains visible on their arms and hands. It's an ode to the undeniable chemistry of the stars that this isn't something you catch on the first watch, but it's a strange mistake that you can't un-see once you catch it on another viewing. It's jarring enough to wonder, in the moment, if it was intentional — maybe Moore and Swayze didn't mind getting clay on their arms, but drew the line at getting it everywhere else on their persons.

Ghost wouldn't work without Whoopi Goldberg

Somehow all of the most frequent elements of "Ghost" in our collective memory are about the two romantic leads — the pottery scene, "ditto." But when you watch it again, the clear MVP of the film is Whoopi Goldberg with her inimitable portrayal of psychic Oda Mae Brown. Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore both do excellent jobs, but they're largely crying on command or just looking strained and anxious about things. Tony Goldwyn hits a few more notes as the shifty, sniveling Carl — he played the bad guy so well he once got terrible service in a NYC restaurant as a result. 

But Goldberg, more than the rest of the cast, has to anchor the film with a performance that's tender-hearted, funny, impetuous, and undeniably her own. She convincingly plays trepidation and fear when she starts to hear the dead, tenderness when she consoles a heartbroken Molly at several points, and slapstick anxiety when Sam has her pull a con on the bank and steal the laundered drug money. Every few years, a comedic performance like Goldberg's will get a token Oscar nomination, but Whoopi actually  won the Oscar part of her career EGOT for her role. All due respect to Swayze, Moore, and Goldwyn, but it would be a lot easier to imagine other actors taking those roles and doing just as well; it's nearly impossible to picture someone else as Oda Mae.

The movie raises more questions about ghost-physics than it answers

According to  Film School Rejects , "Ghost" screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin mentioned on a commentary track for the film that people would often ask him why Sam can walk up stairs and take elevators when he passes through walls. His explanation?: "Your mind creates the world." And while that's a pithy response that summons up many interesting thoughts about the nature of perception, the soul, and the self, it doesn't really answer anything. Your mind creates the world, but only for the soles of your feet? If the mind (and whatever remains of the mind in "ghost" form) possesses this passive ability to interact with the physical realm when gravity is concerned, why does Sam have to summon up all of his emotions to kick a bottle cap or lift a penny? 

Generally, "Ghost" seems content to reveal new rules of ghost-ness every now and then, mostly for certain moments in the plot to come together. We learn midway through that ghosts can briefly "possess" Oda Mae, when a presumptuous ghost named Orlando wants to talk to his wife. But other than the fact that it weakens the ghost that does it, there's not much detail. Can only psychics with "the gift" be possessed? It leads to a touching scene, of course, when Sam possesses Oda Mae (with permission) and embraces Molly for a final time. But these questions make you wish for a sequel where Oda Mae and her numerous new ghost clients explore exactly what the rules of this universe are. 

Why does Oda Mae initially want nothing to do with Sam?

Look, no one is saying it wouldn't be unsettling to start hearing ghosts. Most people would and should be downright terrified. But Sam happens upon the shop of Oda Mae Brown, who specifically has been  pretending to commune with the dead for her entire life. Shouldn't she have some questions? Yet Oda Mae spends the first few scenes with Sam (who proceeds to hector her) imploring him to go away, and begs off of visiting Molly when she's gotten the basic message across. Eventually she comes around to helping Sam again, although a lot of that might have to do with her own life now being in danger.

Upon a re-watch, it's clear that her reluctance is sort of necessary to keep the movie from being over too soon. She tells Molly just enough details that only Sam could know how to get in the apartment, and then leaves before she's there long enough to really relay enough messages that Molly's sure of what's happening. Her criminal background and reluctance to get involved help Molly doubt the truth until the last act of the film. In retrospect, it's hard not to wonder why her professional and entrepreneurial sides don't give her more natural curiosity about hearing an  actual ghost . Luckily for Oda Mae, apparently word gets around quickly in the New York City ghost scene, as she's inundated with spirits not long after Sam shows up.  

Molly should have just not mentioned ghosts to the police

When you re-examine the plot of "Ghost" more than once, it's easy to imagine yourself in each character's situation and think about what you'd do differently. And while it doesn't feel great to second-guess the decisions of Molly in the midst of deep grief, it really seems like she should have known the police wouldn't be convinced that life exists after death in one sitting. A very skeptical police sergeant (played by a young Stephen Root !) patiently shows her Oda Mae's long criminal history, and then dismisses the information out of hand. We the audience watch helplessly as the police ignore being told the killer's name and address.

But given the gravity of, you know, the sudden and confirmed existence of the afterlife, it's not the most surprising result. If Molly believed that it was real information, maybe it would have been better to send an anonymous tip? Or, as a witness to the crime, she could have claimed to spot Willie Lopez on the crowded streets of New York City and merely followed him to his address.

How do ghosts' clothes work?

Here is a minor but persistent quirk of ghosts in "Ghost" that becomes a nagging question on re-watching: What's up with ghost clothes? As a rule, it seems, you're stuck in the outfit that you died in for your entire ghost-hood. Sam sports the '80s-puffy, maroon dress shirt he wore to that fateful performance of "Macbeth" for the rest of the film. But technically, in the very last moments of his life, that shirt would have sported a distinctive bullet hole, which fails to make the jump to the afterlife.

The same goes, eventually, for any scrapes and scuffs Willie Lopez gets when he gets hit by multiple cars, and the white dress shirt that Carl totally ruins by getting impaled on a giant shard of glass. One has to wonder what that means for piercings or tattoos? Ghosts may have to linger and deal with their unfinished business, but at least in "Ghost" they never have to go to the dry cleaner.

The Hell demons are hilariously low-fi

Despite its subject matter, "Ghost" has hardly any elements of horror — it's largely a thriller with supernatural elements. But when the bad guys, first hired hitman Willie Lopez and then back-stabbing friend Carl Bruner, both die during the movie, we're treated to a sequence where dark, howling demon creatures drag both of their spirits into the shadows, presumably to the "Ghost" version of Hell. Unfortunately these demons are unintentionally the funniest part of "Ghost" by a mile when you watch them closely.

When they come for Willie, the scene is dimly lit and somewhat spooky, despite the "ooooohs" from the demons sounding like a collage of outtakes from "Scooby-Doo." But when Carl's dragged away at the end of the film, their hands have a visibly hand-drawn look to them, which, when combined with the cartoonish voices, produces a distinctly silly effect. It's almost as if they forgot to animate these sequences, had no CGI budget, and got some elementary school kids to do it frame-by-frame at the last minute.

What will Molly and Oda Mae say to the police?

"Ghost" ends as happily as it can, with the bad guys dead, and Molly and Sam given one last chance to say goodbye. But after the iconic line about taking the love with you and the deep, meaningful looks, there are still a lot of questions to be answered. Specifically, the police are on their way to find Molly, Oda Mae, and the dead body of Carl, who's managed to " Final Destination " himself and get impaled on a huge fallen piece of broken window. Based on Molly coming into the see the police earlier (when they also pulled Oda Mae's file), it might be hard to answer their questions.

And if the police don't end up charging them with manslaughter, they might be in danger from the drug dealers that Sam essentially stole $4 million from. They'd likely suspect Carl of stealing it, and then probably have questions for Molly regarding his death in her apartment. Or if they have another person inside the bank, they might be able to trace Oda Mae to withdrawing their funds under a false name.  At the end of "Ghost," Sam moves on as the unfinished business of making sure Molly is safe has been achieved, but upon reflection, there's a lot more loose ends than you'd think he'd be comfortable with.

14 Things You Might Not Know About Ghost

By garin pirnia | jan 26, 2016.

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When Ghost was released over 25 years ago, it was hardly on anyone’s radar, with the exception of critics, who panned it. Somehow this supernatural-romantic-thriller, in which the lead character is an apparition, levitated out of the shadows to not only become the world’s highest-grossing film of 1990, but to win two Oscars. Here are some ghostly facts about a film that explores how even in death, love thrives.


On The View , Goldberg revealed that she only got the role of Oda Mae Brown because Swayze fought for her. The producers resisted casting her, but Swayze told them he wasn’t doing the film unless Whoopi was in it, too, and that she was right for the part—even though at that point she and Swayze had never met. “And I won an Oscar because of Patrick Swayze,” Goldberg said. In her 1991 Oscar speech , she thanked Swayze, calling him “a stand-up guy.”


When a low-budget movie makes an unanticipated large sum of money, it’s considered a “sleeper” hit, which is exactly what happened to Ghost. Produced for a modest $22 million, it ended the year with a worldwide gross of $505,702,588 —that’s a lot of “dittos.” According to Box Office Mojo , Home Alone ranks as the highest-grossing domestic film of 1990, with Ghost a close second. But Home Alone didn’t surpass Ghost ’s hull until February of 1991. Ghost hit another milestone when it spent 19 consecutive weekends in the top five weekend box office, ranking number five on the all-time weekend list.


By the time Ghost was released, Moore was already famous for her roles in St. Elmo’s Fire and About Last Night... , but she wasn’t considered a bankable star. After the unexpected $200 million domestic gross of Ghost , she hit box office gold with a trifecta of other huge hits: 1992’s A Few Good Men ($141,340,178), 1993’s Indecent Proposal ($106,614,059), and 1994’s Disclosure ($83,015,089). If you add up all of Demi’s film grosses, it comes out to more than $1 billion . In 1995, she was paid an unprecedented $12.5 million to take her clothes off in Striptease . The film wasn’t a huge hit, and a few years later she traded Hollywood for Idaho.


In a video that appears on the Ghost DVD, screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin—who won an Oscar for his script—talks about how Zucker was at first against casting Swayze as Sam. “Jerry wanted to see him on film, so went out and saw the movie Roadhouse , and we walked out of that movie and Jerry said to me, ‘Over my dead body,’” recalls Rubin. Swayze really wanted the role, and because Zucker appreciated Swayze’s gusto, he let Swayze audition. After Swayze read the end of the script aloud, Zucker changed his mind. “We all had tears in our eyes, right there in the office—and we knew how it ends,” Zucker told People in 1990. “I saw a side of Patrick that I never knew existed.”


The Righteous Brothers’s 1965 cover of “Unchained Melody” hit number four on the Billboard charts, but back in 1955 four other versions were also popular. After the Brothers’s 1965 version was used in the movie and featured on the soundtrack, it was re-released. The Brothers decided to re-record the song and then released it as a second single, with both songs concurrently selling well. It was the 1990 version, though, that hit number one on the Billboard U.S. Adult Contemporary chart, surpassing the feat of the 1965 cover. “So I didn’t know what it was going to do to the song, but, boy, when it came out in that movie, that song became a monster,” co-Righteous Brother Bill Medley told Songfacts . “I mean, a monster. I didn’t see that coming, that’s for sure." Medley’s hit song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” was featured in another Patrick Swayze movie: Dirty Dancing .


Sam and Molly’s sensual pottery making formed such an indelible impression that for over two decades a score of homages have been filmed. In 1991, Jerry Zucker’s brother David directed The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear , which featured stars Priscilla Presley and Leslie Nielsen reenacting the scene in a comedic matter. A 2010 episode of Community contains a pottery class instructor who admonishes the class with, “I will tolerate no re-creating, whether it’s ironic or sincere, of the Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore pottery scene in Ghost . I’ve had to adopt a zero Ghost tolerance policy. If you so much as hum three notes from that Righteous Brothers song, with god as my witness I will come at you with everything I’ve got.” And a 2014 episode of Two and a Half Men , starring Moore’s ex-husband Ashton Kutcher, shows him and Jon Cryer creating lovely pottery together .


Summer tentpoles Die Hard 2 (starring Moore’s then-hubby Bruce Willis), Total Recall , and Dick Tracy failed to claim a slot in the top five year-end box office, but romantic comedy Pretty Woman did. Like Ghost, Pretty Woman was yet another female-loved film that made a lot of money ($178 million domestic). “The success of Ghost and Pretty Woman has revitalized the romantic comedy, a genre that in recent years had become less appealing to Hollywood studios intent on making blockbuster action-adventure films,” read a 1990 article in The New York Times . In Ghost ’s wake, The Bodyguard , Jerry Maguire , and Titanic all became huge hits for the romantic drama genre.


Ghost grossed a healthy $48,449,689 in Japan, so it’s no surprise the Japanese decided to remake the movie, except with a woman being the ghost. The studio that released the original Ghost , Paramount, and a slew of other companies were involved in the film’s production and release . In Japan the film is called Ghost: Mouichido Dakishimetai , which in English roughly translates to “Ghost: In Your Arms Again.”


Before he was President Fitz on Scandal , Goldwyn was a struggling actor, and then a film director. When it came time to cast of the role of Sam’s friend and murderer, Carl, Goldwyn got a leg up not because of his pedigree (his grandfather was Samuel Goldwyn ), but because of his wife. “I fought my way into an audition on  Ghost ,” Goldwyn told The AV Club . “My wife was the production designer on that movie. At that time, she was much more successful than me and was doing all these big movies, and she kept saying, ‘They haven’t cast that part! You should bug your agents!’ And I kept harassing my agent, who would never return my phone calls, and I managed to get an audition. And, by a fluke, they stumbled on my audition tape and said, ‘That guy was really good.’” Jerry Zucker told Entertainment Weekly in 1990 that he was skeptical of Tony. “We saw his tape and were immediately struck by how good he was, but I wasn’t sure he was right for the part. He seemed too nice.”


At a 2013 AFI Night at the Movies screening of Ghost, Moore told the audience her initial feelings on the film. “It’s a love story, and it’s a guy—a dead guy—trying to save his wife, and there is a comedy part, but really, really it’s a love story,” Moore said. “And I thought, ‘Wow, this is really a recipe for disaster.’ It’s either going to be something really special, really amazing, or really an absolute bust.” She went on to talk about what made the film special. “I think the beauty in this film is that none of us knew, and the alchemy that came together with Whoopi and Patrick, and our film editor, Walter Murch, and Adam Greenberg, our DP, it just had a magic.”


Zucker established himself as a comedy writer-director with Airplane! , so he was an unusual choice to direct a drama. According to the Los Angeles Times , Bruce Joel Rubin was skeptical of Zucker directing his script. “I wanted Milos Forman or Stanley Kubrick [to direct the movie],” Rubin said. “When I was told that the guy who made Airplane! was going to direct Ghost , I cried.” Zucker and Rubin “went through 19 drafts of the screenplay together,” and Zucker gave the script more structure. “I felt it needed more twists and turns,” Zucker said. “It needed to keep moving. All those zany comedies have instilled a sense of pace in me. And, yes, I added more humor. Actually, a lot of the work I did was take things in Bruce’s head, which weren’t clear in the script, and help translate that into something a mainstream audience could grasp and digest.”


Currently on the market is the spacious 4,341-square-foot loft at 102 Prince Street, where Sam and Molly got clay all over themselves, and where they said their final goodbyes. The loft was originally listed for $10.5 million but was recently lowered to a more budget-friendly $10 million . It has three bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, and a Sub-Zero refrigerator! Relive the magic … if you can afford the 10 percent down payment, that is.


In 2013 it was reported that Paramount TV had tapped writer-producer Akiva Goldsman and showrunner Jeff Pinkner to write a pilot based on the movie. Since then, no info has been released as to whether the pilot actually came to fruition. Honestly, some things are best left in the grave.


Because Patrick Swayze’s surname rhymes with “crazy,” there’s been an influx of rappers rhyming the two words together. Marley Marl’s “The Symphony Part II” features the line, “Reach for the pistol and you’re crazy / Try to blast and I’ll be spinnin’ that ass like Patrick Swayze.” Eventually the word “Swayze” became associated with his Ghost character and became slang for “gone” or “leaving”. On 2Pac’s “Runnin’ (Dying to Live)”, Notorious B.I.G. raps: “That’s why I bust back, it don’t faze me / When he drop, take his glock, and I’m Swayze,” and in 2005’s SNL Digital Short “ Lazy Sunday ,” Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell sing, “Throw the snacks into the bag and I’m a ghost like Swayze.”

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Horror Movies: Demons, Curses and Cursed Objects

All the movies I have seen that feature demonic activities, curses etc. (no order)

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1. Oculus (2013)

R | 104 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A woman tries to exonerate her brother, who was convicted of murder, by proving that the crime was committed by a supernatural phenomenon.

Director: Mike Flanagan | Stars: Karen Gillan , Brenton Thwaites , Katee Sackhoff , Rory Cochrane

Votes: 138,093 | Gross: $27.70M

2. The Exorcist (1973)

R | 122 min | Horror

When a young girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two Catholic priests to save her life.

Director: William Friedkin | Stars: Ellen Burstyn , Max von Sydow , Linda Blair , Lee J. Cobb

Votes: 447,820 | Gross: $232.91M

3. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl.

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Laura Linney , Tom Wilkinson , Shohreh Aghdashloo , Campbell Scott

Votes: 138,622 | Gross: $75.07M

4. The Rite (2011)

PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

American seminary student Michael Kovak travels to Italy to take an exorcism course.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: Colin O'Donoghue , Anthony Hopkins , Ciarán Hinds , Alice Braga

Votes: 102,080 | Gross: $33.05M

5. The Crucifixion (2017)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

When Nicole comes in contact with Father Anton (Corneliu Ulici) more and more inexplicable events occur. The pair begin to believe that the priest lost the battle with a demon.

Director: Xavier Gens | Stars: Sophie Cookson , Corneliu Ulici , Ada Lupu , Brittany Ashworth

Votes: 9,331

6. Demonic (2015)

R | 83 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A police officer and a psychologist investigate the deaths of five people who were killed while trying to summon ghosts.

Director: Will Canon | Stars: Dustin Milligan , Scott Mechlowicz , Cody Horn , Maria Bello

Votes: 16,021

7. Wish Upon (2017)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A teenage girl discovers a box that carries magic powers and a deadly price for using them.

Director: John R. Leonetti | Stars: Joey King , Ryan Phillippe , Ki Hong Lee , Mitchell Slaggert

Votes: 22,576 | Gross: $14.30M

8. The Possession (I) (2012)

PG-13 | 92 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.

Director: Ole Bornedal | Stars: Natasha Calis , Jeffrey Dean Morgan , Kyra Sedgwick , Madison Davenport

Votes: 62,821 | Gross: $49.13M

9. The Last Exorcism (2010)

PG-13 | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.

Director: Daniel Stamm | Stars: Patrick Fabian , Ashley Bell , Iris Bahr , Louis Herthum

Votes: 51,774 | Gross: $41.03M

10. The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)

PG-13 | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

As Nell Sweetzer tries to build a new life after the events of the first movie, the evil force that once possessed her returns with an even more horrific plan.

Director: Ed Gass-Donnelly | Stars: Ashley Bell , Julia Garner , Spencer Treat Clark , David Jensen

Votes: 16,884 | Gross: $15.18M

11. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, and uncover a sinister history.

Director: Peter Cornwell | Stars: Virginia Madsen , Martin Donovan , Elias Koteas , Kyle Gallner

Votes: 64,674 | Gross: $55.39M

12. The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)

R | 100 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A young family moves into a historic house in Georgia and learns that they're not the house's only inhabitants. They find themselves in the presence of a secret rising from underground that threatens to bring down anyone in its path.

Director: Tom Elkins | Stars: Abigail Spencer , Chad Michael Murray , Katee Sackhoff , Emily Alyn Lind

Votes: 18,109

13. Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

PG-13 | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In 1967 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her daughters add a new stunt to bolster their seance scam business by inviting an evil presence into their home, not realizing how dangerous it is.

Director: Mike Flanagan | Stars: Elizabeth Reaser , Lulu Wilson , Annalise Basso , Henry Thomas

Votes: 71,974 | Gross: $35.14M

14. The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)

An elderly woman battling Alzheimer's disease agrees to let a film crew document her condition, but what they discover is something far more sinister going on.

Director: Adam Robitel | Stars: Jill Larson , Anne Ramsay , Michelle Ang , Brett Gentile

Votes: 38,738

15. Final Prayer (2013)

R | 89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A team of Vatican investigators descend upon a church in a remote area to demystify the unusual happenings, but what they discover is more disturbing than they had first imagined.

Director: Elliot Goldner | Stars: Gordon Kennedy , Robin Hill , Aidan McArdle , Sarah Annis

Votes: 9,672

16. Sinister (I) (2012)

R | 110 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A controversial true crime writer finds a box of super 8 home movies in his new home, revealing that the murder case he is currently researching could be the work of an unknown serial killer whose legacy dates back to the 1960s.

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Ethan Hawke , Juliet Rylance , James Ransone , Fred Thompson

Votes: 274,988 | Gross: $48.09M

17. Sinister 2 (2015)

R | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young mother and her twin sons move into a rural house that's marked for death.

Director: Ciarán Foy | Stars: James Ransone , Shannyn Sossamon , Robert Daniel Sloan , Dartanian Sloan

Votes: 59,747 | Gross: $27.74M

18. Insidious (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson , Rose Byrne , Ty Simpkins , Lin Shaye

Votes: 334,540 | Gross: $54.01M

19. Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)

PG-13 | 106 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The Lamberts believe that they have defeated the spirits that have haunted their family, but they soon discover that evil is not beaten so easily.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson , Rose Byrne , Barbara Hershey , Lin Shaye

Votes: 186,435 | Gross: $83.59M

20. Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015)

PG-13 | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.

Director: Leigh Whannell | Stars: Dermot Mulroney , Stefanie Scott , Angus Sampson , Leigh Whannell

Votes: 116,716 | Gross: $52.22M

21. Insidious: The Last Key (2018)

Parapsychologist Dr. Elise Rainier faces her most fearsome and personal haunting yet, as she is drawn back to her ghostly childhood home where the terror began.

Director: Adam Robitel | Stars: Lin Shaye , Leigh Whannell , Angus Sampson , Kirk Acevedo

Votes: 70,244 | Gross: $67.75M

22. The Amityville Horror (2005)

R | 90 min | Horror

Newlyweds are terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year before.

Director: Andrew Douglas | Stars: Ryan Reynolds , Melissa George , Jimmy Bennett , Jesse James

Votes: 116,447 | Gross: $65.23M

23. Amityville: The Awakening (2017)

PG-13 | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

A desperate single mother moves with her three children into the notorious, supposedly haunted, real-life Amityville house to try and use its dark powers to cure her comatose son. Things go horribly wrong.

Director: Franck Khalfoun | Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh , Bella Thorne , Mckenna Grace , Cameron Monaghan

Votes: 15,306 | Gross: $0.00M

24. The Grudge (2004)

PG-13 | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

An American nurse living and working in Tokyo is exposed to a mysterious supernatural curse, one that locks a person in a powerful rage before claiming their life and spreading to another victim.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar , Jason Behr , Clea DuVall , William Mapother

Votes: 149,849 | Gross: $110.36M

25. The Grudge 2 (2006)

PG-13 | 102 min | Horror, Thriller

Three interwoven stories about a terrible curse. A young woman encounters a malevolent supernatural force while searching for her missing sister in Tokyo; a mean high school prank goes horribly wrong; a woman with a deadly secret moves into a Chicago apartment building.

Director: Takashi Shimizu | Stars: Amber Tamblyn , Edison Chen , Arielle Kebbel , Sarah Michelle Gellar

Votes: 51,136 | Gross: $39.14M

26. The Grudge 3 (2009)

A young Japanese woman who holds the key to stopping the evil spirit of Kayako, travels to the haunted Chicago apartment from the sequel, to stop the curse of Kayako once and for all.

Director: Toby Wilkins | Stars: Matthew Knight , Shawnee Smith , Mike Straub , Aiko Horiuchi

Votes: 19,501

27. The Ring (2002)

PG-13 | 115 min | Horror, Mystery

A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone one week to the day after they view it.

Director: Gore Verbinski | Stars: Naomi Watts , Martin Henderson , Brian Cox , David Dorfman

Votes: 370,256 | Gross: $129.13M

28. The Ring Two (2005)

PG-13 | 110 min | Horror, Mystery

6 months after the incidents involving the lethal videotape, new clues prove that there is a new evil lurking in the darkness.

Director: Hideo Nakata | Stars: Naomi Watts , David Dorfman , Sissy Spacek , Simon Baker

Votes: 100,110 | Gross: $76.23M

29. Rings (2017)

PG-13 | 102 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A young woman finds herself on the receiving end of a terrifying curse that threatens to take her life in 7 days.

Director: F. Javier Gutiérrez | Stars: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz , Alex Roe , Johnny Galecki , Vincent D'Onofrio

Votes: 42,779 | Gross: $27.79M

30. Drag Me to Hell (2009)

PG-13 | 99 min | Horror

A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.

Director: Sam Raimi | Stars: Alison Lohman , Justin Long , Ruth Livier , Lorna Raver

Votes: 215,481 | Gross: $42.10M

31. The Ritual (I) (2017)

TV-MA | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A group of old college friends reunite for a trip to a most dangerous country in Europe - Sweden, encountering a menacing presence there stalking them.

Director: David Bruckner | Stars: Rafe Spall , Arsher Ali , Robert James-Collier , Sam Troughton

Votes: 115,960

32. Hellraiser (1987)

R | 94 min | Horror, Thriller

A woman discovers the newly resurrected, partially formed, body of her brother-in-law. She starts killing for him to revitalize his body so he can escape the demonic beings that are pursuing him after he escaped their sadistic underworld.

Director: Clive Barker | Stars: Andrew Robinson , Clare Higgins , Ashley Laurence , Sean Chapman

Votes: 138,270 | Gross: $14.56M

33. The House of the Devil (2009)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery

In 1983, financially struggling college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret, putting her life in mortal danger.

Director: Ti West | Stars: Jocelin Donahue , Tom Noonan , Mary Woronov , Greta Gerwig

Votes: 50,595 | Gross: $0.10M

34. Ghost Ship (2002)

R | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A salvage crew discovers a long-lost 1962 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea, and soon notices that its long-dead inhabitants may still be on board.

Director: Steve Beck | Stars: Julianna Margulies , Gabriel Byrne , Ron Eldard , Desmond Harrington

Votes: 107,961 | Gross: $30.11M

35. Nothing Left to Fear (2013)

R | 100 min | Horror

A family's journey toward a better life is interrupted by an unstable man of the cloth.

Director: Anthony Leonardi III | Stars: Anne Heche , James Tupper , Ethan Peck , Rebekah Brandes

Votes: 5,205 | Gross: $0.01M

36. Silent Hill (2006)

R | 125 min | Horror, Mystery

A woman, Rose, goes in search for her adopted daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill.

Director: Christophe Gans | Stars: Radha Mitchell , Laurie Holden , Sean Bean , Deborah Kara Unger

Votes: 241,417 | Gross: $46.98M

37. 1408 (2007)

PG-13 | 104 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A man who specialises in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.

Director: Mikael Håfström | Stars: John Cusack , Samuel L. Jackson , Mary McCormack , Tony Shalhoub

Votes: 290,285 | Gross: $71.99M

38. The Witch (2015)

R | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.

Director: Robert Eggers | Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy , Ralph Ineson , Kate Dickie , Julian Richings

Votes: 292,926 | Gross: $25.14M

39. It Follows (2014)

R | 100 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young woman is followed by an unknown supernatural force after a sexual encounter.

Director: David Robert Mitchell | Stars: Maika Monroe , Keir Gilchrist , Olivia Luccardi , Lili Sepe

Votes: 264,016 | Gross: $14.67M

40. REC (2007)

R | 78 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Directors: Jaume Balagueró , Paco Plaza | Stars: Manuela Velasco , Ferran Terraza , Jorge-Yamam Serrano , Pablo Rosso

Votes: 193,701

41. The Blair Witch Project (1999)

R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery

Three film students vanish after traveling into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the local Blair Witch legend, leaving only their footage behind.

Directors: Daniel Myrick , Eduardo Sánchez | Stars: Heather Donahue , Michael C. Williams , Joshua Leonard , Bob Griffin

Votes: 280,804 | Gross: $140.54M

42. Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000)

R | 90 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

A group of tourists arrives in Burkittsville, Maryland after seeing The Blair Witch Project (1999) to explore the mythology and phenomenon, only to come face to face with their own neuroses and possibly the witch herself.

Director: Joe Berlinger | Stars: Jeffrey Donovan , Stephen Barker Turner , Erica Leerhsen , Kurt Loder

Votes: 39,667 | Gross: $26.44M

43. Blair Witch (2016)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

After discovering a video showing what he believes to be his vanished sister Heather, James and a group of friends head to the forest believed to be inhabited by the Blair Witch.

Director: Adam Wingard | Stars: James Allen McCune , Callie Hernandez , Corbin Reid , Brandon Scott

Votes: 48,969 | Gross: $20.78M

44. The Shrine (2010)

Not Rated | 85 min | Horror

Two female journalists and a photographer travel to Europe to investigate a series of mysterious disappearances, only to find themselves embroiled in a struggle against a kind of evil they never expected.

Director: Jon Knautz | Stars: Aaron Ashmore , Cindy Sampson , Meghan Heffern , Trevor Matthews

Votes: 14,206

45. Haunter (2013)

Not Rated | 97 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A teenager is stuck in a time loop that is not quite the same each time. She must uncover the truth, but her actions have consequences for herself and others.

Director: Vincenzo Natali | Stars: Abigail Breslin , Peter Outerbridge , Michelle Nolden , Stephen McHattie

Votes: 18,506

46. Devil (2010)

PG-13 | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A group of people are trapped in an elevator and the Devil is mysteriously amongst them.

Director: John Erick Dowdle | Stars: Chris Messina , Caroline Dhavernas , Bokeem Woodbine , Logan Marshall-Green

Votes: 155,499 | Gross: $33.58M

47. Demonic (2015)

48. stir of echoes (1999).

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

After being hypnotized by his sister-in-law, a man begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around him.

Director: David Koepp | Stars: Kevin Bacon , Zachary David Cope , Kathryn Erbe , Illeana Douglas

Votes: 86,321 | Gross: $21.13M

49. The Conjuring (2013)

R | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Patrick Wilson , Vera Farmiga , Ron Livingston , Lili Taylor

Votes: 546,133 | Gross: $137.40M

50. The Conjuring 2 (2016)

R | 134 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Ed and Lorraine Warren travel to North London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by a supernatural spirit.

Director: James Wan | Stars: Vera Farmiga , Patrick Wilson , Madison Wolfe , Frances O'Connor

Votes: 295,350 | Gross: $102.47M

51. Insidious (I) (2010)

52. insidious: chapter 2 (2013), 53. insidious: chapter 3 (2015), 54. insidious: the last key (2018), 55. the autopsy of jane doe (2016).

R | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A father and son, both coroners, are pulled into a complex mystery while attempting to identify the body of a young woman, who was apparently harboring dark secrets.

Director: André Øvredal | Stars: Brian Cox , Emile Hirsch , Ophelia Lovibond , Michael McElhatton

Votes: 135,020 | Gross: $0.01M

56. Deliver Us from Evil (I) (2014)

R | 118 min | Crime, Fantasy, Horror

New York police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rites of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.

Director: Scott Derrickson | Stars: Eric Bana , Edgar Ramírez , Olivia Munn , Chris Coy

Votes: 84,460 | Gross: $30.58M

57. The Forest (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A young woman's desperate search for her twin sister brings her to a ghost-filled stretch of wilderness known as the 'Suicide Forest.'

Director: Jason Zada | Stars: Natalie Dormer , Eoin Macken , Stephanie Vogt , Osamu Tanpopo

Votes: 45,307 | Gross: $26.58M

58. Temple (2017)

TV-MA | 78 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

Three American tourists follow a mysterious map deep into the jungles of Japan searching for an ancient temple. When spirits entrap them, their adventure quickly becomes a horrific nightmare.

Director: Michael Barrett | Stars: Logan Huffman , Natalia Warner , Brandon Sklenar , Naoto Takenaka

Votes: 5,206

59. Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic (2010)

R | 88 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Dante journeys through the nine circles of Hell -- limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery -- in search of his true love, Beatrice.

Directors: Victor Cook , Mike Disa , Sangjin Kim , Shûkô Murase , Jong-Sik Nam , Lee Seung-Gyu , Yasuomi Umetsu | Stars: Graham McTavish , Vanessa Branch , Steve Blum , Peter Jessop

Votes: 9,944

60. It (I) (2017)

R | 135 min | Horror

In the summer of 1989, a group of bullied kids band together to destroy a shape-shifting monster, which disguises itself as a clown and preys on the children of Derry, their small Maine town.

Director: Andy Muschietti | Stars: Bill Skarsgård , Jaeden Martell , Finn Wolfhard , Sophia Lillis

Votes: 594,359 | Gross: $327.48M

61. The Shining (1980)

R | 146 min | Drama, Horror

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where a sinister presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from both past and future.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Jack Nicholson , Shelley Duvall , Danny Lloyd , Scatman Crothers

Votes: 1,088,324 | Gross: $44.02M

62. Pay the Ghost (2015)

Not Rated | 94 min | Horror, Mystery

A professor frantically searches for his son who was abducted during a Halloween carnival.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Nicolas Cage , Sarah Wayne Callies , Veronica Ferres , Lyriq Bent

Votes: 18,627

63. Let Us Prey (2014)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror, Thriller

Held in a remote police station, a mysterious stranger takes over the minds and souls of everyone inside.

Director: Brian O'Malley | Stars: Liam Cunningham , Pollyanna McIntosh , Bryan Larkin , Hanna Stanbridge

Votes: 10,643

64. Smiley (2012)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

After discovering an urban legend of a demented serial killer, who has nothing but a carved "smiley" on his face, a mentally fragile teenager must figure out if she is going insane - or if she could be the next victim.

Director: Michael J. Gallagher | Stars: Caitlin Gerard , Melanie Papalia , Shane Dawson , Andrew James Allen

Votes: 9,694

65. Bless the Child (2000)

R | 107 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Cody, a little girl abandoned by her mother and raised by her aunt, a nurse, is kidnapped. The girl's guardian, aided by an F.B.I. agent, learn that Cody has supernatural abilities, and the abductees are a Satanic cult willing to do anything to gain them.

Director: Chuck Russell | Stars: Kim Basinger , Jimmy Smits , Rufus Sewell , Holliston Coleman

Votes: 15,261 | Gross: $29.37M

66. The Prophecy (1995)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

At the scene of a bizarre murder, L.A. homicide detective Thomas Dagget discovers a lethal heavenly prophecy now being fulfilled on earth. In his fight to stop the forces of evil, he finds an unlikely ally in an elementary school teacher.

Director: Gregory Widen | Stars: Christopher Walken , Elias Koteas , Virginia Madsen , Eric Stoltz

Votes: 32,944 | Gross: $16.12M

67. The Prophecy II (1998 Video)

R | 87 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

When the powers of good and evil again descend to Earth in a battle over mankind, the only hope for survival is the unborn child of an innocent woman. With the help of a mysterious stranger, she races to protect her child and save mankind.

Director: Greg Spence | Stars: Christopher Walken , Russell Wong , Jennifer Beals , Brittany Murphy

Votes: 8,070

68. The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000 Video)

R | 84 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

As the war between Heaven and Earth rages on, the half-human, half-angel Danyael is mankind's only hope against a diabolical angel that wants to destroy them all.

Director: Patrick Lussier | Stars: Christopher Walken , Vincent Spano , Davino Buzzotta , Kayren Butler

Votes: 5,715

69. Legion (2010)

R | 100 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

When a group of strangers at a dusty roadside diner come under attack by demonic forces, their only chance for survival lies with an archangel named Michael, who informs a pregnant waitress that her unborn child is humanity's last hope.

Director: Scott Stewart | Stars: Paul Bettany , Dennis Quaid , Charles S. Dutton , Lucas Black

Votes: 110,723 | Gross: $40.17M

70. Devil's Due (2014)

R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery

After a mysterious, lost night on their honeymoon, a newlywed couple finds themselves dealing with an earlier-than-planned pregnancy.

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin , Tyler Gillett | Stars: Allison Miller , Zach Gilford , Sam Anderson , Roger Payano

Votes: 17,653 | Gross: $15.82M

71. Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

R | 114 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Years before Father Lankester Merrin helped save Regan MacNeil's soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. This is the tale of Father Merrin's initial battle with Pazuzu and the rediscovery of his faith.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård , Izabella Scorupco , James D'Arcy , Remy Sweeney

Votes: 39,418 | Gross: $41.82M

72. End of Days (1999)

R | 122 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

At the end of the century, Satan visits New York in search of a bride. It's up to an ex-cop who now runs an elite security outfit to stop him.

Director: Peter Hyams | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger , Gabriel Byrne , Robin Tunney , Kevin Pollak

Votes: 115,823 | Gross: $66.89M

73. Jennifer's Body (2009)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Horror

A newly-possessed high-school cheerleader turns into a succubus who specializes in killing her male classmates. Can her best friend put an end to the horror?

Director: Karyn Kusama | Stars: Megan Fox , Amanda Seyfried , Adam Brody , Johnny Simmons

Votes: 148,083 | Gross: $16.20M

74. Altar (2014)

Not Rated | 95 min | Horror, Mystery

A young family moves to an isolated house which the wife has been hired to restore, only to discover that the previous owner is reputed to have murdered his wife.

Director: Nick Willing | Stars: Olivia Williams , Matthew Modine , Antonia Clarke , Adam Thomas Wright

Votes: 4,217

75. An American Haunting (2005)

PG-13 | 83 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

An invisible entity haunts a 19th century family, and family secrets soon begin to surface.

Director: Courtney Solomon | Stars: Donald Sutherland , Sissy Spacek , Rachel Hurd-Wood , James D'Arcy

Votes: 26,694 | Gross: $16.30M

76. We Are Still Here (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 84 min | Horror, Mystery

In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years - and demands a sacrifice.

Director: Ted Geoghegan | Stars: Andrew Sensenig , Barbara Crampton , Larry Fessenden , Lisa Marie

Votes: 19,751

77. The Remaining (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 88 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Friends gather at a wedding, but the celebration's shattered by terrifying apocalyptic events, which force them to re-examine life, choices they've made...

Director: Casey La Scala | Stars: Johnny Pacar , Shaun Sipos , Bryan Dechart , Alexa PenaVega

Votes: 8,207 | Gross: $1.17M

78. We Go On (2016)

Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Miles Grissom offers $30,000 to the first person who can prove to him that we go on after death.

Directors: Jesse Holland , Andy Mitton | Stars: Annette O'Toole , Clark Freeman , John Glover , Giovanna Zacarías

Votes: 4,820

79. Clown (2014)

R | 100 min | Horror, Thriller

A loving father finds a clown suit for his son's birthday party, only to realize that it's cursed.

Director: Jon Watts | Stars: Andy Powers , Laura Allen , Peter Stormare , Christian Distefano

Votes: 25,950 | Gross: $0.06M

80. Annabelle (I) (2014)

A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

Director: John R. Leonetti | Stars: Ward Horton , Annabelle Wallis , Alfre Woodard , Tony Amendola

Votes: 172,804 | Gross: $84.27M

81. Annabelle: Creation (2017)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Twelve years after the tragic death of their little girl, a doll-maker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, where they become the target of the doll-maker's possessed creation, Annabelle.

Director: David F. Sandberg | Stars: Anthony LaPaglia , Samara Lee , Miranda Otto , Brad Greenquist

Votes: 148,564 | Gross: $102.09M

82. The Damned (2013)

R | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

After a family is involved in an accident, they take refuge in a secluded inn where they free a girl locked in a basement without knowing she's an ancient evil spirit.

Director: Víctor Garcia | Stars: Peter Facinelli , Sophia Myles , Nathalia Ramos , Sebastián Martínez

Votes: 6,673

83. Dorian Gray (2009)

R | 112 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty eternally, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all.

Director: Oliver Parker | Stars: Ben Barnes , Colin Firth , Rebecca Hall , John Hollingworth

Votes: 67,541

84. The Ninth Gate (1999)

R | 133 min | Mystery, Thriller

A rare book dealer, while seeking out the last two copies of a demon text, gets drawn into a conspiracy with supernatural overtones.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Johnny Depp , Frank Langella , Lena Olin , Emmanuelle Seigner

Votes: 195,134 | Gross: $18.66M

85. Devil's Tree: Rooted Evil (2018)

74 min | Horror, Thriller

"Devil's Tree: Rooted Evil" is about aspiring journalist Sam, who finds a tree with a very dark history. As her own past has demons that continue to haunt her, she eventually finds out what... See full summary  »

Directors: Chris Alonso , Joshua Louis | Stars: Chris Alonso , Diana D. Ambrosio , Ryan App , Chris Caputo

Votes: 1,549

86. Stay Alive (2006)

PG-13 | 85 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

For a group of teens, the answer to the mysterious death of their old friend lies within the world of an online video game based on the true story of an ancient noblewoman known as the Blood Countess.

Director: William Brent Bell | Stars: Jon Foster , Samaire Armstrong , Frankie Muniz , Jimmi Simpson

Votes: 33,697 | Gross: $23.09M

87. Winchester (2018)

PG-13 | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Fantasy

Ensconced in her sprawling San Jose, California mansion, eccentric firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Dame Helen Mirren) believes she is haunted by the souls of people killed by the Winchester repeating rifle.

Directors: Michael Spierig , Peter Spierig | Stars: Helen Mirren , Sarah Snook , Finn Scicluna-O'Prey , Jason Clarke

Votes: 36,340 | Gross: $25.09M

88. Bedeviled (2016)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Five friends are terrorized by a supernatural entity after downloading a mysterious app.

Directors: Abel Vang , Burlee Vang | Stars: Saxon Sharbino , Mitchell Edwards , Brandon Soo Hoo , Victory Van Tuyl

Votes: 3,543

89. Gehenna: Where Death Lives (2016)

105 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Developers searching for a location to build a new resort are trapped in a subterranean WWII bunker, where they are confronted by an ancient evil.

Director: Hiroshi Katagiri | Stars: Doug Jones , Lance Henriksen , Patrick Gorman , Simon Phillips

Votes: 2,325

90. The Craft (1996)

R | 101 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft, and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who anger them.

Director: Andrew Fleming | Stars: Robin Tunney , Fairuza Balk , Neve Campbell , Rachel True

Votes: 105,699 | Gross: $24.88M

91. The Devil's Doorway (2018)

Unrated | 76 min | Horror

In the fall of 1960, Father Thomas Riley and Father John Thornton were sent by the Vatican to investigate a miraculous event in an Irish home for 'fallen women', only to uncover something much more horrific.

Director: Aislinn Clarke | Stars: Lalor Roddy , Ciaran Flynn , Helena Bereen , Lauren Coe

Votes: 3,909

92. Hereditary (2018)

R | 127 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A grieving family is haunted by tragic and disturbing occurrences.

Director: Ari Aster | Stars: Toni Collette , Milly Shapiro , Gabriel Byrne , Alex Wolff

Votes: 365,886 | Gross: $44.07M

93. Hide in the Light (2018)

78 min | Horror, Thriller

An adventurous group of friends dare to break into the abandoned orphanage and quickly find themselves trapped and fighting against unnatural forces.

Director: Mikey McGregor | Stars: Eric Roberts , Chandler Massey , Jesse James , Lindsay Lamb

94. The Nun (2018)

R | 96 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A priest with a haunted past and a novice on the threshold of her final vows are sent by the Vatican to investigate the death of a young nun in Romania and confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun.

Director: Corin Hardy | Stars: Demián Bichir , Taissa Farmiga , Jonas Bloquet , Bonnie Aarons

Votes: 167,043 | Gross: $117.45M

95. Slender Man (I) (2018)

In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of friends, fascinated by the internet lore of the Slender Man, attempt to prove that he doesn't actually exist - until one of them mysteriously goes missing.

Director: Sylvain White | Stars: Joey King , Julia Goldani Telles , Jaz Sinclair , Annalise Basso

Votes: 37,677 | Gross: $30.57M

96. Pet Sematary (2019)

Dr. Louis Creed and his wife, Rachel, relocate from Boston to rural Maine with their two young children. The couple soon discover a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their new home.

Directors: Kevin Kölsch , Dennis Widmyer | Stars: Jason Clarke , Amy Seimetz , John Lithgow , Jeté Laurence

Votes: 97,461 | Gross: $54.72M

97. It Chapter Two (2019)

R | 169 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

Director: Andy Muschietti | Stars: Jessica Chastain , James McAvoy , Bill Hader , Isaiah Mustafa

Votes: 295,323 | Gross: $211.59M

98. Eli (I) (2019)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A boy receiving treatment for his auto-immune disorder discovers that the house he's living in isn't as safe as he thought.

Director: Ciarán Foy | Stars: Charlie Shotwell , Kelly Reilly , Max Martini , Lili Taylor

Votes: 40,147

99. The Curse of La Llorona (2019)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Ignoring the eerie warning of a troubled mother suspected of child endangerment, a social worker and her own small kids are soon drawn into a frightening supernatural realm.

Director: Michael Chaves | Stars: Linda Cardellini , Raymond Cruz , Patricia Velasquez , Marisol Ramirez

Votes: 56,729 | Gross: $54.73M

100. Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

R | 106 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.

Director: Gary Dauberman | Stars: Vera Farmiga , Patrick Wilson , Mckenna Grace , Madison Iseman

Votes: 85,404 | Gross: $74.15M

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Ghoulish elements are the bread and butter to any spooky movie. Not every film in the genre, from the  straight-up terrifying  to the  Halloween-themed  to  the family-friendly , features ghosts—but the good ones, the kind that leave you questioning everything, are filled to the brim with them. Sometimes the ghosts very friendly (Hi, Casper!), sometimes they'll help you get rid of annoying house guests (Hello, Beetlejuice!), but sometimes they'll steal your children for their own evil benefit (yeah, not calling out that one). Ahead, here are 28 best ghost movies of all time. I'm not saying you should have the Ghostbusters on speed dial before watching one of these moves, but uh, you might want to play it safe.

'Oculus' (2014)

You're probably not going to want to spend too much time in front of the mirror after watching this flick. Siblings Kaylie and Tim reunite after 10 years to find out what really happened to their parents on that terrifying night so long ago, but they disagree about what led their parents to their ill fate.

'The Others' (2001) 

Nicole Kidman and a wonderful British accent are the stars of this film, which is about a mother who moves into a seaside home with her two photosensitive children towards the end of the Second World War. While waiting for her husband to come home, she starts to believe her family isn't the only thing occupying the home.

'The Conjuring' (2013) 

Set in the 1970s, paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren make a house call to an off-the-beaten-path farmhouse that houses the Perron family. It dawns on the couple that this could be the darkest spirit they've ever faced. Also, did I forget to mention it's based on a true story?

'The Haunted Mansion' (2003)

Not all ghost movies need to be scary! In fact, they can be really, really funny, and focus on a family of workaholic realtors who get invited to a creepy mansion to check it out for a potential listing. Naturally, the meeting goes awry.

'The Curse of La Llorona' (2019)

The legendary ghost La Llorona doesn't play, and she has her sights on any children she can get her hands on. Some people *cough* the social worker in this movie *cough* don't believe the tale is true, but she and her two children find out soon enough.

'The Fog' (1980)

At the bottom of the sea off the coast of Antonio Bay, California rests a 100-year-old shipwreck. As the town prepares for the centennial celebration, a misty fog rolls into town, bringing more bad than good to its people, and it won't stop. Now might be a good time to look back into history books to see what really happened all those years ago.

'The Ring' (2002)

Back when VHS was a thing (feel old yet?), a mysterious tape was rumored to lead the watcher to an ill fate one week after they pressed play. A stubborn journalist (Naomi Watts) watches the video, not believing the hype—that is, until she gets a phone call warning her she has seven days.

'Winchester' (2018)

The most haunted house in the world sits in San Jose, California, and is owned by firearm heiress Sarah Winchester (Dame Helen Mirren.) Standing at seven stories with over a hundred rooms, the house is a sight to behold, but what's going on inside its walls is really the main attraction. (Hint: ghosts out for vengeance.)

'Poltergeist' (1982)

Ghosts openly communicating through a television set should send any normal person running for the hills, except the Freelings aren't your average family. They think it's cute, at first, but then their five-year-old daughter goes missing, and the ghosts in the T.V. start to look more menacing than friendly.

'The Ghost and Mrs. Muir' (1947)

A recently widowed Lucy Muir (Gene Tierney), her daughter (Natalie Wood), and loyal maid decided to ditch London for the beach. Sounds like the beginning of a lighthearted movie, except upon arriving at their new digs, Lucy finds out it's haunted by its previous owner, Captain Daniel Gregg. She knows she should be scared of the guy, but he is kind of handsome. see where this is going.

'The Orphanage' (2007)

Laura, a former orphan, decides to raise her adopted son Simón and her husband Carlos in the same orphanage where she grew up. This isn't the weirdest part. No, that goes to her's sons five "invisible" friends who aren't actually a figure of his imagination and aren't very nice.

'Beetlejuice' (1988)

Ghost couple Barbara (Geena Davis) and Adam Maitland (Alec Baldwin) find themselves stuck haunting their country house after they die in a car accident. Their internal limbo is interrupted when an obnoxious family moves into their home. Unable to scare them, they're forced to hire an infamous spirit named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton) to scare them away.

'The Haunting' (1963)

Love Netflix's  The   Haunting of Hill House ? Us too. So it's only right to set some time aside to the movie the show looks to as a loving older sibling. This time around, a doctor invites people to figure out if the house is really as haunted as it seems. It's definitely not your normal sleepover.

'A Tale of Two Sisters' (2003)

Two sisters reunite after some time apart at their widowed father's country home. To their surprise, he's remarried, and his wife isn't exactly in their good graces. As they try to get back to "normal," strange things start happening, or at least that's what they think their experiencing. You'll be thinking about this one post-credits.

'Candyman' (1992)

Before you head to the theatre for the 2021 reboot of this classic, check out the original. A myth-studying grad student (so, like, the coolest major ever) accidentally summons a one-armed man out for murder after saying his name five times in front of a mirror. She still doesn't believe the myth is true until a bunch of people start to go missing, and suddenly it's up to her to stop him.

'1408' (2007)

The idea of staying in a haunted hotel room known for driving over 50 guests to a deadly madness isn't the ideal getaway for most people. Still, for writer Mike Enslin, it seems like the perfect subject for his next assignment. Known for debunking paranormal hotspots, to him, this seems like a piece of cake, but all those warnings weren't for nothing.

'Casper' (1995)

Say it with me, people: "Not all ghosts are bad!" Need proof? Watch this film about a cute little boy ghost named Casper who helps an afterlife therapist and his daughter get rid of the mean spirits who haunt their house.

'Paranormal Activity' (2007)

Most people record themselves sleeping to see if they snore loudly or talk in their sleep, not to double-check that "bump" in the night isn't the evil spirit they think it is. This newlywed couple definitely regrets deciding to film when they look at their footage in the morning.

'The Innocents' (1961)

In the English countryside, Miss Giddens takes a job as a governess for two orphaned children at their uncle's request. As the three of them grow close, other forces in the house make their presence known. Who knew being a babysitter also means you're a part-time demon hunter? Not us!

'Insidious' (2010)

Family moves into a new house. Family finds out the house is haunted. One of the family members starts to act really really weird after spending one afternoon in the attic. Just a typical day in the neighborhood of horror film plots, but with a twist you don't see coming.

'The Sixth Sense' (1999)

Speaking of crazy twists, you don't see coming... The Sixth Sense  takes the cake. A kid who swears he sees dead people should be a first for any child psychologist, except Malcom Crowe (Bruce Willis), who's seen this case before. He knows how it ends, but he wants to change that. Get ready for your mind to be blown!

'Ghostbusters' (1984)

Before you go off singing the catchy theme song, appreciate the total '80s-ness of this film about three former parapsychology professors tasked with saving New York City from some paranormal activity that could casually end-all of humanity. Also, is it possible for a ghost movie to make you crave marshmallows? Asking for a friend.

'What Lies Beneath' (2000)

Despite the fact Harrison Ford plays a cheating husband, he is still very hot in this movie, and that alone should make you press play! His looks don't help him nor his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) from escaping the ghost that seeks revenge on them for something that happened long ago.

'The Woman in Black' (2012)

Daniel Radcliffe plays a recently widowed man who swaps lively London for a creepy abandoned coastal mansion called Eel Marsh House. Reports of a ghost who's terrorizing the locals around the home draw him to the residence, where he comes into contact with the figure who's the source of everyone's nightmares. Hogwarts is looking real good right about now.

'The Blair Witch Project' (1999)

The mother of all found-footage horror movies will make you never want to 1) go on a camping trip, 2) attempt to find a mysterious witch in an abandoned forest, 3) watch something filmed with a handheld camera ever again.

'Crimson Peak' (2015)

Married life is supposed to come with a certain peace and definitely not a haunted house, a creepy sister, and freaky monsters. Unfortunately, that's what young Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) finds when she marries the ever so suave Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) and moves into his eerie castle.

'Ghost' (1990)

Loved-up couple Sam (Patrick Swayze) and Molly (Demi Moore) seem to have the perfect relationship. That's until Sam is murdered and his spirit is stuck wandering the Earth. He's unsure why until he finds out who killed him—and that his murdered has plans to make Molly his next victim. Voiceless, he goes to psychic Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) for help. It's as sexy and thrilling as it sounds.

'The Shining' (1980)

The idea of spending alone time with just your family at an abandoned resort in the dead of winter should be scary enough as it is, but this movie doesn't stop there. Nope! In addition to the secluded getaway, the family's father casually becomes possessed by a sinister presence. Suddenly, the idea of checking out has never looked so good.

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'The Exorcist': The 25 Best Demonic Possession Movies, Ranked

"What an excellent day for an exorcism."

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With the premiere of The Exorcist: Believer just around the corner (October 6), it's clear that possession horror movies and films about exorcisms aren't going out of style anytime soon. It's the perfect time to dive into some of the best ones.

Of all the different types of horror movies out there, those that focus on demonic possession have proven continually popular over the years. Regardless of whether one believes in the supernatural, the idea of a demonic entity or some kind of spirit entering one's body is a frightening one. This kind of horror works because losing control of oneself is inherently scary, and when it's a demon doing the possessing, chances are their reasons for taking control aren't going to help the person in question.

Demonic possession movies are also notable for being popular throughout the world, with this kind of horror being mixed with various cultures and folklore, which keeps such films interesting and not feeling stale. It also shows that the idea of being possessed is an unsettling one on a global scale, with the following best possession movies - ranked below from worst to best - demonstrating the various ways this kind of supernatural terror has been portrayed in cinema.

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25 'the last exorcism' (2010).

It may be called The Last Exorcism , but this 2010 horror film is far from the last exorcism-related movie, because the formula such films follow is just too reliable. It can't even be called the last of the movies called The Last Exorcism either, seeing as in 2013, it got a sequel with the somewhat amusing title of The Last Exorcism Part II .

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It's a solid enough exorcism-themed movie for those who like that kind of thing, and does manage to stand out through also being a found footage horror movie. In the end, two popular sub-genres of horror combine here to make something pretty decent overall.

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24 'Noroi: The Curse' (2005)

Kōji Shiraishi is a Japanese director who specializes in making horror movies, and he combined horror with crime to great effect in the underrated and very unsettling A Record of Sweet Murder . 2005's Noroi: The Curse is perhaps his most famous movie, though, and something of a modern J-horror classic (known among the best demon movies ever made).

It's about a mysterious demon called the "kagutaba," and follows a documentary filmmaker as he sets out to explore numerous cases linked to this alleged entity. It's less about delivering a strict plot and more about bombarding the viewer with various unsettling scenes that are shown in a found footage style, ultimately making things feel a little more tangible and effectively skin-crawling.

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23 'The Medium' (2021)

Though South Korean horror films might not be as popular as J-horror, it's certainly become more recognized in recent years. 2021's The Medium half-qualifies, because it was a Thai and South Korean co-production, but the film is set in Thailand and features Thai dialogue.

It's another possession movie that incorporates a mockumentary/found footage style (they don't all do this, by the way!), following a family that has one member of every generation inherit shaman powers through a spirit that enters their body. Complications arise, however, when a young girl in the family finds herself negatively impacted by such a spirit, leading to everyone else needing to find out how they can rid her body of the negative influence. It uses well-worn tropes in a unique setting and with less well-known mythology behind it, ensuring The Medium still has plenty to offer for horror veterans.

22 'Fallen' (1998)

Fallen is the rare movie about possession that isn't fully definable as one that belongs to the horror genre, with it being more of a particularly dark crime/thriller. It follows a homicide detective who notices a series of killings similar to those committed by a notorious serial murderer... who was shown being executed at the start of the film.

Things take a turn towards the supernatural, but the idea that others might have been possessed by the spirit of a killer isn't played for horror as much as you'd expect. Still, this at least gives Fallen a chance to stand out from the crowd, and it's also worth checking out for the strength of its cast, which includes Denzel Washington , John Goodman , and James Gandolfini .

21 'Demons' (1985)

The 1980s housed too many iconic horror movies to count, and that can lead to something with a title as generic as Demons potentially slipping under the radar. The film is similarly simple, but in no way can the execution be called generic, because Demons is a blast to watch, making up for a lack of scares by just being super entertaining.

It's an Italian film about various people who get invited to a cinema to watch a strange new horror movie, only for something among them to begin attacking and possessing the viewers one by one. Most of it takes place inside the cinema, and the unique setting is creatively used throughout, making for a no-nonsense and wonderfully over-the-top viewing experience.

20 'House' (1977)

A cult classic that ranks among 1977's best films, House is a loopy and unpredictable movie like no other out there. At its core, it is a haunted house movie about a group of young people who get possessed by some strange force within said house after they go to stay in it, but it's the style and presentation that makes it distinct.

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House has its own strange logic or lack thereof, and ends up feeling more like an absurd/surreal comedy with a few light horror elements, rather than something that'll keep viewers up all night in fright. But there's nothing wrong with that for those who like horror mixed with comedy, and when it comes to films that blend those two genres, few have as much fun doing so as House does.

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19 'Jennifer's Body' (2009)

While Jennifer's Body wasn't exactly a well-reviewed movie when it first came out, viewers in more recent years have been kinder to it, and its critical reputation has improved dramatically . Maybe there was just an inherent negativity on the part of many towards Megan Fox , but she turns in a genuinely good performance here as the titular Jennifer.

It's set in high school, and follows two friends who find themselves at odds after one of them begins behaving quite strangely, showing signs that she's possibly been possessed. It mixes comedy and horror, ultimately prioritizing the former, but still provides a good deal of effective horror scenes and a final act that has some surprising emotional depth to it.

18 'Evil Dead II' (1987)

Upping the mayhem found in the first film, and giving everything a decidedly more comedic spin, Evil Dead II would have to be one of the greatest horror sequels in history. In a way, it also serves as a semi-remake of the 1981 original, beginning by recapping that first film and then subsequently having a narrative with many similar sequences and story beats.

It's as much of a remix as a sequel, and that's one of the things that makes it such a deservedly beloved 1980s comedy/horror movie. Like the first (and the other Evil Dead movies that followed it), it's also a great example of possession horror, given Ash Williams has to continue battling other people who've been taken over by an evil (and sometimes quite mischievous) demonic entity.

17 'The Exorcist III' (1990)

The third movie in the Exorcist series , The Exorcist III was released 17 years after the iconic original, and 13 years after the less beloved Exorcist II: The Heretic . According to most horror fans, the former is essential and the latter is skippable, but The Exorcist III makes for a surprisingly good follow-up.

It's notable for being directed by William Peter Blatty , who wrote the novel the original film was based on and also adapted it into a screenplay. It's not a direct sequel, but works well as an extension of some of the ideas/themes explored in that first film, and overall makes for a strong threequel that's held in high regard, even though it's not viewed as a movie that quite equals the original.

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16 'Sinister' (2012)

Demonic possession movies have proven particularly popular within the last decade or two, and Sinister reflects that, as one of the best-known of the 2010s. It's not a found footage movie, but follows a true-crime novelist who views "found footage" while trying to piece together the details of a grisly crime that occurred in his house.

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His investigation ends up getting him on the wrong side of a demonic entity, and then he and his family end up getting into serious danger. It's a compelling film from director Scott Derrickson , who's since gone on to direct the first Doctor Strange (not a horror movie) and The Black Phone (which is a horror movie, but not one that's heavy on possession elements).

15 'Drag Me to Hell' (2009)

Admittedly, Drag Me to Hell doesn't commit to demonic possession quite as much as the movies from Sam Raimi 's Evil Dead trilogy, but this 2009 horror movie from the filmmaker does certainly flirt with possession. The premise follows a woman who finds herself fighting for her life after she gets a curse placed on her by an older woman.

It goes to some pretty wild and grisly places, all the while also having a dark sense of humor, which one would expect from a Sam Raimi movie like this. For dealing with supernatural horror, centering around a terrible curse, and having other frightening aspects most found in demonic possession movies, it can arguably count as one of the greats within this sub-genre.

14 'Ju-on: The Grudge' (2002)

Despite being more than 20 years old at this point, 2002's Ju-on: The Grudge still packs a pretty serious punch when it comes to being a creepy film about possession. There are also plenty of movies that belong to the Ju-on/Grudge series, but this is quite often regarded as the best of the bunch.

It centers on a strange house that appears to contain a particularly vengeful spirit, with anyone who stays in the house ultimately finding themselves haunted/possessed. It's a very low-key kind of horror film where the more subtle elements end up being the creepiest, with everything adding up to make Ju-on: The Grudge rather unsettling.

13 'Insidious' (2010)

Insidious has become a franchise since the original in 2010, with it now having four sequels, including a fifth movie that's slated for release in 2023. Like a good number of horror movie franchises, it's the original that tends to be held up as the best of the lot.

It's sort of like a home invasion movie, except the invaders are supernatural and capable of possessing the entire family that lives within their selected house. It's expertly directed by Australian filmmaker James Wan , who's right at home being behind the camera for a horror movie like this, and it overall delivers all the scares (ones that make you jump or otherwise) that you'd expect from such a film.

12 'Prince of Darkness' (1987)

John Carpenter 's filmography might not be the most consistent one in the world, but it's certainly an interesting and varied one. Many of his films are a little underrated or not quite as well-known as they deserve to be, with 1987's Prince of Darkness qualifying as one such movie, given it's not talked about as often as The Thing , Halloween , or They Live .

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The plot follows a team of researchers making an unsettling discovery inside an abandoned church, with what they uncover potentially spelling doom for humanity as a whole. But before then, it also spells doom for the researchers themselves, with the horror coming from the way a mysterious force within the church takes control of certain characters, arguably not dissimilar to the way a team of researchers found themselves taken over by an alien creature in The Thing , released five years earlier.

11 'Pulse' (2001)

Though technology has changed a great deal since 2001, there's still something very unsettling about the way Pulse utilizes the internet for much of the film's horror . The plot is mystery-heavy, and depicts what seems to be a particularly dangerous (and haunted) computer virus that's able to control internet users who come into contact with it.

It might sound preposterous, but the way the film presents this premise is suitably unnerving and likely to get under the skin of most who choose to watch it. Also, the fact it uses technology in such a direct way sets it apart from other horror movies about demonic entities taking control of people, with Pulse 's mood and overall visual aesthetic being effectively disturbing.

10 'Black Sunday' (1960)

Black Sunday 's a movie that's quite shocking for something released well over 60 years ago, even though modern-day horror fans desensitized to violence might not be troubled as much by what they see. It's about a witch coming back from the dead and attempting to possess the body of a woman who looks similar to her, with the woman's brother doing what he can to undo such a possession.

It's understandably a cult classic, and a movie that's highly revered by horror fans for its take on demonic possession, released at a time when such horror movies weren't as common . Its age may date it in some ways, but even then, there still ends up being a great deal to appreciate about Black Sunday .

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9 'The Amityville Horror' (1979)

Non-horror fanatics may be surprised to learn that there are a total of 10 Amityville Horror movies, with the most recent of those - Amityville: The Awakening - coming out in 2017. None of the many sequels are quite as well-regarded as the first, however, which was released in 1979.

It combines a haunted house, grisly past murders, and an exorcism into the mix, serving as a demonic possession movie that pretty much ticks all the boxes. Its premise is similar to more modern movies that may prove scarier to current-day audiences, but The Amityville Horror was important in establishing (or at least developing) many of the tropes that are attached to this horror sub-genre.

8 'The Wailing' (2016)

The Wailing is up there as one of the best Asian horror movies in recent memory. It's a lengthy South Korean film that runs for over 2.5 hours, and functions like a mystery film as much as it does a horror one, with a story about a police officer who tries to work out the cause of a strange sickness that has incapacitated a small village.

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Because of the length, it should be noted that The Wailing is certainly a slow-burn horror movie, taking its time as it gradually reveals answers to its many mysteries for audiences who are willing to be patient. But the destination makes the journey one that feels worth taking, with the overall mood and atmosphere of The Wailing proving difficult to shake.

7 'The Conjuring' (2013)

A smash-hit horror movie that's spawned something of an unstoppable franchise, The Conjuring is one of the most well-known 2010s films of its genre for good reason. Like Insidious , it was directed by James Wan, who made something even better here, with a possession-themed film that hits harder than most.

It's loosely based on the purported exploits of a real-life couple - Ed and Lorraine Warren - whose experiences also ended up influencing other supernatural horror movies like The Amityville Horror . Now known as one of the best demonic movies, The Conjuring takes well-worn horror beats and milks them for maximum effect. It doesn't exactly show you anything you haven't seen before, but it utilizes familiar horror-related scenes and sequences well, ensuring that The Conjuring ends up being an effectively freaky film.

6 'The Witch' (2015)

Plenty of possession movies take place in the modern-day, which helps something like The Witch stand out from the crowd. Its story is set almost 400 years ago, and has characters speaking noticeably old-fashioned English while dealing with a mysterious force that seems intent on destroying the lives of a family that's been exiled from the settlement they once called home.

It's a small-scale yet expertly made work of horror that caused quite a stir upon release, and instantly established Robert Eggers as a filmmaker to keep an eye on going forward. It's also notable for being the theatrical film debut of Anya Taylor-Joy , who's since become one of the most popular actresses of the early 2020s.

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Every ghost in ghostbusters i & ii, ranked from worst to best.

With an all-new Ghostbusters reboot coming this summer, we count down the scariest ghosts Egon, Peter, Ray and Winston faced in the original films.

The first two Ghostbusters films are ‘80s classics. Excellent special effects, brilliant writing and some awesomely freaky ghosts combine to make these films genuinely scary and incredibly memorable.

Now with the all-female Ghostbusters reboot unleashing even more ghouls in cinemas this summer, it’s definitely time to find out which is the scariest ghost of them all. Our list is a ghoulish ranking featuring every ghost – and a couple of possessed souls – who have ever crossed streams with Egon (Harold Ramis), Peter (Bill Murray), Ray (Dan Aykroyd) and Winston (Ernie Hudson). But who’s the scariest of them all?

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Film: Ghostbusters I & II

This floating green ball of ectoplasm is more interested in pigging out than scaring guests at the swanky Sedgewick Hotel. Although ugly, this rotund glutton is hardly the most terrifying of ghosts. And Slimer has earnt himself a special place in the Ghostbusters universe, appearing in Ghostbusters I & II and the cartoon series. Director Ivan Reitman describes Slimer as a party guy looking to have a good time, much like the first actor who was supposed to play Peter Venkman, John Belushi.

However, Slimer wasn’t always known as Slimer. On set the ghost was referred to as ‘Onion Head’. It was audiences that christened the foul smelling ghost with the name Slimer after the film was released.

16. Dream Ghost

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The next ghost barely registers on the Scare-O-Meter. The Dream Ghost (also known as the Fort Derring Ghost) is a heavenly body that floats above Ray while he’s asleep and, ahem, unzips his pants. Unluckily for Ray, he rolls off his bed, crashing to the floor.

Ray’s encounter with this seductive spook appears in the montage sequence charting the Ghostbusters’ rise to fame. However, a longer scene was shot featuring Ray and Winston investigating a ghost sighting at Fort Derring. When Ray falls asleep in the officer’s quarters… well, the rest is in the film. Harold Ramis justified the cutting of the scene as it was too long and didn’t feel right for the film. Dan Aykroyd himself has no regrets about shooting the scene, telling Ghostbusters: The Ultimate History : “I have a friend who had three women visit him in a haunted house in Louisiana, and it was one of the greatest nights of his life.”

15. Central Park Jogger Ghost

Film: Ghostbusters II

Even in the afterlife the Jogger Ghost continues his fitness regime, running circuits around New York’s Central Park in Ghostbusters II . Now  that's dedication. This sporty ghost is so locked into his fitness regime he fails to notice the trap set for him by Peter Venkman. Check out Ray and Peter’s little victory dance upon catching this ghost during the end credits. The boys have moves.

Actor Jim Faye not only played the Jogger Ghost, but portrayed the Statue of Liberty and Tony Scoleri, one of the criminal ghosts that plague the Ghostbusters trial in Ghostbusters II . Must have been quite a gig!

14. Subway ghost

When pencil pushing government official Walter Peck shuts down the Ghostbusters’s containment facility, he unknowingly unleashes the undead on New York City. This includes the Subway Ghost, which terrorizes commuters during the daily rush hour with its mouthful of tentacles and banshee-like wailing.

Initially, this ghost was to have three heads. Unfortunately, this design would have cost too much for a ghost that features in the film for mere seconds. It’s probably just as well. Surely, subway commuters have been traumatized enough.

13. City of Albany ghost train

While trying to locate the river of slime down in the pits of New York’s subterranean metro and sewer systems, Egon, Ray and Winston are railroaded by the City of Albany Ghost Train. Winston gets it worst, with the train running right through his body as the other two Ghostbusters duck out of the way.

Coming after the horrifying discovery of dozens of severed heads mounted on spikes, The City of Albany Ghost Train is without doubt one of the scariest sequences in both films. However, the ghost train was only added after principal photography had finished. The filmmakers wanted to add more special effects and scares to the second half of the movie. They succeeded.

12. Mink coat ghost, Titanic, Washington Square ghost, Cinema ghost

With Vigo’s power intensifying (more on him later), New York becomes plagued by paranormal activity. In classic ‘80s style, Ghostbusters 2 depicts this with a montage sequence in which four ghosts run riot.

The mink fur coat that comes back to life and attacks its wealthy owner gets ghoul-points for viciousness. But little can match the epic gloom of the wrecked Titanic docking 77 years after its scheduled arrival. Like they say in the film, “ better late than never.” Over on Washington Square, gridlocked commuters are being terrified by some kind of monstrous dinosaur. While in a dark cinema a movie-going ghost is causing popcorn munchers to flee. But hey, perhaps it wasn’t the ghost that caused them to run. After all, The Karate Kid: Part III was released in 1986.

11. Psychomagnotheric Slime

Psychomagnotheric slime – otherwise known as mood slime – has the power to heighten a person’s mood either negatively or positively. But it doesn’t just have to be people. This pinky-purplely goop can also animate inanimate objects. In one of Ghostbusters II ’s most memorable scenes, Ray and Egon demonstrate the power of the ooze to a skeptical Peter by making a toaster dance to Jackie Wilson. Later in the film, it causes Dana’s bath to try and eat poor baby Oscar.

Our ghost-busting heroes get a bad feeling when they discover a river of slime running beneath New York’s streets and leading to the ill-fated Museum of Modern Art – home to the villainous Vigo. When Ray, Egon and Winston fall in to the river, they emerge trying to kill each other. During filming, 100,000 gallons of slime was used. Apparently the stuff is edible, with the film crew using the same ingredients used to make pie thickeners and salad dressing. Yum! Somebody call Slimer.

10. Zombie Taxi Driver

Alright, New York taxi drivers have a reputation. But a zombie taxi driver? That’s one tip you wouldn’t dare skimp on. One of the scarier ghosts in Ghostbusters , this decrepit member of the walking dead could have easily featured in any straight-up horror movie. His driving is also pretty terrifying, but maybe we should cut him some slack. He is dead, after all. In an early version of the script the character was a zombie biker. But a taxi driver is far more New Yawk.

Apparently Dan Aykroyd has been confirmed as a taxi driver in this summer’s Ghostbusters sequel . Hopefully not in a zombified form.

9. Scoleri Brothers

The Scoleri Brothers (Nunzio and Tony) were condemned to the electric chair by Judge Stephen Wexler (Harris Yulin). The very same judge that tries Ray, Peter and Egon in Ghostbusters II . Brought into being by a sample of slime and Wexler’s tirade while sentencing the Ghostbusters, these two criminals ride their electric chairs through the courtroom looking for their own brand of justice.

Designing the Scoleris, the visual effects crew took inspiration from that other Dan Aykroyd classic, The Blues Brothers . However, the little and large pair swap sunglasses and fedoras for singed prison uniforms, crackling electricity, and gaping mouths. Nunzio Scoleri – the larger of the two brothers – is played by an uncredited Tim Lawrence. Lawrence was part of the visual effects crew and played a key role in designing the Scoleris.

8. Library Ghost

The Library Ghost is one of the first ghosts Peter, Egon and Ray encounter. Initially appearing as a mild-mannered, old-fashioned librarian, this spook uses the element of surprise to give audiences an old-fashioned fright. Incredibly, an even scarier Library Ghost puppet was built but it was deemed way too scary for the PG-rated film. This version of the puppet did, however, experience an afterlife of sorts when it was reused for the original Fright Night .

Ghostbusters is very much a New York film. And while the hall of the New York Public Library is used to film the Ghostbusters’s arrival, it’s the Los Angeles Public Library that’s used for the discovery of the Library Ghost.

7. Dr. Janosz Poha

OK, Janosz Poha (Peter MacNicol) isn’t really a ghost. However, once he is possessed by Ghostbusters II villain Vigo, this quirky museum curator turned minion takes on some decidedly ghost-like supernatural abilities. First, during a city-wide blackout, he uses his eyes as beams of light. Handy, if a little disturbing. Secondly, he takes the spectral form of an English nanny to fly to Dana’s apartment and kidnap her baby so that Vigo may live again. A demonic Mary Poppins? Now that’s the stuff of nightmares.

But Poha wasn’t always going to be the one to kidnap little Oscar. Everything from a two-headed dragon, gargoyles and a ghoulish Santa were pitched for the devilish deed.

6. Possessed Ray

It was possession at first sight when Ray laid eyes on the painting of Vigo the Carpathian at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Ghostbusters II . Although it was only at the film’s climax that Vigo fully took control of Ray, turning the good-natured Ghostbuster into a grotesque demon, complete with red eyes and horns. Like Poha, this entry is more a possessed soul than a ghost. However, being possessed by a ghost just about makes the criteria for the list, especially when it’s this scary.

While it’s hinted at throughout the film, Ray’s possession was originally a little more obvious. In a deleted scene from Ghostbusters II , Ray, behind the wheel of Ecto-1, runs a red light and threatens to kill everyone. Luckily, Winston’s on hand to knock Ray out and stomp on the brakes.

5. Vinz Clortho the Keymaster

Vinz Clortho the Keymaster is one of the two demonic dog-like minions of Gozer. Awoken atop Dana Barrett’s apartment building, Vinz seeks a human body to possess in order to mate with fellow demi-god, Zuul the Gatekeeper, and bring Gozer back into this world. Vinz’s dog-form is a pretty formidable beast with glowing red eyes and large demonic horns. However, he doesn’t seem to be the smartest puppy in the supernatural pet shop. After possessing accountant Louis Tully (Rick Moranis), a seemingly bewildered Vinz repeatedly asks passersby - including a horse - if they are the Gatekeeper.

Originally Vinz’s victim Louis was to be played by the late, great John Candy. This resulted in a version of Vinz Clortho being designed that was short and dumpy. But Candy ultimately walked away from the movie when the writers were not prepared to expand the role of Louis.

4. Zuul the Gatekeeper

Next time you think your fridge has something demonically out-of-date in it, give a thought for poor Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver). Dana’s fridge contains Zuul the Gatekeeper – a minion of Gozer who takes the form of a demonic dog-like creature. Poor Dana is dragged into this fridge where she is possessed by Zuul. She emerges to lie in wait for Vinz Clortho, another of Gozer’s minions, so they can bring forth the return of Gozer. An unholy union if ever there was one.

In her audition for the part, Weaver pretended to transform into Zuul’s dog form. A process that apparently involved a lot of writhing around and snarling at director Ivan Reitman. Speaking of Reitman, the director also lent his deep tones for Dana’s possessed Zuul voice, which were intensified further in post production.

3. Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

When Gozer seemingly vanishes into thin air, the god offers the Ghostbusters a sadistic choice: choose the appearance of their destructor. Unfortunately, Ray picks the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. After all, he reasons his choice is “something that could never, ever possibly destroy us." Wrong, Ray, very wrong. Little spells terror like a 100ft marshmallow crushing all before it with the destructive glee of Godzilla on a sugar high.

The only way to roast this marshmallow is for the Ghostbusters to cross the streams from their proton packs – an ending that was only decided midway through filming.

In the original script, Mr. Stay Puft was to appear around 20 minutes into the film. But that script also featured time travel, numerous similarly-sized monsters and was estimated to have cost $300 million to film.

2. Gozer the Destroyer

Despite narrowly missing out on the top spot, Gozer the Destroyer is easily one of the scariest foes the Ghostbusters have had to take down. This ancient god has all kinds of crazy powers, not least the ability to shoot lightning bolts from her fingers and inter-dimensional travel. And like any supernatural marauder, Gozer has several boss nicknames, including: Gozer the Gozerian, Gozer the Destructor and Gozer the Traveler. Gozer was once worshipped by the Sumarians in about 6000 BC, and comes back to do what any ancient god-like figure would do: end the world.

But Gozer wasn’t always going to be the red-eyed demoness that makes the final film. Gozer was initially intended to take the form of Ivo Sandler, the architect behind the Gozer temple. Paul ‘Pee Wee Herman’ Reubens was envisioned for the part and would have appeared in a mundane suit and tie - a sartorial choice several dimensions away from the sparkliest of sparkly leotards Gozer wears in the final film.

1. Vigo the Carpathian

Vigo the Carpathian, the Scourge of Carpathia, the Sorrow of Moldovia, is so out-and-out evil that even his furniture is scary. Check out how he bigs himself up: “On a mountain of skulls, in the castle of pain, I sat on a throne of blood.” Whoaa! Not something you’d find in Ikea. We can only assume he’s compensating for that receding hairline. Not one to age gracefully is Vigo. Without a doubt, Vigo is the scariest hombre in the Ghostbusters universe, with several mean-sounding aliases: Vigo the Cruel, the Torturer, the Despised, the Unholy, and, according to Peter Venkman, the Butch.

Vigo was a tyrant and sorcerer from Carpathia in Hungary, and, it seems, not great at taking a hint. Moments before being thoroughly killed by his disgruntled people (including being shot, stabbed, disemboweled and hung) Vigo said, “Death is but a door. Time is but a window. I’ll be back.” Next stop was the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where his spirit resided in a creepy self-portrait. Vigo’s big plan to reenter the world and restart his reign of terror was to possess Dana Barrett’s baby, Oscar. Thankfully the Ghostbusters – with a little help from Lady Liberty – put a stop to this in the film’s awesomely slime-splattered showdown.

Vigo was played by the late Norbert Grupe (credited with his stage name Wilhelm von Homburg). Grupe was a former boxer and wrestler who had also appeared as one of Alan Rickman’s henchmen in Die Hard - he’s the one who bazookas the S.W.A.T team’s armored car. Unfortunately for Grupe all his lines were dubbed in post-production by Max von Sydow. By the way, it’s well worth reading Deadspin’s in-depth profile of Grupe , especially for Ghostbusters II’s executive producer Michael C. Gross’s frank recollection of the actor.

Will the Ghostbusters reboot feature anyone as scary as Vigo? Let us know in the comments.

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[Top 25] Best Horror Movies About Demons (Ranked Good To Best)

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Demons are among the most varied creatures ever depicted on screen in the horror genre, taking on many forms and presentation on its storytelling, from a simple possession tale to even world-ending doom.  Of course, there are many more outstanding horror movies that revolve around demonic creatures, and this list barely just scratches the surface. However, what is here will definitely not disappoint.

Now, it’s time to take a look at the top 25 Best Horror Movies About Demons, Ranked From Good to Best.

25. Smile (2022)

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After witnessing one of her patients take her own life in front of her, Dr. Rose Cotter begins experiencing and seeing many bizarre goings that make her question her sanity. And after investigating the incident, she discovers that this titular incident may span longer than she expects.

Smile is one of the recent films on the list and it proves itself to be an instant classic as it delivers a gripping and terrifying premise that will undoubtedly delight any horror movie fan. It’s a film filled with so many eerie moments and provides a devilishly satisfying conclusion that you won’t forget anytime soon.

24. Night of the Demons 2 (1994)

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Set six years after the events of the first film, a new group of teenagers visits the infamous Hull House on Halloween, only to then have the house’s spirits follow them on their way home.

While this sequel may not set the world on fire with its greatness, it is nonetheless a highly entertaining cheesy horror flick. With a whacky cast of characters that include Sister Gloria (Jennifer Rhodes) and Terri (Christine Taylor). And a surprisingly bold direction that strays away from its predecessor's spooky setting. This sequel proved itself just as worthy of a cheesy horror flick as its predecessor. 

23. Insidious (2010)

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A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

Insidious is one of James Wan's modern horror classics, delivering a nail-biting horror that's soaking with atmosphere and well-put scares that will sure to stick to your mind for days. And with the talent of Lin Shaye as the film's captivating psychic Elise Rainier being on display, need I say more? 

22. The Amityville Horror (1979)

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The movie follows the Lutz family after moving into a large house that was the site of a grisly mass murder a year prior. Not soon after, the family is haunted by supernatural entities.

Despite being 44 years old, The Amityville Horror still provides some genuinely unsettling moments that will never fail to give you thrills and chills. It’s a classic haunted house tale that checks in all of the genre’s staples or rather inspires films that came after it, along with being backed by strong performances from James Brolin and Margot Kidder as the Lutz couple.

Though its authenticity as being based on real events may be debatable and it may have a myriad of unbearable sequels that barely even qualify as films, 1979’s Amityville Horror still remains one of the best in the genre.

21. Krampus (2015)

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A boy who has a bad Christmas accidentally summons a festive demon to his family home.

Who knew Christmas could be this scary? Well, that's definitely what Krampus aims to achieve, and it achieves this flawlessly and then some. Combining many scary elements with some humor, and you've got yourself one engaging flick. Christmas or not, Krampus is a worthy horror film. 

20. The Last Exorcism (2010)

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A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew.

The Exorcism genre had been a dime a dozen, offering little to no distinctions with each movie released. However, The Last Exorcism delivers a refreshing twist to the familiar setup. It's a film that straddles the line between horror and comedy as it tries to subvert your expectation of the genre. 

This is a brilliant found footage film that's worthy of your time. 

19. Night of Demons (1988)

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Ten teenagers party at an abandoned funeral parlor on Halloween night. When an evil force awakens, demonic spirits keep them from leaving and turn their gathering into a living Hell.

1988’s Night of Demons is a film that aims to provide endless thrills and chills. Featuring a quirky cast of amorous teenagers in a spooky but cheesy situation filled with many bizarre moments, like the infamous lipstick scene and tons and tons of bloody and creative kills.

If you’re looking for a dumb but fun horror film, then Night of Demons might just satisfy your craving.

18. The Conjuring (2013)

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Based on a real-life case that Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated, the couple helps a family terrorized by a dark presence in their own home.

Considered as a modern classic by many, The Conjuring will take you on a haunting journey filled with many unforgettable scares that’ll result in many sleepless nights, and this is further made terrifying with the film’s masterful approach to building its suspense.

Though its sequels and spin-offs may never be able to reach the same heights as its predecessor set, The Conjuring still remains as one of the genre’s finest.

17. Hellraiser (2022)

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This reboot to the Hellraiser franchise follows Riley (Odessa A'zion) as she attempts to save her brother from the grasps of the cenobites after she accidentally summons and gives him to the grotesque entities.

The Hellraiser franchise was once one of the greatest demon films of all time, however, its many sequels, unfortunately, dragged the Hellraiser name to the ground with its many loosely relevant stories that barely even feature the iconic cenobites. This reboot however aims to resurrect the franchise with many bold and creative ideas, resulting in a highly competent film that does the franchise justice. 

16. Drag Me to Hell (2009)

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A loan officer who evicts an old woman from her home finds herself the recipient of a supernatural curse. Desperate, she turns to a seer to try and save her soul, while evil forces work to push her to a breaking point.

One of the many Sam Raimi films on the list, Drag Me to Hell is one bizarre adventure that packs in so much zaniness and scare that by the end of the film not only will you be rolling on the floor from laughter but also from its scares. It’s got what you expect from a Sam Raimi film and that’s pure entertainment.

15.  As Above So Below (2014)

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A group of explorers venture into the catacombs to find one of history's greatest treasures only to discover the terrifying secrets that lie beneath the streets of Paris.No other film will make you feel and experience claustrophobia the way As Above So Below does. It’s a film that perfectly captures what makes horror films so terrifying in the first place, making you want to not look at what it displays as you’re glued to your seat.

Along with providing a film that’s soaking in atmosphere, As Above So Below remains to be one of the best found footage films out there. And it’s definitely a worthy film to watch even if you may not be a fan of the genre.

14. Army of Darkness (1992)

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Serving as a direct sequel to Evil Dead 2, Ash is transported to medieval times, along with his trusted chainsaw and boomstick as he tries to fight off the deadites and other evil entities.

While Army of Darkness may have strayed away from its horror roots, the film still manages to entertain. Delivering a medieval story with some bloody deadites goodness interspersed with all the action. This is also the film where Bruce Campbell really gets to go wild with his character Ash, delivering many iconic and quotable lines that every horror fan knows by now. 

13. The Exorcist III (1990)

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Following Police Lt. Kinderman (George C. Scott) as he tries to solve a sadistic murder case that seems to tie back to the Gemini killer who was executed 15 years before. 

After the disastrous sequel, Heretic, it was up to Exorcist III to keep the franchise afloat and it succeeds in it by taking the franchise in a whole new direction. Providing a gripping mystery backed by strong performances by Brad Dourif and George C. Scott and a slew of memorable scares that won't fail to make your skin tingle. 

12. Noroi: The Curse (2005)

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The film focuses on Masafumi Kobayashi, a paranormal researcher who disappeared during investigating for his documentary titled The Curse.

Disturbing, immersive, and terrifying. Noroi: The Curse is a film that will give you nightmares due to its many over-the-top mysteries that pile on each other culminating in a deeply engrossing finale that’ll leave even the most die-hard horror fans, disturbed.

Its found footage presentation also makes its many scares all the more terrifying and personal as it forces you to watch many of what the characters in the film are discovering.

11. Demons 2 (1986)

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A group of tenants and visitors are trapped in a 10-story high-rise apartment building infested with demons who proceed to hunt the dwindling humans down.

With a horror so brutal and flashy, you might think Demons 2 is a satire of the genre, but it's not. Although it may not be as distinct from its predecessor, with it featuring almost a shot-for-shot retelling of the first film's story, a large cast of characters to root for, and an ever-enthralling setting that oozes with style again, is it really a bad thing? As they say, if it's not broken, don't fix it. 

10. Demons (1985)

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A group of random people is invited to a screening of a mysterious movie, only to find themselves trapped in the theater with ravenous demons.

Lamberto Bava's Demons adds a stylish flair to the sub-genre, bringing with it dozens of grisly kills and more red herrings than you can count. And with a claustrophobic but mesmerizing setting and awesome scenes that include the main characters fighting the Demons using a motorcycle inside a theater, and you've got one hell of a flick that's worth every minute of your time. 

9. The VVitch (2016)

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Set in 1630 New England, a family find themselves in distress after their youngest son disappears and their daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy) is believed to be a witch who took her brother. 

An incredibly fresh approach to the genre is what made A24's The VVitch an instant classic. With an incredible atmosphere that'll sure to keep you immersed and anxious, the film succeeds at everything that it tries to do, add in the stellar performances by its cast and you've got yourself one of the best demonic horror films of all time. 

8. Rec (2007)

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The film follows a Spanish late-night television reporter, Ángela Vidal, with her cameraman Pablo as they attempt to survive an apartment building crawling with zombies.

Though it may look like another zombie film on the surface, Rec is actually a surprising demonic possession horror film and a terrifying one at that. Delivering a gripping and unique take on the genre as it places its horrors in a claustrophobic single setting, making the entire film not only immersive due to its found footage presentation, but also engaging.

7. The Evil Dead (1981)

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Not long after arriving at a cabin in the woods, a group of friends is suddenly attacked by a mysterious entity that roams the woods.

Prepare to be scared with The Evil Dead. A film that not only kickstarted the franchise but as well as the genre’s popularity. Delivering a bloody and splatter-worthy flick that holds many eerie scenes with its deadites. 

Though it may not be the most polished film in the franchise nor on the list, it is by no means a slouch. And it’s one horror film that every single horror should experience at least once.

6. Hellraiser (1987)

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A woman discovers the newly resurrected, partially formed, body of her brother-in-law. She starts killing for him to revitalize his body so he can escape the demonic beings that are pursuing him after he escaped their sadistic underworld.

Hellraiser introduced the horror genre into a different kind of terror, one that is sexual, sadistic, and despicable. It's a blood-soaked horror film that delights in many disturbing visuals, making it a film like no other. 

It's also the film that introduced us to the concept of the cenobites, the creatures that are demons to some and angels to others, and with an incredible performance by Doug Bradley who plays the ever so iconic Pinhead. Hellraiser will sink its hooks into you.

5. Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

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Kirsty is brought to an institution after the horrible events of the first film, where the occult-obsessive head doctor resurrects Julia and unleashes the Cenobites and their demonic underworld.

Hellraiser II will take you to a world like no other. A visually abstract and ambitious world that builds upon what its predecessor had established. Along with a bigger focus on the film's creepy stalkers, cenobites, and the end product is an engaging sequel that manages to outshine its original. 

4. Evil Dead (2013)

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The movie follows a group of friends in a remote cabin in the woods, trying to help their friend Mia (Jane Levy) stop her drug addiction. But what soon transpired in the woods is something they never expect.

Dark, horrific, and devilishly brutal, this remake of the original Evil Dead reinvents the horror-comedy franchise by pushing the envelope. And the result is one incredibly nasty horror film filled with so many hard-to-watch brutal scenes that'll sure to keep your heart pumping. 

While most remakes tend to be bland and forget what makes their original great in the first place, 2013's Evil Dead is nothing short of amazing. 

3. Hereditary (2018)

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When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter's family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited.

Ari Aster’s modern classic is an unforgettable horror film that boasts strong themes that’ll sure to pull on your heartstrings, as well as make you petrified with all its horror, from a shocking and unexpected death of a character to many unsettling moments, some of which are some of the scariest that the genre has ever seen. 

Hereditary is an innovative horror film that not only elevated the genre but opened the floodgates for so many more experimental horror films.

2. The Exorcist (1973)

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Young Regan (Linda Blair) finds herself terrorized by evil spirits who control her body, and with no other choice, her mother (Ellen Burstyn) asks for two priests' help who performs an exorcism. What soon follows is nightmare-inducing events.

What is there to say about The Exorcist that hasn't been said already? It's a magnificent possession film that helped paved the way for the genre and still strongly holds up to this day. With iconic and disturbing scenes aplenty and a gripping story to boot. The Exorcist remains a masterclass in horror. 

1. Evil Dead 2 (1987)

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Ash Williams returns to the dreaded cabin in the woods along with his girlfriend Linda only to be terrorized by the deadites. Now Ash must do everything it takes to survive until dawn.

Before Army of Darkness took the franchise in a comedic route, Evil Dead II first arrived and expertly combines horror with comedy. Delivering a more evil and deader film that'll cover your screen with buckets of blood. 

With so many genuinely hilarious moments interspersed with all the bloody horror, along with following a strong cast of characters. Evil Dead II remains one of the genre's best. 

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Insidious: Every Type of Demon in the Movies, Explained

Here's every demon that terrorized everyone in the four Insidious movies.

Insidious is a horror movie franchise from one of the biggest names in contemporary horror, James Wan. Before the director created The Conjuring cinematic universe, he was diving into the Further, a place between Heaven and hell, and the Lambert family. Insidious is a very different type of movie from The Conjuring , even if Patrick Wilson stars in both, but they have one more thing in common: they are pretty scary.

One of the franchise's highlights is that some inventive demons and entities terrorize the audience just as much as the characters. Because the Further is somewhere that feels like purgatory but looks very different and is unique to these movies, the creatures that live there had to be the same. With a new movie coming out this year, Insidious: The Red Door , it's a good time to remember the demons in the franchise since the first movie came out in 2014.

Here is more about all the demons in the Insidious movies — their appearances, backgrounds, and goals.

6 The Doll Girl

There are a lot of demons and spirits that live in the Further. One of them appears in the first Insidious movie and is Doll Girl (Kelly Devoto). Doll Girl is alongside her family, all wearing clothes and makeup from the 1950s. The Doll Girl, and her family, are trapped in the Further, doomed to relive their deaths: she killed them with a shotgun.

Josh (Patrick Wilson) encounters them when he first enters the Further, and when asking questions about what's happening, she doesn't answer, so there isn't much information about them or why she killed her family.

5 The Long-haired Fiend

The Long-haired Fiend (J. LaRose), also known as The Ghoul, is a minor character and demon, as he only appeared three times in the movies. Nevertheless, he is pretty scary and is responsible for a few jump scares. His face is similar to a decomposing corpse.

Related: These Are Patrick Wilson's Best Performances, Ranked

There is very little information about him, as he attacked the Lambert Family on only a few occasions. He serves more of a purpose similar to Doll Girl as they exemplify the type of malicious demons that live in the Further. Also, The Long-haired Fiend, like most of the demons on this list, only waits for an opportunity to come out of the Further by any means.

4 The Key Bearar

The Key Bearer (Javier Botet), also known as KeyFace, had a later entry in the franchise than most demons. He appeared in the latest installment of Insidious: The Last Key, which came out in 2018. The Key Bearer is the main antagonist of the movie .

The demon has a specific goal: to make others feel pain. He feeds off the negative emotions that arise on those occasions. He is highly malicious and likes to keep spirits traps as pets. The demon has an affinity for clairvoyants, targeting Elise (Lin Shaye) and her niece Imogen (Caitlin Gerard). His mission is to "open doors" in the Further, and each door leads to a new entity — generating a lot of control on the Further.

3 The Wheezing Demon

The Wheezing Demon (Michael Reid MacKay) is one of the worst demons in the franchise. Not only is he scary, but what he does to the people he targets is horrible. He is the main antagonist of Insidious: Chapter 3, when he first appeared in the franchise. The Wheezing Demon looks like a highly sick hospital patient: he uses a hospital gown and an oxygen mask.

This demon likes the possessed humans and tries to make them commit suicide. When he achieves this, their souls end up in the darkness — forever. Like the Key Bearer, he likes to keep the souls he collects as pets. He is one of the most powerful demons of the franchise, as he can control and possess humans, create illusions, move objects, and shapeshift to look like people his victims love.

2 The Bride in Black

The Bride in Black (Philip Friedman) has a dark history, as the demon was once human. The demon's real name was Parker Crane. Parker had a difficult childhood and upbringing, as his mentally ill mother (who appears as a ghost called The Woman in White, played by Danielle Bisutti) didn't get along with his father. So much so that she hated the name Parker because it reminded her of him.

Related: Scariest Movies About Demonic Possession, Ranked

His mother called her son Marylin and raised him (dressing etc.) as if he was a girl. Dealing with his toxic and mentally troubled mother led him to create an alter ego: a woman dressed in black. Using his anger and psychopathic desires, he dressed as his alter ego to lure and kill women. He lives in the Further and finds the perfect opportunity to leave again when Josh begins to astral project himself, targeting him since he was a young boy. The Bride in Black is the main antagonist of Insidious: Chapter 2 and an important one in the series.

1 The Lipstick Face Demon

The Lipstick Face Demon (Joseph Bishara) is the main antagonist of the Insidious franchise. A mighty demon is a part of one of the most loved jump scares in recent horror movie history. The Lipstick Face Demon rules the Further. He wants to possess Dalton's physical body. Once he has someone, he uses his powers to hurt others that might try to stop him. One example of how he does that is he throws people across the room with his powers.

His background is more in tune with the Catholic religion than the others, as he was an angel that rebelled against God and was expelled from Heaven. He fell and ended up in the Further, where he was the most powerful demon and therefore took over.

The 10 Scariest Ghosts in Horror Movies

With movies like The Grudge, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Thirteen Ghosts, the horror genre is full of terrifying ghosts.

The horror genre is one of the most expansive genres in media, with different formats and subgenres leaving something for everyone to enjoy. Paranormal and supernatural horror are popular subgenres because they feature terrifying possessions, ghosts, and entities. However, some ghosts featured in the genre are much scarier than others.

Films like House on Haunted Hill , 1960's 13 Ghosts , and The Exorcist pioneered the paranormal subgenre. Although these movies are all a part of the same genre, they don't feature the same entities. While films like The Exorcist feature possessions and horrifying ghoul-like figures, they're not ghosts. For most people, a "ghost" refers to an entity that was human at one point before they died, and entities like Captain Howdy are simply inhuman demons. With that said, once-human spirits like the Grady twins and Freddy Krueger are much scarier than demons.

RELATED: The Most Terrifying Demons in Horror Movies, Ranked

10 The Grady Twins (The Shining)

The Shining is one of the most recognizable Stephen King adaptations , with many memorable scenes cemented into pop culture, including the iconic ghost twins scene. The Overlook Hotel’s groundskeeper, Delbert Grady, brutally murdered his twin daughters. They're seen a few times during The Shining , but their most notable scene is their appearance at the end of a long hallway while young Danny Torrance rides his toy trike.

The Grady Twins are terrifying, scaring Danny and a generation of moviegoers. They may be the least violent of the Overlook's ghost population, but they are incredibly creepy. All they want to do is play, and the invitation to play with them "forever" is menacing as they lure the child into the afterlife.

9 Phears (Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out)

Mostly Ghostly: Who Let the Ghosts Out is less mainstream than other horror movies, mainly because it's a children-targeted horror/comedy hybrid film from 2008. Still, the antagonist of the movie, Phears, is pretty horrific. Aside from his ghoulish appearance and creepily sharp teeth, he threatens the protagonist, Max, and his ghost buddies, Nicky and Tara.

Phears threatens the children with physical violence often and is an overall menace. His goals are to cause harm to most of the human race. In Mostly Ghostly , he hurts several people and is presumably behind the slaughter of Nicky and Tara's family. He genuinely wants to cause death and destruction.

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8 Candyman (Candyman)

Tony Todd's Candyman is one of the most beloved horror movie villains. With his hook hand, haunting voice, and a swarm of bees living in his body, he has a terrifying appearance. With that said, he's not inherently dangerous. He appears when someone chants his name five times, and that's the only way he kills. Throughout the film, The Candyman terrorizes the main character, Helen Lyle, and slaughters many others with his hook hand. The Candyman and Helen Lyle legacy carried into the 2021 sequel, as well.

The titular ghost in Candyman was once an ordinary guy, Daniel Robitaille, who got tragically lynched over an interracial romance. The assailants removed his painting hand before drenching Daniel in honey and stinging him to death with bees, which gave him his frightening appearance. His tragic end caused a vengeful afterlife and a curse-like legacy.

7 Samara/Sadako (The Ring/Ringu)

Samara Morgan from the American version of The Ring has an unquestionably horrifying appearance, complete with long, wet hair and terrifying eyes. Based on Sadako from the Japanese film Ringu , Samara kills those unlucky enough to watch a specific cursed VHS tape. Though it's unclear exactly how she kills, she leaves her victims completely disfigured.

Although she should be feared, Samara deserves some sympathy. In The Ring , it's clear that Samara's family abused her and left her to rot in a well. As such, it's fair to assume that she's a bitter ghost. She's only dangerous if someone watches the tape, but when they do, she shows no mercy.

6 Kayako (The Grudge)

The Ring wasn't the only early-2000s horror movie adapted from a J-horror film, as The Grudge came from the Ju-On franchise around the same time. The film features two notable ghosts: a woman named Kayako and a little boy named Toshio. Thanks to her horrific appearance, vicious behaviors, and murderous tendencies, Kayako is terrifying.

Kayako was a homemaker whose husband brutally murdered her and her son. Because they died awful deaths, a curse --called Ju-On or The Grudge-- was triggered that made them come back as violent spirits. As such, Kayako wreaks havoc on humanity, trying to spread the curse by murdering whoever she can.

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5 The Hammer (Thirteen Ghosts)

Not all the Thirteen Ghosts are outwardly aggressive, but The Hammer is. While he's contained in a cell in a basement, he constantly tries to attack people through his cell or escape. He towers over others with weapons literally on hand to incite fear and obviously intends to bludgeon everyone.

Unfortunately, The Hammer's Thirteen Ghosts backstory is tragic. George Markley was an honest blacksmith who was the target of racism in his small town. That racism resulted in the slaughter of his family, so he went on a rampage and used his sledgehammer for revenge. He was then lynched, with railroad spikes drilled into his skin and his hand forcibly replaced by his hammer.

4 The Bride in Black (Insidious: Chapter 2)

While the Insidious movies feature many malevolent entities, The Bride in Black is one of the scarier once-human spirits, featured as the main antagonist in Insidious: Chapter 2 . The ghoul was attached to Patrick Wilson's Josh Lambert during childhood. Even though The Bride in Black isn't particularly dangerous through Josh's adolescence, it's clear that the entity has no problem targeting children. However, the backstory in Insidious: Chapter 2 adds another layer of scariness.

The Bride in Black is an alter-ego for a man named Parker Crane. Parker grew up in an abusive household, resulting in trauma surrounding his gender identity and women. During adulthood, Parker was a serial killer who dressed in The Bride in Black getup to murder women. His goals in Insidious ' alternate dimension, "The Further," are to inhabit an innocent's body and cause more harm, like the possession of Josh and the attempted slaughter of the Lambert family.

3 Bathsheba Sherman (The Conjuring)

The antagonist of the first The Conjuring movie is an evil spirit wreaking havoc on the Perron family: Bathsheba. The ghoul latches onto the matriarch, Carolyn Perron, and possesses her. Bathsheba intends to manipulate Carolyn into killing her children. Every ghost seen in The Conjuring died at the hands of Bathsheba's malicious spirit.

This terrifying behavior is hardly surprising given Bathsheba's backstory. In life, Bathsheba Sherman was an evil witch who murdered her child as a sacrifice. Bathsheba eventually died by hanging after cursing the land and every family who settled there. In death, she tries to haunt and destroy any happy and innocent people. As such, Bathsheba is a scary representation of pure evil.

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2 Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street)

Freddy Krueger is one of the most-known names in horror, and rightfully so. Known for his bladed fingers, striped sweater, and vulgar personality, he's the terrifying center of A Nightmare on Elm Street . He's notorious for haunting his target's dreams and brutalizing them during their REM cycles.

During his life, Freddy Krueger was a more human monster. His status as a serial killer is undisputed, and it's, at least, strongly implied that he preyed on children in the worst ways imaginable. When he died, Freddy got some demonic-style powers from the Dream Demons . There's no questioning that his relentless, predatory behavior makes him terrifying, breathing or not.

1 The Jackal (Thirteen Ghosts)

The Jackal is not only the scariest character in Thirteen Ghosts but may also be the scariest in movie history. Referred to as the " Charles Manson of ghosts ," The Jackal is the most feared. While this fear immediately stems from his creepy appearance, The Jackal is also exceptionally violent. Accompanied by his threatening cackle, he attacks Kathy Kriticos as soon as he's released from Basileus's Machine, scratching and terrorizing as he goes.

Unfortunately, his actions on screen don't even come close to showing how scary he is. In life, The Jackal, or Ryan Kuhn, was a serial killer and sexual predator who turned himself into an old asylum for help. There, he lost his humanity and life. As a ghost, he's significantly more terrifying than he was in life, which is definitely saying something.

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Can ghosts swim? Night Swim director answers our silliest questions

Director Bryce McGuire addresses such important topics as filming a horror movie in Michelle Branch's swimming pool and ghost swimming preferences.

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Come on in, the water's...frightful?

In the horror movie Night Swim (in theaters this Friday), first-time filmmaker Bryce McGuire plays with a classic set-up: parents played by Wyatt Russell and Kerry Condon move their family into a dream house which turns nightmarish, only instead of a haunted house it turns out that the pool is plagued by ghosts.

"The fun was not reinventing the wheel, but going deep on something we all think we know and milking all that of its symbolism, all of its joy and nostalgia, and all of its terror," McGuire says.

Okay, so let's go deep on this tale of water-based woes. Can ghosts swim? At what point did producer James Wan suggest adding a creepy doll to proceedings? What does McGuire think about our dumb-as-dirt idea for a sequel name? The director patiently answers all these queries and more.

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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY : Night Swim is based on a short film you shot in Michelle Branch’s swimming pool. Was she angry when she found out you’d snuck in and done that?

BRYCE McGUIRE: [Laughs] No, she’s actually kind of a horror fan, so she got a kick out of it. She’s a friend of the co-director of the short, Rod Blackhurst, who is a great filmmaker in his own right. We just liked her pool, and she was game. She thought that was cool that we had ruined her swimming pool forever. By the way, in the short film, that’s Michelle Branch’s cat who makes an appearance. (See below.)

People always say you should never make a film which involves water. At what point in the shoot did you think, hey, maybe they have a point?

I knew even before going into it what a bad idea it was. In college, I did this film called Jesus Fish , which is this Southern gothic fairytale, and we shot in the rivers of southeast Tennessee. I knew from that how bad it was, how hard it was, and I didn’t learn my lesson. The difference [with Night Swim] was the amazing stunt coordinator Mark Rayner and the team of stunt people — they had just come off Avatar: The Way of Water — truly being the best in the business and an amazing cast. Everyone had to pass swim assessments before they could even sign on to the movie. I think it went as well as it really could have, given how difficult it is. The thing is, why I love water, yes, it’s so challenging, but water just brings such an urgency. [It] was like, you can’t f--- up, because there’s limited times that someone can go down there and perform that action. So it brought this high-stakes urgency to the performance. Also, you’re not acting when you’re underwater, you’re trying not to die! And you feel that.

Which cast member was the best in the water?

Kerry Condon was an amazing swimmer. She held her breath for minutes at a time and hit all of her marks in this 14-foot Olympic swimming pool.

Can ghosts swim?

They can swim great. They’re better swimmers than we are as the living.

What is their preferred stroke?

Freestyle, probably.

The film is produced by James Wan, whose credits include directing the original Saw and overseeing the Annabelle movies. Exactly when did he suggest you should have a creepy doll swimming around the pool?

No spoilers! Clark, don’t tell people that Annabelle makes an appearance! I'm kidding. James is amazing to work with. This whole thing happened because James saw the short film, and then James was swimming in his pool that night, doing the freestyle, looking over his left shoulder, right shoulder, left shoulder, and he thought he saw the kind of silhouette [from the short] standing next to the pool, and it freaked him out. [He] came to meet me the next day and told me the story. When you scare James Wan, something’s going right.

Neither James Wan nor his fellow Night Swim producer Jason Blum are exactly averse to franchises. Do you have ideas for a sequel?

Look, if there were to be a sequel, I do have an idea, and there’s lots more of the mythology. I just wanted this first one to be so simple and archetypal. There's lots more that has already been discussed and could have been in the movie that I would love to get to explore, if people want more.

My pitch for a sequel title is Night Swim 2: Electric Poolgaloo .

Sold! Let me call Universal right now. Oh my gosh. I’ve not gotten that one yet. Respect, respect.

To be honest, that's been burning a hole in my back pocket for the last three days.

You know what? It marinated like a fine wine. Totally worth the wait.

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