Possession movies keep us scared and terrified year after year. Ever since audiences freaked out over The Exorcist in 1973, fans around the world have covered their eyes and ears in fear of the devil. These movies shock and frighten us, and without demons and ghosts possessing good characters, horror wouldn’t be half of what it is today. With the release of A24’s The Blackcoat’s Daughter starring Emma Roberts, we’re looking at some of the best recently released possession movies.
The Blackcoat’s Daughter
Creepy and atmospheric, Emma Roberts and Kiernan Shipka star in two separate stories connected by horror. The Blackcoat’s Daughter is the newest in a line of excellent genre films from A24. Emma Roberts plays a troubled traveler on the road home, but her character, Joan, is disturbed and harbors a dark force that propels her towards violence and death.
Shipka’s role as Kat is equally interesting as she deals with being abandoned at her boarding school over a break while evil sets in. This film is now in select theaters and available on VOD and is totally worth checking out.
Insidious: Chapter 3
Insidious is the premiere franchise in horror today, and the title is absolutely deserved. In the third chapter, we are sent back to the early days of psychic Elise Rainier before the events of the original. Lin Shaye is always fun to watch on screen, and her role in this prequel is worth the price of admission. Fans of the series didn’t lock into this chapter as strongly as the previous two films, but that doesn’t mean the movie is worth discarding. The film still packs plenty of chills with the terrifying Man Who Can’t Breathe and The Bride in Black. It’s a solid entry in the biggest series around.
Ouija: Origin of Evil
From the director of hit horror films Oculus and Hush, this movie started making waves the moment the trailer hit the internet and theaters. Ouija: Origin of Evil delivers some extreme moments of possession and a handful of truly chilling scenes. When a mom and her daughters scam clients with fake séances, an evil presence takes possession of the girl, Doris. The mother, Lina, progressively gets crazier and crazier as events spiral out of control. This is a perfect example of why you don’t mess with Ouija boards and spirits, and the movie is a great prequel to the first 2014 film.
The Conjuring 2
Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson’s return to the world of the Warrens was a welcome addition to last year’s horror releases. The Conjuring 2 continues to attract horror fans with its true story influences and unique scares. The story kicks off with a quick nod to the events that took place in the classic Amityville Horror tale and quickly moves into a family tortured by evil. The Hodgsons are a great group of good people, but the force they must battle to free the young Janet is a nightmare. No wonder James Wan, who also directed the first two Insidious movies, plans to bring us a standalone film of the scariest demonic nun ever.
The creepiest spinoff from The Conjuring movies, Annabelle is pure kindertrauma. The new film in the series is coming out this August, and already it looks like one of the scariest films of the year. Dolls have always been creepy, so the premise of the possessed Annabelle doll is just terrifying. From the trailer, we get plenty of set up about how the doll became haunted and the family involved. It looks like a straight up nightmare and guarantees at least a few major scares.