FILM GENRE RESEARCH.HORROR-EXCORSIM/POSSESSION.
THE EXORCIST (1973) Written by William Peter Blatty and directed by WilliamFriedkin, the exorcist is the standard by which all other demonicpossession films are judged, the exorcist has terrified millions of viewers over the years with it’s then (and still now) shocking portrayal of the possession of a young girl, introducing levitation, vomit, profanity and body contortions.
BURNT OFFERINGS (1976)Directed by Dan Curtis based on a novel by Robert Marasco, thishaunted house chiller, with a demonic possession of the mother killing each character. In a twist of events as each character iskilled the house rejuvenates itself. This was once a fresh take on the paranormal genre including, death, gore, blood.
THE AMITYVILLE HORROR (1979)This was the first film to be closest to the true story of a haunted house. A new family move into a haunted house and seek theadvice of the local priest to remove the demonic presence in the house that was once the sight of a grisly mass murder.In this film we are shown unexplainable goo, swarms of flies andscenes of an unnatural nature, focusing on the more paranormal than blood and gore.
THE SHINING (1980) A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, whilehis psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. This is one of the first films where the possessed attack other people. This is a very violent film making it a timeless scary film.
DEMONS (1985) A group of people are trapped in a large movie theatre in West Berlin that is infected by ravenous demons who proceed to kill and posses the humans one-by-one, thereby multiplying their numbers.A group of people trapped in a small place is a main factors of ahorror film, and this is the main part of this film, the fact they are trapped. Although this is more zombie than possession, it does still have the paranormal qualities.
PRINCE OF DARKNESS (1987) A sinister secret in an abandoned church turns out to be a pit ofgreen slime substance, which turns out to be the essence of Satan himself, this is more of a zombie/paranormal film than possession. Scenes of gore, horror, paranormal, demons.
NIGHT OF THE DEMONS (1988)A group of kids go to a Halloween party, only to have to face down a group of demons. A stereotypical horror film showing teenagers, drugs, sexualnature, confined to a small place, blood, gore, demonic nature.
THE CONVENT (2000) A group of college students break into an abandoned convent and become possessed by demonic spirits. Showing scenes of strong horror, violence, gore, strong language, some sexuality and drug content.Another stereotypical film about drugged up teenagers, confined in a small space.
EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING (2004) Years before Father Lancaster Merrin helped save ReganMacNeils soul, he first encounters the demon Pazuzu in East Africa. This is the tale of Father Merrins initial battle with Pazuzu and the rediscovery of his faith.Showing scenes of violence and gore, disturbing images and rituals, including sexual dialogue.
THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE (2005)When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Mooreprior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder.The trail begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, butit is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true Showing thematic material including, intense/frightening sequences and disturbing images.
CONSTANTINE (2005) Constantine tells the story of irreverent supernatural detective John Constantine, who has literally been to hell and back. Adifferent take on the repeatedly used possession and paranormal genre. Violence and demonic images.
THE 8TH PLAGUE (2006) A sister goes looking for her missing sister with the help of amysterious man from the town with a dark past, she finds morethan her sister and learns about a dark realm and demons that intend to possess the town. Extreme violence, missing people, demonic scenes.
PARANORMAL ACTIVITY (2009) After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence. As thesequels/prequels come out, it seems the paranormal behaviour isnot unfamiliar to this family. This is more than just a possession film. Film includes, strong language, violence and paranormal scenes. Shown in a home video style.
THE LAST EXORCISM (2010)A troubled evangelical minister agrees to let his last exorcism be filmed by a documentary crew. He claims that exorcisms areuntrue and hoaxed, and they are believed by the ill. He makes thevideo to try and prove this, but later changes his mind due to the serious background story in the family and town.This film shows violent content and terror, sexual references and thematic material.
THE RITE (2011) An American seminary student who has lost his faith in god travels to Italy to take on an exorcism course to try and strengthen his beliefs, unconvinced of the paranormal he then becomes partners with a local exorcist and comes closer to possession than he thought he would. Showing all the tell tale signs of a exorcism film, sexualreferences, violence, frightening images and disturbing thematic material.
THE DEVIL INSIDE (2012) In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism.This film has advanced so much compared to The excorcism due toediting, storyline, and effects, it is completely realistic making it a surreal and unnerving experience to watch.