The Horror Honeys: The Blackcoat's Daughter: Obsessed with Possession!

The Blackcoat's Daughter: Obsessed with Possession!

A List of the Best Possession Scenes in Horror Cinema with Kat

The scariest thing about films with a base in religion is that they're often billed as adaptations of a "true story." Horror is all about the unexplained, and the uncontrollable... which is what religion is all about. Possessions are manifestations of things that we don't understand, that are beyond and bigger than ourselves. Possession can strike anyone, anywhere, for any reason. The spiritual attack may not directly be linked to sin (like most horror films), or to a specific action, but usually at random and with great speed and ferocity.

With the release of Osgood Perkins' The Blackcoat's Daughter on March 31, we decided to celebrate a few more of our favorite possession scenes in horror cinema!

The Exorcist (1973) - No possession list is complete without including The Exorcist. Widely considered to be the scariest film of all time, I know people who STILL say that it gives them nightmares. The Exorcist is probably my favorite horror film, and this scene gives me chills.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) - While many religious horror films start with a chilling claim that they are based on a true story, The Exorcism of Emily Rose does have a basis in reality and is centered on the suspected possession and actual tragic death of Annalise Michele (which was officially declared as death by starvation).

Constantine (2005) - While panned by most people who watched the film because of its departure from the Hellblazer comics (yes, I was part of that complaint group), I watch it fairly often because it's beautifully shot. Constantine also features some super beautiful possession scenes and one of my favorite incarnations of the devil that isn't played by Viggo. I'm aware that I toss around the word beautiful quite a bit when it comes to horror films, but you can't argue with me here.

The Possession (2012) - An ancient desert demon that possesses children via the opening of a simple wooden box. Another example of demons possessing the young, movies like The Possession and The Exorcist are shocking simply because of the youth and innocence of the possession victim. I couldn't find a good clip of the possession scenes, so the trailer will have to do. Extra points for being based in the Jewish faith, and while still Judeo-Christian in faith base, I like the ancient evil feeling of The Possession far more than some other possession and faith-based films, which are more good vs evil and church vs devil based.

Evil Dead 2013 - Yes, the remake. And yes, I enjoyed it. The reason it makes this list? This scene right here:

Deliver Us From Evil (2014) - There was an overwhelming amount of promotional material and hype surrounding the release of Scott Derrickson's film, and like his last possession film, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, it just kept getting scarier. If there's one thing I trust from a Scott Derrickson film, it's that the religious elements will be well researched, and the imagery will stick sideways in your throat... and that's a good thing.

Ava's Possessions (2015) - There's nothing I like more than an original concept for a possession based horror film, and while it wasn't my favorite film of 2015, Ava's Possessions stuck with me for the simple fact that no one ever thinks about what happens after we've exorcised the demons... What happens to the victim? What about all of that crazy shit they did while they were possessed? Is there therapy for that?

Special mentions: Jennifer's Body, The Conjuring (but just barely), Nightmare on Elm Street 2, Scary Movie 2, Demons, Childs Play, Annelise: The Exorcist Tapes

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The Blackcoat's Daughter, starring Kiernan Shipka & Emma Roberts, will be available in theaters and On Demand March 31!