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'The Exorcist'Since its release in 1973, audiences have cringed in fear as they witnessed William Friedkin's horror classic, 'The Exorcist', based on the novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty. What makes the exorcism movies both frightening and more alluring than other horror films, is that there is no excessive gore or carnage, but the transformation of an innocent child (usually female) to a demonically possessed soul. The unknown and unpredictable powers of the devil make these films instant blockbusters and will live you clinging to the edge of your seat, biting your nails in terror or both.

Here are the top 5 scariest scenes from Exorcism movies: 'The Exorcist'Since its release in 1973, audiences have cringed in fear as they witnessed William Friedkin's horror classic, 'The Exorcist', based on the novel of the same name by William Peter Blatty. What makes the exorcism movies both frightening and more alluring than other horror films, is that there is no excessive gore or carnage, but the transformation of an innocent child (usually female) to a demonically possessed soul. The unknown and unpredictable powers of the devil make these films instant blockbusters and will live you clinging to the edge of your seat, biting your nails in terror or both.

Here are the top 5 scariest scenes from Exorcism movies:

5. 'Dominion: Prequel to The Exorcist'

This movie chronicles the events of Father Merrin before he ever meets Regan MacNeil in 'The Exorcist'. Sent to determine the root of evil in a rural African village Father Merrin finds a portal to evil and a young boy who is inflicted. He goes to the hospital to visit with the boy and finds that he is worse off than originally thought. The devil is in his eyes as he raises himself stiffly off the bed and taunts the preacher; in his voice you can hear the demon and hope that Father Merrin can save his life.




4. 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose'

A small town girl finds herself possessed by none other than the Devil himself. Inspired by the real-life story of Anneliese Michel, the movie centers around the trial of Emily Rose's death and the priest who performed her exorcism. The question is, was she really possessed by the devil or did she have some sort of psychological issue that made her believe she had an other-worldly being inside her? The entire movie is wicked but one scene specifically shows a point inside her college dorm room where the demon creeps onto Emily's bed and into her body. The image of Emily's contorted body is purely terrifying.




3. '[Rec] 2'

Originally believed to be a deadly virus in '[Rec]', it is not until the sequel that we see this is not a virus at all. A SWAT team is sent into quarantined apartment building to assess the problem and to neutralize the situation. They find that they are not dealing with a virus at all but are battling demons that are possessing the tenants. Like all scary movies you expect what happens next but even knowing can't prepare you for the impact of their attacker.




2. 'The Last Exorcism'

Reverend Cotton has performed many "exorcisms" in his time, but Nell's will be his most challenging ... and the last. Typically conning people to believe that he has successfully performed exorcisms, Cotton will use this last case to show what it's really like to do what he does. Unfortunately for Cotton he has bitten off more than he can chew with Nell.




1. 'The Exorcist'

The most famous of exorcism movies follows the possession of Regan MacNeil and, her mother, Chris MacNeil's desperate attempt to save her daughter's life. After friends and doctors are unable explain what is wrong with the girl Chris calls on the church to find a solution. With some of the scariest movie moments of its time The Exorcist delivers a terrifying scene at its climax when two priests try to rid Regan's body of its' evil. The demon taunts the priests, tricks and even strikes them. The characters finally come into contact with the possessed girl and she gets the best of both of them.