These demon movies you need to see. Our Top 10 Demon Movies include The Evil Dead, The Exorcist, Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn AKA Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, Hellraiser, Omen, Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness, Constantine, Stephen King's It, Fallen and Rosemary's Baby plus many more worthy mentions.This is a hard list to narrow down so we added all the best horror movies to the list. We also made the list dynamically change by allowing the horror fans to rate the movies they like to the top of the list and demote the ones that are not the best demon movies. Stars like Linda Blair, Bruce Campbell, Ron Perlman, Anthony Hopkins, Gary Oldman, Johnny Depp, Denzel Washington, Keanu Reeves, Al Pacinio and many more round out the collective cast. Great horror movie directors like Sam Raimi and M. Night Shyamalan have their horror films listed here.
Top 10 Demon Movies
The Evil Dead (1981)
The Evil Dead, directed by Sam Raimi as his first film, has achieved legendary status since its 1982 release, and for good reason. Though perhaps not as widely seen as its two sequels, EVIL DEAD 2 and ARMY OF DARKNESS, THE EVIL DEAD is arguably the best of the three. It is the story of five college-age friends who travel to a cabin in rural Tennessee where the stumble upon the Book of the Dead, an ancient tome bound in human flesh and inked in blood. After unwittingly awakening the unspeakable terror told of in the book, each of the friends is transformed into the evil dead, one by one, except for Ash (Bruce Campbell). So, Ash in The Evil Dead is left with no other way to survive than to dismember the living corpses of his sister, girlfriend, and two of his friends. Shot on a shoestring budget, the film boasts some impressive camera work and extremely over-the-top gore effects as well as a sense of humor much more subtle than the tongue-in-cheek aesthetic of the two sequels.
The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist is my all time favorite horror movie as well so of course it would be the best demon horror movie. Everyone knows the iconic peas soup and spinning head scenes that is just why The Exorcist is such a classic horror movie. I saw the updated version where the little girl comes walking down the stairs upside down truly demonic and sinister like a proper demon. A head of the times and still loved today. After the result of demonic possession, a priest is called in to perform an exorcism on the little girl. The results as many of us know, are alarming and reminds us that evil forces are more then just fairy tales to keep little children in church.
Demon from The Exorcist says: "What an excellent day for an exorcism," says the demon to the priest. Demons love to mess with your head in every way possible.
These demon movies are in my opinion the best horror movies. Hard to only choose ten but I tried to make a well rounded out list without repeating…
Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn AKA Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn (1987)
Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn AKA Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn, is a complete Re-vamp to The Evil Dead. Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn AKA Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn looks a lot better then The Evil Dead and has some pretty funny shots of Ash's (Bruce Campbell) insanity. A funny yet horrorfying movie.
Ash (Bruce Campbell), the sole survivor of The Evil Dead, continues his struggle with the forces of the dead. With his girlfriend possessed by demons and his body parts runnning amok, Ash is forced to single-handedly battle the legions of the damned as the most lethal -- and groovy -- hero in horror movie history!
Welcome to Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn, director Sam Raimi's infamous sequel to The Evil Dead and outrageous prequel to Army of Darkness! This unhinged horror classic is now fully remastered in state-of-the-art Dolby Digital 5.1 supervised by THX and packed with extras. So, sit back, strap in and rev up the chainsaw: Evil Dead II has returned...like you've never seen or heard it before!
Hellraiser has to be one of the most gory movies of all time. I mean full on body mutilations and bloody deaths galore. Clive Barker was nuts when he came out with this one. Demons from Hell unleashed upon the earth and the first thoughts on their minds are to kill everything and anything in sight. These devils manipulate you into doing evil deeds then once their soul has been corrupted to the dark, they claim your soul. Pinhead is the leader and he loves making humans suffer and relishes in it.
Pinhead says: "No tears, please. It's a waste of good suffering," says the lead Cenobite, who is more popularly known as Pinhead.
Hellraiser made by famed horror / fantasy novelist Clive Barker wrote and directed the gory Hellraiser, nasty and fun exercise in which Larry (Andrew Robinson) and his wife Julia (Clare Higgins) move into a big house where Larry's brother Frank has been imprisoned after solving an elaborate puzzle box. Larry wounds himself and his blood brings Frank back to life as a skinless, oozing creature who…
The first film in classic, four-part legacy of terror stars Gregory Peck as an ambassador who is talked into switching his wife's (Lee Remick) stillborn baby with an orphaned infant. When young Damien is Five, the horror begins with his nanny's dramatic suicide. As the death toll escalates, Damien's father, realizing his son is the antichrist, decides that he must kill the boy and rid the world of the evil.
Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness (1992)
Army of Darkness is the final entry to the Evil Dead trilogy. The Evil Dead trilogy is another of my all time favorites even though they had an extremely tight budget with each horror movie. This masterpiece is from the director of the Spider-Man franchise Sam Raimi and B-movie king Bruce Campbell plays Ash, the great zombie killing/bashing hero.
This one took the cake. I loved Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness' horror mixed with a gothic castlevania setting. The Evil Dead III: Army of Darkness is great to watch anytime... especially excellent when your bored. Army of Darkness is my favorite of the Evil Dead franchise.
Bruce Campbell plays Ash Williams who is a S-Mart employee that gets transported back in time to medieval England. The Necronomicon is the key back but once retrieved raises the army of the dead in which Evil Ash becomes the leader and leads the war of the undead. The zombie hordes are pushed back by Ash in an incredibly funny way. Not really a scary movie but very enjoyable.
Best zombie kill scene: Ash kills massive amounts of zombies by mounting…
Warner Brothers Constantine (Blu-ray)In the grand scheme of theological thrillers, Constantine aspires for the greatness of The Exorcist but ranks more closely with The Order. Based on the popular Hellblazer comic book series, and directed with nary a shred of intelligence by music video veteran Francis Lawrence, it's basically The Matrix with swarming demons instead of swarming machines. Keanu Reeves slightly modifies his Matrix persona as John Constantine,who roams the dark-spots of Los Angeles looking for good-evil, angel-devil half-breeds to ensure that "the balance" between God and Satan is properlymaintained. An ancient artifact and the detectivetwin of a woman who committed evil-induced suicide (Rachel Weisz) factor into the plot, which is taken so seriously that you'll want to stand up and cheer when Tilda Swinton swoops down as the cross-dressing angel Gabriel and turns this silliness into the camp-fest it really is. The digital effectsare way cool (dig those hellspawn with the tops of their heads lopped off!), so if you don't mind ajuvenile lesson in pseudo-Catholic salvation, Constantine is just the movie for you!
Stephen King's It (1990)
Is there anything scarier than clowns? Of course not. And who knows scary better than Stephen King? You see where we're going. It puts a malevolent clown (given demented life by a powdered, red-nosed Tim Curry) front and center, as King's fat novel gets the TV-movie treatment. Even at three hours plus, the action is condensed, but an engaging Stand by Me vibe prevails for much of the running time. The seven main characters, as adolescents, conquered a force of pure evil in their Maine hometown. Now, the cackling Pennywise is back, and they must come home to fight him--or, should we say, It--again. Admitting the TV-movie trappings and sometimes hysterical performances, this is a genuinely gripping thriller. As so often with King, the basic idea (the bond formed during a childhood trauma) is clean and powerful, a lifeline anchored in reality that leads us to the supernatural.
Denzel Washington starred in a demon film and yes it was good. The Fallen is about a demon who can jump into any body by just touching them. This opens up all types of possibilities and hopelessness for Denzel. Denzel sets himself to fight an evil entity as old as mankind. The evil fallen angel known as Azazel maybe a body jumper by touch but when the host dies, he is denied no host.
Fallen favorite quote: Azazel the fallen angel announces his presence by singing, “Time is on my side.” This is from a Rolling Stones song. (Yes, the demon has got taste.)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
A loving New York couple is expecting their first baby, however Rosemary's husband makes a pact with the devil to send his career skyward.
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Devil's Advocate (1998)
The Devil's Advocate is one of those horror movies that screams crazy as hell. Every last sin in the book is broken and shoved in your face to show you the limits that the devil can push you. Imagine you are unknowingly the devils son and he comes back and hires you on his corporate team and gives every richly desire. Then he comes for his payback. The devil wants you to kill, commit incest and all other types of sick twisted acts of evil. I enjoyed this one a lot and having Al Pacino as the devil is just classic.
Devil says: John Milton who is really the devil delivers a memorable blasphemous lecture, saying, "God likes to watch. He’s a prankster. Think about it. He gives man instincts. He gives you this extraordinary gift, and then what does He do, I swear for His own amusement, His own private, cosmic gag reel, He sets the rules in opposition. It's the goof of all time. Look but don’t touch. Touch, but don't taste. Taste, don't swallow. And while you’re…
Jeepers Creepers (2001)
Lamberto Bava, son of the Italian horror legend and giallo godfather Mario Bava, teamed up with modern master Dario Argento (cowriter and producer) for this slick gorefest, a triumph of style and special effects over movie logic. Set in a refurbished German movie palace, our hapless soon-to-be victims arrive for a sneak preview of a horror movie only to see the gore unfold in the audience, as well as onscreen. While the exposition remains murky, one patron finds that an infected cut leads to a gooey transformation, and every one of her victims follows suit until the snaggle-toothed monsters outnumber the humans. The survivors, trapped in the tomb of a theater, must fend off attacks Ã la George Romero's Night of the Living Dead. Borrowing liberally from films such as Dawn of the Dead and The Tingler, Demons also anticipates Scream in its cinema-savvy references, not to mention its undeniably Neve Campbell-ish heroine. The blaring heavy-metal-hard-rock soundtrack and the carnival horror-house atmosphere helps remind us that this is all just stupid fun. Despite the overwhelming body count, excessive gore, and…
Insidious for the beginning half of the horror movie seems like a classic haunted house movie with the best of that genre. From the creative team that brought you the SAW franchise. Shadowy figures are glimpsed behind curtains or are barely visible through darkened windows, with the tension building from something that is only halfway there. Or maybe that something is all the way there and we just can't make it out clearly enough through the haze of our gathering dread. The scary pace of the horror film is constantly increasing and the real fear comes from what we don't see or what we are about to see.
A young family with three children are settling in their new home when there's a presence in the house that either doesn't want them there, or needs them to stay for the evilest possible reasons. After son Dalton falls into a coma that is unexplained by modern science. Renai starts seeing weird figures and unexplainable events of massive paranormal activity. After moving again, with the same paranormal phenomena occurring they…
Drag Me to Hell (2009)
Drag Me to Hell was so funny and is written and directed by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead). An old woman gets evicted from her home and holds the loan officer responsible. The loan officer has a supernatural curse put on her and this hex is vile. She seeks out a seer for help to get rid of the curse and demons ensue. We even have the joy of seeing a demon possessed goat. Filled with death scenes that are over the top and gory.
Drag Me to Hell favorite quote: "You tricked me, you black-hearted who-o-o-o-o-ore! You b-i-i-i-i-i-i-i-itch!" says the possessed goat. I mean really, a possessed goat.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
The exorcism of Emily Rose is about a lawyer who takes on a case involving a priest homicide case. A priest is killed during an exorcism. The young girl is possessed and the lawyer is determined to get down to the truth.
The Ninth Gate (1999)
Johnny Depp unlocks the gates to hell in Roman Polanski's newest thriller. Depp stars as Dean Corso, an unscrupulous rare-book dealer who is hired to locate the last remaining copies of "The Nine Gate of the Shadow Kingdom," a demonic manuscript that can summon the Devil. Corso becomes embroiled in a conspiracy involving murder, theft and satanic ritual, and ultimately finds himself confronting the devil incarnate.
Silent Hill (2006)
Silent Hill is based on the best-selling horror action game, Silent Hill stars Radha Mitchell (Man on Fire) as Rose, a desperate mother who takes her adopted daughter, Sharon, to the town of Silent Hill in an attempt to cure her of her ailment. After a violent car crash, Sharon disappears and Rose begins her desperate search to get her back from the Silent Hill Nightmares. She descends into a fog of smoldering ash and into the center of the twisted reality of town's, Silent Hill, terrible secret. Pursued by grotesquely deformed creatures and a towns people stuck in permanent purgatory, Rose begins to uncover the truth behind the apocalyptic disaster that burned the town 30 years back in the haunted town of Silent Hill. Dare to step inside the horrific town of Silent Hill, where darkness preys on every soul and Hell's creations await around every corner. But know that once you enter... there is no turning back.
Amityville Horror (1979)
Amityville horror is a great movie that makes you think, "What if the house is haunted by something worse?" Newly weds by their dream house which is just within range of their budget. Various murders were committed in the house but it is okay since the real estate agent forgot to mention it. When the couple moves in they start to experience strange occurrences and after consulting a psychic they thrust in the right direction. The house sits on top a gate to hell and it must be closed. The feeling of foreboding never decreases.
The Amityville Horror favorite quote: While Carolyn is possessed, she says "Find the well… it's the passage… to hell! COVER IT!"
Based on a bestselling, allegedly nonfiction book about haunted goings-on in a Long Island house (The Amityville Horror Conspiracy), this rather cheesy horror movie is more silly than unsettling. James Brolin and Margot Kidder star as newlyweds who move into the empty home and are gradually affected by the legacy of a murder committed on the premises. Rod Steiger is a priest who can…
Demon Knight (1998)
Prince of Darkness (1987)
A dilapidated church is the setting for horror specialist John Carpenter's tale of unrelenting horror, as a group of students find a mysterious object that unleashes the unbridled fury of Satan himself.
The Gate (1987)
Mediocre late 80's supernatural horror that would have benefited from some gratuitous violence/gore and nudity. I saw THE GATE when it first came out and for all these years I've thought that the kid opened up the gate to Hell by backmasking a heavy metal album. That would have been cool! But I was wrong cause the pit just [...]ing opens up when a tree falls down. How lame.
Anyway, so this [...]in hole opens up in a family's suburban backyard and nobody really thinks that its strange that this large hole just showed up and keeps reappearing every time you fill it in. Random [...] happens: a kid cuts himself near the hole; some [...] [...] buries a dead dog in the hole and BAM! Faster than you can say "What happened to Christa Denton's career?" you get a bunch of ugly little minions running around tearing up [...]. They looked pretty menacing at first, but outside of the clawing up a door and unorganizing your closet they're pretty harmless. The one troll from CAT'S EYE was scarier. But…
Case 39 (2009)
Case 39 was totally under rated and deserved a little more shine. We have a kind woman who works in cases of domestic abuse towards children. She has 38 cases currently that she is working on when she gets Case 39. She visits the family and gets a weird feeling from the parents. The child calls her and she finds the family about to do terrible things to her. The parents get committed to prison and psyche wards. The child is then adopted but weird things start to happen. People start dying and when she visits the father. She gets the chiller dialogue below… creepy. This scary movie tries to touch on the realism of horrors committed to children and then entangles you in a great plot involving demons.
Case 39 has a great quote: Edward Sullivan says "They say when you’re born you're given your eternal soul. The part of you that lives on, lives again. Whatever evil she is, didn't come from us. It was already there. From the moment she came into being, she brought something with…
Paranormal Activity (2007)
I remember when Paranormal Activity first came out, everyone was so scared by these newly touched on "found video footage." I watched this horror movie thinking this is just another overrated ghost film. Micah was such an ass that you just had to love his character. As we get deeper into the story, we discover that we are not dealing with ghost but in fact a horrific demon entity bent on causing as much harm and evil as it can possibly cause. I do not want to spoil anything but I was left with one question, whatever happened to Micahs' wife?
Paranormal Activity favorite quote: While Micah is discussing demons, Micah says "Basically, they're these malevolent evil spirits that only exist to cause pain and commit evil for their own amusement. It’s pretty creepy- I mean, they stalk people for years, like decades, and sometimes they’re really intelligent in the way they do things to freak you out."
Hellboy, born in the flames of hell 60 years ago during World War II, Hellboy (Ron Perlman) was brought to Earth by evil madman Grigori Rasputin (Karel Roden) to perpetrate evil. Hellboy destined to be a harbinger of the apocalypse, Hellboy was rescued by Allied Forces led by Professor Broom (John Hurt), founder of the clandestine B.P.R.D. (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense), who raised Hellboy like a son and developed his extraordinary paranormal gifts. Despite his dark origins, Hellboy becomes an unlikely champion of good, battling the evil forces that threaten our world
At the B.P.R.D., Hellboy becomes part of an unlikely family that includes the telepathic "Mer-Man" Abe Sapien (Doug Jones) and Liz Sherman (Selma Blair), who is pyro-kinetic. Hellboy is hidden from the very society they are assigned to protect, they stand as a key line of defense against Rasputin - who seeks to reclaim Hellboy to the dark side and use his powers to bring about Armageddon. As Broom says of the B.P.R.D., "Make no mistake about it, there are things out there…
The Rite (2011)
The Rite stars one of my favorite actors, Anthony Hopkins. Hopkins delivers an excellent performance in this duel role. The side of the skeptic is kept in the mix at all times and i loved the eerie mood maintained throughout the horror movie. This felt like a nice companion to The Exorcist. An updated for the modern times and graphically appealing demon movie to watch a few times as replay value is there. The Rite makes good with leaving you questioning yourself about all those demons and angels questions and balancing our modern existence with science. The weirdest scenes are the possession of the pregnant girl and the possession "scary faces" that were created.
The Rite favorite quote: Father Lucas Trevant says "Be careful Michael, choosing not to believe in the devil doesn't protect you from him."
Inspired by true events, this supernatural thriller follows a seminary student (Colin O'Donoghue) sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his own doubts about the controversial practice and even his own faith. Only when sent to apprentice with legendary Father…
Devil is a great movie written by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs) which takes place in Philadelphia. Five people are trapped in an elevator with a Devil impersonating one of them and picking them off one by one. A chilling supernatural thriller with a wicked twist. Enjoyable and keeps the viewer guessing to the bitter end.
The Unborn (2009)
The Convent (2000)
1959. A Car pulls up in front of the St. Francis Boarding School for Girls and out steps Christine: young and pretty... and carrying a sawed off shotgun. She coolly marches into the chapel where the nuns are in deep prayer, blows them away one by one then douses the room with gasoline. With the flick of her cigarette, the room in engulfed.
40 years later the school has been shut down and the building condemned-perfect for local fraternity antics. But when a group of students break into the cursed basilica, none of them are prepared for the horror that awaits them in the convent!
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