Possession movies seem to be a dime a dozen these days. There are some really good ones out there, some extremely bad ones (The Possession), and some very overrated ones. Yes, Veronica, I’m talking about you.
At Metroplague we believe in a good-old-fashioned horror binge. So, in honor of Ouija week at the site, here are five possession, or possession-ish movies that aren’t The Exorcist or Evil Dead that you need to rent this weekend.
1. Starry Eyes (2015)
It seems like everyone in Hollywood wants to become famous. This story of a hopeful starlet takes her down a dark path of discovery in a classic tale that rings true to its Faustian origins. This one is for the body horror lovers of the horror community. Be prepared for some intense visuals and good gross-out scenes. On the surface, this movie may not look like much, but it deserves to be your first watch in this marathon.
2. Demons (1985)
The premise of Lamberto Bava’s Demons is simple. A group of people are invited to a screening of a mystery movie. Once the show begins, the quickly discover that they are trapped in the theater and being hunted down by demons hungry for souls.
As most horror movies are, from the 1980’s this one is another practical gore festival. Get ready for subtitles and a bit of a slow-burn, but we can promise that Demons will be worth the time investment. In fact, you may even be tempted to watch Demons 2 directly after.
3. Ouija: Origin of Evil
The Ouija board has long been a device that leads to possession in Hollywood. Tons of movies have been made about this legend, and frankly, this one was a shocker. This is the prequel to the awful 2012 teen horror film Ouija. With a new director at the helm and some mimicked style from the likes of James Wan and every other Blumhouse Productions director, Origins proves that even a gem can rise from the ashes of a disaster.
Expect pretty standard ghostly jump scares and possession tropes like creepy voices and distorted children’s faces. This is all good and well, but you’ll want to stick around for the surprisingly scary and emotional third act.
4. Ava’s Possessions
This horror-comedy approaches the genre from the angle of telling the story after the big exorcism that is usually the climax of these movies. There is something about the sleek production and snarkiness about this movie that makes it some good fun. While it doesn’t hold a candle to the father of horror-comedy Shaun of the Dead, Ava’s Possessions has enough chuckles in its violence to serve as a sigh of relief in the genre.
This 2005 J-Horror piece straddles several genre lines. From ghoulish ghost girls, to slasher film, and even creepy doll horror, Reincarnation has it all. This one fits on our possession list because in the end, possession is what the plot boils down to.
Enjoy this Creepshow about an abandoned hotel, a massacre, and a cursed movie being filmed about the victims. Trust us, it may be a slow burner, but there is a lot of fun to be had here!
What Are Your Favorite Possession Flicks?
We’ve given you our five, now we want to hear yours! Have you seen our suggestions? Were we way off or on point? Talk to us! Keep us entertained and get ready for a week of dark fiction coming up after we catch up on posts!