5+ Best Horror Movies Based On Real Exorcism

Updated On March 22, 2016 by Pradeep Kumar | Short URL: http://movie.sc/VZuAwg  

According to Wikipedia, Exorcism is the practice of evicting demons or other spiritual entities from a person or an area they are believed to have possessed.” I saw some YouTube videos as well and I started to doubt myself – are these true or not?! Then I started to dig some stories regarding Exorcism and found a bunch of movies were inspired from it. Being a Horror Movie Freak I decided to make a list of best horror movies based on real exorcism. So here it is.

Movies Based On Real Exorcism

Needless to say “The Exorcist (1973)” is the inspiration for all the other popular exorcism-related horror movies. There were several weird cases about exorcism, so I decided to mention the true events involved as well.

Horror Movies Based On Real Exorcism

1. The Exorcist (1973)

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Interesting Fact about “The Exorcist (1973)”

The original teaser trailer, which consisted of nothing but images of the white-faced demon quickly flashing in and out of darkness, was banned in many theaters, as it was deemed “too frightening”.

The Exorcist

Storyline: Attempt by a pair of priests to exorcise a demon that has possessed a 12-year-old girl and the supernatural encounters became one of the most horrifying movies of all times. Almost most of the movies were then inspired from this historic shout-out-with-fear.

True Event: The novel “The Exorcist” was inspired by an article about an exorcism performed on a 13-year-old boy in Mount Rainier, Maryland in 1949. The story’s details have been muddled through the years in order to protect the family but the exorcism was performed in St. Louis. Evidence points to the boy’s behaviour not being nearly as outrageous or supernatural as was portrayed in the film. No priest died in the process which was another adds up in the movie.


2. The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

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Interesting Fact about “The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)”

Since this film’s release, a persistent urban legend has sprung up amongst students at the University of Minnesota. According to the legend, Pioneer Hall, an allegedly haunted dormitory, was where Emily Rose was first “possessed,” as seen in the film.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Storyline: A priest is on trial for the death of a young woman named Emily Rose, upon whom he had performed an exorcism. Through flashbacks, we see the tribulations that she suffered while possessed. Another exorcism conquest and another variety of supernatural conflict.

True Event: The film was inspired by Anneliese Michel, a 16-year-old German girl who in 1968 began displaying symptoms of demonic possession. She suffered paralysis, self-abuse, starvation and demonic visions for years until 1975. When two priests performed exorcisms of what was believed to be several demons over 10 months.


3. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

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Interesting Fact about “The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)”

Ed Warren and Lorraine Warren, who are known for involvement in The Amityville Horror case, were investigators for this case.

The Haunting in Connecticut

Storyline: When The Campbell family moves to Connecticut to be near the doctor caring for their ill son, Matt, they soon become the target of a former mortuary haunted by a malevolent force. The horror depicted in this movie was appreciated by critics a lot.

True Event: The movie is loosely based on the real life stories of Al and Carmen Snedeker who lived in a reportedly haunted former funeral parlor in Southington, Connecticut.


4. The Rite (2011)

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Interesting Fact about “The Rite (2011)”

The image used to describe the demon Baal is usually that of a man, a cat, a toad, or a combination of all of them. Lucas house is infested with cats, as well as toads in the fountain.

The Rite (2011)

Storyline: When The Campbell family moves to Connecticut to be near the doctor caring for their ill son, Matt, they soon become the target of a former mortuary haunted by a malevolent force. The horror depicted in this movie was appreciated by critics a lot.

True Event: Based on real events as witnessed and recounted by then, exorcist-in-training, American Father Gary Thomas and his experiences from being sent to Rome to be trained and work daily with veteran clergy of the practice.


5. The Devil Inside (2012)

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Interesting Fact about “The Devil Inside (2012)”

Matthew Peterman and Brent Bell first came up with the idea for the movie when they read an article about the Vatican starting a school for exorcism.

The Devil Inside (2012)

Storyline: 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.

True Story: Inspired by several real accounts of possessions.


6. The Possession (2012)

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Interesting Fact about “The Possession (2012)”

Was originally rated R by the MPAA for “violence, terror and disturbing images” but the film was eventually edited to receive a PG-13 rating for “mature thematic material involving violence and disturbing sequences.”

The Possession

Storyline: A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl’s father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.

True Event: This story plot is inspired by a true event happened to one family over the course of 29 days.


7. The Conjuring (2013)

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Interesting Fact about “The Conjuring (2013)”

Lili Taylor researched The Exorcist to prepare for her role.

The Conjuring

Storyline: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

True Event: Ed and Lorraine Warren investigated the Perron’s Rhode Island farmhouse for mysterious activities from 1973-1974.


8. Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

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Interesting Fact about “Deliver Us from Evil (2014)”

Mark Wahlberg was offered the lead role but he declined. Eric Bana was later cast.

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

Storyline: NY police officer Ralph Sarchie investigates a series of crimes. He joins forces with an unconventional priest, schooled in the rituals of exorcism, to combat the possessions that are terrorizing their city.

True Event: Based on the real life events of Ralph Sarchie – a New York cop who meets a Castilian/Hungarian renegade priest (Mendoza) when he is pulled into a case.


Practically all the horror movies based on real exorcism were in fact inspired by the “The Exorcist (1973)” movie, so it surrounds around that. If you know any other movie do let us know in the comments below.

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3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Abhishek October 8, 2014 at 1:31 am - Reply

    The Exorcist (1973) is the best horror i have ever seen. Every horror film lover should watch this movie for at least once.

  2. punithraj August 28, 2015 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    I love horror movies

  3. raj ravi July 17, 2016 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Oculus is a good one. innovative I’d say, but its not on exorcism

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