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  • (#7) The Exorcism of Emily Rose

    • Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Tom Wilkinson, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Colm Feore, Henry Czerny, Chelah Horsdal, Campbell Scott, Kenneth Welsh, Mary Beth Hurt, J. R. Bourne, Lorena Gale, Cory Lee, Terence Kelly, Aaron Douglas, Joshua Close, Ryan McDonald, Taylor Hill, Julian Christopher, Mary Black, Duncan Fraser, Iris Graham, Marsha Regis, Marilyn Norry, Katie Keating, Sara Niemietz, Michael Brynjolfson, Darrin Maharaj, Joanna Piros, Liduina Vanderspek, George Gordon, Clay St. Thomas, Andrew Wheeler, David Berner, Allison Warren, Steve Archer, Arlene Belcastro, John Innes, Jeff Johnson, Bobby L. Stewart

    The Movie

    Attorney Erin Bruner represents Father Richard Moore in court against homicide charges after his attempted exorcism of Emily Rose. Emily, as shown in flashbacks, was believed to be possessed by demons. Her parents call upon Father Moore to exorcise the demons.

    As the attorney attempts to prove that Emily was, in fact, possessed and not suffering from psychosis and epilepsy as the prosecution argues, the lawyer experiences strange happenings of her own.

    The Reality

    The story of Anneliese Michel, a German woman born in 1952, inspired the film. Anneliese suffered from depression and epilepsy and was given an anti-convulsant drug by psychotherapists. That drug, along with her other conditions, was believed to have caused her to hallucinate and hear voices.

    Anneliese's parents believed she was possessed and arranged for an exorcism to be performed. As Father Renz performed 67 exorcism sessions, Anneliese stopped eating. She died in her sleep in 1976 from malnutrition and dehydration, weighing only 68 pounds. Her parents and the priests involved in the exorcisms were prosecuted later that year for neglectful homicide. They even went as far as to have the remains of Michel exhumed, as a nun said that she had visions of the body not decomposing, and that it was a sign of demonic possession. When it was removed from it's coffin though, the body was found to have been decomposing as normal.

  • (#11) The Entity

    • Barbara Hershey, Ron Silver, George Coe, Alex Rocco, Allan Rich, Margaret Blye, Jacqueline Brookes, Sully Boyar, David Labiosa, Raymond Singer, Tom Stern, Michael Alldredge, Melanie Gaffin, Natasha Ryan, Paula Victor, Richard Brestoff, Mark Weiner

    The Movie

    Single mother Carla Moran begins to experience paranormal happenings in her home and outside of the house, including violent rape, by a supposed poltergeist. She seeks help, enlisting the assistance of a therapist and friends. The friend witnesses an attack, which piques the friend's interest in the paranormal.

    Meanwhile, the therapist believes the happenings are in her mind as some sort of regression to sexual assault that actually occurred when she was a child. Carla turns to other parapsychologists at a nearby college to investigate the demons, which results in an elaborate setup at her home in hopes to trap the ghost.

    The Reality

    A Culver City, California woman, Doris Bither, reported being physically and sexually assaulted by a demon in her home. Two paranormal investigators were enlisted to study the happenings.

    The investigators experienced strange events, such as floating lights and objects moving on their own within the home, all of which was captured in photographs. However, they neer witnessed any attacks on the woman and were unable to prove her claims.

  • (#16) The Rite

    • Anthony Hopkins, Maria Grazia Cucinotta, Rutger Hauer, Ciarán Hinds, Alice Braga, Colin O'Donoghue, Toby Jones, Torrey DeVitto, Chris Marquette, Don Kress, Marija Karan, Nico Toffoli, Cecilia Dazzi, Marta Gastini, Peter Arpesella, Attila Bardóczy, Rosa Pianeta, Giampiero Ingrassia, Adriano Aragon, Jasper Jacob, Arianna Veronesi, Ben Cheetham, Nadia Kibout, Anita Pititto, Fabiola Balestriere, Anikó Vincze, Sandor Baranyai, Rosario Tedesco, Andrea Calligari

    The Movie

    The Rite is a 2011 movie based on Matt Baglio's book, The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist. Directed by Mikael Håfström, the horror film documents the life of a young man who only enters the seminary to receive a free college education. Michael, the main character, does well in the religious environment, though. One particular priest notices and insists that the young man venture to Rome to receive exorcism training. 

    Michael goes, still skeptical, until he meets a young girl that seems quite possessed. Michael's tutor, Father Lucas, fails to exorcise the girl. When she dies, the demon, Baal, inhabits the priest and Michael has no choice but to perform an exorcism of his own.

    The Reality

    The supernatural scary movie was based on the experiences of Father Gary Thomas. An American priest, Thomas ventured to Rome in 2005 and took exorcism classes. He apprenticed with Capuchin Father Carmine De Filippis, the inspiration for Father Lucas. Thomas even teamed up with a reporter, much like the fictional Michael did in the movie. The real priest never saw a death caused by possession, but he did attend approximately 80 exorcisms.

  • (#1) The Amityville Horror

    • James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Murray Hamilton, Helen Shaver, Val Avery, Don Stroud, John Larch, Amy Wright, K. C. Martel, Meeno Peluce, Michael Sacks, Natasha Ryan

    The Movie

    The original and the remake essentially have the same plot. An unassuming family, John and Kathy Lutz and their three children, purchase a home in Long Island, New York that was previously the site of a mass murder one year earlier. While stating they don't believe in ghosts, the family has a priest attempt to bless the home, which is downright hypocritical. Families with wishy washy views on the supernatural always get targeted in these movies. Stick with your guns, everyone.

    So, the priest becomes strangely ill and blind soon after the exorcism. In just four weeks, the family is forced out of the house following a series of haunted happenings. In the later version, Ryan Reynolds goes out in the rain in a t-shirt: this made watching the movie worth it for everyone's girlfriend.

    The Reality

    George and Kathy Lutz (you see, they changed George's name to "John" in the movie to protect his anonymity) spent four weeks in the Amityville, New York, house in 1975, 13 months after Ronald DeFeo, Jr. murdered six people in the home. According to the couple, during their time in the house they heard voices throughout the day, there were various "cold spots" throughout the house, and they even witnessed green slime oozing from the walls.

    Most experts and investigators who visited the house to study the paranormal claims dispute the authenticity of the story. The happenings are widely believed to be a hoax concocted for the best-selling book by Jay Anson.

    So you decide.

  • (#2) The Exorcist

    • Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Lee J. Cobb, William Peter Blatty, Jason Miller, Mercedes McCambridge, Jack MacGowran, Barton Heyman, Peter Masterson, Titos Vandis, Donna Mitchell, William O'Malley, Eileen Dietz, Kitty Winn, Robert Symonds, Robert Gerringer, Mason Curry, Arthur Storch, Rudolf Schündler, John Mahon, Roy Cooper, Mary Boylan, Dick Callinan, Toni Darnay, Ron Faber, Wallace Rooney, Vasiliki Maliaros, Bernard Eismann, Joanne Dusseau, Gina Petrushka, Vincent Russell, Thomas Bermingham, Paul Bateson, Elinore Blair, John Nicola, Yvonne Jones, Don LaBonte, Beatrice Hunter

    The Movie

    Often touted as the scariest film of all time. The Exorcist was somehow based on a true story. The Academy Award-winning 1973 film The Exorcist followed the story of 13-year-old Regan who, after a seizure, begins to show signs of demonic possession.

    After medical testing fails (and results in the doctors being assaulted), Regan's family attempts to have the demon, who's apparently inside of her, forced out. Father Karras and Father Merrin attempt to exorcise the demon in an attempt to save the girl from the possession, with terrifying consequences.

    The little girl pleasures herself with a cross to the point of bleeding and mutilation, is capable of telekinesis, turns her head all the way around, and even levitates.

    These are some of the most messed up scenes in movie history.

    The Reality

    The story, which resulted in what has been called the scariest movie ever, is sketchy but believed to be inspired by the exorcism of Robbie Mannheim, also known as Roland Doe. A 12-year old boy. Not a girl.

    According to the attending priest, the boy attempted to contact his late aunt using an Ouija board, after which paranormal activity started in the home, including unexplained noises and an occurrence of a poltergeist-like event involving blankets flying around of their own accord. Robbie then began to show signs of possession, speaking in tongues and blisters and cuts appearing on his body. He was taken to a mental institute in St. Louis where he was treated both mentally and spiritually. It was here that a group of priests started to perform various exorcising rituals to try and extract the demon. After a staggering 30 attempts, the priests were satisfied that they had successfully banished the demon from Robbie's body.

    After the ceremony he went on to have a very normal life, including a successful career at NASA. If my mother only knew that demon possession could lead to working for NASA, I'm positive that she would have made me play with Oujia boards every night.

    The exact details of the story, including what some believe to be only mild paranormal happenings, are highly disputed as the story has been passed down and retold in numerous versions.

    But still, "mild" paranormal happenings are still paranormal happenings.

  • (#10) Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

    • Michael Rooker, Tom Towles, Tracy Arnold

    The Movie

    Sharing a home with Otis and Otis' sister, serial killer Henry mercilessly kills numerous women. On one occasion, Henry kills a pair of hookers picked up by him and Otis, with Otis witnessing the murders.

    As the killings continue, Otis becomes more and more involved in the murders. Henry kills hundreds, all without remorse, but also builds a relationship with Otis' sister as the two have similar backgrounds.

    The Reality

    The film was directly inspired by serial killer Henry Lee Lucas and his accomplice Ottis Toole. Though Henry was convicted of 11 murders, the film took license with the other killings for a dramatic effect.

    Henry allegedly confessed to as many as 600 murders; however, many believe he only did so for improved prison conditions, not because he actually committed the crimes. He is one of the only cases in Texas where his death sentence was commuted to life in prison. Lucas died in prison of heart failure in 2001.

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