The Exorcist, The Shining, Poltergeist, A Nightmare On Elm Street… Classic movie ghosts and demons have terrified us for decades. But what about the new ghouls and spirits that haunt our nightmares? Since The Blair Witch Project, there have been tons of horrific entities that have terrorized big screen audiences around the world.
Here are 10 of my favorites:
Angry old women always make good ghosts don’t they? Mix in creepy puppets and you’ve got a recipe for terror… Just don’t let her hear you scream.
THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE
I can handle movies about possession. There are plenty of great ones out there especially when you include legends like Pazuzu in The Exorcist. In terms of recent movies, this movie has always stuck with me because Emily Rose is plagued by 6 demons including Lucifer. It’s a terrifying scene when they finally reveal their identities…
So you get Lucifer, Legion, Belial and the unnamed demons who possessed Cain, Nero and Judas. I was already scared of 3:33 AM and The Exorcism of Emily Rose made it worse.
Is it just me or is that a lot of demons?
THE OLD WOMAN
I suppose this “ghost” is debatable. I don’t want to ruin the movie but if you’ve seen it you’d understand why. Still, that grey eyed woman was creepy.
This movie sat on my shelf for years and I never gave it a shot until recently. I sincerely regret waiting so long as The Orphanage is an extremely emotional and tense tale featuring the lost souls of children like Tomás.
How could you not be horrified when Demon Darth Maul is chasing you? Not to mention another ghastly old woman.
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THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT
She’s the witch that kick started an entirely new genre of found footage horror films. Was it real or not? That’s the question we all asked ourselves when the TV spots and trailers began appearing. Admit it, the thought of being in that basement facing a wall scared you.
Bughuul caught me completely off guard. I was expecting a scary movie but Bughuul instantly became one of my favorite horror villains. The mere suggestion of his presence is creepy and the damage he ’causes’ in those 8mm films is absolutely brutal.
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Okay… Meowing children is one thing but lifting up your sheets to find a horrific wide eyed ghost? Classic.
Samara is an extremely violent yet misunderstood ghost who terrified audiences in 2002. Plus she crawls out of televisions…
The first Paranormal Activity introduced us to a ruthless invisible demon who enjoys dragging people out of their beds while they sleep. Watching this unseen evil was a blast to see in theaters.