5 Catholic Exorcism Movies
These 5 Catholic exorcism movies mix religion and horror, taking viewers into the world of possessions and demons. The following movies may not all be critically acclaimed or horror classics, but they will satisfy any movie urges that you have to watch priests battle it out against Satanic forces.
“The Exorcist” The most classic of all Catholic exorcism movies, this horror film came out in 1973 and is still often declared the scariest movie of all time. Ellen Burstyn plays a young mother whose daughter (Linda Blair) suddenly begins displaying strange behavior. Soon she is turning her head completely around, vomiting green bile, and speaking in tongues. The priest sent to perform an exorcism finds that he has his work cut out for him.
“The Exorcism of Emily Rose” This Catholic exorcism movie fails to compare to “The Exorcist” in its sheer horror, but still provides a frightening, compelling narrative about exorcism. The film also boasts a number of stars, including Tom Wilkinson, Laura Linney, and Jennifer Carpenter (who plays the possessed title character). The movie revolves around the legal investigation of one young woman’s mysterious death after being treated by an exorcist.
“Dominion” If you want to watch a story related to “The Exorcist,” you’ll want to check out this prequel to the film, which was made in 2005. The Catholic exorcism movie stars Stellan Skarsgard as the same priest who exorcised Regan in the 1973 film. The story takes place during World War II, and Skarsgard’s character is questioning his faith until meets a town that is plagued by what turns out to be demons.
“Constantine” This supernatural thriller stars Keanu Reeves, Rachel Weisz, and Shia LeBeouf. Reeves plays a man with special powers who, to avoid being damned forever to hell, has agreed to perform exorcisms. The constant action and unique plot make this an interesting Catholic exorcism movie.
“The Order” In this Catholic exorcism movie, Health Ledger plays a reluctant priest who finds himself investigating the mysterious death of a head priest in Rome. The film focuses largely on the investigation and the uncovering of a larger conspiracy, but the movie also contains exorcism scenes.