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My Top 25 Halloween Favorites: Demons & Devils

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People who added this item 1580 Average listal rating (1083 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.6
In this final installment of of the Evil Dead series, it's time to go back in time and kick some Ash. And when you take a chainsaw back to medieval times, there's a certain noise of putresce satisfaction that it makes when slicing and dicing through the decaying flesh and skeletal limbs of a multitude of minions of moldered evil. And that noise is....
"GORRRRRRRRRE!"

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People who added this item 2728 Average listal rating (1797 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.3
Dogma (1999)


As a self professed comicbook nerd, one would think that, naturally, I'd be a fan of fellow comicbook nerd, Kevin Smith. And as that sentence implicates, I'm not.
I enjoy watching and listening to his various convention and college speaking tours, but his movies, while not bad,
I don't think their humor and storylines are as solid as his stories that he likes to relay whenever he's in auditorium full of his fans.
Whenever I listen to one of his scripts, I tend to hear him talking more than I hear the characters conversing with each other.
Dogma is no exception to this,
the difference being that in this movie, I do enjoy listening to the points he brings about religion and the stigmas that result or tend to grow out it.
So, despite some stiff monolithically-centered writing, in the end, I still found it to be fun and pretty interesting on a biblical level.
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People who added this item 1759 Average listal rating (1096 ratings) 6.2 IMDB Rating 6.7
This is a movie that, for me at least, could probably qualify more as a theological courtroom drama than a straight-up possession film.
Still, I recommend it for the scenes depicting the character of Emily Rose. Played by actress Jennifer Carpenter, she approached the part as though she were, well, y'know... "possessed" by the role. In scenes filled with demonic dementia that would've revealed the limitations of most any other actor, she snarled and screamed as though with every primordial atom in her being, while her body terrifyingly writhed and convulsed with the inner-struggles that usually result whenever a dispirited devil decides to take residence within one's soul. IMO, those scenes were enough to raise a goosebump or two onto the flesh of any typical horror-hardened scare-flick fan.

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People who added this item 80 Average listal rating (46 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.8
This entry focuses mostly the most famous tale of the trio, titled "Amelia".
And, to be honest, now as an adult, whenever I watch this segment in which a possesed Zuni voodoo doll chases the wide-mouthed Karen Black around the apartment, I can't help but giggle at the the low-budget cheesiness of it all.
But as a kid, that plastic doll, with it tiny beady white eyes, lil' spear and endless row of teeth, scared the living sh#t out of me.
And frankly speaking, the ending shot of demon-possessed Ms. Black crouched down and stabbing the floor with the large kitchen machete still has the ability to raise a napial hair or two.

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People who added this item 126 Average listal rating (79 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.1
Crossroads (1986)
Crossroads is kinda like the movie version of the song The Devil Went Down To Georgia, except, instead of some kid named "Johnny", it's the kid from The Karate Kid. And instead of a duel of fiddle playin', it's a duel of hard guitar jamming. And instead of a golden fiddle, it's Steve Vai.
But the devil is still the devil.
And challenging the Prince Of Lies to any kind of musical stand-off always requires playing your instrument with enough "soul" to keep your soul.

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People who added this item 852 Average listal rating (538 ratings) 6.3 IMDB Rating 6.5
Legend (1985)
Obviously, this is much more a sword and sorcery type of fantasy tale than it is a demon flick,
but still,
when you look at how kick-ass the satanic visage of the personification of evil that Lord Darkness is,
ya gotta admit,
this has gotta be one of the coolest looks of "deviltry" ever captured on film.


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People who added this item 114 Average listal rating (81 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.1
I once bought a oiuja board at a garage sale.
After I brought it home, I decided to try it out to since if it really worked, especially considering that I was never one to believe in the supernatural. I started out by asking "Are there any spirits there?" That thingamajig that slides across the board slid over the the "Yes" answer. Since I wasn't really expecting any kind of a response, I was taken somewhat aback, and asked it the first question that popped into my head. "Uhhh..." I mumbled "...just exactly how do you spell 'Ouija'?" (the board I purchased was homemade and therefore didn't have the word "Ouija" on it, like the ones that you can buy from Milton Bradley).
The "spirit" replied with the letters "W" "T" "F".
Guess beings from the other side aren't very good spellers.

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People who added this item 3032 Average listal rating (2021 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 6.8
Hellboy (2004)
And speaking of cool looking devils,
Hellboy is the comicbook creation of artist extraordinaire Mike Mignola.
A satannish sleuth with a more devil-may-care attitude who, visually and characteristically, could easily come off as the slacker son of the aforementioned Lord Darkness of the 1985 fantasy film Legend.

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People who added this item 6 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 3 IMDB Rating 4.8
What do you get when you mix alchemy and hermitry with demon summoning rituals?
You get a chemical reaction of a horror movie that covers the subject of demonolgy in a manner all it's own.
The Alchemist Cookbook is one of those rare films that, after watching it, will make you realize that just when you thought Hollywood had the genre covered from all angles, there will always be a filmmaker that will come from almost says "No way, homie".
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People who added this item 1975 Average listal rating (1307 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Evil Dead (1981)
A group of teenagers go off to an isolated cabin for the weekend, and soon come to discover that whenever a group of teenagers goes off to an isolated cabin in the forest, the end result is never good.
Particularly when the cabin contains a tome of demonology.
Hell, I coulda told them that.

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People who added this item 202 Average listal rating (103 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 7.1
A horror mockumentary in almost the exact same vein as Blair Witch Project.
To be honest, this story of an ancient curse bought forth to modern times comes off as a bit more complicated than it needs to be, not to mention some of the sidepaths the plot takes feels like they could've been edited out.
But still, the end does add a bit of freakiness horror that is usually expected in shaky-cam subcategory of the horror genre.
By no means perfect, but still, as someone who has grown restlessly tired of the formulaic so-called scare flick that the American movie market has been cranking out for the past decade or so,
I'm just glad to see any effort that steps out of the today's horror-themed same-ol' same-ol'.

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People who added this item 803 Average listal rating (522 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.3
Angel Heart (1987)
Angel Heart is one of two movies that I probably am giving a spoiler away by just including on this list. So, y'know....
you are forewarned.



A pre-plastic surgery Mickey Rourke stars with a hirsute Lisa Bonet along with a "special guest appearance" by Robert Deniro in this unforgettable neo-noir mystery that contains a plot which takes the kind of unexpected turn that can best be described as darker than Hell. And when I say "darker than Hell", I mean that literally.
Gotta love those twist endings that aren't afraid to go all the way.
And when I say "go all the way", I mean that literally.
And when I say "literally", I mean that literally.
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People who added this item 908 Average listal rating (633 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.2
Devil (2010)
The concept of this movie is basically the opposite of love in an elevator.
Occupants going up find their souls going down.



Okay, I know that M. Night Shyamalan has developed quite the reputation for producing overly over-rated crapfest flicks, but I gotta be honest,
despite it's lukewarm reception, I thought Devil was pretty decent.
I mean, it still sort of came off more as a made-for-TV movie, but for me, it was a well-made made-for-TV movie.
Particularly when it comes to handling the often hard to handle subject matter of dark deities that are spawned from below ground-level.
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People who added this item 1539 Average listal rating (1021 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
Evil Dead II (1987)
Just when you thought the Evil Dead were dead, this second installment of the series shows that one of the main reasons they're so evil is because they have a nasty habit of not staying dead.



After the surprise success of the first flick, Bruce Campbell revisits the role as the teenage kid who comes back to the cabin in the woods and settle a score. But this time, he taking names and kicking Ash.
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People who added this item 606 Average listal rating (388 ratings) 6.1 IMDB Rating 6.6
[Rec] 2 (2009)
Earlier, in my entry for Angel Heart, I warned that there are two movies whose inclusions on this list might hint towards a spoiler.
Well, I'm sure most of you reading this are smart enough to have figured out that I wouldn't start the entry of this flick by stating that unless [REC]2 was the second of those movies.



How do you up the ante of a zombie flick that already raised the level of found footage type of horror and therefore finally busted through the mired schlock that had infected the genre?
Well,
revealing the answer to that question would require the spoiler I already mentioned, although, the theme of this list is about as big as a hint can get.
So let me just say that it's about time the films centered around the subject of the living dead finally starting showing some new signs of life.
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People who added this item 303 Average listal rating (210 ratings) 5.8 IMDB Rating 6.3
In the first Omen, we are introduced to a little boy named Damien, who just so happens to be the hellspawn of none other than the Devil himself.
Yep, he's the Anti-Christ. But in the first film, we hardly got to know "Lucifer Jr." as the story & action centered more on the "paternal father" and how he deals with the fact that the boy who he thought was his son was in reality, "the Beast marked with the 666".
So in this follow-up, we now get to see what Damien the person is really like as he struggles thru the growing pains of anti-christlike adolescence. And just like any boy approaching manhood (or half-manhood, half goat-hood), he soon finds that even a pathway towards a demonic destiny is bound to be paved with a few blemishes and pimples along the way.

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People who added this item 473 Average listal rating (324 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Duel (1971)
While I usually try to keep only films that were released in movie theaters on these lists 'o' mine, every once in a while I come across a piece of TV cinema that's so good, that for me, it's quality ranks up there with the best of theatrical releases.
Duel is a good example of this type of cinematic excellence. Not surprising, considering that it is Steven Spielberg's major film debut (well, at least from my memory it is). And with just the use a big ol' rusted semi-truck, a lone driving Dennis Weaver and a desolate desert road, the Spielmeister is able to demonstrate why he will eventually become a king of energetic, exciting blockbuster-fare.



And yeah, even though it wasn't specified, I view the killer truck in this flick as a demon-possessed semi. Kinda like Christine, but bigger, rustier & with eighteen wheels.
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People who added this item 1093 Average listal rating (740 ratings) 6.4 IMDB Rating 6.6
In this latest comedy directed by Evan Goldberg (he's done a bunch), The End is not only nigh, it is here. In Hollywood, some of it's biggest names (well, biggest when it comes to the circle of friends who tend to hang around Seth Rogen & Co.), are not excluded from all the apocalyptic mayhem just because they're better than the rest of us.
And just as the Book Of revelations said that there would be demons walking the earth, in this depiction of The End of Days, there are. And to be honest, despite the comedic slant of Ragnarok, the makers of this movie did a serious job of making Lucifer and his legions look pretty damn cool.



Not since Ghostbusters has a film been able to merge so many out-loud laughs with so many Luciferic-like legions
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People who added this item 1140 Average listal rating (781 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.5
The Conjuring (2013)
As time goes on, I find it more and more difficult for Hollywood to make quality horror flicks, particularly the kind that can satiate my kind of blood thirst for these kinds of movies. A big reason for that is that the genre has pretty much run the gamut multiple times over when it comes cinematic scare tactics.
The Conjuring runs alot of those same tactics, but it doesn't skimp (at least, not as much as we're used to these days) at the story and the way their scare tactics are utilized in the story.
This is a scare flick that doesn't really bring anything new to the table of haunted hijinks, but it does remind us that today's tales of terror don't have to be so totally brain dead as they have been lately.

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People who added this item 2414 Average listal rating (1463 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8
'Ey, considering who the dad of Rosemary's baby is (hint: "The Lord Of Evil" tends to be the title he tends to use the most as his job description),
does that mean that whenever Rosemary's baby did something good, it would have to be given a time out?

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People who added this item 16 Average listal rating (3 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 6.4
Dead of Night (1977)
Ah, I have a real soft spot in my heart for horror movies that were made for the TV back during the seventies.
But because of the countless batch that were spawned during this decade, most were crafted from writers who seemed to have gotten their "writer's license" right out of the seventh grade,
only three are worthy enough to include my lists of favorite fright flicks.
The first one, Salem's Lot is vampire mini-series, which I'll include on my list of bloodsucker bad guys. The other two are Trilogy Of Terror, listed earlier here, and, of course this one, Dead of Night.
And just like ToT, it's because of the third tale in the trio that scared me outta my superhero-themed underoos as a kid. It was a short story called "Bobby", and it involved a distraught mother who recently lost her son and eventually resorts to supernatural means in order to bring him "back".
And I'm sure that anyone reading with even the most rudimentary of mathematical skillz can put two and two together to realize where this is going to go wrong.
And while, the idea was simple enough,
the execution of the story led to an ending that, just like the other early movies on this list, contributed to the trauma that I probably still suffer from today.
I mean, after reading some of the description boxes on my movies lists, I'm sure some of you must have noticed that I ain't right in the head.

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People who added this item 1962 Average listal rating (1273 ratings) 5.7 IMDB Rating 6.3


Even though I find myself surprised at how much I've been consistantly entertained by the majority of those movies that have been made with the handheld-cam method of filmmaking, I thought for sure that by this point in time, we've pretty much reached the point of exhausting the genre.
Then comes along this movie & shows that in a style of cinema that should've been drained of life by now, when entering the realm of the paranormal, there can still be some signs of activity.
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People who added this item 5236 Average listal rating (3467 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.8
Ghostbusters (1984)
The dead are starting to rise on the streets of New York. Well, moreso that usual that is. And at the center of it all, is the head ghost demon known as Gozer The Destructor. Who, even in marshmellow form, is still a destructor. So when ol' Goze decides to start giganticly rampaging down through the avenues of the Big Apple, who you gonna call....? The only guys around who know how to show this prehistoric b#tch how we do things downtown.
Ghostbusters is a fun, 80's summer-blockbuster defining sci-fi comedy that not only features Bill Murray at his sharpest and Sigourney Weaver at her sexiest (even though at one point, she does turn into a dog....), but also cool specials effects, a couple of proton packs, sliming goblins, a key master, a gatekeeper, streams crossing, cats and dogs living together, not to mention one really big "Twinkie".

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People who added this item 1323 Average listal rating (866 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 7.6
The Omen (1976)
This movie continues the great tradition begun with Rosemary's Baby, and then masterfully followed up with The Exorcist as the Devil himself is seriously depicted (though never shown) in a manner that is genuinely intended to keep even the most heartily-minded awake at night.
As in those earlier works, in The Omen, Satan is the unseen antagonist who uses a human in the form of a child to dote out his diabolical deeds of death, despair and destruction.



Y'know, for me, there's something about the 70's era that seems to really lend itself to the atmosphere of hellish dread that are these types of films. Maybe it's because since this was the decade in which "movie realism" had finally come to touch the ground (evidenced thru the films of actors like Dustin Hoffman and Al Pacino), the monster genre had really started to become a caricature of itself, many times to the point of being cartoonishly silly. Therefore, one of the few avenues of true horror left was to those that focused the evil that resulted from the more sins of man, which of course can be personified best by he who most represents it, ol' Lucifer hisself.
Or maybe it's just because such evil could only come from the decade that was also responsible for polyester suits, platform shoes and dancing Travolta movies.
Whatever the reason,
The Omen carries with it a new-found injection of horror that rattled our nerves more on a biblical sense of hopelessness than thru the fear of a Hollywood-spawned rubber-suited creature of which many movie-viewers had become largely desensitized to at this point.
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People who added this item 3890 Average listal rating (2490 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
The Exorcist (1973)


First of all, movies don't scare me all that easily. A few did when I was a kid, but not anymore now as an adult. Therefore I rarely watch "scary" movies with the idea that I'm going to get frightened in any way. These days, I just judge 'em based more on the quality of entertainment that I get from the story, art direction, acting, blah blah blah....
That said,
boy, when I think of the time that this movie was first released and watching it as a kid, I know now why there hasn't been a movie since that has been able to scare me. This one got it all out of my system all in one shot (my mentality is probably still scarred from this flick in a manner that I, even as an adult, have yet to realize). From here on end, all other horror flix are just a step down for my traumatized pimp-ass.
Even before I saw the movie, I remember catching a preview of this on T.V., as it depicted the scene of when the girl was on the bed, cryin for help as it shook on it's "own" volition. That night, I was scared as hell to go upstairs to my f#ckin' bedroom.



That f#ckin' movie.......
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Demons & Devils



Inside the gates of hell I watched:
snaky fatty black cork-screwy tongues
sucking slurping blood from every wound
cut gash and tiny red slice
moaning groaning obscene delight
savoring every drip drop plop
scab and crimson smudge

Inside the gates of hell I watched:
vice talons of iron clutching clamping crushing
weak little brittle piddling bones
splitting muscle sinew tendons
gouging shredding ripping open
fat soft bellies tossing intestines
into a rotting putrid pile of bloody sludge

Inside the gates of hell I watched:
retching, gagging, spewing
vile bile so foul so repulsive
it could plug up Satan's own bowel
splashing splattering broken bodies
bathed in feculence from
the sewers of the eternally lost

Inside the gates of hell I watched:
The slimy demons slipping sliding
approaching near my fear
of no escape
probing pulling plucking
my spirit like a tiny weed
pleasurably placing it with the others
then closing the gates forever




Runners up:
31. V/H/S 2

30. The Conjuring

29. Fantasia

28. Possession

27. The Wailing

26. Night Of The Demon



Other Halloween Favorites Lists:

Frankenstein
http://www.listal.com/list/my-top-15-halloween-favorites-2340

Ghosts http://www.listal.com/list/my-top-15-halloween-favorites

Werewolves http://www.listal.com/list/my-top-10-halloween-favorites

Zombies http://www.listal.com/list/my-top-15-halloween-favorites-thecelestial

Demons http://www.listal.com/list/my-top-15-halloween-favorites-3563

From The Depths http://www.listal.com/list/my-top-15-halloween-favorites-6603

Vampires http://www.listal.com/list/my-top-15-halloween-favorites-6351

Spiders
www.listal.com/list/my-top-15-halloween-favorites-6575

Giant Monsters
http://www.listal.com/list/my-top-10-favorite-giant

Crazy A$s Bitchez
www.listal.com/list/my-top-20-halloween-faves

Slashers
www.listal.com/list/my-top-15-halloween-favorites-6785

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