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Favorite Occult Films
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Director: John Erick Dowdle
Story: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O'Hara, Bojana Novakovic, Bokeem Woodbine, Geoffrey Arend, Jacob Vargas and Matt Craven
In Philadelphia, Detective Bowden is still grieving for his wife and son, killed in a hit-and-run accident five years ago. When someone jumps from a skyscraper onto a truck, Bowden is sent to investigate. Meanwhile, five strangers are trapped in an elevator in the building where the jumper committed suicide. The communication radio in the elevator is broken but the guards, Lustig and Ramirez, observe the individuals via CCTV as events unfold.
Tensions run high among those trapped, so Lustig calls the police and Detective Bowden assumes the case. Without being able to contact the individuals, he tries to work out who they are but he can only account for four of them. Time is running out for the occupants of the elevator, as Bowden realizes he has to get them out quickly.
The Devil Rides Out (1968)
Director: Terence Fisher
Story: Dennis Wheatley
Starring: Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Leon Greene, Patrick Mower, Nike Arrighi, Paul Eddington, Sarah Lawson, Gwen Ffrangcon Davies and Rosalyn Landor
Set in London and the south of England in 1929, the Duc de Richelieu investigates the strange actions of Simon Aron, the son of a friend, who has a house complete with strange markings and a pentagram. He quickly deduces that Simon is involved with the Occult.
Richelieu and Rex van Rijn rescue Simon and another young initiate, Tanith Carlisle, from a devil worshipping cult. During the rescue they disrupt a ceremony on Salisbury Plain in which Satan himself appears. They escape to the home of Richard and Marie Eaton, friends of Richelieu and van Rijn, and are followed by the group's leader, Mocata, who has a psychic connection to the two initiates.
The Exorcist (1973)
Director: William Friedkin
Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Lee J. Cobb, Jack MacGowran, Linda Blair and Jason Miller
When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.
The Mephisto Waltz (1971)
Director: Paul Wendkos
Story: Fred Mustard Stewart
Starring: Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins, Bradford Dillman, William Windom, Kathleen Widdoes, Pamela Ferdyn and Curt Jurgens
Myles Clarkson is a journalist and classical pianist on the rise who interviews and befriends a famous concert pianist Duncan Mowbray Ely, who's at death's door.
Unknown to Myles, Ely is a satanist, who arranges to have their souls switch places at his death so that he can be young again and continue to play the piano - thus needing a skilled pianist like Myles to exchange bodies with.
Further complications ensue when Myles' wife Paula discovers the change in her husband's behaviour and she is pulled deeper into Ely's twisted circle.
The Omen (1976)
Director: Richard Donner
Starring: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, David Warner, Billie Whitelaw, Harvey Stephens and Patrick Troughton
Robert and Katherine Thorn seem to have it all. They are happily married and he has just been appointed as the US Ambassador to Great Britain, but they want more than anything to have children. When Katharine has a stillborn child, Robert is approached by a priest at the hospital who suggests that they take a healthy newborn whose mother has just died in childbirth.
Race with the Devil (1975)
Director: Jack Starrett
Starring: Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, Lara Parker and R.G Armstrong
Frank and Roger and their wives take off for Colorado in an RV, looking forward to some skiing and dirt biking. While camping en route, they witness a Satanic ritual sacrifice but the local sheriff finds no evidence to support their claims and urges them to continue on their vacation. On the way, however, they find themselves repeatedly attacked by cult members and they take measures to defend themselves.
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Mia Farrow, John Cassavetes, Ruth Gordon and Maurice Evans
After moving into a creepy old apartment in Manhattan with her husband Guy, Rosemary Woodhouse begins to experience odd, unpleasant things happening to her. Guy becomes enchanted with their nosy neighbors, Minnie and Roman Castevet, after the older couple's ward commits suicide.
Then Rosemary gets pregnant after a bad dream in which a horrible creature makes love to her. A caring Minnie keeps giving Rosemary a weird concoction for the pregnancy and Rosemary doesn't feel at all well. The only solution is to pray for Rosemary's baby.
The Wicker Man (1973)
Director: Robin Hardy
Starring: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland, Ingrid Pitt, Lindsay Kemp, Russell Waters and Aubrey Morris
A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.
A list of my favorite films featuring the Devil, satanism and/or the occult.
Listed in alphabetical order.
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