Ghosts & Demons - Hauntings, Exorcisms & Hell-Spawn

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House on Haunted Hill (1959)

Directors: William Castle

Writers: Robb White

Stars: Vincent Price,  Carol Ohmart,  Richard Long

Story: A millionaire offers ten thousand dollars to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife.

Other Films In Series: House on Haunted Hill (1999), Return to House on Haunted Hill (2007)

 
The Innocents (1961)

Directors: Jack Clayton

Writers: Henry James (based on "The Turn of the Screw"), William Archibald (screenplay), Truman Capote (screenplay) John Mortimer (additional scenes)

Stars:  Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins

Story:  A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Other Films In Series: The Nightcomers (1972), The Turn of the Screw (1985), Presence of Mind (1999), In a Dark Place (2006), Through the Shadow (2016)

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The Haunting (1963)

Directors:  Robert Wise

Writers: Nelson Gidding (screenplay), Shirley Jackson (novel)

Stars:  Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson

Story: A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind.

Other Films In Series: The Haunting (1999)

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The Exorcist (1973)

Directors: William Friedkin

Writers: William Peter Blatty (screenplay), William Peter Blatty (novel)

Stars: Ellen Burstyn,  Max von Sydow,  Linda Blair

Story: When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.

Other Films In Series: Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977), The Exorcist III (1990), Exorcist: The Beginning (2004), Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)

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Burnt Offerings (1976)

Directors: Dan Curtis

Writers: Robert Marasco (novel), William F. Nolan (screenplay)

Stars: Karen Black,  Oliver Reed,  Burgess Meredith

Story: A family moves into an old, haunted house that regenerates itself by feeding off of the life forces of its injured occupants.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Amityville Horror (1979)

Directors: Stuart Rosenberg

Writers: Sandor Stern (screenplay), Jay Anson (novel)

Stars: James Brolin,  Margot Kidder,  Rod Steiger

Story:  Newlyweds move into a sinister house where a mass murder was committed.

Other Films In Series: Amityville II: The Possession (1982), Amityville 3-D (1983), Amityville 4: The Evil Escapes (1989), The Amityville Curse (1990), Amityville 1992: It's About Time (1992), Amityville: A New Generation (1993), Amityville Dollhouse: Evil Never Dies (1996), The Amityville Horror (2005), Amityville: The Awakening (2017), The Amityville Murders (2019)

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The Fog (1980)

Directors: John Carpenter

Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill

Stars: Adrienne Barbeau,  Jamie Lee Curtis,  Janet Leigh, Tom Atkins

Story:  Exactly 100 years ago, a ship was horribly wrecked under mysterious circumstances in a thick, eerie fog. Now, shrouded in darkness, the long dead mariners have returned from their watery grave to exact a bloody revenge.

Other Films In Series: The Fog (2005)

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The Shining (1980)

Directors: Stanley Kubrick

Writers: Stephen King (novel), Stanley Kubrick (screenplay)

Stars: Jack Nicholson,  Shelley Duvall,  Danny Lloyd

Story:  A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future.

Other Films In Series: The Shining (1997), Doctor Sleep (2019)

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The Evil Dead (1981)

Directors: Sam Raimi

Writers: Sam Raimi

Stars: Bruce Campbell,  Ellen Sandweiss,  Richard DeManincor

Story:  Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

Other Films In Series: Evil Dead II (1987), Army of Darkness (1992), Evil Dead (2013)

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Poltergeist (1982)

Directors: Tobe Hooper

Writers: Steven Spielberg, Michael Grais

Stars: JoBeth Williams,  Heather O'Rourke,  Craig T. Nelson

Story: A typical family in a quiet suburb of a normal California faces a frightening ordeal when its home is invaded by a Poltergeist.

Other Films In Series: Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986), Poltergeist III (1988), Poltergeist (2015)

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Demons (1985)

Directors: Lamberto Bava

Writers: Dardano Sacchetti (original story), Dario Argento (screenplay)

Stars: Urbano Barberini,  Natasha Hovey,  Karl Zinny

Story: A group of people are trapped in a large movie theater in West Berlin that is infected by ravenous demons who proceed to kill and posses the humans one-by-one, thereby multiplying their numbers.

Other Films In Series: Demons 2 (1986), Black Demons (1991)

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Hellraiser (1987)

Directors: Clive Barker

Writers: Clive Barker

Stars: Andrew Robinson,  Clare Higgins,  Ashley Laurence, Doug Bradley

Story: When Kirsty Cotton’s family moves into their ancestral home, they are terrorized by the resurrected corpse of her uncle, who requires the flesh of murdered innocent victims in order to become whole again.

Other Films In Series: Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988), Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992), Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996), Hellraiser: Inferno (2000), Hellraiser: Hellseeker (2002), Hellraiser: Deader (2005), Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005), Hellraiser: Revelations (2011), Hellraiser: Judgment (2017)

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Night of the Demons (1988)

Directors: Kevin Tenney

Writers: Joe Augustyn

Stars: Cathy Podewell, Alvin Alexis, Hal Havins, Linnea Quigley

Story: Ten teenagers party at an abandoned funeral parlor on Halloween night. When an evil force awakens, demonic spirits keep them from leaving and turn their gathering into a living Hell.

Other Films In Series: Night of the Demons 2 (1994), Night of the Demons 3 (1997), Night of the Demons (2009)

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Candyman (1992)

Directors: Bernard Rose

Writers: Clive Barker (based on "The Forbidden" by), Bernard Rose (screenplay)

Stars: Virginia Madsen, Xander Berkeley, Tony Todd

Story: The Candyman, a murderous soul with a hook for a hand, is accidentally summoned to reality by a skeptic grad student researching the monster's myth.  

Other Films In Series: Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh (1995), Candyman: Day of the Dead (1999)

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Fallen (1998)

Directors: Gregory Hoblit

Writers: Nicholas Kazan

Stars: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland

Story: Homicide detective John Hobbes witnesses the execution of serial killer Edgar Reese. Soon after the execution the killings start again, and they are very similar to Reese's style.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Sixth Sense (1999)

Directors: M. Night Shyamalan

Writers: M. Night Shyamalan

Stars: Bruce Willis,  Haley Joel Osment,  Toni Collette

Story: A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Other Films In Series: None.

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The Ring (2002)

Directors: Gore Verbinski

Writers: Ehren Kruger (screenplay), Kôji Suzuki (novel)

Stars: Naomi Watts, Martin Henderson, Brian Cox

Story: A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone in a week of viewing it.

Other Films In Series: The Ring Two (2005), Rings (2017)

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Dead Silence (2007)

Directors: James Wan

Writers: Leigh Whannell, James Wan

Stars: Ryan Kwanten, Amber Valletta, Donnie Wahlberg

Story: A young widower returns to his hometown to search for answers to his wife's murder, which may be linked to the ghost of a murdered ventriloquist.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Paranormal Activity (2007)

Directors: Oren Peli

Writers: Oren Peli

Stars: Katie Featherston,  Micah Sloat,  Mark Fredrichs

Story: After moving into a suburban home, a couple becomes increasingly disturbed by a nightly demonic presence.

Other Films In Series: Paranormal Activity 2 (2010), Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night (2010), Paranormal Activity 3 (2011), Paranormal Activity 4 (2012), Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014), Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)

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[Rec] (2007)

Directors: Jaume Balagueró, Paco Plaza

Writers: Jaume Balagueró, Luiso Berdejo

Stars: Manuela Velasco, Ferran Terraza, Jorge-Yamam Serrano

Story: A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying.

Other Films In Series: [Rec] 2 (2009), [REC] 3: Genesis (2012), [REC] 4: Apocalypse (2014)

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Mirrors (2008)

Directors: Alexandre Aja

Writers: Alexandre Aja, Grégory Levasseur

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Paula Patton, Amy Smart

Story: An ex-cop and his family are the target of an evil force that is using mirrors as a gateway into their home.

Other Films In Series: Mirrors 2 (2010)

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The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

Directors: Peter Cornwell

Writers: Adam Simon, Tim Metcalfe

Stars: Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan, Elias Koteas

Story: After a family is forced to relocate for their son's health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, and uncover a sinister history.

Other Films In Series: The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)

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Insidious (2010)

Directors: James Wan

Writers: Leigh Whannell

Stars: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye

Story: A family looks to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further.

Other Films In Series: Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), Insidious: Chapter 3 (2015), Insidious: The Last Key (2018)

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Lovely Molly (2011)

Directors: Eduardo Sánchez

Writers: Jamie Nash (story), Eduardo Sánchez (screenplay)

Stars: Gretchen Lodge,  Johnny Lewis,  Alexandra Holden

Story: Newlywed Molly moves into her deceased father's house in the countryside, where painful memories soon begin to haunt her.

Other Films In Series: None.

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Grave Encounters (2011)

Directors: The Vicious Brothers

Writers: The Vicious Brothers

Stars: Ben Wilkinson, Sean Rogerson, Ashleigh Gryzko

Story: For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that's supposedly haunted - and it might prove to be all too true.

Other Films In Series: Grave Encounters 2 (2012)

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The Woman in Black (2012)

Directors: James Watkins

Writers: Susan Hill (novel), Jane Goldman (screenplay)

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Janet McTeer, Ciarán Hinds

Story: A young solicitor travels to a remote village where he discovers the vengeful ghost of a scorned woman is terrorizing the locals. 

Other Films In Series: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014)

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Sinister (2012)

Directors: Scott Derrickson

Writers: Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill

Stars: Ethan Hawke,  Juliet Rylance,  James Ransone, Vincent D'Onofrio

Story: Washed-up true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt finds a box of super 8 home movies that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose work dates back to the 1960s.

Other Films In Series: Sinister 2 (2015)

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The Conjuring (2013)

Directors: James Wan

Writers: Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes

Stars: Patrick Wilson,  Vera Farmiga,  Ron Livingston, Lili Taylor

Story: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse.

Other Films In Series: Annabelle (2014), The Conjuring 2 (2016), Annabelle: Creation (2017), The Nun (2018), The Curse of La Llorona (2019), Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

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Annabelle (2014)

Directors: John R. Leonetti

Writers: Gary Dauberman

Stars: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard

Story: A couple begins to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

Other Films In Series: The Conjuring (2013), The Conjuring 2 (2016), Annabelle: Creation (2017), The Nun (2018), The Curse of La Llorona (2019), Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

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The Taking of Deborah Logan (2014)

Directors: Adam Robitel

Writers: Adam Robitel, Gavin Heffernan

Stars: Jill Larson,  Anne Ramsay,  Michelle Ang

Story: An elderly woman battling Alzheimer's disease agrees to let a film crew document her condition, but what they discover is something far more sinister going on.

Other Films In Series: None.

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We Are Still Here (2015)

Directors: Ted Geoghegan

Writers: Ted Geoghegan

Stars: Barbara Crampton,  Andrew Sensenig,  Lisa Marie

Story: In the cold, wintery fields of New England, a lonely old house wakes up every thirty years - and demands a sacrifice.

Other Films In Series: None.

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