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The Real Story That Inspired THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE

In 2005, Scott Derrickson’s horror/ courtroom drama THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE was released, the story of nineteen-year-old Emily Rose who died from wounds she received during an exorcism. Father Richard Moore, the priest who performed the exorcism, was arrested and put on trial. Based on the true story, THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE was actually inspired […]

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10 Lesser-Known Horror Films You Need to See

There are as many definitions of ‘horror’ as there are horror fans. Fear is subjective, as are film experiences, and diversity of views is one of the most exciting things about the genre. For every mainstream spookfest, then, there is an unusual, daring and experimental horror film that breaks boundaries and challenges audiences. While they […]

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CREEPYPASTA: Church Service Included a Surprise Exorcism… Then the REAL Horror Began

Today’s tale may have surfaced more recently among the creepypasta community, but the most commonly-shared version is reportedly derived from the testimony of multiple witnesses during a church ceremony which took place in a small New England town in the early 1980s. Details of some events may have been altered, and the names of certain […]

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The Haunted World of Mario Bava’s PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES

From the forbidden reaches of interstellar space a distress call is answered and the would-be rescuers become the victims of an alien terror meeting death in the most horrible ways imaginable. Sound familiar? Well then, you might be a fan of director Mario Bava’s stylish, low budget, promethean nightmare, PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES. Bava, perhaps […]

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True Evil: The Tragic Life of Anneliese Michel

It was well below freezing on February 25, 1978, and the harsh winds weren’t making the environment any friendlier. Still, the stabbing cold didn’t keep a crowd from gathering at the Klingenberg Cemetery in Germany. The onlookers did not come to witness a burial; they were there to watch two men dig up the grave […]

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This Video Call Allegedly Ends in a Woman’s Terrifying “Possession”

Over the past year, there’s been a noticeable worldwide viral surge in news stories about demonic possession or similar phenomena — from a wave of unexplained hysteria among Malaysian students, to an unidentified woman frightening bus passengers in Argentina with her horrifying behavior, to a fatal attempted exorcism in a German hotel. We’re not sure why these […]

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The 10 Scariest Films of the 1980s

It’s October, and everyone is on a quest to find some highly scary viewing for the Halloween holiday. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be working my way through the decades, highlighting the absolute scariest horror films from each. The 80s were an immensely successful decade for horror. With widespread building of multiplex theaters and […]

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The Horrifying True Story Behind THE EXORCIST: The Possession of Ronald Hunkeler

William Peter Blatty’s novel THE EXORCIST (1971), later adapted into a film by William Friedkin in 1973, sparked an intense curiosity in the world of demonic possession. Exorcisms were rarely practiced before the novel, and film brought the practice to the main stage. So then what was the inciting incident that inspired Blatty to delve into […]

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Living With a Demon Dog? This Japanese Shrine Offers Canine Exorcisms

We’ve all had pets that act like they’re under the influence of diabolical forces; hell, sometimes they even seem like tiny demons themselves. But until now, there wasn’t a whole lot we puny humans could do about it. That all changed recently, when the Japanese pet spa D+ Kirishima added “Dog Exorcism Plans” to their […]

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The “Ghost Possession” Crisis Continues to Sweep Malaysia!

In the Southern Asian region of Malaysia, several schools were reportedly afflicted by what officials call an outbreak of “mass hysteria,” as students claim to have been possessed by vampiric ghosts. Not only have the Malaysian students seen the evil spirits, but have been physically assaulted… and in a desperate attempt to cleanse the schools […]

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Ten More 1980s Horror Movies You Likely Haven’t Seen

A few week’s back, we posted a list of rare 1980s horror movies. These were all either under-appreciated, received less-than-stellar distribution deals, or for several of them, they never made it past a VHS release and have long since been forgotten. Check out our prior list here.  And we have added 10 more below, some […]

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Puberty, Possession And The Phobia Of Female Bodies

Puberty is a terrifying time for everyone, but puberty for girls is like something out of a Cronenbergian nightmare. In what feels like an instant – our bodies begin to mutate into unfamiliar forms we can’t control, chemicals rushing through our veins begin to send signals to places we never thought to explore, and we […]

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Exorcist Claims This Footage Shows a Woman Possessed by Demonic “Jinn”

Over the weekend, a bizarre and disturbing 15-minute video was uploaded to YouTube which its posters claim is footage of a young woman under the control of supernatural entities known as Shaytan Jinn — beings originally described in Arabic folklore, and later considered by some Muslims to be powerful and malicious creatures in league with […]