Promoted Post: Horror Channel's Top Possession Movies
By James Whittington, Tuesday 3rd February 2015

GraceThere have been countless “possession” movies released over the years and the genre seemed to peak with the unleashing of the box-office bursting films The Exorcist (1973) and The Omen (1976). Since then, the genre has come and gone with little fanfare or originality.

Grace: The Possession which has just been released onto DVD and Digital HD changes that as it’s a novel take on the genre with a devilishly clever twist as it tells its story through the eyes of the person who is possessed.

So I thought I’d go back and look at this genre and pick out my favourites in no particular order.

The Omen (1976)
Famous for David Warner losing his head and an Oscar winning score from Jerry Goldsmith, The Omen brought Damian to the cinema audience, The Antichrist who is adopted into the family of the US Ambassador to Great Britain played superbly by Gregory Peck. As Damian grows so do his powers, and with some people by his side, Damian begins to understand just how “special” he is. Directed by Richard Donner, the man who would help launch Superman and The Goonies onto the big screen, The Omen still retains its power thanks to some stunning camera work. One only has to think of Lee Remick’s fall from the staircase to appreciate Donner’s eye for a set-piece. The build up to that alone is a prime example of tension building. Like many horror movies it’s the music that plays an important role. Goldsmith’s piece Ave Satani, like Carpenter’s Halloween theme, would make the movie less of an event and relegate it into B-movie territory. As with most horror movies it was followed by a succession of sequels which continued Damian’s upbringing and journey into demonic manhood. I won’t bring myself to mention Omen IV: The Awakening (1991) and the remake from 2006.

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)
Tom Wilkinson helped bring this courtroom drama/horror from 2005 to life with a performance that takes the movie, based on a true story into a sympathetic yet uneasy place. Rev. Moore (Wilkinson) has been charged with the death of a young girl who was thought to have been possessed after he performs a church-sanctioned exorcism on her. We follow his court case through the eyes of Erin Bruner (Laura Linney) his defending Lawyer and as the case progresses she begins to feel there’s more to this than just the possibility of murder. Written and directed by Scott Derrickson (the man behind the superior paranormal hit Sinister) cranks up the unease through flashbacks to the build-up of that fateful night, allowing the story to attack the senses from different directions. This is a great film that’s worth checking out.

The Exorcist III (1990)
Cruelly over-looked by many, this third entry into The Exorcist franchise (for that’s what it had become) is a brilliantly executed shocker with a stunning central performance from George C. Scott, and contains plenty of stunning visuals that stay with you for some time after the film has ended. Directed and written by William Peter Blatty (the man behind the original book on which The Exorcist was based) it follows Lieutenant Kinderman (Scott) who is after The Gemini Killer but his lack of faith is tested when he encounters unbelievable and unexplainable events. Stylishly shot with an uneasy tone, The Exorcist III is played totally straight with Scott being the central peg everything else revolves around. Anyone who has seen this will fail to forget the hospital sequence which matches even the original for superb tension building. Another often forgotten sequel.

The Last Exorcism (2010)
Taking the found footage genre to possession movies territory, this full on shocker from director Daniel Stamm mixes the two genres seamlessly and delivers a movie that at first seems tame but contains a cracking pay off. A documentary crew arrive in a small town to film a Minister perform what he says is his last Exorcism and though obviously a fake, it turns out that there’s more to this final Exorcism than meets the eye. With the added drama of being seen through the camera crew, the film contains an uneasy and though a sequel soon followed, it lacked the impact of the original and how could you top the original’s ballsy ending anyway?

The Possession (2012)
One of the more recent demonic movies, The Possession proves that films don’t have to be packed with gore or bloody set-pieces to get their uneasy messages across. A girl buys a mysterious box in a lawn sale and all seems well, but the box contains an ancient and very angry spirit. From the opening sequence, The Possession is another smart shocker that brings the horror of demonic ownership very much into the real world. Ole Bornedal directs Jeffrey Dean Morgan with a confidence that allows the movie to organically grow and creep you out with smart camera trickery and score that steers clear of just being there for a cliché effect. Though the idea of a divorced parent is often over-used in horror movies it’s only here to show how much Clyde (Morgan) actually loves his family and when his young girl exudes bizarre behaviour you actually feel for his confusion and the blame he lays on himself for the situation.

Grace: The Possession is available to buy on Digital HD and on DVD January 19 thanks to Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Top 5 horror movie remakes
Posted on Sunday 25th February 2018

Hollywood: a place of constant invention and where everything should be shiny and new. Well, sometimes for at the moment it seems to be looking to the past for inspiration. This is not always a bad thing as sometimes a remake (or re-imagining as they like to call it!) hits the spot so perfectly that it can be considered an equal to the original so here's our Top 5 remakes! Do you agree and which movies would make your own top 5?

5: Evil Dead (2013)
Fans of the original movie, The Evil Dead had been waiting years for a cinematic sequel. Rumour after rumour followed but no one expected a remake of the story especially when rookie director Fede Alvarez was given the job to bring it back to life. It was backed by Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and Robert Tapert and given a decent budget, but few fans expected it to be so good. Bloody, ultra-violent and incredibly fast paced, it...

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Posted on Sunday 25th February 2018

The nights may be getting lighter but we're turning to the dark side this March on Horror with a slate of premieres that will have you praying for the dawn. So, beware all you virgins, actors, wayward teens and heroic crusaders, Horror has something to get under your skin!

We start with the network premiere of Cherry Falls on the 2nd where a serial killer seems to be going after virgins, rather than promiscuous types! So, sex parties are the order of the day to try and survive! Sounds like a good idea to us. Then the next night we've a true classic which stars Christopher Walken, Chris Sarandon, Ava Gardner, Burgess Meredith, Sylvia Miles, and Eli Wallach, The Sentinel where a young actress (Cristina Raines) ...

Top 5 werewolf movie transformations
Posted on Saturday 10th February 2018

Come on, admit it! The biggest reason you watch a werewolf movie is to see the much talked-about transformation. You know, the bit of the movie that usually gets all the film budget (no matter how big or small) and the sequence where the rest of the movie will be measured.

Here's our top 5 but what are yours? Don't forget to catch Horror's Season of the Wolf, Saturdays at 10.55pm?

The Wolf Man (1941)
Though not Universal's first werewolf movie, that was Werewolf of London in 1936, this was the biggie. Unleashed in 1941 it was a major success and made Lon Chaney Jr. a real star. His laconic take of a weary man cursed is truly engrossing but what probably makes the movie famous is the transformation scene, well the lack of it as unlike the sequels the main transformation is of his feet! There is a dissolve at the end, but this is backwards, wolf to man but its ...

There's something in the trees... it's coming! Top 5 Werewolf Songs!
Posted on Friday 2nd February 2018

Of all the horror genres out there, probably the Werewolf genre has made the largest footprint on the charts. From Shakira's She Wolf in 2009 to Killer Wolf from Danzig in 1990, the hairy-side of horror has inspired many musical artists, obviously with varying levels of success.

In celebration of Horror's Season of the Wolf, here's our top 5 favourites from the last few decades.

No list worth its fur would start without Werewolves of London from Warren Zevon. Recorded in 1978 and taken from the album Excitable Boy, it's a mainstay of BBC Radio 2, whose listeners incidentally voted that it had the best opening line to a song. Its inclusion on the soundtrack to An American Werewolf in London gave it a cult status but hearing it in the Paul Newman/Tom Cruise 1996 flick The Color of Money gave it a new lease of life. The B-side, Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner was...

The Howling - A franchise with bite
Posted on Sunday 28th January 2018

Based on Gary Bradner's novel of the same name, The Howling is one of those werewolf movies that dared to be more vicious than its predecessors and yet still retained a more traditional tone. Horror is proud to be showing this classic on Saturday 3rd February as part of our Season of the Wolf, so here's a quick timeline of The Howling franchise and personal opinions of the movies. Let us know if you agree via email and our social feeds.

Directed by Joe Dante in 1981, The Howling took the young director to new heights after cult hits Piranha in 1978 and Rock N' Roll High School the following year. Though the movie only took some of the ideas from the original story, it was strong enough to earn itself a lastin...

Bark at the moon this February on Horror
Posted on Friday 26th January 2018

Horror is taking you deep into the woods during February with a selection of movies that celebrate the finest of fearsome flicks all about Lycanthropy, Season of the Wolf. Each Saturday at 10.55pm we're bringing you tales of terror that are dripping with blood and will have you barking at the moon with delight.

The season starts on the 3rd as Dee Wallace, Christopher Stone, Patrick Macnee and John Carradine battle a brutal beast in Joe Dante's superb feature, The Howling. A female reporter is attacked by a notorious serial killer and to get over her trauma she is sent to 'The Colony', a remote mountain resort. But there her problems really begin, as the residents are werewolves. We bring you contemporary h...

Wes Craven - The Nightmare Man
Posted on Thursday 4th January 2018

"Horror films don't create fear. They release it."

Wesley Earl Craven, Wes to his friends, was born in Cleveland, Ohio August 2nd 1939 and became one of the most respected and acclaimed creatives of his generation. When he died on August 30th 2015 it came as a huge shock to all, especially those of us who heard the news whilst attending FrightFest. Gone was the man who gave the world Krug Stillo, Pluto and Horace Pinker as well as the career defining creation of Freddy Krueger. He made stars of Michael Berryman, Johnny Depp and Robert Englund and rejuvenated the horror genre not once but twice.

Horror will be celebrating the work of Wes Craven throughout January so here's a quick look at...

Horror's Top 10 Films of 2017
Posted on Thursday 21st December 2017

It's been quite the year for horror. From home invasions to adult nappies and right through to cannibalism and dancing clowns, the genre has seen a slew of critical and commercial success over the calendar year. But which were our favourites?

Below, take a look at Horror's favourite films of 2017. We couldn't bare to rank the excellencies, so we settled for alphabetical order. So kicking off with A, we have:

Attack of the Adult Babies

If you're after a movie that's almost beyond description, then Dominic Brunt's Attack of the Adult Babies is for you. At first this satirical shocker seems like Benny Hill on acid with plenty of leggy nurses dressed in seductive uniforms, but the movie...

Wes Craven Season welcomes in 2018 on Horror
Posted on Friday 15th December 2017

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The Evil In Us and P2 receive their UK TV premieres on Horror Channel in December
Posted on Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Christmas nightmares come early on Horror Channel, as the UK's primary TV destination for genre fans serves up the UK TV premieres of Jason William Lee's slick and stylish modern take on the zombie virus, The Evil In Us and Frank Khalfoun's boundary-pushing crime slasher P2, starring Wes Bentley.

There are also network premieres for Adam Egypt Mortimer's deeply-cutting supernatural revenge chiller Some Kind Of Hate, Ruth Platt's astonishingly bravura art-house horror The Lesson, Travis Oates' powerfully disturbing thriller Don't Blink, starring Mena Suvari and Glen Morgan's gruesome Black Christmas, a remake of the classic 1974 seasonal slasher, starring popular scream queen Mary Elizabeth Winstead....

Horror Channel devotes November to Bloody Brits and rampaging sharks!
Posted on Thursday 19th October 2017

November on Horror Channel has a distinctive cutting-edge with a Saturday night prime-time Bloody British Season, celebrating the new wave of British horror movies that reinvigorated the UK horror industry in the early 2000s. There are 9pm network premieres for Neil Marshall's sensational werewolf debut feature Dog Soldiers (2002) (Saturday 11th), his monstrous all-female star cast follow-up The Descent (2005) (Saturday 25th), Christopher Smith's underground ghost train journey through hell, Creep (2004) (Saturday 18th), and Nick Hamm's psychologically gripping The Hole (2001) (Saturday 4th), with Keira Knightley in her first significant film role.

And the cuts get deeper with a Sharkmania Marathon...

Horror Channel celebrates Stephen King's 70th year and goes Southbound this October.
Posted on Tuesday 3rd October 2017
Works by Stephen King feature heavily this month on Horror Channel, which celebrates the icon's 70th year of one of horror's most prolific and popular authors. There are network premieres for his fearsome feline anthology Cat's Eye, starring James Woods and Drew Barrymore; his darkly weighty cautionary tale Stephen King's Thinner, directed by Tom Holland in his directorial debut; the science-fiction action horror Maximum Overdrive, starring Emilio Estevez; and the 2009 adaptation of his short story Children Of The Corn.

Horror Channel has eleven film premieres in October, including the UK premieres of Southbound, a chiller compendium from the creators of the V/H/S franchise; Mitch Wilson's gruesome...

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