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8 Disturbing Demon Horror Movie Moments

These moments were compiled by a demonic folklorist who doesn’t scare so easy. Demon horror, in my opinion, is an underdeveloped genre (even though there are a ton of these movies), but every now and then, the movies get the terror right.

  1. The Haunting (1999)

Hugh Crane’s face morphing out of Carolyn’s as she stares in the mirror is one of the freakiest things I’ve ever seen; to me, the scariest part of possession is to see something else inside oneself, underneath our own face. The Haunting isn’t thought of as a demon movie, but the phenomena was a lot more intense than your average vengeful spirit.

  1. The Exorcist (1973)

The levitation scene because something about her lifeless body, mutilated face, and white eyes give the idea of succumbing to something evil, worse than her screaming obscenities and doing demon tricks; Regan looks dead and gone.

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'The Exorcist' levitation scene
  1. Deliver Us From Evil (2014)

Santino’s exorcism scenes; multiple disturbing moments happen but truly, the whole performance is unsettling in the best way—Sean Harris makes you believe he’s possessed as he’s eating his leg skin off and dislodging his neck.

  1. Hereditary (2018)

The scene where Peter’s losing his sanity in class; we see him go from being himself, though scared to being a puppet on a string for something else, compelling him to slam his nose into his desk, his features twisted wrong. Earlier, we saw Peter’s own image smiling at him while he stared back in confusion/fear. The movie is incredibly accurate with what oppression looks like.

  1. Conjuring 2 (2016)

The moment the crosses all turned upside down while the little girl is locked in the room; a demon scene doesn’t need to be elaborate to be effective. It’s a bone-chilling moment because we all know nothing good will come next and this poor little girl is alone with this thing that means her harm without her parents or anyone to protect her.

  1. The Conjuring 3 (2021)

David Glatzel waterbed scene; this poor kid is having a moment of fun playing with the waterbed after everything he’s been dealing with and that fun transforms quickly into terror, as something grabs him from inside the bed.

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'The Conjuring 3' waterbed scene
  1. The Rite (2011)

The exorcism of the exorcist scene; truly, it is the idea that doing this sort of work takes a toll when one fights darkness and that someone who’s there to help could be susceptible; the makeup is very good at showing this infection along with Sir Anthony Hopkins’ performance.

  1. Insidious (2010)

The moment Elise sees the demon, is describing it on the ceiling of Dalton’s room; there’s something about the buildup of this scene that’s much more unsettling than the jumpscare because we can’t see it. How do we fight something we can’t even see?

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