10 Ghost and Demonic Spirit Films

So here is Beyond the Circle’s quick list of ghost or demonic spirit films that are well worth your time. Though I haven’t seen “The Conjuring” yet – I’d watch anything that has to do with Ed and Lorraine Warren —

Note: There are so many that wasn’t mentioned, but when narrowing it down to ten… I have different reasons why I happen to respect these.  To give a quick honorable mention to those that aren’t on here, let’s start off by saying that Stephen King is the king and that his movies speak so loudly that they need not be mentioned on the list. Then of course in comedy you have Ghost Busters and Beetle Juice – but when you watch the list below, turn out the lights and take this dark ride.

1. The Conjuring – The story of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.


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2. The Others – A woman who lives in a darkened old house with her two photosensitive children becomes convinced that her family home is haunted.


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3. The Awakening – In 1921, England is overwhelmed by the loss and grief of World War I. Hoax exposer Florence Cathcart visits a boarding school to explain sightings of a child ghost. Everything she believes unravels as the ‘missing’ begin to show themselves.


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4. Sinister – A true-crime writer finds a cache of 8mm home movies films that suggest the murder he is currently researching is the work of a serial killer whose career dates back to the 1960s.


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5. V/H/S – A great collection of caught on cam films – When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.


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6. The Amityville Horror – This trailer is for the 2005 version but, for you film buffs, I highly recommend renting the 1979 version and watching both films. Once again based on a true story and is yet another location investigated by the great Lorraine Warren; a family is terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a home that was the site of a grisly mass-murder.


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7. The Omen – WHile this isn’t a ghost story, it made the list due to the demonic forces taking place. An American ambassador learns to his horror that his son is actually the literal Antichrist. This trailer is for the 1976 version which is great, but again I also recommend it’s remake the 2006 version, just because of the beautiful cinematography.


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8. Haunting in Connecticut – Based on a true event, and once again investigated by the Warrens – After a family is forced to relocate for their son’s health, they begin experiencing supernatural behavior in their new home, which turns out to be a former mortuary.


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9. House on Haunted Hill – A millionaire offers a group of diverse people $1,000,000 to spend the night in a haunted house with a horrifying past. You can see the original version made in 1959 here in the BTC Films section.


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10. Evil Dead – A brilliant remake of the 1981 cult classic, though it’s completely different – Five friends head to a remote cabin, where the discovery of a Book of the Dead leads them to unwittingly summon up demons living in the nearby woods. The evil presence possesses them until only one is left to fight for survival. (In theaters now)


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I hope this helps you get started on some great film time, if you haven’t seen these films, I really suggest giving them your attention. I always suggest that you watch both the original versions and remakes should the film have more than one version floating around.

See you in the FORUMS!

~ William C. Raustler