Top 5 Scary Movies that Feature Bows/Arrows

How do you kill a vampire? Decapitate a zombie? How would you go about defending yourself, an innocent college freshman, from a crazed serial stalker while camping in an abandoned mine? Even the best compound bow reviews sites can’t tell you how to protect yourself. For the best advice, reference horror movies. Below are five of the best (or worst) scary movies, in which either the heroes or the villains use crossbows.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

In this movie, a fully automatic crossbow is the heroes’ weapon of choice. Both Hansel and Gretel get a chance to fire off the weapon, and sometimes even succeed in hitting their target. In one scene, Hansel even manages to dodge a crossbow arrow. No doubt the antagonist got the best crossbow for the money. While not touted as one of the greatest feature films of all time, this movie is entertaining and, well, features a crossbow. Also included are witches, trolls, and buildings made of cotton candy. You can’t go wrong.

Fright Night (2011)

While not the only weapon used to kill vampires, the crossbow is certainly effective in this remake. When a teen becomes convinced that a missing friend has been killed (an possibly eaten) by vampires, he decides to become a vampire hunter. Geared up with holy water, crosses, stakes and, of course, a crossbow, he sets off to find his classmate.

Nightmare Man (2006)

This movie features a crossbow as a weapon of protection-turned-weapon of assault. A woman keeps a crossbow handy in her cabin closet in case she ever needs it to defend herself. However, she accidentally leaves the crossbow on the porch. Naturally, the psychotic killer on the loose finds the crossbow, and the gory killing commences.

Daybreakers (2009)

Another vampire flick, this movie boasts a sci-fi twist and an all-star cast. Humans and vampires mingle not so peacefully together after the human race has been exposed to an epidemic caused by an infected bat. As the humans research to find a cure for the epidemic, vampires struggle with the ethical decision of drinking human blood vs. drinking animal blood. While the most graphic scene is possibly the explosion of a human caused by a potential antidote, crossbows do make an appearance more than once in this film.

Vampire Circus (1972)

Finally, Vampire Circus is an oldie-but-goodie. This movie’s plot centers around a vampire whose children are trying to revive him. In order to revive him, however, they feel it necessary to use the blood of the children of those who killed him. Despite being a classic movie, the graphics are actually quite good. Perhaps the most stunning clip from the movie is the beheading by crossbow of one of the cast. Use caution and screen this movie before showing it to children. Despite its PG rating, it is actually quite violent and contains some nudity.

While you could probably learn how to snuff out a zombie or defend yourself against a pesky bat-bitten fanged creature, there is no doubt that you can learn many tips and tricks from watching horror movies. Wooden stakes and holy water stand no chance against a good old fashioned pump action crossbow, and anyone can learn to use them. Enjoy the films, and keep your doors locked and your crossbow loaded.

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Bad Things Can Happen on a Camping Trip

When anyone thinks of camping, the first thoughts that people usually have is of fun frolicking in the woods with friends, or good times in summer eating open-barbecue food.

But the reality can be a lot different. As soon as night falls, those feelings of joy and merriment fade and the isolation and darkness start to bring about a whole new state of mind.

All those camping horror movies you have watched doesn’t help. You are stuck in the middle of nowhere. Bad things could happen and no-one would be able to save you. Worst case, these films make your thoughts turn to thinking about your own survival.

Bad things can happen on a camping trip. Read on to find out how movies have made us fear this popular pastime.

Suffocated in your sleeping bag

Friday the 13th is one hell of a scary movie. And it’s even more scary if you are bang in the middle of some unknown woods at night. The reason is because this film is the classic ‘deranged-killer stalking a camping site’ film. One particular gruesome way to meet your end is to be killed in your sleeping bag, like how murderer Jason rips open one of the best family tents in one scene, then zips the hapless victim up inside her sleeping bag for a horrible dose of asphyxiation. Cue muffled screams coming out of the bag. Cue you fearing spending a night in a flimsy tent, even if you researched a great guide to tents and bought the best one you could.

Stalked by occultist spectres

The Blair Witch Project not only taught me how documentary film-footage can scare me witless, it also taught me how scary woods can be at night. If you set up camp in some unknown woods, and hear crackling sounds at night, DON’T venture further into said woods and get lost in the process. Especially if when you wake up in the morning you find that cairns have been built around your camp in the darkness. Because after getting lost, you are likely to spend the next several nights being haunted by some unseen terror before losing your sanity and finally meeting a grizzly fate.

Eaten by cannibals

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, like Blair Witch, tried to fool me into thinking it was based on real life events. Nah, you can’t fool me, I thought. It’s just a film and not so scary because of it. That was what I thought before I set up camp in the South one time and heard shouting at night, in a heavily accented and threatening voice. We haven’t set-up camp in that area since.

Who knows who or what that was. I do know that that night the film took on a particularly frightening resonance. I had fears of hearing a buzzing chainsaw sound in the distance, only for that noise to grow in loudness and proximity. I had thoughts of being chased out of my tent, and blindly stumbling through clawing foliage, before being cornered and taken to the basement of some dysfunctional family. Then I would be strung….Ok, I think you get the picture. Be scared of insane families living in the woods, detached from reality. They are likely to want to eat you.

Haunted by a ghoul

Camping is not always done in a tent. Some folk like to go deep into the woods and stay in an abandoned cabin. If you’re that way inclined, then you might want to watch the Evil Dead film first. Especially if you are one of a group of college grads embarking on this foolhardy trip. Because you could find an audiotape that releases….demons. Ok, this one is a little far-fetched, I’ll agree. But the idea of having safety in numbers in some scary situation, only for those around you to be whittled down until you are the lone survivor by some undead, super-natural terror is not a nice one.

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MAKEUP FOR HORROR MOVIES

Have you ever wondered how horror movies use makeup to create those special effects? Or even how regular movies use makeup to transform actors into stage worthy beauties? Makeup really is an art form, and it can be incredibly diverse. Horror movie makeup is possibly the most interesting to see and difficult to recreate in real life. Every Halloween you can see amateurs attempt to transform themselves into zombies or vampires, with varying effects.

The reality is that transforming yourself into a critter of the night doesn’t have to be too difficult. If you take inspiration from your favorite horror movie, you can use the same sorts of products and techniques and apply them yourself.

Makeup artists for horror movies, use a variety of props and techniques in  their work. Some of the most obvious are, the use of fake blood, body part or weapons props, and of course the right makeup. In an interview for the new movie Maleficent starring Angelina Jolie, her makeup artist described the techniques used to transform her face into that of the character. What was highlighted in the interview was the use of a prosthetic nose and fake cheekbones, in order to give her the effect of a more angular face. The best coverage foundation they found to accentuate this new face was a matte powdery M.A.C. line, in very pale shades, which blended extremely well with the props. If you want to recreate something like this at home, remember that application is extremely important, for best results use highly pigmented high quality makeup in matte shades, that blends extremely well with your skin. So for this reason M.A.C. is an obvious favorite for makeup artists.

If horror movies aren’t your thing, but you still want to transform yourself into your favorite movie character, then makeup and application should be your only concern. Remember however that it can be difficult to recreate an accurate look using a shoestring budget, so invest in good quality makeup for best results. One thing to remember is that professional movie makeup artists use different products depending on the film they are working on and the character they are creating, so when deciding what to purchase keep this in mind. Also remember that because of different lighting effects on sets, most makeup artists avoid products that give off a shiny finish. What this means for you is that you need to avoid using oil based foundations or products that aren’t matte in coverage. So for example if you’ve just discovered what you consider to be the best bb cream for oily skin and are super excited about trying it out, it may not offer enough coverage or the correct finish to create that look that most film stars have. For every day use however it can be perfect.

Professional makeup artists treat their work like art, and they can create amazingly creative looks just based off the inspiration of the character and the actor. Typically an actor will be cast because he or she will look like the character they are trying to portray. The job of a makeup artist then becomes to make that resemblance complete. As an amateur trying to recreate one of these looks, it is important to adjust your products and application techniques to your own unique face. So for example if the character has higher cheekbones than you naturally do, use a blush and good foundation to make your cheeks appear higher than they actually are. Always remember to use foundation primer, and concealer for best results, and to choose a makeup line that creates highly pigmented, matte products. After that, the rest is in the details and in your own skills and creativity.

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Public Workout Horror Story

Horror scenes in the gym….we’ve all seen them. From the frat boys who only work their glamor muscles attempting to hit on the cardio bunnies and failing miserably, to the roided out ragers who grunt and scream as if their vocal chords go to 11, to the worst of them all…..the naked 80 year old dudes that seem to flock to every gym locker room…I swear, some of those old guys must get multiple memberships to multiple gyms just to walk around naked in the locker rooms…anyone with a passion for physical fitness has been subjected to all kinds of horror scenes in the gym, no doubt about it.

There’s a reason I have my own home gym, and I assure you it’s not just so I could stock it with my favorite items from Jane’s Best Fitness, focusing on the best inversion table for lower back pain. It’s to avoid all the horror stories that are so commonplace in the gym, I needn’t even describe them here. So instead of focusing entirely on the horror scenes of the gym we’re all well aware of, I’m going to give each grisly scenario it’s own soundtrack.

The steroid-raged freaks, who seem to get off watching themselves lifting in the mirror, who seem to yell as loud as they can to draw as much attention to themselves possible….their theme music is that of Manowar. Now realize all the music choices I make, are actually bands and musicians I enjoy, so don’t take it as a slight against the bands, moreso look at it as a comical way to show them appreciation by applying their music to horrible situations.

Now the people looking for love in the land of weights and pulleys, they would need a song much more introspective, more sad and insightful, bittersweet even. The amount of time and effort they put into meeting these ladies, and still going forward despite failing, would probably go good with an epic track. How about one this track that is nearly 38 minutes in length, Apocalyptic Dawn? Plenty of track time to fail to.

The creepy naked guys, ironically, get the least horrifying sounding song. This track by Muscle is actually more rockin’ and funky, but the dubious title….Sexin’ in the Steamroom….leaves little to the imagination, filling the mind, in this context with simply horrifying thoughts.

In fact, despite my disdain and disinterest in paying a monthly membership to use gym equipment covered in other people’s sweat in a room that reeks of feet, my biggest pet peeve of the gym has always been the music selection. If I got to hear Muscle and Manowar at my gym sessions I’d definitely enjoy watching these horror scenarios unfold, peripherally, MUCH more than watching them unfold to generic pop beats and poor mans rap. No thanks, brah. I’ll stick to my home gym.

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Horror Movies in the Kitchen…

Watching scary movies is an exciting experience that should be filled with memorable experiences. The mood of the viewers should be set upon the moment they have been sited. Most of the scary movies which were being seen by people include the use of materials in the kitchen. The house is always the place where the scenes are being performed it could either be at the living room, bedrooms or kitchen.

In most horror movies, the kitchen is the area of the house where the entire scenes are done for shooting. It has been the favorite place for scary shoots. The materials that are present in the kitchen were the one that makes every scene more effective are flying plates, breaking glass and some others. Juicers are commonly used in scary movies this implicates the kind of movie and the things that will be happening as associated to its used. Masticating Juicer has been the preferred kitchen appliance in extracting the juice of fruits and even those from vegetables. The separation of juice from the fruits and vegetables is being made possible in the most convenient way.

Drinking fresh juice is very ideal for people who wanted to detoxify and make their body healthier. As an effective means of extracting machine, it is also an ideal appliance to in making a certain scene in a horror movie become scary. This shows brutality on how a certain character in the movie is being made into death. The masticating juicer is very important when it comes to promotion of good health because all juices from the fruits and vegetables are to be extracted well. Lots of masticating juicers are made available in the commercial market as of today. One should be able to know which of those can be best to be used in their kitchen. A good quality masticating juicer can extract the most important nutrients that are present on a certain fruit or vegetable provided they can be broken into pieces until the juice is to be extracted.

Juicing is a practice which is not just being done as of today because even the people of the earlier civilization have been doing this for medication or for other purposes. The juicer that should be selected should have the features that can be able to extract most of the liquid soluble in the food. The juice that is being extracted from the fruits or vegetables is more effective than the food that is being eaten. Digestion lessens the nutrients which are present in the food.

As of today, the juicing of fruits and vegetables is being adored by lots of people because of the benefits they have been enjoying with the use of such. Among the juice extractors which are available in the commercial market it is the masticating juicer which is really effective not only on the extraction of juice but on the satisfaction it has been providing to those people using this. There are juicing recipes that is included when an individual decides to acquire this product and have it with them.

Another thing is, while watching movies either horror or what drinking of juice is very ideal because one is being able to relax their minds and body after the tiring days of works and plays.

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Review of Maximum Overdrive

If you are looking for cult movie classic then you should definitely check out Maximum Overdrive.

If you are not familiar with Maximum Overdrive, it is a horror movie that was released in 1986. Based on a short story by well-known American horror writer Stephen King, this is the first and only movie that was also directed by Stephen King. The screenplay was based on his short story Trucks which was part of a collection of his short stories that was called Night Shift.

The story is essentially that Earth passes through the tail of a comet which suddenly leads to machines coming to life and attacking humans. There’s a lot of gory episodes, but eventually the machines begin to communicate with the humans by using morse code, almost enslaving them to provide the machines with fuel.

Eventually the remaining survivors escape by boat to a small island where there are no machines.

At the end of the movie it is revealed that a UFO had been orbiting Earth which had apparently been controlling the machines – this was destroyed and Earth was saved.

While possibly a little far-fetched it is a compelling scenario – imagine if your best bread maker suddenly came to life and tried to kill you. It’s a theme that has continued to be explored in the successful Transformers franchise.

The cast of the movie were mostly unknowns apart from Emilio Esteves (who played Bill Robinson) and Yeardley Smith (who played Connie). This was Yeardley Smith’s first credited screen role and she joined the cast of The Simpsons the following year. The Simpsons have subsequently produced an episode that pays homage to Maximum Overdrive.

The tone of the movie is surprisingly camp, with some over the top black humor which is quite a different feel for the dark brooding novels written by Stephen King.

Much of the action in the movie takes place at a truck stop – this was a full-scale set that was constructed in North Carolina. After the movie, the set remained intact and was sold to local business people who converted it into a working truck stop and diner.

There were several accidents on the set during filming – the most serious was when the crew lost control of a radio-controlled lawnmower which struck a block of wood, sending splinters of wood shooting out from it. The splinters injured the director of photography Armando Nannuzzi who lost an eye as a result of the incident. The other major accident was during a stunt shoot with an ice cream truck flipping over – the stunt didn’t go according to plan and the flipping truck nearly crushed a camera man.

One of the stand out features of this movie is the soundtrack. The soundtrack was composed entirely by Australian rock group AC/DC who were Stephen King’s favorite band. The soundtrack spawned some of AC/DC’s most iconic tracks such as “Who Made Who”, “You Shook Me All Night Long”, and “Hells Bells”.

At the time of release, to say that the movie was not well received is a bit of an understatement. The Rotten Tomatoes website give it an approval rating of 17% and the film was nominated for two Razzie awards – Worst Actor (Emilio Estevez) and Worst Director (Stephen King).

Stephen King has been quoted as saying that Maximum Overdrive has been the worst adaptation of his work.

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Music makes the movie…

Movies and television shows use music to affect the viewers, even if the music is subtly in the background hardly noticeable to the viewer, the music score is having an impact on the viewer’s emotions. Whether it’s to denote drama and excitement, increase a thrill, to scare, or express sadness, music has an affect on a movie’s audience. Can you imagine watching a movie without that dramatic music in the background? Often we don’t notice it because it has become such a normal part of the viewing experience; but we would definitely notice if it disappeared and our movies fell silent.

In Horror movies, the music can raise tension and increase fear in the audience. A Haunted House is made scarier with haunting notes of music playing softly in the background; a killer stalking their prey is made creepier with the right soundtrack playing along. Everyone is familiar with those heart pounding notes from Psycho that accompanied every downward stroke of Norman Bates’ knife in the infamous shower scene. What would Halloween be without that famous score by John Carpenter; or Friday the 13th without that terrifying chant that follows Jason?

If you’re an aficionado of Horror Movies, their soundtracks, and music in general, you might be a collector of the old fashioned vinyl records. Perhaps you even have a collection of soundtracks from your own favorite horror movies dating back to the days of Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, back when Hollywood knew a thing or two about terrifying an audience, including great sound effects and music scores.

With today’s music being downloaded off the internet and played on MP3 players and Ipods, where would you find the perfect player for your vast vinyl collection? And how would you know which is the best player to purchase? At bestrecordplayer.net, they can help you find the absolute perfect record player for your own personal tastes and needs/ With reviews on many players, including the Crosley Record Player, you’re sure to find just the player for you.

If you’re a fan of Horror Movies, horror movie sound effects or soundtracks, and an avid collector of vinyl records, you’ll want only the very best record player to spin your records on. Any record player you choose should also be aesthetically pleasing and add to the beautification of the room in your home you place it in. As a collector, choose wisely, and take care of your collection for years to come.

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Watery Graves Make Money at the Box Office

What do Jaws, Piranha, Cape Fear, and Captain Phillips all have in common? They will leave you on the edge of your seat, heart racing, and they have all made a splash at the box office. These notable films are set in or around water, and they can be classified under the genres of “horror” or “thriller”. While the setting for these movies may seem idyllic and leave you thinking that you want to break out your best fishing kayak to catch dinner, one might caution you against going in the water.

Why is Water a Scary Setting?

What makes water a popular setting for movies that raise your pulse? It could be the fact that water, without any added dramatics, can pose a serious danger. These dangers include drowning, electrocution, boating accidents, sharks, venomous sea creatures, and the very fact that nobody actually knows What Lies Beneath. Given the inherent risk factor of large bodies of water, it may have
been logical for the film industry to choose water as the setting for some of the most famous movies of our time.

These genres of film have a unique structure. If you were to watch only the first twenty minutes of the film, you may think it is a feel-good movie. Your mind may wonder what type of kayaks you could buy to enjoy the pristine body of water featured in the flick. However, this daydream is smashed as directors introduce storms, oversized murderous fish, serial killers, broken down boats, and Spring Breakers misbehaving.

Examples of Popular Movies

While this seems like it is horribly disturbing, these types of movies are incredibly popular for a reason. One of the most famous and well-loved horror movies, Jaws, is set on the ocean, and it was first a novel written by Peter Benchley in 1974 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaws_(novel)). This specific film shows that water as a setting for horror movies is timeless. On the other hand, the most recent Oscar-nominated film, Captain Phillips, is proof that water is not going out of style anytime soon.

The twist of Captain Philips is that it is based on a true story. Captain Phillips is an actual person. His story can be found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Phillips_(merchant_mariner). What is more horrifying; is it special effects or the fact that water is the setting of real-life killers? Either way, you can be assured that there will be many more water-based horror and thriller flicks to come!

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Theater vs. Home

Whether to make the effort to go to a theater or enjoy a movie at home is an ongoing debate, especially amidst higher ticket prices and easier online access to films. However, in order to get a broader idea of the options, let’s first look at a very familiar flick. Would YOU rather watch a movie at home on a big projection screen with the best home projector or at the “big screen” at the movies??

Example

I’m sure all horror fans seen the trailer to the first installment of the Paranormal Activity franchise. Unwitting moviegoers file into a theater and the night vision camera picks up their terrified faces at the on-screen frights. This trailer isn’t even really selling a movie, as the actual plot still remains vague and peripheral.

Rather, it’s selling the movie-going experience, with the not so subtle subtext being an appeal to the trailer audience’s desire to be one of those terrified faces in the dark. This ultimately leads to the question: why would hard working people around the world fork over their hard earned money in order to be scared senseless, especially in these tough economic times?

The Audience: Good and Bad

Even some die hard horror fans have bemoaned the fact that watching a horror film in the cinema often ruins the effect due to fellow audience members doing things like laughing at inappropriate times, yelling at the characters who are walking into an obvious trap, etc. In other words, the suspension of disbelief is at such a high level when watching a horror movie in theaters that there is an unspoken etiquette along with many unwritten rules. However, despite these concerns about potential disruptive audience members, there is still not a doubt in my mind that a movie theater experience is the most optimal for viewing a horror film.

Because the theater environment itself is so immersive, featuring state of the art sound and projection technology along with the buttery olfactory pleasure we all know and love, replicating these basic elements in your home is next to impossible.

Also, going to a theater makes various evasion techniques that might be employed by the more timid horror film moviegoer much more difficult to pull off. When I went and saw Paranormal Activity in a theater, one of my friends covered his face out of fear during the entire movie. Needless to say, we don’t let him forget it almost five years later. At home, if a scene becomes too frightening, if the fear of a little girl slithering out of your television set becomes too much to handle, there is always a pause button. When you watch a horror film in a theater you are entering a communal space, which makes avoidance of what’s happening on screen much more conspicuous, but the payoff is much more valuable.

Movies vs home theaterOften replicating the conclusion of the movie you just watched, having the shared experience of surviving a uniquely frightening experience leaves you with a sense of pride, relief and camaraderie with your fellow moviegoers.

And the thirst for the theater experience shows no signs of abating. The twenty seven horror movies shown in mainstream theaters during 2013 raked in just under half a billion dollars, which almost doubled 2012’s earnings.

While watching a movie at home may be slightly more convenient than getting in a car and going down to your local multiplex, it is also more isolating. The thrill of being engrossed in the terrifying spectacle of horror is impossible to resist when in a theater and the best part is that you’re not alone.

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Top 5 Horror Films With Demons

#5: Pumpkinhead

Coming in at number five is Stan Winston’s 1989 cult classic Pumpkinhead. Motivated to avenge the accidental death with a nail gun (really a framing nailer) of his son at any cost, Ed Harley seeks the counsel of an Appalachian witch in an effort to resurrect a mythical monster to torment those responsible for his loss. However, Pumpkinhead’s own monstrosity eventually overtakes Harley himself, leading to his and Pumpkinhead’s demise. Be careful what you wish for.

Appearing in three subsequent sequels, Pumpkinhead is a demonic monster under the spell of evil witchcraft. Pumpkinhead only carries out orders in order to fulfill a vengeful purpose, so just hope you aren’t in his way.

#4: Evil Dead 3

Army of Darkness- Fourth on our list is Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness. Nothing can take away Ash Williams’ shotgun. Not even being transported hundreds of years into the past and then thrust amidst a ferocious battle in King Arthur’s court. A battle that pits our silver tongued hero against an army of the undead and soul swallowing, demonic Deadites.

This third installment in the Evil Dead franchise plays with the anachronistic fantasy of modernity in the medieval era, a trope that dates back to Mark Twain’s publication of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. And while some might point to Evil Dead 2 as the better overall film, Evil Dead 3 did win the 1993 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film and lead to the legendary Army of Darkness comics. Campy, violent and downright fun, this movie grabs you by the throat and won’t let go. Hail to the king, baby.

#3: It

At number three, playing on a very common fear, this 1990 adaptation of Stephen King’s monstrously long novel, It demonstrates the true versatility and potential horror that a demon can offer. It’s not like a knife maker went crazy but it does make you think that. Unlike other movie monsters, like Frankenstein’s Monster or The Wolf Man, who have a clearly defined set of physical characteristics, demons need not inhabit one set physical form, leading to demonic possession.

This demon in clown’s clothing named Pennywise sets his sights on terrorizing a reunited group of friends who have all tried to repress the memory of their collective childhood trauma also inflicted by Pennywise. Originally conceived as a two part miniseries for ABC, It may not be the goriest film on this list due to television censorship restraints, but Tim Curry’s uniquely creepy portrayal of Pennywise isn’t likely to leave your nightmares anytime soon.

#2: The Omen

Taking the runner up position is Richard Donner’s breakthrough effort The Omen. Starring Gregory Peck, this 1976 bone-chilling classic follows the story of an American ambassador whose semi-adopted son Damien brings with him nothing but death. With a name that even sounds like ‘Demon’, Damien undergoes a mysterious birth and is under constant suspicion by Father Brennan of being the antichrist. With a decapitation scene for the ages, Damien, like Pennywise from It, demonstrates the perverse possibilities of whom or what can be demonically possessed. Damien epitomizes the uncanny demon: he looks innocent and human enough on the surface, but there is a lifeless, blind cruelty behind his eyes.

In terms of the film’s credentials, the film ranked 81st in AFI’s ‘100 Most Heart-Pounding American Movies’. And even though it is approaching forty years old, the film has proved, just like Damien, to be quite resilient.

#1: The Exorcist

No surprises here. Taking the top spot is the classic 1973 film that sent shockwaves through audiences and critics alike, with Roger Ebert wondering why the movie didn’t receive an X rating.

Having noticed bizarre behavior from their daughter, two exorcists are brought in to rid Regan of the demon Pazazu. Somehow proving to be more frightening demon-child than Damien, the Pazazu-posessed Regan does everything from projectile vomit to perform the most famous head swivel in cinematic history. Much like the Amityville Horror, The Exorcist was loosely based on true events that no doubt contributed to its shock and longevity. And as the only horror movie to ever be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar, The Exorcist is the clear choice for the most influential demonic horror film.

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