The cornerstone of a terrifying horror, the theme of possession and the occult took off in the 70’s with Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist and, rotating heads aside, hasn’t looked back since.

The Last Exorcism: Part II is out in cinemas on the 7th June and to celebrate the release we’ve scoured the Internet to find you the very best possession scenes to make you squirm. It’s flexible work, and we’ve seen some pretty nightmare inducing efforts from the following over the years.

The Last Exorcism

Fun Fact: Ashley Bell actually learned to contort for the role of Nell Sweetzer, which she’ll be reprising in The Last Exorcism Part II this June. It certainly paid off. Let’s hope her fingers are still in one piece….


John Constantine is something of an expert in his field, and coaxing the devil into a mirror certainly seems to do the trick here. Vain little things.

The Exorcist

The Exorcist was the original in the ever-popular possession trend. Unprecedented in its day for its graphic content and effects, we’re pretty sure you’ll pass on the pea soup after this one…

Drag Me To Hell

Contrary to what might actually be sensible, summoning the devil seems to be a common theme. This clip from Sam Raimi’s Drag Me To Hell must be a record in the frequency of possessions in a fixed period, hence pride of place in our round-up.

Evil Dead

Girlfriends can be fairly unhinged characters at the best of times, but Evil Dead’s possessed gal pal definitely tops the chart for ‘please just get the hell out of my house’.

The Last Exorcism Part II is out in cinemas on Friday 7th June. Pre-order your tickets here