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A Sad History of Failed Movie Exorcisms

The Last Exorcism Lionsgate

"The Last Exorcism 2" hits theaters next Friday and if you're like us, you're probably thinking one thing: How can a movie called "The Last Exorcism" have a sequel? It's like the Hollywood equivalent of having 14 "Final Fantasy" games.

But the answer is simple: Exorcisms never really seem to work in movies. For over four decades, film fans have been going to the cineplex for one horror movie after another and the one thing you can pretty much always count on is the fact that when it comes time to try and exorcise a demon from a human host, that attempt will fail and fail miserably. Get More »

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Top 9 Scary Films Based on True Stories

Open Water Lionsgate

The horror genre is always the first to jump on the bandwagon of any sort of gimmick that gets butts in the seats. Life insurance policies, 3-D, found footage, "See Paris Hilton Die" ... but let's be honest: Nothing is a better sales tool than real life.

Slap the label "Based on a True Story" in ominous red letters on that poster, and you've got yourself a surefire scare flick. People say to themselves, "Well, if it could happen to those people ..." Hang on, though, because while a storyline may have at least one toe in the waters of fact, there are varying degrees of "true" in the horror game.

We're taking a gander at the best this gambit has to offer. You can be sure that whether they happened for truthsies or not, these nine shockers have what it takes to frighten you out of your jammies. Get More »

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Why Exorcisms Are Awesome

The Devil Inside

We predicted a year or so back that the release of "The Last Exorcism" would not actually be the last exorcism. How do we know? Please refer again to this article's title.

After all, as Michael Bay can attest, Hollywood loves making movies about things that are awesome. Plus, we knew that the Anthony Hopkins thriller "The Rite" was on its way.

Now, this week, we get "The Devil Inside," which is basically like "Paranormal Activity" meets "The Exorcist." We'll take it. Why? Because like most exorcism films, it looks awesome. Get More »

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