In recent years, a lot of the horror movies that've come out have tended to look a lot alike — found-footage shooting techniques, scares that are spoiled in the trailers, and an ending that can be predicted a mile away. This month's The Vatican Tapes, though, stands out from the pack, thanks in large part to its A-list cast (Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou and Ant-Man scene-stealer Michael Pena) as well as a genuinely scary plot: an epidemic of demon possession is occurring, and the Vatican has taped every exorcism. Reviews of the movie were mixed, but during its opening weekend, it had the best box office debut for a movie of its nature — so naturally, the question on everyone's minds is, will there be a Vatican Tapes sequel?
Although nothing's been announced so far, I, for one, would be shocked if a sequel wasn't already in the works. Although its box office take certainly wasn't enormous, the movie was far from a flop, and horror movies of late tend to be made with the hopes of a franchise in mind. Yet the biggest hint of all that The Vatican Tapes will get a sequel is its ending (spoilers to follow!). After Angela (Olivia Taylor Dudley) is the subject of a failed exorcism that ends with the deaths of everyone around her, she becomes a prophet of sorts, performing famous and widely-seen healings across the world. It could easily mark the start of a new film, one that follows Angela in her "work," with Vicar Imani (Djimon Hounsou) watching over her every move.
But will it? It's too soon to tell, but perhaps an announcement of a second movie is imminent. Until that day hopefully comes, though, here are eight other exorcism-focused horror movies to enjoy if you're brave:
1. The Exorcist
Gotta start with the original, of course. The 1973 film was not only a massive success (it's one of the highest-grossing movies ever made), but it was nominated for 10 Oscars. Pretty impressive for a movie about a possessed 12-year-old.
Come for the exorcisms, stay for the all-star cast (Keanu Reeves, Tilda Swinton, Shia LaBeouf...). The 2005 thriller didn't earn the best reviews, but it was a box office hit and a genuinely scary film.
3. Deliver Us From Evil
The 2014 movie about a New York cop (Eric Bana) who learns that demons are real may not be particular inspired, but it is spooky.
4. The Last Exorcism
Its sequel may be forgettable, but 2010's The Last Exorcism is a truly scary movie that's a must-see for horror fan
It might not be your typical exorcism film, but the Tim Burton comedy featured one all the same.
6. The Exorcism Of Emily Rose
One of the better exorcism films, Emily followed a lawyer (Laura Linney) defending a priest (Tom Wilkinson) after he performed an exorcism on a 19-year-old.
7. The Conjuring
One of the best horror movies in recent years, The Conjuring followed a family's struggle with paranormal activity attacking their home. Hugely successful and widely acclaimed, a sequel will be released in 2016.
8. Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
Daffy performs an exorcism on a female duck, only to be possessed himself, albeit for just a short while. A horror genre classic it is not, but what's not to love about Looney Tunes gone evil?
If you're a brave enough soul to watch these movies (and no, I don't just mean Quackbusters), best of luck. I, meanwhile, am perfectly happy getting my horror fix from episodes of Botched, thank you very much.