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What the movies teach us about possession

As Deliver Us From Evil lands on disc in the UK, we look back at key lessons the movies teach us about possession...

The idea of demonic possession goes back thousands of years, to before we had film. Most religions carry their own interpretation of what it means for a person to be 'possessed' by a demon or a spirit and it's a complicated, arcane subject shrouded in mystery and ritual.

The Sumerians, thousands of years before Christ, believed all diseases were caused by 'sickness demons' and had their sorcerers attempt early exorcisms as cures. The Quran talks extensively of Jinn (demons) that can drive people to insanity and may only be expelled via worship. In the Bible, Satan and his demons are very much at large using human beings as vessels for devilish deeds. Jesus casts a whole bunch of them out before he's accused of being demon-possessed himself
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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows' and More

This week: After the blockbuster success of the first film, it was elementary that Robert Downey Jr. would return as the world's greatest sleuth and master of disguise in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," costarring Jude Law, Noomi Rapace and Jared Evans.

Also new this week is Nicolas Cage's return as Johnny Blaze in "Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance," Thandie Newton in "Tyler Perry's Good Deeds," the harrowing World War II foreign drama "In Darkness," and the Blu-ray debut of "Meatballs" with Bill Murray.

'Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows'

Box Office: $187 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 61% Fresh

Storyline: Sherlock Holmes (Robert Downey Jr.) meets his intellectual match in Professor Moriarty (Jared Evans), the evil mastermind behind a plot to start a World War for his own benefit. In an attempt to outmaneuver his formidable foe, Holmes steals Dr. Watson (Jude Law) away from his honeymoon, also
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Five More Cabins In The Woods

Five More Cabins In The Woods
by Ryan Rigley

Don't go in the woods. Seriously, it's dangerous. Especially if you're staying in a cabin. With the release of "The Cabin In The Woods," audiences across the country are in for a clever twist on a tried and true staple of the horror genre. Starring Kristen Connolly and Chris Hemsworth, "Cabin In The Woods" follows a group of five friends as they journey to a remote cabin in the woods for a little rest and relaxation. Unfortunately for these rowdy teenagers, the cabin in the woods isn't exactly what it appears to be.

Fans of the horror genre will be quick to realize that the "cabin in the woods" storyline isn't exactly reinventing the wheel. There have been a wide array of "cabin in the woods" storylines over the years, probably because it's just such a creepy concept. The thought of being alone in the middle of
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This Week In Trailers: Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, Garbo: The Spy, House of Pleasures, Aurora, Planes, Trains & Automobiles

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This Week In Trailers: Corman’s World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel, Garbo: The Spy, House of Pleasures, Aurora, Planes, Trains & Automobiles
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel Trailer If there ever was a team-up I know I'll never be able to see it would be
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New Trailer for Vincent D’Onofrio’s Directorial Debut Don’T Go In The Woods

Some things just go together like peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti and meatballs, lamb and tuna fish. If Vincent D’Onofrio’s (Full Metal Jacket) directorial debut Don’t Go in the Woods is any indication, then the next match made in movie heaven is musical-meets-slasher flick. Somehow I don’t think that’s going to work out so well. Don’t Go in the Woods, from Tribeca Film, is a cautionary tale told through the story of a young band who heads into the woods to find inspiration for their songs. What they find is a “nightmare beyond comprehension.” The film releases nationally On Demand via cable VOD, iTunes, Amazon Watch Instantly and Vudu on December 26th, with a limited theatrical release in January 2012. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. So did you laugh as much as I did? I found Don’t Go in the Woods unintentionally funny,
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The Evil Dead, The Living Dead and the dead wrong

New DVD celebrates the 80s heyday of video nasties - a genre that didn't quite corrupt the nation's youth … or its dogs

Hard to believe now, but back in the early 1980s Britain was under attack. A sustained attack from a foe more insidious and corrupting than anything that had assailed our shores before; a demonic force that destroyed our mental health, that could deprave all who came into contact with it. Highly scientific studies proved beyond all doubt the peril we were all in, especially our children and even our pets. This was the menace that came from something called a "Video Nasty".

There are two things you should know about that opening paragraph: firstly, everything in it was at one time believed by our leaders of the day (yes, even the bit about pets). And second, they were completely wrong on every count. It was a shameful period in our recent history,
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Courting controversy: The Exorcist

Dave kicks off a new occasional series, looking at the films that have courted controversy over the years. Where better to start than The Exorcist?

There are a fair few movies that have courted controversy over the decades, be it a film about cheese under a microscope or the Asian torture film, Grotesque. Some of these films you will have heard of.: Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Evil Dead, Cannibal Holocaust, Clockwork Orange and, the subject of this feature, The Exorcist

Others, I'll be surprised if anyone but a handful of people will have ever experienced: Don't Go Near The Park, Don't Go In The Woods, Don't Look In The Basement and Don't Tell Mom, The Babysitter's Dead. Okay, that last one isn't a video nasty, but fits in with the motif of things not to do!

In the 1980s, as many of you will probably know, the video nasty boom was at its height.
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