On this day of unholy worship of everything black and filled with fire from all the revelry take some time to enjoy the demonic side of cinema. Check out these six flicks that celebrate all that is evil and consuming. Sundays are a day for reflection and revelation so why not learn the true meaning of this unholy day!
1. The Black Door (2001)
Directed by Kit Wong and starring Sergio Gallinaro, Staci Tara Moore and Kevin Blatch “The Black Door” is set in Seattle, USA, 1999. At the demand of MEG, a camera crew investigates the strange course of events that brought STEVEN H., her boyfriend, to be hospitalized. Steven's condition is serious. His body has been severely lacerated by an unknown assailant. The doctors think it could be a wild animal, or maybe even a man with extremely long and hard nails. Steven is also suffering from a mysterious infection that spreads inside him at an alarming speed... The camera crew investigates on Steven's past weeks, hoping to find the truth and learn what really happened to him. Steven was doing historical research on trading between Mexico and the US, and had focused his work on a man called Balmaseda, a prosperous Mexican businessman who disappeared in 1932. This apparently innocuous research led Steven to a much darker discovery... Everything seems to revolve around a group of mysterious characters.
2. Darkness (2002)
There's something in this house... Something ancient and dark that remains still, hidden and silent. It can only wait, having been concealed in the shadows for years. In fact, its milieu is darkness. Only in it can it show itself and move. It even takes its name: DARKNESS. It's lived here since someone tried to call it, more than forty years ago. Because this house hides a secret, a terrible past, an inconceivably evil act... Seven children, faceless people, a circle that must be completed. And blood, lots of blood. Directed by Jaume Balagueró and starring Anna Paquin, Lena Olin and Iain Glen.
3. Drag Me To Hell (2009)
Christine Brown is a loans officer at a bank but is worried about her lot in life. She's in competition with a competent colleague for an assistant manager position and isn't too sure about her status with a boyfriend. Worried that her boss will think less of her if she shows weakness, she refuses a time extension on a loan to an old woman, Mrs. Ganush, who now faces foreclosure and the loss of her house. In retaliation, the old woman place a curse on her which, she subsequently learns, will result in her being taken to hell in a few days time. With the help of a psychic, she tries to rid herself of the demon, but faces several hurdles in the attempt. Directed by Sam Raimi and starring Alison Lohman, Justin Long and Ruth Livier.
4. The Woods (2006)
In 1965, after provoking a fire in a forest, the rebel teenager Heather Fasulo is sent to the boarding school Falburn Academy in the middle of the woods by her estranged mother Alice Fasulo and her neglected father Joe Fasulo. The dean Ms. Traverse accepts Heather in spite of the bad financial condition of her father. The displaced Heather becomes close friend of he weird Marcy Turner, while they are maltreated by the abusive mate Samantha Wise. During the nights, Heather has nightmares and listens to voices from the woods, and along the days she believes that the school is a coven of witches. When some students, including Marcy, simply vanish, Heather believes she will be the next one. Directed by Lucky McKee and starring Lauren Birkell, Agnes Bruckner and Jane Gilchrist.
5. The Shrine (2010)
Directed by Jon Knautz and starring Aaron Ashmore, Cindy Sampson and Meghan Heffern. After a young American backpacker goes missing in Europe, a group of journalists link his disappearance to a remote village in Poland. They travel there hoping to get the story, but as they unravel the secrets behind this mysterious village, they are suddenly pursued by hostile locals. Unable to escape, they soon become the next victims of ritualistic human sacrifice. Forced into the gruesome reality of true survival horror, the journalists soon discover that this village hides a much darker secret than they could ever imagine.
6. The Skeleton Key (2005)
A hospice nurse working at a spooky New Orleans plantation home finds herself entangled in a mystery involving the house's dark past. After taking a job to care for an elderly woman the nurse soon discovers there is something far more sinister and supernatural at work and the young lawyer’s concern for the old woman goes far deeper than the nurse imagined. Directed by Iain Softley and starring Kate Hudson, Gena Rowlands, Peter Sarsgaard and Joy Bryant.