When we think of demons, we often envision the devil’s minions. However, demons are not just prevalent in Christianity. Islam, Judaism, Kabbalah, Hinduism, and even ancient near east cultures have all discussed these supernatural creatures.
The word “demon” comes from the Greek word daimon, which means “to divide.” Thus a daimon was someone who could affect someone’s fate or destiny. In modern times, a demon does indeed alter fate or destiny, but such alterations are always considered “evil.” Modern demons are capable of possessing humans and can only be removed through exorcism.
Various horror films have capitalized on the concepts of demonology. Some films have used actual demons for inspiration, whereas others have invented demons of their own to create wicked horror. The following lists the top five demons that have been given the Hollywood treatment. Note that these demons are distinct from “devil movies,” which focus on Satan, Lucifer, or Old Scratch himself.