These six “demons” in the 2005 American horror film “The exorcism of Emily Rose” are inventions of the scriptwriters. Only one of those names – Legion – is actually connected to the healing of a “demon possessed” man in the Bible.

Legion – was the name an insane man that Jesus healed had given himself (Mark 5:1-20). Legion means “many” and the man thought he was inhabited by many demons. This was the understanding of the people at the time of the New Testament and Jesus appears to have gone along with that. Although in the Old Testament it is clear that God is in control of illness and the idea of demons does not exist.

As for the other names:


was the son of Adam and Eve. He killed his brother Abel and was consequently punished. (Genesis 4:1-24).
was emperor of Rome from AD54 to AD68. He is famous for his tyranny, extravagance and immorality. He is mentioned in Acts 25:8-26; 26:32; 27:24; 28:19 and Philippians 4:22. His persecutions of the Christians are referred to in 1 Peter 1:6.
was one of the disciples of Jesus. He betrayed Jesus (Mark 14:43-46) and later killed himself (Matthew 27:3-5).
means “worthless”. The term is only used of worthless men in the Old Testament. However by the time of the Dead Sea Scrolls the word had also become attached to a personified Belial. This personification is probably the basis of Paul’s comment in 2 Corinthians 6:15.
is a Latin word meaning “morning star” or Venus. In the Latin New Testament 2 Peter 1:19 the “morning star” rising in your hearts (et lucifer oriatur in cordibus vestris) is probably a reference to Jesus. Consequently Lucifer was considered suitable as a Christian name for boys, and even bishops, in the early centuries of the church. It wasn’t till the 5th-6th Century that Lucifer became widely associated with Isaiah 14:12, where the king of Babylon is also described as the morning star. The KJV leaves the Latin here untranslated as Lucifer, which has misled many people into thinking the passage is referring to a supernatural force of evil.

For more answers about demons, see those with the “demons” tag.

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41 Responses to Who are the six demons in the film “Exorcism of Emily Rose” : Cain, Nero, Judas, Legion, Belial and Lucifer?

  1. Holly B says:

    Cain was not a demon.
    Legion refers to many of satans ‘minions’
    Judas was not a demon.
    Nero was not a demon.
    Lucifer IS SATAN….

    A less accepted theory is that belial comes from beli ‘ol,
    meaning “without yoke”; the definition would remain about the same,
    however: a “son of Belial” would be someone who is “lawless” or

    Either way, the Old Testament uses Belial as a personification of evil, not an actual entity.

    **Don’t be confused by movies – they are all incorrect when it comes to evil and good.

  2. Clara May Llagas says:

    Cain, Nero and Judas are not demons they are just humans that possessed by the Legion of demons it means that they are Legion *many* or a lot of demons who possessed Emily and the two names given it was Belial and Lucifer they are the real demons which the Bible said and the other demons who dwell with Cain, Nero and Judas weren’t given .

  3. hunter says:

    Is there forgivness for blasphemy

  4. hunter says:

    A demon said im coming for you it specifically said demon number 6

  5. Angelic Mccormick says:

    These where the demons that posses analesa mihcal Cain,Nero,Adolf Hitler, the fallen presist feliogials,Judas Iscariot and Lucifer they are demons now they are evil be careful

  6. Caleb says:

    An insane man? What happened to the phrase “demon possessed”? He did not heal the man, he cast a legion of demons out of him.

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