The Director of THE EXORCIST Shows us a Real Exorcism in a New Documentary THE DEVIL AND FATHER AMORTH
The director of the classic 1973 horror film The Exorcist, William Friedkin, had never seen a real-life exorcism. That is until decades after he made the movie when he was invited to see one performed by Father Amorth, who is the Vatican’s chief exorcist.
The original Exorcist movie was based on the true story of the actual 1949 exorcism of a young boy who lived in Cottage City, Maryland. Upon hearing about the story he became fascinated with exorcisms, made the movie in '73, and now he has directed a documentary that takes us into the experience of what an exorcism is really like. It's called The Devil and Father Amorth and today we have a trailer for you to watch.
Regardless of what your stance is on God, the Devil, or religion this is something that some of you may still find it fascinating. It looks like it could be a crazy documentary.
Here's the official synopsis for The Devil and Father Amorth:
Years after he changed the landscape of American filmmaking with 1973’s THE EXORCIST, director, co-writer and legendary storyteller William Friedkin moves from fiction to fact with his new documentary, THE DEVIL AND FATHER AMORTH. What began as a brief conversation between Friedkin and Father Gabrielle Amorth – the head Exorcist for the Diocese of Rome for over 30 years – as two professionals who knew of each other’s work soon transformed into an once-in-a- lifetime opportunity, as Amorth agreed Friedkin could film an exorcism ceremony. It would be the ninth exorcism for a painfully afflicted woman, Cristina (a pseudonym), who had already been under Father Amorth’s care – and it would be filmed by Friedkin alone, with no other crew allowed, no light other than the natural light in the room and a small digital camera-and-mic unit that could capture the ritual and its revelations.
Combining the startling and singular footage from Cristina’s exorcism with interviews from priests and psychologists, neurosurgeons and non-believers, Friedkin guides us on a journey into the twilight world between the boundaries of what we know and what we don’t with a singular and startling guide in the form of the urbane, charming and self-deprecatingly funny Father Amorth, a man who laughs in the face of the Devil both figuratively and literally. Combining Friedkin’s past memories and present observations with archival footage and new interviews – as well as also presenting what may be the only real exorcism ceremony captured on film – THE DEVIL AND FATHER AMORTH is a startling and surprising story of the religion, the ritual and the real-world victims involved in possession and exorcism.
The Devil and Father Amorth will be released on April 20, 2018.