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The Pope’s Exorcist

Russell Crowe holds a cross next to the logo for the film The Pope's Exorcist

Directed By: Julius Avery

Written By: Michael Petroni, Evan Spiliotoulos, and R. Dean McCreary

Synopsis: Follow Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s leading exorcist, as he investigates the possession of a child and uncovers a conspiracy the Vatican has tried to keep secret.

The late Father Gabriele Amorth, a Roman Catholic Priest and the Chief Exorcist of Rome, co-founded the International Association of Exorcists with Father René Laurentin in 1994. In 2014 the Catholic Church recognized the group as a Private Association of the Faithful. In a STATEMENT from the International Association of Exorcists (IAE) said that “The title itself is pretentious. A quick look at the trailer confirms (if proof were needed) not only its splatter-like quality, a true subgenre in the horror category, but also its unreliability on such a sensitive and relevant matter.” And “Furthermore, the Catholic Church is represented by an equally non credible pope figure, played by Italian actor Franco Nero. Finally, the Vatican environments, painted in the traditional range of chiaroscuro shades, provide the film with a “Da Vinci Code” effect, instilling in the audience the usual doubt: who is the real enemy? The devil or the ecclesiastical “power”?

While the plot is neither realistic nor accurate, if you want to know more about Father Gabriele Amorth, William Friedkin, who directed The Exorcist, filmed Fr. Amorth’s last exorcism. You can watch HERE.

Some of Father Gabriele Amorth’s books:

Book cover for My Battle Against Satan by Fr. Gabriele Amorth
Book cover for An Exorcist Explains the Demonic by Fr. Gabriele Amorth
Book cover for The Devil Is Afraid of Me by Fr. Gabriele Amorth

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