William Friedkin will forever be remembered for directing the film adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, a film widely considered the most terrifying ever made even 4+ decades after it’s release. Friedkin began his career as a documentarian, so it makes sense that the filmmaker’s latest project is both familiar and unique.
In The Devil and Father Amorth, Friedkin shadows a real-life exorcist who claims to have conducted thousands of cleansings. Though Michael Klug only gave it 2 stars in his review, it’s a must-watch for anyone who finds intrigue in the concept of demonic possession.
Official Synopsis: In 1973 he brought us the film classic, The Exorcist. 45 years later, Academy Award-winning director William Friedkin brings us the real thing.
If you’re fascinated by exorcisms and don’t have 90 minutes to spare, the folks at Vice have released an equally compelling examination of modern exorcists a couple years ago—and it’s only 11 minutes long. Give it a spin below and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
Official Synopsis: The ancient rite of casting evil spirits from the possessed is on the rise in the United States. Historically, demonic possessions have been used to describe mental or physical illnesses and even strings of bad luck, but the scientific community has debunked many of the outdated convictions.
With the U.S. being home to 20 percent of the world’s exorcists, VICE investigates why the phenomenon of exorcism is on the rise. We speak to Father Lampert, a member of the International Association of Exorcists and Michael Shermer, a former Evangelical Christian and founder of Skeptic magazine, to see why the modern exorcism is thriving in the West.