90% of westerners who were raised religious abide by a form of Judeo-Christian ideologies and possession horror movies target this group almost exclusively. While the trope seems predominantly Catholic, we’ve seen examples of Hebrew exorcism in creepers like The Unborn and The Possession. But to date, I’m hard-pressed to think of any film in the subgenre written from an Islamic viewpoint. While some might never think twice about the religion’s exclusion, owing to the fact that Muslims are a minority in America and the UK, it’s notable because the three sects (Christianity, Judaism, and Islam) are inseparably intertwined.
Which is why Islamic Exorcist, written and directed by Faisal Saif and arriving on VOD May 12th, caught my attention. It seems more than just timely that such a film would arrive during unprecedented levels of religious-based xenophobia; it seems important—potentially even necessary. A movie like this one is likely to bring attention to important issues related to Muslim communities, while ultimately proving there are more similarities than differences between the world’s main religions.
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Of course, I wouldn’t be sharing this trailer at all if it wasn’t scary as hell; it is! Have a look:
Official Synopsis: The lives of a couple are devastated when a sibling becomes possessed by a demonic force.
Tagline: They thought it was Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; what communicated with them will scare the hell out of you!
Per Islamic Exorcist’s Facebook Page:
Cinema Epoch has acquired the distribution rights of Indian international Horror film Islamic Exorcist. The film is written and directed by controversial Indian film maker Faisal Saif and is in the English language. Islamic Exorcist is based on a True Story that happened in India and depicts the controversial understanding between Shia and Sunni Muslim community.
The studio which is backed by acclaimed film maker Gregory Hatanaka revealed the film’s First Poster yesterday. Cinema Epoch has produced and distributed films such as John Woo’s The Killer, Samurai Cop 1 & 2, Daryl Hannah’s Blind Revenge, Holy Terror to name a few. The Studio is distributing the film all across USA, Canada, UK, Germany and Japan.
The film stars Nirab Hossain, Meera, and Kavita Radheshyam.
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Are you curious to see Islamic Exorcist when it arrives in May? What do you think about the trailer? Sound off in the Comments section!