I don't scare easily. When I was thirteen, I would walk to the video store right after it got dark and I would rent a few scary movies. Then, I would go into my bedroom, turn off the lights and watch them by myself. For the most part, my imagination can conjure up scarier things than anyone has put in movie or book. I must admit though that The Exorcism of Emily Rosefreaked the crap out of me! I know that part of that is because it is a true story. I know that demons can possess a person and to me that is the scariest thing that could ever happen to someone. If you watch this movie, I hope you are prepared to be terrified.
Scott Derrickson’s “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” (2005) is based on the real events of a German-Catholic woman named Anneliese Michel who in the 70’s had the rites of exorcism performed on her to cast out six or more demonic entities that resulted in her death. Germany had its own hand in a full-length feature film about Michel in 2006 called “Requiem”; and while “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” would inevitably be compared to “The Exorcist” … more
Pros: Jennifer Carpenters stellar and haunting performance. Cons: Should have explored the central theme a little more. The Bottom Line: The movie does make one think; at least it made me think and watch shadows in the dark. Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot. I am a self avowed spiritual agnostic, but occasionally some human drama unfolds that makes me rethinkhowever minutemy … more
With eerie atmosphere that sticks with you throughout its duration, "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" is a compelling and well-drawn tale of horror and courtroom drama. In it, Laura Linney plays Erin Bruner, an aggressive (and agnostic) junior partner at her law firm who jumps at the chance to defend a Catholic priest in a negligent homicide case. She has a track record of "getting off" guilty parties and she also wants to make senior partner. With a high profile case like this, she'd be a fool to pass … more
The timing of this film could not be more propitious as the courts struggle with Darwinism, Creationism, and separation of church and state, creating embittered conversations about fact versus faith. The fact that this film adaptation of an actual event results in a work of such touching tenderness is due to the imagination and artistry of writer Paul Harris Boardman and co-writer and director Scott Derrickson, as well as a fine cast of some of our best actors. This is not a horror flick: this is … more
I am married to a wonderful man who I love more than I ever thought possible. My favorite things in life are spending time with the hubby, my puppy, reading, watching movies or TV and laughing with my … more
Consider the Source
Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.
thematic material, including intense/frightening sequences and disturbing images
A 19-year-old girl is officially recognized by the Roman Catholic Church as possessed. A priest is put on trial after the girl dies. A bitter lawyer agrees to be his defense attorney and during the course of the trial, re-evaluates her life. The story is told in flashbacks that chronicle the girl's battle with what she believes to be possession juxtaposed with the court proceedings.