The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)

Film review: The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005), directed by Scott Derrickson

theexorcismofemilyroseVery loosely based on the exorcism of Anneliese Michel, The Exorcism of Emily Rose follows Erin Bruner (Laura Linney), a lawyer wanting to become a partner of the law firm she works for (where Colm Feore is the boss), and a case comes along, where a priest, Father Moore (Tom Wilkinson) is accused of causing the death of a young woman, Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter – Debra Morgan on Dexter).

The priest says she was possessed by demons …

But was she really, or was she killed by being neglected by the priest and his cronies? Who knows whether or not there are such things as actual demons? Erin bruner finds strange things starting to happen around her, but is she just letting the case affect her mentally, or … is the priest’s story actually true?

Also starring Campbell Scott as prosecutor Ethan Thomas prosecutor, Mary Beth Hurt as Judge Brewster, Henry Czerny (The Tudors) as Dr. Briggs, Shohreh Aghdashloo as Dr Adani and Duncan Fraser as Dr Cartwright.

As it happens, I’m intrigued by films with demons. One of the scariest films I’ve seen has a demon in it. But because I had read about Anneliese Michel before this film, and therefore saw it from that context. Which means that there’s no demons.

This is not what the film makers have gone for. It’s hole hog demonry. And a lot of screaming. And when it’s not that, it’s a courtroom. Doesn’t really do it for me, to be honest, even if it must be oddly liberating for Carpenter to scream like a woman possessed. Ahhhh-har-har.

Can’t complain about the acting, or the ambiguity in if you believe she was possessed or not, because that’s interesting, but … I don’t know. Just expected it to be something different than half courtroom, half screaming woman eating bugs.

2.5 out of 5 sinking mattresses?


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