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10.20.2017
Exorcism Of Emily Rose, The (2005)
Movie Review by The Mortician
10.14.12

Exorcism Of Emily Rose, The (2005) Well, it took me a while to catch up with this one, but seems THE EXORCIST, like JAWS, has inspired a whole sub-genre of movies that are still going strong. THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE is pretty decent, it's half court case, half flashback to what happened...Basically, the premise is what if a priest tried to exorcise a possessed teenager and she died while she was under his care? Is he liable? Do we even take demonic possession seriously in this day and age when so much can be explained by science and medicine? Heavy questions indeed, and this movie gives both sides (religious and medicine) equal time in the debate. I found the court trial scenes to be every bit as interesting and riveting as the now fairly standardized possession sequences, although I must admit that a few JACOB'S LADDER style jump scares and demonic appearances did spook me. The movie has a good pace and Jennifer Carpenter, who plays the possessed teen (and later went on to great success as Dexter's sister in the hit television show) does a great job in the Linda Blair-inspired role. There's also tension in the courtroom when the defense attorney (Laura Linney) for the priest (Tom Wilkinson) falls under the impression that the demon that was allegedly possessing Emily Rose may now be haunting her. Solid acting, good direction, and an intriguing script make this movie well worth watching. Doesn't have the guttural possession sequences of THE EXORCIST, but I found THE EXORCISM OF EMILY ROSE to be thought provoking and genuinely creepy. It's also based on a real incident that happened.

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