The Exorcism of Emily Rose

“In shocking news Jesus H. Christ has broken into Tim Burton’s garage, where he keeps that tree that appears in all of his films.”

Screen Gems presents a film directed by Scott Derrickson. Written by Paul Harris Boardman Boardman and Derrickson. Running time: 114 minutes. Rated PG-13 (for thematic material including intense/frightening sequences and disturbing images).


It’s not an easy thing to make a film in the category of exorcism or any category already done with extreme popular success. The original Exorcist is probably the scariest film ever made and anything trying to tell a similar story will be held to that very high standard. What this film does well is take a story about an exorcism and tell it through a series of flashbacks as a legal case is made for the priest who performed the ceremony.


Having said that this is still not that great of a film. Due to a PG13 rating there’s not a whole hell of a lot they can do to scare us other than a few jarring cuts with a loud accompanying soundtrack. The performances are well enough, especially the calm and cool Campbell Scott as the prosecuting attorney.


What this film asks is that we the people believe that the existence of ghouls and demons and such are real. This is the basis for the entire defense of the accused priest. Maybe if the flashbacks were done a little more intense and shown less of the time my curiosity might have been raised, but seeing that girl convulsing on the floor so many times and her goofy illusions only served as a hooky retread of a subject that honestly has been done to death.

~ by fumikaelson on October 16, 2005.

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