Exorcism movies come and go, but every now and then, you get something that’s a little different. Such is the case of the amazing The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
The story in this one sees a priest on trial convicted of the wrongful death caused by a failed exorcism. What plays out is to an attempt to show not all things can be explained by science and the potential for answers to be found in other ways.
It plays out like an average courtroom procedural with backstory of what happened to Emily Rose provided through witness testimonies. Jennifer Carpenter plays the titular character and let’s say the physicality in her acting is what really makes this film work. There’s a few scenes where she suffers demonic attacks and the way her body is contorted in unnatural ways is a sight to behold.
Mostly this movies raises questions of faith versus science. Can faith cure things that modern medicine cannot? Is what caused Emily’s death a result of demons or failures of her doctors. Much gets explored, and the defendant of the priest finds herself challenged because she openly believes in the spiritual while everyone is arguing that science is the answer.
We end with a memorable exorcism scene and the ultimate fate of the priest as far as the trial is concerned.
A pretty good horror movie in my opinion and one that very well liked among horror fans. I recommend to go see it if you haven’t done so and you can find it currently streaming on Hulu.
Till next time, stay scared!
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