Sunday, October 17, 2010

October Challenge Film #20

The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005, Scott Derrickson) - 122 min.

The main problem with The Exorcism of Emily Rose is that it was marketed as a horror film meant to scare you.  In reality, the film is a drama about the trial of Father Moore, the man who attempted to exorcise the demons from Emily.  He is accused of negligence for encouraging Emily that her case was a spiritual one, not a medical one, and for allowing her to die.  Definitely more of a drama.  Don't get me wrong, there are some very creepy scenes, but the film is much different than what it was made out to be.

The acting was great, especially from Laura Linney, Tom Wilkinson, and Jennifer Carpenter.  Jennifer Carpenter can do some scary body contortions!  The mood was very fitting for the subject matter, as it was somber and serious, yet there was an underlying creepiness that really makes one uneasy.

I know nothing of the story this film is based on, so I won't presume to say that the film adaptation of the actual event was accurate, but I will say that it was very believable and earnest.


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