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Based on a true story, this film is both a riveting courtroom drama and a first class chiller. A Catholic Priest (Tom Wilkinson) is on trial for homicidal negligence after performing a failed exorcism on Emily Rose, devout college girl (Jennifer Carpenter) now dead from assorted wounds and malnutrition. Laura Linney plays Erin Bruner, the priest’s defense lawyer, and Campbell Scott plays the chief prosecutor, who argues persuasively that Emily was likely suffering from psychotic epilepsy and could have been saved with hospitalization and medicine. The demonic possession unfolds in a series of spine-tingling flashbacks and as it does so, the initially doubtful Erin is visited by evil forces and her own soul seems to be at stake. More than a criminal negligence case, the trial becomes about the importance of recognizing the limits of rationality and the possibility of a world beyond the visible. In portraying the extent to which wildly different belief systems have splintered modern society this film couldn’t be more relevant or timely. Linney and Campbell are first rate, as is to be expected, creating great depth for their characters even though the script grants them almost no personal lives; it’s a very "stick to the facts" sort of tale. Each character lives a life of apparent near-isolation, which adds to the cumulative effect of unease. The house where Emily grows up is spookily oppressive, the scenes of possession are truly scary and a dark sense of foreboding may follow viewers long after the credits have rolled. Carpenter earns a place as a 21st century scream queen with her hair-raising, fearless performance; Mary Beth Hurt plays the judge.
This is a gripping movie very well put together and is a True Story...well worth the price....
"The Exorcism of Emily Rose" (UNRATED VERSION) is a truly nightmarish odyssey of TRUE EVENTS. That makes this even more horrific! If there is legitimate truths to this movie....and I know there is because Emily Rose existed and the Priest involved was tried in Courts, (simply look up old papers in a library), then it is truly a whirlwind journey into evil that equals and may even surpass the "Exorcist". Emily Rose is raised in a "near" Amish-Style family that is devoutly religious. After heading off to college, Emily Rose begins her episodic nightmare as she spirals downward deeper and deeper as each scene draws you in further and further. Demons appear to her in frightening fashion for all of us to see, and her dreams of college are massively derailed as she is possessed by multiple demons who identify themselves as specific members of "Legion" including Satan himself. This exorcism and possession carry all the brutality and ferocity "The Exorcist" ever fictionalized, but "Emily Rose" goes further! (Jennifer Carpenter), who plays Emily Rose, is mesmerizing in her performance. She truly sells her fear and unwilling descent into evil, even as she mercifully begs everyone for help. She is no longer an actress in this film, she "IS" Emily Rose! You will easily find yourself enraptured in this unbeleivable film about Faith, God and Society as all are put to the test. Definately don't miss this !!!! And leave a light on !!!!
I rented this movie from Blockbuster last night and after viewing it wondered why I did not buy it instead. The craziest thing about it is, I didn't know the movie was based on true events until the end credits.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose puts an unusual spin on the typical Exorcism movies. The cast is brilliant as Laura Linney is the lead as the defense attorney for Father Moore who is on trial for negligence leading to the death of Emily Rose. A particular nice aspect of the movie is that it is told through the stories of the preacher.
The climax of the exorcism is horribly intense. If you have Catholic roots it will especially scare the hell out of you. I'm not going to give anything away, but this is a definite classic.
If you want a blood and guts, slicing and dicing movie - this is not your kind of flick. However, if you want a great terror movie (that has great legal references, if you like court movies) "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" is something you should pick up immediately.
Don't go to Blockbuster like I did. Spend the $18.99 and add it to your DVD collection.
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The Exorcism of Emily Rose seems pretty clear cut and leaves the audience thinking "Oh it's just another horror movie." No! This movie manages to successfully blend a horror movie and a court room drama, which leaves you wondering who is at fault. Was Emily Rose truly possessed or did the priests and parents allowed this young girl to die? The audience is left to figure out the truth.
Don't let the slow pace turn you away from this movie, the tension builds to the viewer guessing. This movie is worth, at least, a rental. Pick it up today.
I orginally saw this movie in theatres and had to buy it when it was released. You don't have to be a complete horror movie buff to enjoy this movie. It plays out like a courtroom drama so it is not for everyone. The exorcism itself is told in flashbacks as the fate of the priest is one of the main concerns. I like how the movie plays out becasue it divides up the arguments for spiritual and scientific quite equally and will leave you wondering what really happened to Emily. The acting was excellent and the visuals really are creepy. The movie retains a dark atmosphere where anything can happen. The plot throws curve after curve and the verdict is one of which that you would never guess. If you at least enjoy any season of Law and Order, or you are a horror movie fan who wants something new; then this is the movie for you.
This movie is a prime example of the statement Jesus said to His persecutors, "How can Satan cast out Satan?" There is a trilogy of evil reigning Monarch Demons that reside over the Catholic Church today(and have since the Catholic Church's inception by these demons) THE BEAST; ASHTEROTH, who appears as the Virgin Mary; another demon who will probably give voice to the human false prophet who will soon hearald the coming Anti-Christ and demand that all people make an image of him and worship him as god on earth.
So, as you can see Emily Rose died because she was dealing with people who worship Satan under the guise of Christianity. Emily Rose would have been set free and still alive today if she only knew to test the spirits to see if they were of the One True God or the devil. Jesus would have delivered her because Jesus shed His life's blood to pay for our entrance into Heaven and Jesus defeated Satan and his demons.
When my husband first told me we were going to be watching this movie, I thought "oh great another exorcism type movie". But that was not the case. It's a courtroom drama with flashbacks of the account of the exorcism itself. It was a little disturbing at times, but it was the best movies I have seen in a long time.
THIS IS THE SCARIEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME. The Ring 1&2 have nothing on what this movie has. This movie makes you think and makes you want to sleep through the third hour of every day. I had troubles sleeping after I watched this movie. Throughout the movie you are engulfed by its shadows and taken in by what is happening to Emily. The actors portray their characters to a T. You actually think that this is not a movie, and this is unfolding before your very eyes. Many thriller movies nowadays make you want to gag yourself with a spoon with their acting and their attempt to portray human emotion. Usually I am less than entertained by stupid, idiotic movies like, Saw 1&2, the Screams, Freddy, Jason, and Wolf Creek. This is not just a typical slasher, blood gushing, gory, jump out and try and freak you out type of movies. The whole movie is dark and chilling. The antagonist is much more than just a killer; he's the devil himself. Like I said before, this movie will make you think, and since it's based on true events, the movie eludes that this case of exorcism could happen to anyone, anywhere. This movie is highly recommended. Don't watch alone, however macho you think you are.
A Scary, Scary movie. I bought this movie because it is a true story of a young girl who was possessed by evil spirits.We live in a world that dicates that we should only believe those things we can document by our senses, not be reason.
In my opinion this movie followed the logical sequence of events and it did not fail us with its special effects. All the actors portrayed in the movie were credible. Most crucial was the ending of the movie - with God prevailing.
Well in my opinion, amongst all of horror Movies, I find Religious ones (The Exorsist,The Order,Constantine, this) to have more of a frightening effect compared to Monsters/Creatures. One that's based on a true story, even better. Because then you really wonder (If you believe).
While everyone is comparing This to the exorsist, I find them both equally well done. But were talking about Emily Roses' Exorsism. I bought this and another movie together, yet I wanted to watch this first. I didn't want any nightmares.
It did the job of making me turn on all the lights to bathroom and make my finace come with me.
In my opinion the movie is worth buying. I didn't mind spending top dollar for it. I will be watching it again soon. Read other reviews, and see what you think. If you like these type of movies, you'll probably end up buying it anyway somewhere down the road.