After forty five years when he filmed The Exorcist, the director behind one of the foremost alarming movies has shot a true exorcism.
When William Friedkin shot The Exorcist in 1973, he had never truly seen an exorcism, although even at the time he believed within the power of the ceremony that is intended to force out demons or different evil spirits from a ‘possessed’ person.
Now four decades on he is been given the rare probability to film an actual exorcism conducted by Father Gabriele Amorth, who frequently performs them.
The director of The Exorcist was invited to look at the Italian priest at work. The result is the documentary The Devil and Father Amorth that was shown at the Venice Film Festival. It shows Father Amorth and a lady in battle when an introduction explains 500,000 folks a year are exorcised in Italy.
Father Amorth sprinkles Holy Water and begins reciting verses, in Italian and in Latin. Suddenly, the girl begins to shake and roar. The ‘demon’ shouts “I am Satan” and warns the priest to depart. He continues his prayer, determined. “How many demons are inside you?” he asks. “89!” she replies. The struggle continues until Amorth wins, and she smiles in relief.
This is simply an outline of what happened, a fast look, however Friedkin showed his footage to scientists to check what they fabricated from it. The two neurosurgeons were fast to provide their views, with one saying it’s “amazing” and reminds her of Delirium. The girl’s voice additionally strikes a chord, joined says “it seems to come from somewhere else.”
“It’s like an animal in a cage”, says the other.
Speaking at the film festival, Friedkin aforementioned it was the same for him. “I have seen things that have astonished me, the voodoo in Jamaica, certain ceremonies in South America. I never thought there would be anything authentic in the exorcism until I saw it.”
Father Amorth, who has died since the documentary was recorded, gave Friedkin access on the agreement he came alone. The priest was a fan of the film therefore united to point out Friedkin what a dispossession encompasses.
Friedkin explained what he saw adding: “It was terrifying. I went from being afraid of what could happen to feeling a great deal of empathy with this woman’s pain and suffering, which is obvious in the film.”
It was the woman’s ninth dispossession, she had been having one a month. Ninth freaking exorcism! You’ve got to be kidding me! What is this woman? A Satan’s favourite past time?
This certainly is something that will give you chills down your spine. I hope you have a good night after reading this. And if you’re as scared as I am, let’s read Hanuman Chalisa together, please?