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Lists of top ten horror films more often than not have a place for The Exorcist, and deservedly so. In addition to being a terrifying movie, the very idea that a demon can occupy your body is pretty horrifying. A possession seems to be one of those things that cuts across most, if not all, branches of religions, but the exorcism is most associated with the Catholic Church. Coming May 7th, 2013, from The Disinformation Company is The Exorcist in the 21st Century, a documentary that explorers the world of Catholic exorcisms with unprecedented access granted by the Catholic Church.
From the press release:
The Church granted filmmakers Fredrik Horn Akselsen and Christian Falch a remarkable degree of access to tell this story, allowing them to accompany one of the few exorcists in Europe, the Vatican-approved Father José Antonio Fortea, Catholic priest / Exorcist and author. Father Fortea travels the world on his mission to enlighten the masses about demonic possession and to help fellow exorcists. Father Gabriel Amorth, Official Vatican Exorcist, is also prominently featured in the documentary. He has been an exorcist for 25 years and estimates he has seen 70,000 cases.
In the film Constanza, a Colombian woman, claims to have been possessed by demons for 15 years and sees the Spanish exorcist as her last hope for spiritual liberation.
The Exorcist in the 21st Century gives a unique insight into one of the world’s most secret and mystical rites – the Catholic ritual of exorcism. Captured in a compelling and dramatic fashion by Akselsen, the on-camera casting out of the demons is every bit as disturbing as anything Hollywood filmmakers could conjure up.
The DVD has an MSRP of $19.98 and contains nearly two hours of bonus material, including:
- A 50 minute filming of a real life exorcism
- An extended interview with Father José Antonio Fortea
- Full interview with Father Gabriel Amorth
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