Over the years since “The Exorcist” exorcism and possession movies have almost become a genre unto themselves. Journalist Matt Baglio sought to get to the reality behind all the green vomit and glazed over eyeballs from those films and followed a young priest as he took a course in exorcism from a Vatican affiliated university. His 2009 non-fiction book “The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist” was the result.
One year later and here comes the film version of that book, “The Rite.” From the looks of this trailer, all of the Hollywood conventions about exorcism are back with a vengeance. Colin O’Donoghue stars as Michael Kovak, the disillusioned American seminary student who meets Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins,) who introduces him to the darker sides of the faith.
Directed by Mikael Håfström (“1408”) and written by Michael Petroni, the film makes no claims to being non-fiction, but it’s an interesting contrast nonetheless. As a fan of all things involving threatening gestures with crucifixes, I’m sure I’ll be first in line.
“The Rite” will be in theaters in January of 2011