The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005)
Critic Consensus: Loosely based on a true story, The Exorcism of Emily Rose mixes compelling courtroom drama with generally gore-free scares in a ho-hum take on demonic cinema.
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|Rating:||PG-13 (for thematic material, including intense/frightening sequences and disturbing images)|
|Genre:||Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Scott Derrickson|
|Written By:||Scott Derrickson, Paul Harris Boardman|
|In Theaters:||Sep 9, 2005 Wide|
|On DVD:||Dec 20, 2005|
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as Erin Bruner
as Father Moore
as Ethan Thomas
as Emily Rose
as Karl Gunderson
as Nathaniel Rose
as Dr. Mueller
as Judge Brewster
as Dr. Briggs
as Dr. Adani
as Dr. Cartwright
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Critic Reviews for The Exorcism of Emily Rose
"The film finds a way to justify its existence despite the inevitable comparisons to ["The Exorcist"], in whose shadow it will inevtiably stand..."
It avoids gratuitous gore and the shocks that provide the backbone of most horror films. ... [Derrickson's] more interested in the spiritual questions at hand.
A glum and undistinguished drama -- it's certainly nothing so crass as a horror movie, despite the spooky come-on of the marketing.
Derrickson's film has been overtaken by bland characters, cheap shocks, kindergarten theology and a pace so plodding that viewers will be left wondering whether it is just Erin's watch that has mysteriously stopped.
Now to each their own, but serious-minded Sunday preaching mixed in with the occult, is just not my cup of witch's brew.
Audience Reviews for The Exorcism of Emily Rose
Wilkinson and Linney's dynamic performances are the reason to see this melodramatic if typical exorcism piece, he as the anxious priest attempting to fit medieval beliefs into skeptical modern times and she as the atheist legal eagle he needs most to convince. Not boring.
Don't really remember seeing this, that might say alot about the quality of the film. I do remember that the possessed scenes weren't that cheesy, so that's a positive at least.
Second best exorcism flick ever made! In the first place, of course, you'll find the 1973 cult phenomenon The Exorcist. What may be interesting to know though is that there's a true story behind this, that also became the inspiration for said classic. It is by many believed to be genuine, and as someone with personal experience of the supernatural, I have to admit that I'm a believer as well. Anyway, aside from the real-life mysteries upon which it is founded, this is a horror film that really hits the mark. Jennifer Carpenter is exceptionally convincing and there's creepiness in the plenty that will have your nerves working overtime. Expect your electrical bill to go up a tad, if you catch my drift. Because this is one movie you don't wanna be watching alone in a dark room. That's what I did, and I'm deeply regretting it now.
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