The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005, Courtroom Drama Horror Movie) – 7/10 review

Laura Linney: Erin Bruner
Tom Wilkinson: Father Moore
Campbell Scott: Ethan Thomas
Jennifer Carpenter: Emily Rose
Colm Feore: Karl Gunderson
Joshua Close: Jason
Mary Beth Hurt: Judge Brewster
Henry Czerny: Dr. Briggs
Shohreh Aghdashloo: Dr. Adani
Consultant: Dr. Felicitas D. Goodman
Producer: Paul Harris Boardman
Writer: Paul Harris Boardman
Writer: Scott Derrickson
Director: Scott Derrickson

Exorcism of Emily Rose, The (2005)

Father Moore is charged with the negligent death of Emily Rose. He says she was possessed by demons and attempted to treat her spiritually; the prosecution says she had an unusual medical condition which could have been treated using drugs.


Intriguing and scary horror courtroom drama that takes inspiration from a true-life case (a book about Anneliese Michel by Dr. Felicitas D. Goodman, credited as consultant) and successfully balances a skeptic and believer viewpoint with the shock tactics and monstrous subwoofer requirements of a modern horror movie. It succeeds in being thought-provoking on the topic of demons and may prompt you to do further reading on the matter (you can even listen to recordings of Anneliese Michel online) and, though it leans toward demonism as an explanation (probably because it is scarier), it also clearly presents the medical opinion SPOILER that wins the case. While this is definitely a horror movie, a more reportedly accurate drama of the case, Requiem, has also been filmed.

This movie contains a mild swear word, bad language and intense and scary scenes, car accident violence.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.


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