Since Anthony Hopkins was first cast in Mikael Hafstroem‘s film The Rite earlier this year, I’ve wondered what kind of film it might end up being. The script is based on Matt Baglio‘s book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, which seeks to delve into the real-world practice of exorcism. I was afraid the film would be to the book what Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow was to Wade Davis’ excellent ethnographic book of the same name. That is: a crappy, lurid and not terribly effective gloss on the material.

There’s now a trailer for The Rite, and what we see here looks to be somewhere in the middle of ‘faithful’ and ‘lurid,’ if perhaps skewed towards the lurid side. Read More »

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