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‘The Devil and Father Amorth’ – Trailer and Release Date Revealed

Before director William Friedkin struck gold in Hollywood with The French Connection in 1971 and then The Exorcist in 1973, he made his bones as a documentary filmmaker in the early 60’s. It should comes as no surprise then that he would return to his roots in documentaries and combine that with something with which his name has become synonymous over the years: exorcism.

See the synopsis of The Devil and Father Amorth below.

Years after he changed the landscape of American filmmaking with 1973’s THE EXORCIST, director, co-writer and legendary storyteller William Friedkin moves from fiction to fact with his new documentary, THE DEVIL AND FATHER AMORTH. What began as a brief conversation between Friedkin and Father Gabrielle Amorth – the head Exorcist for the Diocese of Rome for over 30 years – as two professionals who knew of each other’s work soon transformed into an once-in-a- lifetime opportunity, as Amorth agreed Friedkin could film an exorcism ceremony. It would be the ninth exorcism for a painfully afflicted woman, Cristina (a pseudonym), who had already been under Father Amorth’s care – and it would be filmed by Friedkin alone, with no other crew allowed, no light other than the natural light in the room and a small digital camera-and-mic unit that could capture the ritual and
its revelations.

Combining the startling and singular footage from Cristina’s exorcism with interviews from priests and psychologists, neurosurgeons and non-believers, Friedkin guides us on a journey into the twilight world between the boundaries of what we know and what we don’t with a singular and startling guide in the form of the urbane, charming and self-deprecatingly funny Father Amorth, a man who laughs in the face of the Devil both figuratively and literally. Combining Friedkin’s past memories and present observations with archival footage and new interviews – as well as also presenting what may be the only real exorcism ceremony captured on film – THE DEVIL AND FATHER AMORTH is a startling and surprising story of the religion, the ritual and the real-world victims involved in possession and exorcism.

The Devil and Father Amorth is set to open in select theaters on April 20th.  Keep it locked to Horror News Network for more info and in the meantime, check out the trailer below: read more

‘The Simpsons’ “Treehouse of Horror XXVIII” Features the Voices of Neil Gaiman, William Friedkin, and Ben Daniels

The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror” Halloween and Horror-themed episodes have a long tradition of including parodies of classic horror films and television including jabs at Night of the Living Dead, The Shining, and the Twilight Zone, just to name a few.

This season’s episode (number 28 if you are keeping score at home) will feature parodies of The Exorcist, featuring the voices of Ben Daniels (who co-stars as Father Keane on Fox’s The Exorcist television program) and the director of the 1973 original that sent moviegoers running from the theaters and into their local churches, William Friedkin. read more

William Friedkin’s Documentary, The Devil and Father Amorth, Acquired by LD Entertainment

William Friedkin, the legendary director of 1973’s The Exorcist is about to return to the subject matter which first shocked moviegoers nearly 45 years ago! Variety reports that LD Entertainment has acquired worldwide rights to Friedkin’s new real-life documentary entitled The Devil and Father Amorth. The documentary will follow the exorcism practices of Father Gabriele Amorth (May 1st, 1925 – September 16th, 2016), an Italian Roman Catholic priest and exorcist of the Diocese of Rome.  read more

Exorcist Author William Peter Blatty Dead at 89

Horror News Network is sad to announce the death of The Exorcist writer William Peter Blatty.  The news was announced today by collaborator and friend William Friedkin on twitter.  Friedkin directed the adaptation of Blatty’s novel which was scripted by Blatty himself.

The Exorcist is considered by many experts as the greatest horror film of all time.  The supernatural shocker captivated audiences in 1973 and currently sits at number nine on the all-time box office list (when adjusted for inflation).  The film not only terrified movie goers, but also inadvertently increased attendance at local churches around the country and the world, putting “the fear of God (or more likely Pazuzu)” into lapsed Catholics everywhere. read more