The Exorcism of Emily Rose: an absolute horror movie masterpiece

I may be slightly delayed in finally seeing The Exorcism of Emily Rose considering it was released in 2005, but hey, better late than never. I gave this flick a watch a few nights ago, and I’m still thinking about it. That’s how absolutely insanely scary this movie is.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose “is a 2005 American supernatural horror crime film directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson. The film is loosely based on the story of Anneliese Michel and follows a self-proclaimed agnostic (Linney) who acts as defense counsel representing a parish priest (Wilkinson), accused by the state of negligent homicide after he performed an exorcism,” the movie’s Wikipedia page explains.

I’ve seen my fair share of movies depicting an incident of demonic possession, but only a few have come close to this movie in terms of how completely terrifying demonic possession is. Jennifer Carpenter plays the character of Emily Rose, and her acting is so convincing in terms of her possession that at times I felt uncomfortable watching. What makes this movie even more terrifying is the fact the possession featured in the plot is based on the actual possession of Annelise Michel, and it is incredibly disturbing to acknowledge that events such as demonic possession impact real people.

While doing a little bit of research about this movie, I was surprised to learn that it doesn’t have the greatest rating. I’m really not sure what exactly the critics who scored this film were hoping for when they watched it, but to me, this is one of the creepiest, best-executed horror movies I have seen in a while.

This movie is an all-around win in my opinion. It’s horrifying, emotional, unpredictable, suspenseful and intriguing, and I was 100 per cent invested in it right up until its end. If you haven’t seen it, I definitely recommend giving it a watch. Just maybe don’t do so alone at night like I did.

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