Russell Crowe Plays Pope’s Real-Life Chief Exorcist In Bizarre Trailer
There have been many demonic horror movies over the years, but the latest one is based on real life events recorded in the books of Father Gabriele Amorth. The late Vatican chief exorcist wrote about his extensive hunt for demons in titles like The Antics of Satan and His Army of Fallen Angels and The Devil Fears Me. And now Russell Crowe is playing the Roman Catholic priest, who died at the age of 91 in 2016, in the new horror film The Exorcist of the Pope.
The synopsis for the terrifying new film reads: “Inspired by the royal archives of Father Gabriele Amorth, the Vatican’s Chief Exorcist (Academy Award winner Russell Crowe), The Pope’s Exorcist follows Amorth as he investigates the terrifying possession of a child. and ends up uncovering a centuries-old conspiracy that the Vatican has desperately tried to keep hidden.
In real life, Father Amorth claimed to have performed 160,000 exorcisms as of May 2013, though not all of them were full-blown possessions.
However, he claimed that a person can be possessed by more than one demon at a time, sometimes by the thousands, much like the group called the Legion exorcised from one man to a herd of pigs by Christ himself in Mark’s gospel.
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Asked why so many people were possessed, Father Amorth said: “People have lost their faith, and superstition, magic, satanism or Ouija boards have taken their place, which opens all doors to the presence of the devil.
In 2011, when hosting a screening of Sir Anthony Hopkins’ exorcism film The Rite, the late priest said: “Practicing yoga is satanic, it leads to evil like reading Harry Potter.”
He was also once asked if the devil could enter Vatican City, to which he replied: “He already tried. He did it in 1981 by attacking John Paul II working with those who armed Ali Ağca ”.
The Pope’s Exorcist opens in UK cinemas on April 7, 2023.
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