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The Exorcism of Emily Rose -- A lawyer (Linney) takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest (Wilkinson) who performed an exorcism on a young girl.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose -- Clip: Can You Hear Me?
The Exorcism of Emily Rose -- Clip: I Am The One Who Dwells Within
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Writers (WGA):
Paul Harris Boardman (written by) &
Scott Derrickson (written by)
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Release Date:
9 September 2005 (USA) See more »
What happened to Emily?
A lawyer takes on a negligent homicide case involving a priest who performed an exorcism on a young girl. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Laura Linney ... Erin Bruner

Tom Wilkinson ... Father Moore

Campbell Scott ... Ethan Thomas

Jennifer Carpenter ... Emily Rose

Colm Feore ... Karl Gunderson

Joshua Close ... Jason

Kenneth Welsh ... Dr. Mueller

Duncan Fraser ... Dr. Cartwright

JR Bourne ... Ray

Mary Beth Hurt ... Judge Brewster

Henry Czerny ... Dr. Briggs

Shohreh Aghdashloo ... Dr. Adani
Steve Archer ... Guy in Bar
Arlene Belcastro ... Praying Woman #2
David Berner ... Karl's Crony #1

Mary Black ... Dr. Vogel

Julian Christopher ... District Attorney

Aaron Douglas ... Asst. DA #1

Lorena Gale ... Jury Foreman
George Gordon ... Karl's Crony #2
Iris Graham ... Emily's Sister #2

Taylor Hill ... Emily's Sister #3

Chelah Horsdal ... Asst. DA #3

John Innes ... University Professor
Jeff Johnson ... Umbrella Guy

Michael Jonsson ... Deputy #1

Katie Keating ... Alice
Terence Kelly ... Medical Examiner

Darrin Maharaj ... On-The-Scene Reporter

Ryan McDonald ... Student in Classroom

Marilyn Norry ... Maria Rose
Joanna Piros ... News Anchorperson

Marsha Regis ... Asst. DA #2
Bobby Stewart ... Bailiff

Clay St. Thomas ... Reporter on TV

Cory Lee ... Umbrella Girl (as Corylee Urhahn)
Liduina Vanderspek ... Praying Woman #1

Andrew Wheeler ... Nathaniel Rose
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ally Warren ... Blond Juror (uncredited)

Directed by
Scott Derrickson 
Writing credits
Paul Harris Boardman (written by) &
Scott Derrickson (written by)

Produced by
Paul Harris Boardman .... producer
Beau Flynn .... producer
Andre Lamal .... executive producer
Gary Lucchesi .... producer
David McIlvain .... executive producer
Terry McKay .... executive producer
Tom Rosenberg .... producer
David Rubin .... line producer: additional photography, Los Angeles
Tripp Vinson .... producer
Julie Yorn .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Young 
Cinematography by
Tom Stern (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jeff Betancourt 
Casting by
Nancy Nayor  (as Nancy Nayor Battino)
Production Design by
David Brisbin 
Art Direction by
Sandi Tanaka 
Set Decoration by
Lesley Beale 
Costume Design by
Tish Monaghan 
Makeup Department
Gitte Axen .... makeup artist
Ian C. Ballard .... first assistant hair stylist: additional photography (as Ian Ballard)
James D. Brown .... hair stylist: Laura Linney (as James Brown)
Greg Cannom .... makeup effects consultant: Captive Audience Productions
Victoria Down .... key makeup artist
Chris Gallaher .... special makeup effects artist: Captive Audience Productions (as Christopher Gallaher)
Mindy Hall .... makeup artist: Laura Linney
John Kim .... makeup production accountant: Captive Audience Productions
Mary Kim .... makeup effects producer: Captive Audience Productions
Sherry Linder-Gygli .... key hair stylist
Sandy Monesmith .... assistant hair stylist
Jeffrey Sacino .... key hair stylist: additional photography, Los Angeles
Brian Sipe .... makeup effects supervisor: Captive Audience Productions
Keith VanderLaan .... makeup effects: Captive Audience Productions
Bev Wright .... first assistant makeup artist: additional photography
Wade Ackley .... shop coordinator (uncredited)
Martin Astles .... makeup effects sculptor (uncredited)
Susan Boyd .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Penny Gibbs .... unit production manager: additional photography
Ted Gidlow .... production supervisor: additional photography, Los Angeles
Sandra Joubeaud .... assistant production supervisor
Diana Tauder .... post-production supervisor
Richard Wright .... unit production manager: additional photography, Los Angeles
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tony Adler .... first assistant director: additional photography, Los Angeles
Morgan Beggs .... first assistant director
Mark Bunting .... second assistant director
Dean Choe .... second unit director: additional photography
Warren Hanna .... second assistant director: additional photography
David Markowitz .... first assistant director: additional photography
Jennifer Nelson .... trainee assistant director
Sean Osmack .... third assistant director
Michael Risoli .... second assistant director: additional photography, Los Angeles
Art Department
Alexandria Andross .... buyer: additional photography, Los Angeles
Chris Beach .... set designer
Madonna Blunt .... lead painter
Cynthia Burtinshaw .... set decoration buyer
Kevin Clark .... best boy greens
Joao Cordeiro .... props buyer
Jean-Paul Costaz .... paint coordinator (as JP Costaz)
Danny Diamond .... art production assistant: additional photography, Los Angeles
David Dowling .... props buyer
Laurie Edmundson .... lead set dresser (as Laurie E. Edmundson)
Kendelle Elliott .... assistant art director (as Kendelle Elliot)
Glenn Foerster .... head greens person
Milan Gelon .... paint foreman
Colin Gillett .... stand-by painter
Doug Hardwick .... construction coordinator
Al Holmes .... on-set dresser: additional photography
Jan Holmsten .... construction buyer
Adrian Hrytzak .... art department assistant
Sally Hudson .... graphic designer
Michelle Hunter .... set supervisor: additional photography
Michael Anthony Jackson .... storyboard artist: additional photography, Los Angeles (as Michael Jackson)
Paul Jenkinson .... lead set dresser
Loren Lyons .... property master: additional photography, Los Angeles
Marta McLaughlin .... assistant property master
Wayne McLaughlin .... property master
Mike McLeod .... construction shop foreman
Matthew Meyers .... leadman: additional photography, Los Angeles
Jay Mitchell .... set designer
Audra Neil .... set decoration buyer
Robert Pratt .... storyboard artist (as Rob Pratt)
Mark Prior .... dresser
Richard Schultz .... stand-by greens (as Rick Schultz)
Macleod Sinclaire .... on-set dresser
Mark Stainthorpe .... construction shop foreman
Faye Thorp .... assistant set decorator
Heather Watson .... art department coordinator
Sandra Watson .... set supervisor
David Weber .... stand-by carpenter
Martine Bilodeau .... scenic painter (uncredited)
Warren Dunlop .... lead carpenter (uncredited)
Janis Lee .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Jim Read .... title graphic designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Joseph Bonn .... first assistant sound editor
Richard C. Franklin .... foley editor (as Rick Franklin)
Richard C. Franklin .... sound effects editor (as Rick Franklin)
Todd Grace .... re-recording mixer
Vincent Guisetti .... foley artist
Mike Hibberson .... boom operator
Marti D. Humphrey .... re-recording mixer (as Marti Humphrey)
Chris M. Jacobson .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Pamela Kahn .... foley artist
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer: addtional photography, Los Angeles (as Steve Morrow)
Paul N.J. Ottosson .... supervising sound editor
Kyle Rochlin .... foley mixer
Carin Rogers .... dialogue supervisor
Karen Schell .... cable person
Robert Sharman .... boom operator: addtional photography, Los Angeles
Brian Smith .... adr mixer
Karen Spangenberg .... dialogue editor
Jussi Tegelman .... foley editor
Jussi Tegelman .... sound effects editor
David Weisberg .... adr mixer
Rob Young .... sound mixer
Nick Foley .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Mark Hensley .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Paul N.J. Ottosson .... sound designer (uncredited)
Karen Spangenberg .... adr editor (uncredited)
Ted Swanscott .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Chris Flemington .... special effects assistant: additional photography
Graham S. Hollins .... special effects assistant: Zircon Enterprises (as Graham Hollins)
William H. Orr .... special effects coordinator: Zircon Enterprises (as Bill Orr)
Steve Tressel .... special effects assistant: Zircon Enterprises
John Wilkinson .... special effects first assistant: Zircon Enterprises
Jonathan Gording .... special effects contact lenses (uncredited)
Keith VanderLaan .... special effects director (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Marcus Andexler .... systems engineer: Captive Audience Productions (as Marcus E. Andexler)
Jamie Baxter .... compositor: Captive Audience Productions
Karen M. Boyle-Anastasio .... digital opticals: : Technicolor Digital Intermediate (as Karen Boyle)
Helen Cohen .... business manager: Captive Audience Productions
Ben Cooper .... assistant systems engineer: Captive Audience Productions (as Benjamin J. Cooper)
Dan Crawley .... lab technician: Captive Audience Productions (as Daniel J. Crawley)
Alexei Dmitiew .... lab technician: Captive Audience Productions (as Alexei O'Brien)
John Donahue .... conceptual designer: Captive Audience Productions (as John M. Donahue)
Charles Dulin .... rotoscoper: Captive Audience Productions
Jeannine Dupuy .... visual effects on-set coordinator
Brandon Engstrom .... lab technician: Captive Audience Productions (as Brandon S. Engstrom)
Gordon Fales .... compositor: Captive Audience Productions (as Gordon D. Fales)
Zack Fox .... visual effects production assistant: Captive Audience Productions (as Zachary Fox)
Kelly Golden .... lab technician: Captive Audience Productions (as Kelly S. Golden)
Gary J. Gross .... production consultant: Captive Audience Productions (as Gary Gross)
Jerry Hall .... compositor: Captive Audience Productions
Chris Hampton .... lab technician: Captive Audience Productions
Russ Herpich .... mechanical engineer: Captive Audience Productions (as Russ W. Herpich)
Chris Hopkins .... compositor: Captive Audience Productions
Mark Jacyszyn .... production supervisor: Captive Audience Productions
Brian Key .... production assistant: Captive Audience Productions
Jim Knell .... photographer: Captive Audience Productions (as Jim J Knell)
Brian Krusic .... chief technology officer: Captive Audience Productions
Sean C. Lahmeyer .... production assistant: Captive Audience Productions
Gail Leach .... production assistant: Captive Audience Productions
J.M. Logan .... visual effects producer: Captive Audience Productions
Harvey Lowry .... director of operations: visual effects department
Harvey Lowry .... operations manager: Captive Audience Productions
Christopher A. Lozano .... photographer: Captive Audience Productions
Daniel Mejia .... visual effects intern: Captive Audience Productions
Verena Mercenier .... silicone technician: Captive Audience Productions
Mark Nieman .... silicone technician: Captive Audience Productions
Rob Ostir .... compositor: Captive Audience Productions (as Robert L. Ostir)
Paul Palmeiri .... art department: Captive Audience Productions (as Paul E. Palmeiri)
James Parr .... operations: Captive Audience Productions
Gary Pawlowski .... lab technician: Captive Audience Productions (as Gary R. Pawlowski)
Art Pimentel .... lab technician supervisor: Captive Audience Productions (as Arthur Pimentel)
Drew Redford .... compositor: Captive Audience Productions (as Andrew B. Redford)
Mark Sahagun .... digital opticals: Technicolor Digital Intermediate
Terry Sandin .... mechanical supervisor: Captive Audience Productions (as Terry O. Sandin)
Bob Schneider .... digital opticals: Technicolor Digital Intermediate
Michael Shelton .... visual effects supervisor
John Stewart .... compositor: Captive Audience Productions (as John K. Stewart)
Diana Tauder .... visual effects producer
Todd Tucker .... art department: Captive Audience Productions
Mike Uguccioni .... compositor: Captive Audience Productions
Benjamin Vallery .... visual effects production assistant: Captive Audience Productions (as Ben Vallery)
Keith VanderLaan .... visual effects
John L. Weckworth .... rotoscoper: Captive Audience Productions
Ernie Camacho .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Tim Drnec .... spydercam coordinator/rigging (uncredited)
Rich Volp .... spydercam flight control (uncredited)
Dean Choe .... stunt coordinator
Caroline Field .... stunt player (as Carolyn Field)
J.J. Makaro .... stunt coordinator (as JJ Makaro)
Scott Nicholson .... stunt player
Darryl Quon .... stunt player
Andrew Simpson .... stunt player
Heath Stevenson .... stunt player
Sharon Simms .... stunt player (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Adams .... chief lighting technician: additional photography
Sandes Ashe .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Sandes Ashe .... first assistant camera: additional photography
Lee Blasingame .... first assistant camera: additional photography, Los Angeles
Jeff Boudier .... best boy electric: additional photography
Ron Bowen .... key grip: additional photography
Dillard Brinson .... key grip
Stephen S. Campanelli .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Steve Campanelli)
Michael Cox .... best boy grip: additional photography
Jack Cruikshank .... dolly grip: additional photography (as John Cruikshank)
Drew Davidson .... gaffer
Bill Dawson .... lighting technician
Anthony Desanto .... video assist: additional photography, Los Angeles
Shane Dobie .... best boy electric
Ross Dunkerley .... gaffer: additional photography, Los Angeles
Gil Forrester .... dolly grip
David Goyer .... generator operator (as Dave Goyer)
Cynthia Greer .... camera trainee
Lisa Guerriero .... second assistant camera: additional photography, Los Angeles
Sean M. Harding .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (as Sean Harding)
Jason Haycock .... camera trainee
Patrick Hogue .... second assistant camera: additional photography
Richard LaBossiere .... rigging grip
Casey MacIntyre .... video playback operator
Kevin McCloy .... key rigging grip
Andrew Pedley .... video assist: second unit
Diyah Pera .... still photographer
Christian Rayner .... rigging best boy
Dylan Ringwood .... best boy grip
Ben Rusi .... grip
Charles Saldana .... key grip: additional photography, Los Angeles (as Charlie Saldana)
Jean-Marc Saldini .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Peter Smith .... lighting technician
Rick Stadder .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Dale Vrba .... rigging grip
Andrew D. Wilson .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Andy Wilson)
Andrew D. Wilson .... camera operator: additional photography (as Andy Wilson)
Andrew D. Wilson .... director of photography: additional photography (as Andy Wilson)
Tyler Woeste .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Keith Woods .... rigging gaffer (as Keith S. Woods)
Kosto Zeviar .... lighting technician
Chris Bangma .... technician: Libra remote head (uncredited)
Jason Tidsbury .... light balloon technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Stuart Aikins .... casting: Canada
Kevin Arens .... casting assistant: Canada
Elisa Bayley .... casting assistant: Canada
Andrea Brown .... extras casting
Sean Cossey .... casting: Canada
Bill Dance .... extras casting: additional photography, Los Angeles
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Christine Simmons .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Kelly Wagner .... casting associate: Los Angeles (as Kelly Martin Wagner)
Jennifer Rudolph .... casting: New York (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elaine Arsens .... truck costumer
Linda Chow .... costume cutter
Alison Fraser .... costumer: preparation
Michelle Hunter .... costumes: additional photography
Druh Ireland .... costume cutter
Karin Nosella .... assistant costume designer
Susan Pugh .... costume sewer
Susanna Puisto .... key costumer: additional photography, Los Angeles
Lee Sollenberger .... set costumer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jill Bogdanowicz .... digital film colorist: Technicolor Digital Intermediate
Karen M. Boyle-Anastasio .... digital conformation: Technicolor Digital Intermediate (as Karen Boyle)
Jason Dale .... assistant editor
Dylan Firshein .... second assistant editor
David Frisk .... post-production assistant
Andrew Loschin .... first assistant editor
Julia Nessling-Douglas .... digital film producer: Technicolor Digital Intermediate (as Julia Douglas)
Mark Sahagun .... digital film conformist: Technicolor Digital Intermediate
Bob Schneider .... digital film conformist: Technicolor Digital Intermediate
Ron Barr .... digital intermediate editor (uncredited)
Mykel Thuncher .... video colorist (uncredited)
Location Management
Kirk Adamson .... location scout
Stephen Chan .... location production assistant
Jason Collier .... assistant location manager
Hans Dayal .... assistant location manager
Faria Khan .... location production assistant
Grant Lutz .... location production assistant
Daryl Makortoff .... location production assistant
Rino Pace .... location manager
Leon Thomas Braun .... location production assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Jim Avakian .... synthesizer programmer
Max Blomgren .... synthesizer programmer
Robert Fernandez .... music mixing engineer
Peter Fuchs .... music recording engineer (as Peter Fuch)
Anton Koch .... orchestrator
Sean McMahon .... orchestrator
Thomas Milano .... music editor
Sujin Nam .... score coordinator
Sara Niemietz .... vocalist
Martin Roller .... assistant music recording engineer
Martin St. Pierre .... score coordinator
Paul Talkington .... music recording coordinator
Allan Wilson .... conductor
Christopher Young .... orchestrator
Christopher Young .... score producer
Kostas Christides .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Kory Kruckenberg .... assistant score engineer (uncredited)
Pilar McCurry .... executive soundtrack producer (uncredited)
Sean McMahon .... score coordinator (uncredited)
Flavio Motalla .... score producer (uncredited)
Sujin Nam .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Michael Pelavin .... score coordinator (uncredited)
Darian Pollard .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Robert Puff .... additional music preparer (uncredited)
David Sabee .... orchestra contractor (uncredited)
Martin St. Pierre .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Richard Temple .... score coordinator (uncredited)
Daniel Wehr .... assistant music recording engineer (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Dave Ash .... driver
Al Baxter .... driver
Brad Bowe .... driver
Murray Brown .... construction driver
Jake Callihoo .... transportation coordinator
Scott Carpenter .... driver: hair/makeup
Kelly Cramb .... fuel truck driver (as Kelley Cramb)
Chuck Davis .... wardrobe driver
Peter Huff .... special effects driver
Norman Hunger .... transportation captain
Diana Kilmury .... driver: shuttle
Laurie Matheson .... driver: cast
Rory Moffatt .... electrics driver
Sylvia Nablo .... driver: cast
Fred Sherbinin .... driver: honeywagon
Rick Tait .... head driver
Seann Traviller .... driver: cast
Other crew
Nellie Adami .... production coordinator: additional photography, Los Angeles
Teresa Alvis .... post-production accountant
Samantha Barker .... assistant: Christopher Young
Jasmine Barry .... production coordinator
Julie Benson .... assistant: Tripp Vinson
Ilsa Berg .... assistant: Gary Lucchesi
David J. Bowler .... assistant: Tripp Vinson and Paul Harris Boardman (as David Bowler)
Andrew Bronstein .... second assistant production coordinator
Mike Cook .... chef: Limelight Catering
Dawn Darfus .... production accountant: additional photography, Los Angeles
Gloria Davies .... unit publicist
Dana Dubé .... animal coordinator (as Dana Dube)
Jason Elsworth .... first assistant accountant
Gabi Endicott .... script supervisor: additional photography, Los Angeles
Jamie Feldman .... production secretary: additional photography, Los Angeles
Lara Fox .... script supervisor: additional photography
Felicitas D. Goodman .... consultant (as Dr. Felicitas D. Goodman)
Grant Grabowski .... assistant: UPM, Los Angeles
Philip Hoang .... office assistant: additional photography, Los Angeles
Michelle Hoffman .... craft service: additional photography, Los Angeles (as Michele Hoffman)
Spencer Hyde .... craft service: additional photography
Spencer Hyde .... first aid: additional photography
Elizabeth Lawrence .... assistant: Gary Lucchesi
Adam Loeb .... assistant: Andre Lamal
Tal Meirson .... vice president production finance: Lakeshore
Barbara Mercer .... first assistant accountant
Glenn Mowatt .... craft service
Glenn Mowatt .... first aid
Don Orlando .... production accountant
Elle Paterson .... stand-in
Tina Perenseff .... assistant chef: Shooting Stars
Tony Peterson .... chef: Shooting Stars
Penny Rogers .... assistant production coordinator
Nicole Rudell .... stand-in
Shane Sankey .... office assistant: additional photography, Los Angeles
Kate Schriver .... assistant: Tom Rosenberg
Andrew Simpson .... animal trainer
Jessica Terrowski .... accounting clerk (as Jessica Ternowski)
Courtney Tuckwood .... assistant chef: Shooting Stars
Trevor Undi .... assistant: Scott Derrickson
Ryf Van Rij .... stand-in
Campbell Watson .... assistant chef: Shooting Stars
Christine Wilson .... script supervisor
Kody Zimmermann .... office production assistant
Jonathan Fox .... production assistant (uncredited)
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)
Jim Knell .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Kimberly MacKenzie .... clearance coordinator (uncredited)
Monica Sandstede .... story editor: Screen Gems (uncredited)
Jennifer Sims .... stand-in (uncredited)
Josh Skye .... caterer (uncredited)
Trevor Undi .... script coordinator (uncredited)
Richard Beada .... the producers wish to thank
Robert L. Benun .... the producers wish to thank (as Robert Benun)
Jennifer Brooks .... the producers wish to thank
Christine Buckley .... the producers wish to thank
Lynn Hobensack .... the producers wish to thank
John Horgan .... the producers wish to thank (as Father John George)
Mike Lechner .... the producers wish to thank
Virginia Longmuir .... the producers wish to thank
Renée Mancuso .... the producers wish to thank (as Renee Mancuso)
Robert McMinn .... the producers wish to thank
Marc Reid .... the producers wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG-13 for thematic material, including intense/frightening sequences and disturbing images
119 min | USA:122 min (unrated version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Austria:14 | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Canada:PG (TV rating) | Czech Republic:15 | Finland:K-15 | France:12 | Germany:12 | Germany:16 (uncut DVD version) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Indonesia:D | Ireland:15A | Italy:VM14 | Japan:G | Malaysia:18PL | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Singapore:PG13 (re-rating) | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Zurich) | Taiwan:PG-12 | UK:15 | USA:Unrated (DVD) | USA:PG-13 (certificate #41453)

Did You Know?

Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Erin Bruner is awakened at 3 am by the exorcism tape playing, she goes to push stop. But when the tape player is actually seen, the reels are not turning, therefore when she presses the stop button, the reels remain unchanged.See more »
Ethan Thomas:I'm looking at your list of published articles, doctor. You've been quite busy, prolific. So, based on your time spent with holy rollers, snake handlers, voodoo priestesses and Indians tripping on peyote buds, based on observing these bizarre individuals, you've concluded that possession is a basic typical human experience?
Dr. Adani:I must say, counselor, that's quite a laundry list of disdain and one that thoroughly mischaracterizes my research.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Spooked: Exorschism (#1.4)" (2014)See more »
Prelude, Op. 3, No. 2 in C Sharp MinorSee more »


How does the movie end?
Is "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" based on a book?
What was etched on Emily's grave?
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112 out of 139 people found the following review useful.
Not without its flaws, but a cut above most horror films, 20 September 2005
Author: pyrocitor from Ontario, Canada

For the most part, films which were intended to frighten the viewing audience usually succeed in instead producing involuntary laughs. So it was nice to see a 'horror' film that not only has a brain for a change, but actually succeeds in being frightening. It may help that the film is allegedly based on true events, which gives credibility to the storyline, and prevents the movie from having those annoyingly gaping plot holes. And indeed, the heading "Based on a true story" doesn't come off as a glaring lie. There are indeed events happening in the film which are questionable as to whether they actually occurred in real life, but the beauty of 'Emily Rose' is that most of the film is retold by various characters, so the events described are as the character perceived them. In this way, the film doesn't distance its audience by declaring that "well, demons were in the film which was 'based on a true story', so demons must actually exist".

But in many ways, 'Emily Rose' is different from almost every past horror movie in the sense that it doesn't make really obvious attempts to frighten its audience. Instead, director/co-screenwriter Scott Derickson seems content to make us think. There are several questions raised in the film regarding religious beliefs and the public's general perception of them, but these are all handled in an objective and impartial manner. And as for the scare factor, since the filmmakers aren't overly obvious in trying to scare the audience, the film actually is frightening at several points - again, unusual for a horror film. The frightening events regarding Emily Rose's exorcism are all the more frightening as they don't seem horribly staged and predictable. (although the cheesy demonic animation, as shown in the trailer, could have been done far better) It's true that composer Christopher Young seems unable to resist the horror movie cliché of having horribly over-dramatic music which builds to a climax at the most frightening moment, but for the most part the movie is able to surpass the usual horror clichés.

It helps of course that the cast all deliver quality performances, the obvious standout being Jennifer Carpenter as Emily. Her possession scenes are nothing short of incredible, the sheer torment she seems capable of portraying is utterly captivating. Laura Linney also shines in the lead, giving a powerful and affecting performance as the attorney of the convicted priest who performed Emily Rose's exorcism. As said priest, Tom Wilkinson also manages to impress, delivering a quietly effective and very human performance. My only complaint is that the characters of Campbell Scott and Colm Feore were really badly written, coming off as the typical antagonistic figures, and nothing more. Both give satisfying performances, despite their one dimensional characters, especially Feore, who has always been talented at taking terribly written characters, and giving them life and personality nonetheless.

So The Exorcism of Emily Rose may not quite be the very best of its genre, but it certainly proves to be one of the more intelligently made ones. The director seems to have for once taken that extra step, and put aside the endless thrills and shocks in favor of making us think a bit. There are some cheesy effects, such as the demonic visions, but there are some genuinely frightening parts, especially the actual exorcism scene, mainly due to the chilling and captivating performance from Jennifer Carpenter as the title character. The principle cast members, Laura Linney and Tom Wilkinson also give strong performances, bringing many layers to their characters. Quite the quality piece overall, and one worth seeing.


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