In 1973, 50 years ago, the movie “The Exorcist” was released in theaters. Ever since this one-of-a-kind, game-changing film was released (causing moviegoers to run away and actually faint in the theaters), there have been so many Exorcist films trying to take advantage of the exceptional quality and name recognition of the original film. All of these movies have failed to capture the true horror created by the original. There will be a sequel to “The Exorcist” released in October 2023 and only because the author of the book William Peter Blaty co-wrote the screenplay and Ellen Burstyn will reprise her original role as Chris MacNeil – there is some hope that this new Exorcist just might be worthy of the original.
As far as this new movie “The Pope’s Exorcist” the only thing scary about this film, once again about demon possession, is to witness how far the acting career of Russel Crowe has fallen, since its peak in 2000 when he won the Oscar for “Gladiator” and should have won the Oscar in 2002 for “A Beautiful Mind”. During the filming of A Beautiful Mind with Ron Howard in 2001, there was news that Crowe was difficult to work with. Possibly this is the reason why he is never been close to getting great roles like these ever again. This new movie is nothing more than a bad B movie, about the same thing – trying to make money from a great film that was released 50 years ago.
The young Spanish boy who was possessed in this movie looked more like a puppet than a human being. The makeup was bad as was the entire story, which meandered all over the place and included a bad ending.
Why or how could Russel Crowe read this poor script and agree to make this film is a mystery, even despite the downturn in his acting career. This is one movie that will be out of the theaters in a little over a week from now.
The Rotten Tomatoes ratings for The Pope’s Exorcist are too high 49% with my rating at only 20% and a big miss. Wait for the new exorcist sequel to come out in October and miss this bad film.