We have excellent news for anyone who has been waiting to see Russell Crowe and the Colosseum together since he fought there in Gladiator: he is once again near his old haunt in The Pope’s Exorcist.

But in almost every aspect, this is completely different. It’s a horror story that’s loosely based on real events, in which Crowe plays Father Gabriele Amorth, a longtime exorcist for the Pope. If you recognize that name, it’s because William Friedkin profiled him in the 2017 film The Devil And Father Amorth. Although this one might err on The Conjuring’s side of factual truth, as you can see in the trailer below.

Director Julius Avery, who previously helmed the D-Day zombie thriller Overlord, is back with The Pope’s Exorcist. Here, he again balances historical settings with supernatural terror as Father Amorth battles a young boy’s possession. The line “You have a problem with me, you speak to my boss: The Pope” has to be self-aware, right? Despite all the real-world context, this appears to be a big splashy bump-in-the-night romp with a tongue in cheek edge. and a variety of eerie antics that indicate it won’t lean toward Skinamarink-style low-fi realism. Click here to view the flyer.

This year, there will be a fight of the exorcists on the big screen, with The Pope’s Exorcist arriving first on April 14 and David Gordon Green’s reboot-quel of The Exorcist following his Halloween sequel trilogy arriving around Halloween. Prepare your holy water, everyone!


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