Conveniently around the time or shortly after the release of The exorcist, there was the case of Anneliese Michel, who appeared to be going through the Linda Blair experience. So a lot later, someone decided to make a movie out of it. Again. Apparently there’s a film called Requiem which is also based on Anneliese’s story. But the film I just watched was The Exorcism of Emily Rose. I just briefly read some bits and pieces of the true story, and it seems the film was following the actual events pretty closely (I am not really saying anything about anyone being possessed); reading about Anneliese was like reading the synopsis of The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
The Exorcist is a really good horror movie. It’s not exactly new, but its good. This one, on the other hand, is new, and the horror movies of the 21st century are a bit too polished for my taste. And on top of that, here we have a weird mixture of court room drama with a serious attempt of creating scary moments. The movie works for some, I’m sure – the mouse hiding in my sitting room got scared and ran across the room under the couch. To me, that was the best special effect in the movie, a bit of a shock really. Have to buy mouse traps. Humane ones.
All in all, a good enjoyable movie. Would have liked a bit more horror and less courtroom and someone less Jodie Foster – like lead actress. And to have that thingy at the beginning, “based on a true story” or similar, it’s always great. Like in Fargo… 😉