‘The Pope’s Exorcist’ Trailer: Russell Crowe Is The Ultimate Demon Fighter In New Film From ‘Overlord’ Director

Possession horror is one of the genre’s most reliable, ever since The Exorcist terrified audiences in 1973. But they can’t all be gems, and I think it would be fair to say that coming up with new story ideas about those who fight against evil demons has proven tough. Well, how about this one? With The Pope’s Exorcist, we have THE BEST exorcist of them all. How do we know? It’s right there in the title; he’s the Pope’s exorcist.

Russell Crowe stars as real-life exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth in The Pope’s Exorcist. As the exorcist for the Diocese of Rome, Amorth claimed to have taken part in thousands of exorcisms. He also co-founded the International Association of Exorcists to help fight the problem of demon possession worldwide.

In the film, another helpless person falls victim to demonic possession, requiring an exorcist to defeat it. However, this demon demands to only face Amorth and nobody else. What’s the reason? The Church wouldn’t be hiding any secrets, would they?

Daniel Zovatto, Alex Essoe, and the legendary Franco Nero co-star. The film is directed by Julius Avery, best known for directing Overlord and the Sly Stallone superhero film, Samaritan.

The Pope’s Exorcist opens April 14th.

Inspired by the actual files of Father Gabriele Amorth, Chief Exorcist of the Vatican (Academy Award®-winner Russell Crowe), The Pope’s Exorcist follows Amorth as he investigates a young boy’s terrifying possession and ends up uncovering a centuries-old conspiracy the Vatican has desperately tried to keep hidden.


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