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Good thought provoking film based very loosely on true-life events
on 4 March 2008
I did some research on the true story behind 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose' after watching the film. The possession was on a German girl and shokingly I found that the true events were much worse than the film's version. The girl suffered for something like 8 years and during that time she refused to eat because the spirits wouldnt allow it, beat and bit members of her family, began eating spiders and flies and even began drinking her own urine. It was also mentioned that she was infact possesed by several demons including Lucifer, Judas Iscariot, Nero, Cain, Hitler, and Fleischmann, a disgraced Frankish Priest from the 16th century, and some other damned souls which had manifested through her. By the time of her death she was suffering from pneumonia, a high fever and was also totally emaciated. It started at the age of 16 and finished when she was 24. The exorcisms were recorded and aparently in the real court, the tapes were played - one of them seemed to be demons fighting over who would leave her body first. The parents and exorsists were sentenced with man-slaughter and sent to prison for 6 months.
Compare this to the films version, the film actually looks quite mild. I have a few problems with the film.
A) There is too much of this film that is based in the court room for this to be a horror (although there are some disturbing scenes). In the end this film is more a very thought provokative drama
B) I don't believe that this should claim to be based on true events. The real events were in Germany with a girl named Anneliese. And since the whole film is about the court case after her death, and the outcome was the complete opposite to what happened in the film.
What suprises me most about this film is that the films events were softened for the big screen compared to the real-life events. Usually I would have thought that Hollywood would if anything exaggerate the horror of what happened to make the story more exciting.
However saying all that, after the initial disappointment of realising this wasn't a gruesom horror film, I was still kept interested throughout the film and obviously touched as it is a very sad story. So much so that I went internet surfing to find the true story behind it all.
I would recommend to all those who like sad stories or court dramas. I would not recommend to anyone who is looking for a horror or anything like the Exorcist.