Crowe plays Father Gabriele Amorth, a real-life priest who is the Vatican’s chief Exorcist.

2023 is already scaring the theaters with several hits M3GAN, Infinity pooland Knock on the cab. Although the genre is set for a return of its own franchises over the next few months Scream and Evil Dead, there is one original supernatural horror film coming out in April that has piqued the interest of many fans of the genre. That would be it Pope’s Exorcist played a role Russell Crowe. In the film, Crowe plays the real-life priest Father Gabriele Amort He was the Chief Exorcist of the Vatican. The story will be inspired by his demon case files. Now the first trailer for the film, ahead of the new feature film Pope’s Exorcist Crowe breaks down the horror at the heart of Father Amort’s story.

The one-minute film describes Amorth’s role in the Catholic Church and how he performed thousands of exorcisms over three and a half years. This has made him a controversial figure due to the nature of his work fighting unproven demonic evil. He worked at the same time as famous demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren they were known for their controversial methods and theories. Like the Warrens, Father Amorth documented the work that led to this film.

The last thing this tablet says is the role the church plays in the existence of evil. The Catholic Church has always had a confused position on the existence of demons, the concept of evil and hell. The Church doesn’t have exorcists, depending on who you ask, but the horrors of the Church today come from self-inflicted wounds and revelations, Pope’s Exorcist Explores the most fascinating aspects of the Catholic religion’s attitude to demonic possession and seeks to further reveal their terrifying real-world dark secrets.

Russell Crowe in The Pope's Exorcist
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A supernatural horror story

The supernatural sub-genre has been associated with horror since its inception. That being said, the genre didn’t really take off in film until the 1968s Rosemary’s Baby. This horror classic started a wave of “Satanic Panic” movies that were a staple of the genre in the 70’s and 80’s. Amityville horror, Poltergeist, Carrie, Amen and the list goes on. However, the film that completely changed the genre was 1973 Exorcist. The William Friedkin a classic based on William Peter Blatty the book of the same name is still considered one of the scariest movies ever made. It defined how we view exorcists in franchises to this day The ConjuringBased on Warren’s personal case files and underrated gems like the Paramount+ series Evil.

Pope’s Exorcist it seems heavily influenced by the horror classic. In the first images we get of this new film, the moody gothic imagery seems to be ripped straight off. Exorcist. Even though there have been countless exorcism movies in the 50 years since Exorcist, which is definitely not a bad thing. This is also a film to watch out for as a director Julius Avery‘s previous horror film Overlords was an underrated genre gem.

Pope’s Exorcist release date

Pope’s Exorcist It will be shown in cinemas on April 14, 2023. Movie stars with Crowe Ralph Ineson (A witch), Alex Esso (Dr. Sleep, Midnight mass), and Franco Nero. While horror fans anxiously await the film’s first trailer on Wednesday, you can watch the full-length film. Pope’s Exorcist below: