“The Exorcist” Director talks about his experience with a ‘real’ exorcism for his new documentary | Inside the Magic


When it was released in 1973, “The Exorcist” was widely believed to be the scariest movie of all time and for many, it still holds that title today. At the time of filming, director William Friedkin had never experienced a ‘real’ exorcism. Now he has.

While shooting his new documentary “The Devil and Father Amorth,” Friedkin witnessed an exorcism performed by Father Gabriele Amorth, who performs them for the Vatican Rome Diocese.

Friedkin spoke with Variety about the horrific experience.

“It was terrifying,” Friedkin said. “I went from being afraid of what could happen to feeling a great deal of empathy with this woman’s pain and suffering, which is obvious in the film.”


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