The Bottom Line
- Good mix of horror and drama
- Terrific special effects
- First-rate performances
- Horror fans may get frustrated by the amount of time spent in the courtroom
- "Genesis of the Story" - The script and how the cast and crew became involved in the project
- "Casting the Movie" - Including how newcomer Jennifer Carpenter was chosen for the lead role
- "Visual Design" - The color palette, mixing beauty and terror, and minimizing the gothic element
- Feature commentary by director Scott Derrickson
- DVD RELEASE DATE: December 20, 2005 (because stories of exorcism are perfect for the holidays)
Guide Review - "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" Unrated Edition DVD Review
Emily Rose was a college student when she began experiencing frighteningly bizarre episodes, which ultimately caused her rural family to call on their priest for assistance. Father Moore determined Emily was the victim of demonic possession and performed an exorcism which failed to 'cure' her. After Emily passed on, Father Moore was put on trial for advising the family to try and heal Emily spiritually rather than medically.
The film presents two sides of the story and though it definitely leans toward the idea Emily was possessed, there's enough ambiguity in the script to allow you to make up your own mind.