The Exorcism of Emily Rose

The Exorcism of Emily Rose

Scott Derrickson (2005)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Perry Mason meets The Exorcist in director Scott Derrickson's unusually intelligent genre piece. Both thoughtful and thought-provoking, this classy chiller - loosely based on the 1970s case of German teenager Anneliese Michel - stars Laura Linney as an ambitious, high-flying defence lawyer who takes on the case of a Catholic priest (Tom Wilkinson) charged with negligent homicide. Was Emily Rose (Jennifer Carpenter) demonically possessed when she died or was it just a psychotic-epileptic disorder as church-going prosecutor Campbell Scott claims? This believable spine-tingler is a compelling courtroom drama first, a gripping science fact versus religious faith debate second and an intensely effective horror movie last (the genuinely powerful exorcism is a transfixing frenzy of hand-held camerawork and old-school special effects). Expect to engage in heated debates about possession as a valid phenomenon in western society after seeing this serious and seriously creepy movie.


A student dies after an attempted exorcism by a priest who was convinced she was possessed by evil spirits. A sceptical lawyer is assigned to defend the cleric against the charge of manslaughter, but as the case unfolds she finds her own convictions challenged. Horror drama, starring Tom Wilkinson, Laura Linney, Jennifer Carpenter, Campbell Scott and Colm Feore.

Cast & Crew

Erin Bruner Laura Linney
Father Moore Tom Wilkinson
Emily Rose Jennifer Carpenter
Ethan Thomas Campbell Scott
Karl Gunderson Colm Feore
Judge Brewster Mary Beth Hurt
Dr Briggs Henry Czerny
Jason Joshua Close
Director Scott Derrickson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia TriStarGuidance: Violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 25 Nov 2005