The Exorcist director William Friedkin says he was invited by The Vatican to film a real exorcism

'Few people have ever seen [the ritual] and which nobody has ever photographed'

Jack Shepherd@JackJShepherd
Sunday 22 May 2016 14:33
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<p>6. <strong>The Exorcist, 1973</strong></p>
<p>In between Linda Blair's vomiting and stair walking antics, director William Friedkin pays scrupulous attention to character development and performance. Even without the shock tactics, this would still be a very fine film.</p>

6. The Exorcist, 1973

In between Linda Blair's vomiting and stair walking antics, director William Friedkin pays scrupulous attention to character development and performance. Even without the shock tactics, this would still be a very fine film.

William Friedkin - the esteemed director of horror classic The Exorcist - has claimed the Vatican invited him to film a real exorcism earlier this month.

Speaking at a Masterclass at Cannes, the 80-year-old told the audience how he was invited to Rome to film an exorcism - the first time an exorcism performed at the Vatican has ever been photographed.

"I was invited by the Vatican exorcist to shoot and video an actual exorcism which... few people have ever seen and which nobody has ever photographed," he said according to AFP.

Friedkin noted how similar the ritual was to that depicted in his film: "I was pretty astonished by that. I don't think I will ever be the same having seen this astonishing thing.

"I am not talking about some cult, I am talking about an exorcism by the Catholic Church in Rome.”

Conversely, The Vatican has denied inviting him to film an exorcism, spokesperson saying “The Vatican (itself) does not have an exorcist”.

He added: ”People often confuse any Catholic initiative/organisation/person with the Vatican. Perhaps this is the case here.”

Whether or not Friedkin’s new film exists is currently unknown, but hopefully there will be some more supernatural footage soon.

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