My Thoughts on The Rite

When it comes to exorcism films, I doubt that The Rite adds anything new to the genre.  However, I was drawn to the film because of the fact that it was directed by Mikael Håfström, who previously directed 1408 (one my my favourite haunted house films of recent years), and stars Anthony Hopkins (who has always been great in the horror genre).

The films deals with a young faith-challenged priest who goes to an exorcism seminar in Rome and is tutored by an experienced exorcist.  The focus of the film is about the young priest slowly regaining his faith, so he can be able to perform an exorcism himself.

There are undoubtedly better exorcism films out there (last year’s The Last Exorcism featured similar themes, with somewhat creepier results).  However, the film features a great demonic performance by Hopkins in the latter portion of the film when he becomes possessed himself.  It’s for that alone that the film was worth seeing.


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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).