In my recent interview for the Kino Lorber home video release of Albert De Martino's The Antichrist (1974), I shared how I had been assured by folks in a Facebook paranormal group that there's no such thing as either demonic or Satanic possession. These movers and shakers told me that, culturally, we're all a bit out-of-touch with mental illness; and the continued failed diagnosis puts sufferers truly at risk by religious zealots who unleash the 'mystical power of Heaven' on folks essentially messed up in the head. I've absolutely no way to know whether this position is the truth or not -- never been possessed, wouldn't look forward to it -- but I can certainly sympathize with those believing victims claiming possession might be in serious need of long term psychotherapy.
Still, cases possession makes for good movies, no?
In that respect, I present you with a little something something I learned about just this morning: writer/director Alejandro Hidalgo's The Exorcism Of God looks forward to scaring folks silly when it debuts both in theaters and digitally for interested consumers this March 11th.
Here's the film's plot summary as provided by our friends at IMDB.com:
"Peter Williams, an American priest working in Mexico, is possessed by a demon he was trying to expel and ends up committing the most terrible sacrilege. Eighteen years later, the consequences of his sin come back to haunt him, unleashing the greatest battle within."
I can't tell you all that much about the film, and what little I can basically comes from a thorough rundown of what's reported on IMDB.com. In 2021, it was nominated for the 'Best Picture (Horror Feature)' at Fantastic Fest. In the same year, it was also nominated for 'Best Picture' at the Catalonian International Film Festival. Its stars include María Gabriela de Faría, Joseph Marcell, Will Beinbrink, and and Alfredo Herrera.
As is my custom, the trailer will be posted below. Those of you interested, you know what to do.
As always, thanks for reading ... and live long and prosper!