Film / The Rite

A 2011 movie based on Matt Baglio's book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist. It follows a reluctant, skeptical exorcist.

It has mostly been panned by critics.

This Film Contains Examples of:

  • Demonic Possession
  • Faux Affably Evil: Baal. Its somewhat insane rants are always delivered in a faux-friendly and familiar tone.
  • Hollywood Atheist: The main character is a priest who doesn't actually believe in God (he joined the seminary to get a free college degree). Even after he sees a girl possessed by demons who speaks in tongues, contorts her body into impossible positions, and changes her voice completely, along with her vomiting up the nails used to crucify Jesus, he still claims it was just a hoax to cover up her being molested.
  • Hollywood Exorcism: The film plays this straight, albeit in a more subdued manner than usual, and lampshades it by having the exorcist joke about projectile vomit head spinning.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Every possessed person.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: A sixteen-year-old girl who was raped and impregnated by her father, causing a demon to possess her. During her exorcisms, the demon causes her body to do very disturbing and unnatural things. She is later sent to the hospital where both she and the fetus are killed by the demon.
  • Large Ham: Anthony Hopkins is in true form here. Especially as the demon, Baal.
  • Lecture as Exposition: Father Lucas explains the basics of exorcism in lectures at the beginning of the film.
  • Motor Mouth: Father Lucas Trevont
  • Precision F-Strike: When Michael finds that his room is full of frogs, (a sign of possession) he mutters out a "You gotta be fucking kidding me!"
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The mule. Yes, a demonic mule appears in this movie.
  • Surreal Horror: The demonic vision.