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  • Critical Research Failure: Virtually every claim made related to Catholicism is the opposite of how it's actually practiced. For example, the priests claim at one point that a possessee would not be repelled by inverted crosses, as they are blasphemous symbols — forgetting that an inverted cross is actually known as a "Petrine Cross", a holy symbol associated with Saint Peter (who apparently requested to be crucified upside-down, feeling himself unworthy to share Christ's death) and his successor, the Pope. At another point, they claim that it is important to recognize the identity and infernal rank of the demon, when the Catholic guidelines are to completely avoid playing into the demon's ego and simply treat it as "the Devil, an enemy of Christ".
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  • Critic-Proof: While a massive financial hit, both critics and audiences hated the film, to the point where it earned a rare F on Cinemascore. Then again, it's hard not for a wide-release horror film to be a hit when it was produced at the cost of only a million dollars.
  • Ham and Cheese: Susan Crowley as Maria Rossi, one of the few lauded elements of the film because many found her over-the-top possessed antics entertaining.
  • Hype Backlash: Enjoyed a strong opening weekend, but all hype was squashed the moment audiences first viewed the infamous ending.
  • Memetic Mutation: The facts surrounding the Rossi case remain unresolved. Visit therossifiles.com for more information on the ongoing investigation.note 
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    • "The Vatican did not endorse this film nor aid in its completion". You know, unlike all those OTHER demonic possession movies that got the Vatican Seal Of Approval.
    • If you happen to understand Italian, watching the movie in English and hearing the heavy Eastern-European accents of some of the supposedly Italian secondary characters (while some scenes of movie were shot in Italy and Vatican City, many were filmed in Bucharest, Romania) ruins the suspension of disbelief, although it does add a layer of unintentional fun.
  • Never Live It Down: The ending, or rather the lack thereof, became more well-known that anything else about the movie, especially after the website it told viewers to visit went offline. It's gotten to the point where this not-an-ending is the only thing most people know about the film.
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  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Oh where do we even begin? The Vatican conspiracy that’s hinted at but never fully explained, never elaborating on Ben’s Dark and Troubled Past, whether Maria’s second exorcism was successfully or not, and then there’s that ending.
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