Sony buys life rights to Vatican exorcist in hopes of launching new movie franchise

Catholicism is hotter than ever thanks to the Met Gala, and now Sony Screen Gems is looking to cash in on all of this religious fervor buy buying the life rights to Father Gabriele Amorth, an Italian priest who performed “tens of thousands of exorcisms” for the Vatican and died in 2016. That comes from Deadline, which…

What’s missing from our list of the year’s best TV shows?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Read This: An exorcist's assistant on what movies get wrong—and right—about possession

The formula for making an exorcism movie is well-defined at this point: Take a young woman (preferably with two first names), put her in a nightgown and muss up her (long, wavy) hair, add white contact lenses, a heroic priest, and some animal noises played backwards, and voila! Which is all fine, except that it’s not…

What film or TV do you wish you’d seen when it first came out?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

William Friedkin’s exorcism documentary will see the light of day

The Exorcist has assumed a new form on Fox, where Jeremy Slater’s small-screen iteration was recently granted a season-two renewal. But William Friedkin, the director of the feature adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s book, has far from washed his hands of the whole thing. In fact, he recently helmed a documentary…

World’s greatest Etsy page selling terrifying horror-themed piñatas

Parties are hard. You don’t know how many people are coming, how much booze and in what variety to provide, and god forbid you have scheduled some “activities,” which involves corralling people, teaching them something, and gauging their enthusiasm throughout to make sure everyone is properly engaged.

Angela has a victory lap—not a tantrum—on the season’s penultimate Exorcist

“162” is easily the most Angela-centric episode of The Exorcist. To be clear, that’s Angela the vehicle for Pazuzu, not Angela the human being. Now under the control of her childhood demonic tormentor, she visits various allies and would-be foes around Chicago, throwing around her weight and laying the groundwork for…

Showrunners call rape-for-shock-value a “plague on the industry”

In the wake of controversy surrounding comments from Last Tango In Paris director Bernardo Bertolucci—and the renewed criticism they’ve focused on the film’s depiction and use of sexual assault as a narrative device—a number of prominent TV writers and producers have spoken out against the mishandled use of rape as a…

“Time to give the people what they want” on The Exorcist

While The Exorcist has shown several failed and successful exorcisms so far—probably more than all of the films combined—tonight feels like the first one we’ve seen in earnest. Alright, technically, it’s the conclusion of the same exorcism we’ve been witnessing for the back half of the season, but you see what I’m…