‘Exorcism of Emily Rose’ strays far from the ‘true story’

“This film is based on a true story,” insists the opening credits, the better to stamp this unusual marriage of exorcism thriller and courtroom drama with the seal of seriousness. The claim loses some of its credibility, however, as the secular story is visited by dark forces, nocturnal hauntings, divine intervention and one abrupt shock that feels lifted right out of “The Omen” and its ilk.
“Inspired by” is a more accurate description. The real-life case, which marked the last time the Catholic Church officially recognized a case of demonic possession and sanctioned an exorcism rite, involved a girl named Anneliese Michel in Germany. It ended in her death in 1976 and her parents and priests were put on trial for negligent manslaughter.
‘Exorcism of Emily Rose’ strays far from the ‘true story’