September 12, 2005 |
It's perhaps fitting that one of the worst weekends of the year for moviegoing, the one after Labor Day, turned out to be anything but for "The Exorcism of Emily Rose," which took in an estimated $30.2 million -- an easy $10 million more than most of the prognosticators expected.
September 9, 2005 |
The forces of good and evil wage a holier than thou battle for our attention in the hybrid thriller "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." Inserting a dose of horror into a standard courtroom drama, writer-director Scott Derrickson and co-writer Paul Harris Boardman have constructed a well-cast yet dopey tale that is much less than the sum of its parts. It's certainly creepy, but not always in ways the filmmakers intended.
September 8, 2005 |
"THE Exorcism of Emily Rose," which hits theaters Friday, owes an unmistakable debt to 1973's epochal horror classic, "The Exorcist." In both films, an impressionable young woman becomes Satan's unwitting vessel and must be purged by a determined priest.
June 14, 2005 |
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays and devil's food baker Betty Crocker may use the name of a certain fallen angel with impunity, but Art Mijares draws the line at Contra Costa County's highest peak, Mt. Diablo. It's so offensive to his religious sensibilities that this rock, which dominates the vista from his home in Oakley, Calif., bears the Spanish name for the devil that he's trying to change the name to Mt. Kawakum, which he says is a Native American term for "laughing mountain, everywhere seen."
February 18, 2005 |
The Roman Catholic Church is facing a shortage you may not have heard about: qualified exorcists. And so, on Thursday about 100 priests stood, prayed for protection, then sat down to begin an eight-week study of how to distinguish and fight demonic possession. The course at Rome's prestigious Regina Apostolorum Pontifical Athenaeum, represents the first time a Vatican- sanctioned course in exorcism is being offered at this level.
January 29, 2005 |
Starting with his 1978 bestseller about spiritual growth, "The Road Less Traveled," M. Scott Peck has been preoccupied with the problem of good and evil. As a believer in a "benign spirit," God, he began to wonder if the existence of human evil meant "there was such a thing as an evil spirit or the devil."
April 30, 2004 |
In a small room, well away from the street so that no one hears the screams, Father Gabriele Amorth does battle with Satan. He is a busy man. As the Vatican's top exorcist, Amorth performs the mysterious, ancient ritual dozens of times a week. A confused world engulfed in tragedy and chaos is turning increasingly to black magic, the occult and fortune-telling, he said, proof that the devil and his handmaidens are having a field day.
January 23, 2004 |
Atlanta police ruled out exorcism in the death of a young girl whose beaten body was found covered in pages from a Bible. A police spokesman, Sgt. John Quigley, said nothing in the death of Quimani Carey, 6, was linked "to how an exorcism is done in Catholicism or in any religion as we know it." Christopher Carey, 29, and Valerie Carey, 27, who are believed to be the girl's parents, have been charged with murder.
January 20, 2004 |
A 6-year-old girl was found dead in an Atlanta motel room with a broken back after what police said may have been an exorcism. Two adults were arrested after they and two children were spotted on the street naked in the freezing cold. The adults were charged with cruelty to children, public indecency and obstruction of police and were taken to a psychiatric ward. Police said the girl had been brutalized. An autopsy was planned.
December 21, 2003 |
Here's one way to try to end the curse of the Chicago Cubs: Destroy the ball at the center of one of the team's most heartbreaking defeats. That's exactly what Grant DePorter wants to do. DePorter, a friend of Harry Caray and managing partner of the late broadcaster's area restaurants, paid more than $106,000 at auction Friday for the ball that might have cost the Cubs a shot at the 2003 World Series. The ball is to be destroyed in an act of exorcism. It is earmarked for death on Feb.