That’s me, hedging my bets: “Russell Crowe Set To Star in a Supernatural Horror Thriller THE POPE’S EXORCIST.” Or possibly just managing my expectations. A biopic where there’s never anything overtly, unambiguously supernatural going on could still be pretty dang good, especially if Crowe’s playing the part of the exorcist. Indeed, you could even argue that this is the proper way to portray the life of real-life Vatican exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth.
But who am I kidding? I want clouds of brimstone, hot women impossibly crawling on the ceiling while hissing, and balefire erupting from cracks on the ground while Crowe’s yelling in Latin. I’m not ashamed of being a Philistine. Never have been, really. Besides, when you start with the title THE POPE’S EXORCIST, you’re kind of promising something that can live up to such a rocking title.