Thursday, January 6, 2011

An Exorcism Reality Show?

Apparently the Discovery Channel is teaming up with the Vatican to produce a series showcasing exorcism. The Huffington Post is calling it a "Reality Show", but I am not sure why. The description of the show does not include sticking ten people in a room and observing them go through demonic fits while Simon Cowell critiques there contortions and viewers call-in to vote participants off the show. Here is the description.

The Exorcist Files will recreate stories of real-life hauntings and demonic possession, based on cases investigated by the Catholic Church. The project includes access into the Vatican's case files, as well as interviews with the organization's top exorcists -- religious experts who are rarely seen on television.

If the show's first season is successful, the network hopes its partnership with the Church will pave the way for producers GoGo Luckey to take the series to the next level -- joining Catholic investigators on live demon-purging ride-alongs. (Read more here)

It sounds more like a combinations of Leonard Nemoy's 1970's show In Search Of. and COPS. But I have to admit that the idea of an Exorcism Reality show sounds a lot more entertaining.

Anybody want to suggest a theme song for the new series?

Bad demon, bad demon, what ya gonna do? What ya gonna do when they expel you?


  1. An exorcism reality show!

    Wow what will they think of next?

    I’m going to be honest, I just get help myself, I’d love to see this show as I’d find it morbidly fascinating.

  2. Stuart, I admit. I would need to see it at least once just know what they are doing.

  3. Ha! I vote for Ghostbusters too!

    I wonder what demon possession looks like in cultures that do not have a belief in the devil or possession.

    In other words, I wonder if the existence of belief in the devil and the cultural strength of that belief influences how many people report or are suspected of possession.

    I also wonder how our understanding of mental illness such as a psychotic disorder, bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder affect the "diagnosis" of possession.

  4. There is a good book titled "The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist" by Matt Baglio, a journalist living in Rome, who tells the story of a priest from San Francisco who is appointed by his bishop to be the official exorcist of his diocese, and who then travels to Rome to receive training on the rite of exorcism. It is a really interesting book that is sober in its discussions.