A couple of months ago, I was sifting through my physical DVD collection (yes, I know) and I stumbled upon The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Copyright © 2019 WickedHorror.com - All Rights Reserved. By the time Anneliese was 22 (in 1975) her parents were running out of answers and called upon the Catholic Church for an exorcism. The priests were found guilty of negligent manslaughter and were sentenced to a suspended six months in jail.
At her time of death, she only weighed 68 pounds. They played tapes of the exorcism sessions that featured Anneliese’s demons arguing.
She was diagnosed by neurologists as having temporal lobe epilepsy, and then, shortly after that depression. They were Father Arnold Renz and Pastor Ernst Alt. The Catholic Church evaluated the Michel’s case and deemed it worthy of the performance of an exorcism and sent two priests, Ernst Alt and Arnold Renz. When they got back, she told Anneliese’s parents, Josef and Anna, that Anneliese had been unable to drink blessed water from a holy spring they visited and had actively avoided images of Jesus. All the talk of devils and sinning made her struggle one million times worse than she would have if she had been cared for by parents that sought the correct medical assistance. After the first exorcism rite on September 24, 1975, Anneliese’s parents stopped consulting doctors and decided to rely strictly on the church for her healing. It is that legal aspect of Anneliese’s story which The Exorcism of Emily Rose focuses on, asking the viewer to make up their own mind, using flashbacks, about whether the adults involved acted from love or ignorance. Post continues below. The chaperone, an older woman, was the first one to point the finger at the devil for Anneliese’s problems. Emily was a likable girl, successful in school, loved her parents, but for some reason was randomly chosen by demons to be tormented. Free Horror Movies – Watch 600+ Horror Movies! However, it is a common symptom for people with schizophrenia to feel as if an “alien force shapes their behavior, feelings, and thoughts” (see here), hence the feelings Anneliese is experiencing are effects of the delusions and hallucinations. Anneliese’s parents were exempted from punishment under German sentencing law, which stipulated their suffering from losing their daughter was enough. Therefore, Emily Rose would be a martyr for her beliefs. In addition to seeing and hearing “the devil” while praying, Anneliese became intolerant of religious objects…Given her family’s frequent trips to mass, this became a problem and raised suspicions. So, what was really going on with Anneliese Michel? Does Your Horror Feature or Short Need Worldwide Distribution? The movie “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” is based on the true and tragic events that befell Anneliese Michel. It was found that her death could have been prevented even one week before, which is why her parents, and priests Ernst Alt and Arnold Renz were charged in relation to it. Her hands even bare the stigmata, wounds that correspond to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. There were no demons in this case, Anneliese was not possessed by Hitler or Nero, she was just a sick girl that needed care, care that never came. I believe that the type of religious beliefs that her parents held, are also forms of self delusion. Overall, the story of Anneliese is sad and completely preventable. — Tracee The nineteen year old Catholic college girl, Emily Rose, dies a couple of days after being submitted to an exorcism carried out by her parish priest, Father Moore.
The Church was a significant part of their lives, and they attended Mass twice a week. In a 2005 interview with the Guardian, Annaeliese’s mother said she did not regret her daughter’s death.
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