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The Pope's Exorcist star Russell Crowe is making an Adaptation-style meta movie about exorcism movies

Produced by Miramax, The Exorcism will be in theaters June 7, and then head to streaming on Shudder

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Hot off the success of The Pope's Exorcist, Russell Crowe is making another demonic horror movie. This one, however, is more meta than the low-budget, Netflix-streaming Satanic smash - reported by Deadline, Crowe's The Exorcism will focus not on a real exorcist, but an actor playing one.

The description of the film is reminiscent of Adaptation, the Nicolas Cage classic that blurs reality and fiction by being a movie about moviemakers. Similarly, Crowe's upcoming return to religious horror will be Here's Deadline:

"Directed by Joshua John Miller, The Exorcism follows Anthony Miller (Crowe), a troubled actor who begins to unravel while shooting a supernatural horror film. His estranged daughter (Ryan Simpkins) wonders if he’s slipping back into his past addictions or if there’s something more sinister at play."

The movie marks another major step into terror town for Academy Award-winner Crowe, who redeemed his *ahem* controversial take on Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in 2017's The Mummy with his portrayal of real-life demon-hunter Gabriele Amorth in The Pope's Exorcist.

But that's not the only bone-chilling bonafides this movie boasts. The director of the film, Joshua John Miller, is a jack-of-all-trades in the genre, having acted in the vampire classic Near Dark and written slasher flick The Final Girls, which was also a meta-commentary on the horror genre.

And if that's not enough for you fright fans, you'll be excited to learn that, once The Exorcism finishes its theatrical run, it's headed straigth to the screamer's favorite streamer, Shudder.

The Exorcism possesses theaters nationwide June 7. Until then, you can stream The Pope's Exorcist on Netflix.


In the immortal words of Danny Elfman, "Life's no fun without a good scare." We couldn't agree more, which is why we think you should check out horror aficionado Greg Silber's list of the best horror movies of all time. Already seen all of those? Let us tell you what to look forward to (or dread) in Popverse's list of upcoming horror movies.