Mikael Håfström’s exorcism flick The Rite has received mixed reviews so far, but it has Anthony Hopkins presence, surely that’s enough to impress people. I am still yet to see it, waiting for the DVD release, and speaking of the DVD, the guys over at DreadCentral have the word about the home video release.
The Rite will hit, DVD and Blu-ray/DVD combo pack on May 17th which is said to feature an alternative ending.
Synopsis: “Inspired by true events, The Rite follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue), who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith.
Directed by Mikael Håfström, The Rite is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the devil’s reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth. Contrafilms’ Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) are producing the film. The screenplay was penned by Michael Petroni (upcoming The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader), inspired by the book by Matt Baglio. Christy Fletcher and Emma Parry are co-producing. Richard Brener, Merideth Finn and Robert Bernacchi serve as executive producers.
Hopkins stars as Father Lucas. Making his feature film debut, O’Donoghue stars as Michael Kovak, the disillusioned American seminary student. Alice Braga plays the role of Angeline, a journalist in Rome doing research on exorcisms. Ciarán Hinds portrays Father Xavier. Toby Jones plays the role of Father Matthew, and veteran actor Rutger Hauer takes on the role of Michael’s father, Istvan Kovak.”
The Rite is written by Michael Petroni and directed by Mikael Hafstrom, the film stars Sir Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciarian Hinds & Rutger Hauer. For more information check out their official website and Facebook page.