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Televised exorcism planned for Halloween

August 1, 2015 | Comment icon 26 comments



Exorcism rituals have been performed for centuries. Image Credit: Public Domain
Discovery's Destination America network will be broadcasting an exorcism live on television this year.
The program, which will be called 'Exorcism: Live!', is set to revisit the house that inspired author William Peter Blatty's novel The Exorcist as well as William Friedkin's 1973 adaptation of it.

Both were based on the real-life exorcism of a young boy from Cottage City, Maryland in 1949.

"The live event will take place at the original Exorcist House in the suburbs of St. Louis where the infamous ritual was performed on Roland Doe in 1949," the show's promotional material reads.

"No one has ever attempted to rid the lurking spirits and demons that inhabit this home, until now.."
The broadcast is set to feature a detailed paranormal investigation of the house as well live coverage of the exorcism that will seek to banish evil spirits from the building.

The program is set to coincide with the 66th anniversary of the original Maryland exorcism.

"As we step into one of the most haunted and well-known spirit destinations in America, Exorcism: Live! will show exactly what is inside this infamous, highly dangerous and possessed home," said Destination America's General Manager Marc Etkind.

Whether anything paranormal will happen during the broadcast however remains to be seen.

Exorcism Live! airs on Destination America on Friday, Oct. 30 at 9/8c.

Source: UPI.com | Comments (26)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #17 Posted by Silver Surfer 7 years ago
Extra TV ratings will boost the holy spirit to cleanse the house! Can I get a Hallelujah!
Comment icon #18 Posted by BeastieRunner 7 years ago
Seems like a bad idea, all around. If it really is a demon ... why would you give it LIVE access to TV!? On the other side, if it's just people doing it for ratings ... it better have a disclaimer that it is staged or fake because the human rights violations would be astronomical.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Paranormal_Etcetera 7 years ago
Well if the house starts vomiting it could get interesting.
Comment icon #20 Posted by third_eye 7 years ago
On hindsight I would say this will inevitably be ranked and filed among the same pile as that 'man swallowed whole by giant snake' episode ~
Comment icon #21 Posted by Leo Krupe 7 years ago
In the late 80s or maybe early 90s Randi was part of a show hosted by Bill Bixby called "Exploring Psychic Mysteries: Live!" One of the "psychics" was Sylvia Browne, who "read" members of the audience, and failed miserably, as did every one of the Live! psychics. I expect this won't do any better.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Mikko-kun 7 years ago
Good luck with that, now that the demons know when and where they exorcists are heading they will just vacate the house until they are gone. Hopefully. Rather that than scarred souls because someone needed to make a point, or ratings.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Cavan 7 years ago
What happens if the demons are camera-shy?
Comment icon #24 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 7 years ago
Meh, I'll watch it for as long as I can stand watching it. It might be entertaining, the stupidity of the actors involved and the poor quality of the actual investigation might get me to laugh out loud some. Or it might just make me angry.
Comment icon #25 Posted by libstaK 7 years ago
Meh, I'll watch it for as long as I can stand watching it. It might be entertaining, the stupidity of the actors involved and the poor quality of the actual investigation might get me to laugh out loud some. Or it might just make me angry. Nah, I'll just wait for the reviews on the online news networks - you just know they have to play it up for the cameras to keep the audience fascinated enough to continue watching, even if absolutely nothing is going to happen. An exercise in mass hypnotism would be more accurate than an exorcism.
Comment icon #26 Posted by Thorvir Hrothgaard 7 years ago
Nah, I'll just wait for the reviews on the online news networks - you just know they have to play it up for the cameras to keep the audience fascinated enough to continue watching, even if absolutely nothing is going to happen. An exercise in mass hypnotism would be more accurate than an exorcism. I agree with all of that. But it might entertain me for a couple of minutes.


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