For many movie fans, “The Exorcism,” William Friedkin’s 1973 horror film about the demonic possession of a 12-year old girl (Linda Blair), is the scariest movie ever made – one that many more fearful viewers vowed to never watch again after the credits rolled. That does not seem to matter to Destination America. In fact, the cable channel feels compelled (by something other than the power of Christ) to air a live exorcism on television!
Entertainment Weekly first reported earlier this month that Destination America was planning on airing a live exorcism special. Now “Exorcism: Live!” has a date – the Friday night before Halloween, of course. According to TV Line, on Thursday Destination America announced at the Television Critics Association summer press tour that the live event will air on Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. EDT.
The live event will take place at the St. Louis, Missouri home that inspired the 1973 film. The exorcism in question will be of the house itself and its alleged demonic possessions, not of a possessed person. Psychic medium Chip Coffey will conduct the exorcism while joined by the cast of “Ghost Asylum,” the paranormal TV series that airs on Destination America. “Exorcism: Live!” will promote the second half of the show’s second season, which premieres in October as well.
Watch a teaser for “Ghost Asylum” Season 1 below:
The special comes on the heels of an uptick in the number of exorcisms being carried out by the Catholic church around the world. Pope Francis has been credited with a renewed interest in the practice after many years of it being considered taboo. However, Destination America's exorcism will not be carried out by a clergy member of the Catholic church.
What will happen in the live special? Only time will tell. "Exorcism: Live!" will air on Destination America on Oct. 30 at 9 p.m. EDT.