February 07, 2011 12:00 PM

>TO MAKE SURE THE RITE’S EXORCISM SCENES WERE RIGHT, filmmakers called upon Father Gary Thomas. The Vatican-certified practicing exorcist is the subject of Matt Baglio’s ’09 book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist, which was the inspiration for the film. Thomas says Rite’s exorcism sequences—which show characters foaming at the mouth, rolling their eyes and speaking in tongues—aren’t just Hollywood special effects. “I have seen it all,” he says. “Everything in the film is accurate.”

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