Cut Above the Rite

Synopsis: Cut Above the Rite is about a young boy who lost his mother and is in the care of his Uncle Jesus. Thrown into this man's undesirable world of friendship, love, booze, and butchery, Sophia realizes that she must do something to save this young boy's life before it's too late.
Genre: Drama, Short
10 min

An order has been passed down... place an exorcist in every diocese

across the U.S. by this time next year.

As you might imagine, it's not

a highly sought-after position.

There's a new program at the Vatican...

...designed to reteach the clergy

the rite of exorcism.

I've been asked to keep an eye out

for potential candidates.

Wait a minute, you....

You want me to be an exorcist?


Why would you want me?

I don't know what I believe in.

That's right.

I remember in your letter... explained how you used

the priesthood to run away from things.

The truth is, you could have run

in any direction, but you ran here.


Just take the course.

And then if you still wanna leave when

you get back, we can talk about it then.

Two months in Rome.

How bad could that be?

Keep the change. Thank you.

I'm guessing there's no cable.

By the time an exorcist is called

to assess a possible possession...

...the parish priest would have ensured...

...that all psychiatric explanations

had been exhausted.

He would have questioned

the possessed himself...

...and forwarded his assessment

on to his bishop.

With the bishop's permission... exorcist is then summoned

to determine possession.

Often, early signs of a possession

are subtle.

Social withdrawal...


...a persistent tremor in a limb.

It can go unnoticed

until the victim is deep within...

...the demonic spirit's grasp.

This was taken at an exorcism in Turin.


The woman survived without food or water

for eight weeks...

...before the demon released her.

This man's jaw spontaneously dislocated

while being read the Lord's Prayer.

He made no physical contact

with any object...

...nor was he met with

any physical force.

Demons are the devil's foot soldiers...

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