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Newspaper clipping of the exorcism of Ronald Doe.

Exorcism of the Real Exorcist House to Air Live on TV

Entertainment Weekly reports Destination America have decided it’d be a fantastic ratings grab to have a house exorcised on live TV. Live. An exorcism. In 2016.

It all takes place in October and it’ll be the first time an exorcism has been aired live in the U.S. (And there’s probably a good reason why…)

The best part? The special is titled Exorcism: Live! 

Starring psychic medium Chip Coffey and the cast of Ghost Asylum (perhaps better known as the Tennessee Wraith Chasers), the special will focus on their investigation of the house that inspired The Exorcist novel and film in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri.

This is the same St. Louis where teenager Ronald Doe was possessed and exorcised over several days in 1949. The true story (whether you believe it or not, the church gave approval exorcism did take place) was printed in local papers and would later inspire William Peter Blatty to pen his best selling novel.

I can only assume Exorcism: Live! (…ugh) will be predictably tacky hyperbole akin to reality TV– something I’d rather not be associated with The Exorcistno matter how remote. Destination America are going live to help ensure ratings, and with so many viewers it’s safe to assume executives will ensure something happens to avoid embarrassment. Certainly that ‘something’ will be a pre-determined set-up and more play more ridiculous than fascinating.

The third act of Repossessed comes to mind.

But hey– I’m being cynical. Maybe they’ll prove me wrong?

Either way, we all know that Destination America is known for pumping out “reality,” shows based around paranormal stuff. With shows like “Ghost Brothers,” appearing on the network, you can’t help but question the validity of the program.

Watch Below: William Peter Blatty talking about his inspiration for the novel, a clip from the 1998 documentary The Fear of God:

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  • Creature_of_the_Night

    I dunno – it is just a special about the house.

    No matter what it is like – it won’t hurt the movie at all.

    It could be good – who knows?

  • Ken

    It will be like “Ghost Hunters” or that one on Travel Channel.Supposed ghost experts that practically soil themselves when they think that they’ve heard words spoken on an EVP device.In fact, last October, they did do a special on the “Exorcist House”, and tried jazzing it up with the same “Roland Doe” back story, but it was not something to get excited about.Sleep paralysis and supernatural assault: now THAT is scary.

  • NYJ

    1. Houses cannot be exorcised
    2. The occurrences attributed to story were centered specifically on the boy, not the house

  • Michael Blatty

    Sheer garbage.

  • Creature_of_the_Night

    At least it won’t be another dumb Bigfoot show.

  • Creature_of_the_Night

    Can’t be worse than the Exorcist 2 Heretic.

  • Michael Blatty

    Ha ha ha! True!

  • Creature_of_the_Night

    MAN if you are really William Peter Blatty’s son….

    ….tell him he is a hero of mine.

    For the Exorcist alone – and tell him Exorcist 3 is a masterpiece too and your dad made that great.

    Love that movie.

    AND Shot in the Dark – probably my favorite comedy of all time – never knew for YEARS that he wrote that.

    Yeah – but your dad is awesome.

    Shot in the Dark, Exorcist, and Exorcist 3 – my 3 favorite movies.

  • Isn’t that a movie already? Called “Repossesed”?

  • Creature_of_the_Night

    Why doesn’t this site get updated anymore? – the tv series, which is actually pretty cool

    The Exorcist 3 director’s cut

    All this cool stuff happening lately, and us Exorcist worshippers have no site covering this stuff.

    🙁