Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Vatican + Discovery Channel = New "Reality" Show on Exorcism

Tip of the Hat to Aggie Catholics for this story.

Discovery Channel is teaming with the Vatican for an unprecedented new series hunting the deadliest catch of all: Demons.

The Exorcist Files will recreate stories of real-life hauntings and demonic possession, based on cases investigated by the Catholic Church. The project includes access into the Vatican’s case files, as well as interviews with the organization’s top exorcists — religious experts who are rarely seen on television.

“The Vatican is an extraordinarily hard place to get access to, but we explained we’re not going to try to tell people what to think,” says Discovery president and GM Clark Bunting.

Bunting says the investigators believe a demon can inhabit an inanimate object (like a home) or a person. The network executive says he was initially skeptical when first meeting the team but was won over after more than three hours of talks.

“The work these folks do, and their conviction in their beliefs, make for fascinating stories,” Bunting says.

If the show’s first season is successful, the network hopes its partnership with the Church will pave the way for producers GoGo Luckey to take the series to the next level — joining Catholic investigators on live demon-purging ride-alongs. (Move over, Syfy’s Ghost Hunters.)

The Exorcist Files will debut this spring on Discovery Channel; an exact date has not yet been set.


  1. Al, I hope you checked out the story with the Vatican. This sounds like an attempt to make a laughing stock of the Church.

    The Vatican would never make public their records for review by the secular media. Or the responsible party should be fired.

    Further - a ride along for an exorcism - give me a break.

  2. I kinda agree with the statement that Al said that the Vatican most likely agree to do such a show with secular media. So i would have to check things out.

  3. I meant the Vatican would not agree to do it.

  4. Doesn't this article state that they are teaming up with the Vatican? I believe this show will be interesting but at the same time really scary so that is why it is being created. But then again I will think twice about watching it. As a Catholic I believe that making movies about exorcisms is enough.

  5. I also Agree The Vatican Would never Release Personal files to Anyone who will be putting it on the Airwaves! You should check this one out.

  6. Well, you skeptics have been proven right. See this post today. The Vatican carefully denies any formal involvement and says the Discovery Channel publicity is misleading.