The Devil Inside (2012) Script

DISPATCHER: South Hartford 911. What is your emergency?


(LINE DISCONNECTS)

(DISTORTED) This is Lieutenant Dreyfus, badge number 3525, at 174 Willow Lane.

Now entering what appears to be the living room.

Living conditions are best described as being in a state of disarray. Watch your step.

Kitchen also in a state of disarray.

Approaching the stairwell where first victim was found.

Note the instrument on the floor.

Victim number one is facing north.

Male, approximately 160 pounds.

Sustained injury to the left temple.

Now entering the basement where victims number two and three were found.

Entered the basement of the house.

We find victim number two.

Female, approximately 120 pounds.

Facing west.

In the victim's right hand, we have religious paraphernalia, apparently is clutching.

Heading South we find another instrument on the floor.

We find victim number three.

Male, approximately 210 pounds.

We have trauma to the head.

Apparent strangulation with rope, which is broken or torn away.

We have blood splattering against the door.

In the center of the room, we have a chair.

The right armrest of the chair is broken with apparent claw marks from a struggle.

Various straps used for restraint.

(THUDDING)

(CRASHING)

ANNOUNCER: WJBP, Channel 11.

A quiet South Hartford community was leveled by tragedy as three clergy members were found dead.

At about 11:47 P.M. on Sunday evening, the 20th, we received an emergency call on our 911 line.

REPORTER: At least three bodies were taken out of this house, two local priests and a nun.

We checked the location for any other victims and have not found any.

REPORTER: Apparently, Maria Rossi was hosting a church group meeting at her home.

Our homicide detectives and our lab people are conducting their investigation.

REPORTER: Mrs. Rossi was found by police in a crawl space.

We can't speculate as to what the cause or the motive may have been.

They are not ruling out any possibilities.

However, at this time, we don't want to speculate on what may or may not have been the cause.

My name is Isabella Rossi and that was my mother.

The thing you have to understand about my mother is that she just had a huge heart.

(SINGING) Down came the rain and washed the spider out.

Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.

And there we are. That was actually on my...

Can you see that?

That was my first birthday party.

And I don't think it was until I was about six years old that I actually started to notice, you know, something was different, her moods were changing.

Then, she went away for a little bit and when she came back they said she was better.

But she wasn't.

We couldn't understand what was happening.

No one had answers.

Michael SCHAEFER: So why are you doing this film?

Because I really need to understand what happened.

What Maria Rossi did, and her subsequent life, was incredibly tragic and clouded.

And caught in the middle of it is a daughter who is just now learning the circumstances of that tragedy.

Maria: Isabella, look at the camera, honey.

If someone had asked me how is it possible for Mrs. Rossi to have done what she did, I would have gone through the list of things that cause human aggression.

Something like major depression, or schizophrenia, or dissociative identity disorder.

It's my understanding that her current psychiatric diagnosis has been D. I. D.

But this is her seventh different diagnosis since 1987.

Isabella: You start wondering, is it in my genes?

You know, am I going to flip out one day?

Just a matter of time?

Two years after she brutally murdered three people in her home, a South Hartford jury found Maria Rossi not guilty by reason of insanity.

Rossi was committed to the South Hartford State Asylum.

Isabella: And then in September of that year, my mother was transferred to the Centrino Mental Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Rome, Italy.

I never really questioned why Italy.

Michael: When did your father tell you what really happened?

May 23, 2009. I was 25 years old.

He just said it. He said, "Mom attacked those people during an exorcism."

An exorcism performed on her.

It's the job of science to try to sort out what is a reasonable, plausible explanation.

But science can't explain everything, such as a person.

Levitating two feet off the ground during an exorcism.

I asked my Dad if he thought she was possessed.

He said he didn't know.

That she was gone. It didn't matter.

Not anymore.

He died three days later.

I called the church where the priests had come from.

And they wouldn't talk about it.

They said they don't have an ordained exorcist and never did.

So we're on our way to see the Vatican School for Exorcism.

And to see my mother.

Michael: Are you nervous?

Yeah, I'm nervous. Twenty years is a long time, you know?

So, later, I was contacted by the Diocese of Rome.

They told me they never authorized my mother's exorcism.

That's when I knew I had to go to Italy.

I wonder how seriously they take the exorcism school, you know.

I hope it's not a joke.

(BLOWING WHISTLE)

Oh, wow.

There it is, St. Peter's Square.

(SPEAKING IN ITALIAN)

Something like that.

Isabella: This school has drawn a lot of interest from all over the world.

Maybe it can help me understand my mother's situation a little better.

FATH ER Robert GALLO: From post-traumatic shock to serious injury, death even.

And not just for the victim.

Also for the family members, for anyone in the vicinity, especially the priest.

Sometimes a person can be tormented by more than one demon in what we call multiple demonic possession.

These cases are extremely volatile and dangerous, and they sometimes lead to transference, which means the demon jumps from one person to another.

The purpose of the class is to educate priests and, of course, laypeople, about the Devil's presence in their lives, in modern society.

For example, in Italy alone there are over 800 satanic cults. We had a problem.

We needed more exorcists.

If it is possession, then first and foremost we must rule out mental illness.

Schizophrenia. Bipolar disorder.

The course is designed to explore all these conditions.

(SHOUTING ON TAPE)

(IN ITALIAN)

(MRS. SORLINI SPEAKING IN ITALIAN)

(GAGGING)

(SNARLING)

Momma.

(RETCHING)

(LAUGHING IN SQUEAKY VOICE)

(MRS. SORLINI SPEAKING IN ITALIAN)

(IN ENGLISH)

(CRASHING)

Okay, anyone, any thoughts on that?

I believe the subject was clearly possessed.

The subject spoke in multiple languages.

Come on. Speaking in tongues? Maybe.

Incoherent babbling from a mentally-disturbed person, certainly.

I'm sorry, Father.

And the subject displayed abnormal strength when confronted with holy water, and while heavily sedated.

The delusional mind of a paranoid schizophrenic may actually react to holy water as if it were, I don't know, acid, urine.

I'm sorry, I'm gonna have to disagree.

The girl fractured her own femur.

Her strength might have been abnormal, but not impossible.

It's very well known that some epileptics do break their bones during a seizure. It's a fact.

GALLO: As I said, we must be sure to rule out mental illness.

In the end, this case could not be proved as possession.

Isabella: The diversity of the class was comforting.

It wasn't just priests or nuns, but regular people, people who are facing the same things I'm facing.

People like me, looking to help someone.

Isabella: So why are you here?

All this knowledge, you all agree on this, all this knowledge is invaluable for us, no?

David, what would you say drew you to this school?

In particular, to exorcism?

The combination of science and religion.

I think, based on my background in medicine, it gave me a greater sense of purpose.

We all talk so definitively about God and about the Devil but we can all agree that there's no real facts, right? No proofs?

God has never helped me. What about you?

Sure. Yeah.

So when do you actually witness an exorcism in class?

This class is all theory.

This is a school of exorcism, is it not?

It's not reality.

Look at the tape we watched today.

That girl fit every criteria for possession except she wasn't.

It's a mental disorder.

No. When you witness someone possessed, you'll know the difference.

You say that like you have.

Have you witnessed a real exorcism, Father?

Yeah. Right after he saw the Easter Bunny.

I may have. Can I ask you something, Isabella?

Sure. I'm curious.

Why are you doing this documentary?

I will be honest. My Mom.

When I was about eight years old she murdered three people.

Members of her church.

I found out that she had committed these murders during an exorcism.

An exorcism on her.

See you. It was nice meeting you.

Your mother must be at Centrino, right?

Have you seen her yet? Tomorrow.

Okay, well, the class won't give you the answers you need.

You need to see a real one.

How do you know when it's real?

You know.

Good luck.

Thanks.

(SIGHS)

That was interesting.

Hey. Michael: What are you looking at?

My mother's hospital instruction manual.

Look at this thing, it's huge.

Okay.

So, camera one, two and three.

Which one do I look at?

Michael: You don't have to look directly at the camera.

Right. I knew that.

Michael: Remember, the cameras are always running when the car's on.

Let's go.

You know, my father received a letter from Rome.

I guess because priests were involved. The Holy Church got involved as well.

And they said that they wanted to treat my mother at Centrino.

They called it an "offering of forgiveness."

And I remember thinking that meant God was forgiving my mother.

I was young.

Okay.

(SPEAKING IN ITALIAN)

No camera. Michael: Show him the media pass.

(THANKING IN ITALIAN)


Isabella: It felt like a prison.

An old prison, really.

But Dr. Costa seemed concerned, so that was good.

Uh... Follow me.

I only show you this because your mother has not had a violent outburst in over 7 years.

(GRUNTING)

She's extraordinarily anti-religious.

We refrain from religious items and discussion at all times.

They can make her hostile.

But I want to put...

(GROANS)

(LAUGHING MANIACALLY)

(GRUNTING)

(INDISTINCT TALKING ON TAPE)

That's enough.

I'm not sure if you knew this, doctor, but my mother was involved in an exorcism while she committed those murders.

Did you know that?

Isabella, your mother's case, although unique, is not a matter of demonic possession.

It's a matter of brain function.

So why do you think she was transferred all the way from the States to Rome?

I don't know. It was before I arrived here.

Dr. Costa: Unfortunately, we've had to keep her heavily medicated.

An exhaustive amount of meds, to be honest.

Antipsychotics.

Sedatives. Anti-anxiety.

It constantly changes.

She is a very, very complex patient.

(PATIENT SINGING)

Miss Rossi, let's keep moving.

She is having a very good day today. But there still are rules.

Don't talk about faith or God. And stay passive.

Hostility and aggression are... Well, they've provoked her in the past.

(DOOR BUZZING)

Just precautions. It will be fine.

In fact, there is a very good chance she won't even recognize you.

Maria?

You have a visitor.

Come. Come.


Hi, Mom.

I like your drawings.

Maria, I'd like to speak with you if you'd let me, please.

My name is Isabella.

Isabella Rossi.

I'm your daughter.

I just haven't seen you in a long time.

Connect the cuts.

Connect the cuts. Connect the cuts. Connect the cuts.

Connect the cuts. Connect the cuts.

Connect the cuts. Connect the cuts.

Connect the cuts. Connect the cuts.

Connect the cuts. Connect the cuts.

Do you recognize this?

Maria: Do you know how to connect the cuts?

I don't know what that means.

Connect the cuts.

Did you do that to yourself?

Please stop.

Maria, I came a very long way to see you.

Do you want to see my painting?

Yes. I'd like that. I'd love that.

Yes, yes. Maria, he was your husband. You loved him very much.

Do you remember?

Who are you?

I'm Isabella. I'm your daughter.

I don't have a daughter. Yes, yes, you do.

We just haven't seen each other in a very long time.

I don't have a daughter.

Do I?

(ISABELLA CRYING)

Why? Why?

Why not?

(GASPS)

Well, thank you for coming. Please say hello to your family from me.

Have a nice day. Thank you for coming. I have to go. I have to go.

I have to get ready. I have to get ready.

I have to get ready. Get ready.

Get ready.

You shouldn't have killed.

What did you say?

Maria, please. I don't have a lot of time. Please, tell me something.

You shouldn't have killed your child.

What?

It's against God's will, you know.

(SCREAMING)

(INDISTINCT)

Dr. Costa: Out, out, out!

Michael: Shit, that was great. That was great stuff.

Are you all right?

Isabella?

Isabella, I...

(SOBBING)

Isabella: What's it like, losing both parents?

It feels empty.

Like there's no safety net to fall back on.

And it forces you to be resilient.

Possession and exorcism have dictated my life.

It took my Mom and it basically killed my Dad.

It defines me now.

I mean, here I am.

I flew halfway across... You know, halfway across the world to see this woman who I never thought I'd see again.

I don't like that it defines me.

Isabella: I contacted Father Ben Rawlings and David Keane in hopes that they would review the footage of my mother.

Luckily, they agreed and invited me to their loft.

Isabella, hi, welcome.

How are you? Good. Come in.

It's hard to say why I wanted to be a priest.

Maybe I was drawn to helping people.

I think that duality exists within all of us and, occasionally, it can take form.

Science can no longer help, and religion has to take over.

Which can be really difficult for people to accept.

Isabella, nice to see you again. How are you? You okay? Okay, great.

Can I get you a cup of tea or anything? Sure.

I'm sorry, I forgot your...

Michael. Michael.

My family were always very religious.

My mother and father, they were teachers, but I was closest to my Uncle. He was a priest.

By the time I was 13, he told me that he was an exorcist.

And, well, if you can imagine...

It's like, I suppose, you know, you being told that your Dad is Superman.

That's what it felt like to me. That he was in direct, you know, war, I suppose, with the Devil.

And, I don't know, it blew me away, really.

And so, he took me along with him and by the time I was 18, I'd seen four exorcisms. I'd even assisted on one.

And it just changes you.

Unfortunately, he passed away a couple years ago.

Anyway, when I was 23, I went into the priesthood.

And by the time I was 27, I was an ordained exorcist.

But I'll tell you this.

After all the years that I've been in the Church I've seen the Devil way more than I've seen God.

That's just not the way it's supposed to be.

There, what did she say to you there?

Oh, uh...

Yeah, at the end there, she started remembering things, specific things, and she said something to me.

But I'm not sure if she said...

What? What was it?

I terminated a pregnancy about four years ago.

The doctor said I couldn't carry it to term, so...

Anyway, she knew about it, and she said that...

Something about being against God's will or something.

Hang on. Let's just look at that.

It's against God's will, you know.

Isabella: That means something, right?

David: Possibly. You said you had a copy of her medical charts?

Wait, wait, wait.

What are those?

Isabella: Oh! She cuts herself.

David: Those are crosses, Ben.

Crosses? Wait, wouldn't she not want crosses if she's possessed?

Not necessarily. Look at them. Look at them.

The way that she's seeing them, they're upside down.

They're inverted crosses. They're typically used in Satanic rituals.

I don't have a daughter.

David: Wait, is she speaking with an accent?

Isabella: Yeah, she did that some. Why?

David: Different accents can be like speaking in tongues.

The pregnancy, did you tell her about that at all?

Isabella: No.

David: And you're absolutely sure there's no other way she could have found out?

I mean, there's no way.

See, there are basically four factors when it comes to determining demonic possession.

One, unnatural strength.

You got aversion to holy objects.

Languages or events that they could not have known.

And preternatural movement, which is basically objects moving around the room.

So, strength? No. Languages, no.

Preternatural movement, no. Aversion to holy objects, maybe.

Yeah, but there are accents and, Ben, she knew that information.

Yeah, that interests me.

We need to show you something.

Okay. Can I bring the camera?

Sure. All right.

Okay.

Can I bring this? Yeah, of course. Come on through.

Michael: I'm good. I'm right behind you. Keep going.

Isabella: What is all this? Who are these people?

Ben: These are people the Church turned down for exorcism.

And they're all possessed? Ben: We believe they are.

These two cases are resolved. Those two are open and we're almost done with this one.

This is the girl, Rosa, right? From the video we saw in Gallo's class?

You both thought she was possessed.

Ben: She is. We think the Church made a mistake.

So correct me if I'm wrong, but you guys are performing these exorcisms yourselves, without the Church's permission?

That's right. We have to. Otherwise, these people would continue to suffer.

What is all that?

David: We monitor everything. Heart rate, blood pressure.

Yeah, go ahead.

That's a camera we use to determine pupil dilation, which is very important in cases of possession.

Nine millimeters is as large as the average pupil gets.

Maybe 10 or 11 under certain substances.

Like cocaine, psilocybin, methamphetamines.

Anything above 11 is considered preternatural.

Why doesn't the Church help these people?

You see, that's just it.

The Church isn't in the business of healing people.

The bureaucracy won't allow it.

Their hands are tied. In 1999, the Church changed the exorcism rites for the first time in almost 400 years.

Now a priest has to be absolutely certain that there's an evil presence in order to even attempt an exorcism.

And that's a near impossible task, because a lot of the time it takes an exorcism for a demon to reveal itself.

But rather than get distracted by the Church's hypocrisy, we're going to continue to care for these people.

So that means that my mother's case can actually be something...

David: No, no. Isabella, you...

The Church will never pursue your mother's case because the last time someone did, people died.

What do you suggest?

If you really want to help your mother, you need a better understanding of exorcism.

A real understanding.

Okay. So take more classes and maybe show Gallo the tape?

Isabella, you'll learn more in five minutes of an exorcism than you will in three months in some class.

Plus, you'll get to know the real difference between possession and mental illness.

So witness a real exorcism?

With you?

If you want.

So the exorcism rites, when they were updated, what exactly changed?

Well, for one, all media coverage of exorcisms were banned.

Not that they were filmed much anyway.

Exorcisms can take minutes or they can take years.

No two are the same.

Is this thing we're doing even legal?

No. Not exactly.

You never know what's going to happen.

(CROWS CAWING)

(CHURCH BELLS DINGING)

So do you still get nervous or...

(BARKING)

No, not really.

Demons, like angels, have orders, or spheres, to be more specific. A hierarchy, basically.

Now, it's imperative you get the demon to reveal itself so you can deduce its rank in that hierarchy.

In our last session we were able to hone in on our demon's identity.

His name is Berith.

Look, I know we went over this before.

Keep us between you and her, okay. I'm not kidding.

Michael: All right, all right.

(BEN SPEAKING IN ITALIAN)

Father. How is she?

(IN ITALIAN)

She's worse? Okay, let me see. No, no.

We had to move her downstairs. To the basement.

The basement?

This is it.

We're actually going to see a person who is supposedly possessed.

So I guess now we'll see if it's bullshit or not.

Ben: She's in here.

Michael, come in.

Everyone, bow their heads.

May the Lord bless us and keep us. May the Lord let His face shine upon us.

May the Lord lift up His countenance onto us and give us peace.

Amen. Amen.


This really is no place for her, Mrs. Sorlini.

I'm sorry, I'm sorry. We don't know what to do.

Please, please, it's going to be okay. It's going to be okay.

Rosa?

(MRS. SORLINI SOBBING)

Bless you for your prayers. You must leave her to us now. All right?

Mrs. SORLINI: Yes, Father.

David: This is to help loosen her limbs, keep her calm.

It's very similar to a muscle relaxant.

(MOANING SOFTLY)

Michael: She's looking right at me.

(MICHAEL SHUDDERING)

(BONES CRACK)

Okay.

Okay.

Let's get set up.

(RECITING PRAYERS IN LATIN)

(DEVICE POWERING ON)

It's best just to stay close to Michael, okay?

A little to the right. No, no. It's set.

David: It is Thursday, December 3, 2009.

Subject, Rosa Sorlini.

Last session, November 13, 2009.

Rosa's appearance has worsened, skin color and weight.

Temperament appears stable.

Vitals are slightly elevated, but basically normal.

Her pupils are dilated to approximately nine millimeters.

Ben: Okay.

Let's begin.

(RECITING PRAYERS IN LATIN)

David: Pupils still normal.

Ben: Rosa, are you in there? Can you hear me?

I want to know how you're feeling today, Rosa.

(IN ITALIAN)

Ben: I remember last time, Rosa, you were strong. You spoke to me.

(IN ITALIAN)

No, no, she's strong. And getting stronger than...

(IN ITALIAN)

You don't want this one anymore.

It's no good for you.

(IN GERMAN)

Isabella: She said my name. She said my name.

How did she know my name? Stay back. Don't listen to her.

(IN ITALIAN)

Five minutes alone with her, I promise you, her cunt will know me.

Ben: I want you to leave the girl out of this.

- (ROSA SHOUTING IN ITALIAN) (MONITOR BEEPING RAPIDLY)

I know who you are, demon! Your name is Berith!

(IN ITALIAN)

Behold the Cross of the Lord.

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I appeal to Your Holy Name that you graciously grant me help against...

- (IN ITALIAN) (MONITOR BEEP STABILIZING)

- That you graciously grant me help. (SCREAMING) against this unclean spirit that's tormenting this creature of Yours!

- Ben, she's hemorrhaging! (MONITOR BEEPING RAPIDLY)

God, creator and defender of the human race, who made man in Your own image, look down in pity on this, Your servant!

(CONTINUES SCREAMING)

Help me hold her down, Ben. Ben, help me hold her down.

Taste it, bitch! Come taste your mother's sweet milk!

Stay back.

(SPEAKING IN ITALIAN)

Inserting anti-coagulant.

Overwhelms it with fear and panic.

Repel, O Lord, the Devil's power.

(SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE)

Break asunder his snares. You can't hide, Berith!

(SCREECHING)

The Mystery of the Cross commands you!

Blood pressure's way up, 190 over 110! Come on, hang in there!

Heart rate's up. So is blood pressure. 190 over 110. Hang in there.

(IN ITALIAN)

Blood pressure's going crazy! It's 220 over 110! Say it, Ben!

St. Barnabas commands you!

Ben? Just keep hold of her!

- (IN ITALIAN) (BEN RECITING PRAYER)

Ben, I can't hold her!

- (SNARLING) (CLANGING)

Isabella: Oh, my God! Where is she? Michael: David! David!

David: I can't see! I need light! I need light.

(ROSA LAUGHING)

Isabella: Do something!

David: Get her back on the bed! Ben!

Get her legs. David: Michael, get away.

- (STRUGGLING) (BEN RECITING PRAYER)

I'll carve out your diseased heart and eat it!

I have a whole army of angels and the Lord Almighty by my side!

You want pain? I'll give you pain!

St. Barnabas commands you!

From whose sight you are not hidden!

- St. Barnabas commands you! (SQUEALING)

St. Barnabas commands you!

You foul, treacherous beast!

Give way to Christ, in whom you found none of your works!

Bow down before God!

(RASPING)

Ben: Okay, bring her back on her legs.

(PANTING) She's stabilizing.

She's stabilizing.

Isabella: Turn that off. Yeah.

(SIGHS HEAVILY)

I don't know what to say.

David: Right there, right there, you see how her pupil is normal again?

That indicates that she's clean.

Now that you have this, now you can tell the Church, right, that you saved her? Ben: No.

David: Yeah, it worked. But that doesn't mean the Church will support it.

That doesn't make any sense. Why not?

Because...

Because the Church would have us arrested and deported.

What we're doing in the eyes of the Church is very wrong.

That's why we know it's so right.

(MOBILE RINGING)

Ben: Look, her appearance is completely normal, and so quickly after the exorcism.

Hello? This is she. Excuse me.

R-O-S-S-I.

What's that? Michael: I don't know.

I'm her daughter. I just got here from America.

I think that's a big mistake. We could go back to the charts, you'll see that...

Ben: This is amazing.

Thank you.

That was the Diocese of Rome. I asked for a reevaluation of my mother.

Michael: What did they say?

They thanked me for my concerns and said that any interference would probably jeopardize her well-being.

Oh! And that God would be watching us over these trying times.

David: Are you all right?

Fine.

Michael: I can't believe the Church turned her down.

Ben: Of course they're gonna turn it down.

Go straight to Dr. Costa with my own doctor, like David.

The hospital is outside Vatican City walls, and I think that means it's out of their jurisdiction.

Michael: What are you two talking about?

What's that?

What are you talking about?

Okay. Okay. We need to talk.

David? Do you have a sec? Okay. Yeah.

Ben: We don't know what's wrong with Isabella's mother.

Nobody does because she hasn't been evaluated in over 15 years.

She deserves a second opinion.

A second opinion?

It would give us enough time to determine her condition.

No, you want to give an exorcism to Isabella's mother.

That's not what we're saying.

We just need time and we need to know that she's actually possessed.

Michael: Yeah, then she can get the proper attention.

Look, okay, that's not how this works.

You're here to document, you're not here to get involved.

First of all, it's illegal. No, it's not illegal.

Yes, Ben, it is! And in the eyes of the Church...

You know, forget about the Church, David!

Why does it always come down to that?

What if this works? What if we find out that it's not D. I.D.?

Michael: Yeah, think about it, David. This could work.

Michael, I know what you're doing.

I know it would be provocative for your film, but we will be arrested.

(SIGHS)

How would it even work?

As soon as they found out what we were doing, they'd shut us down.

The staff won't be allowed with us in the room.

Yeah, we should have that right to privacy on her behalf, right?

Yeah, you're right.

David, just...

What if it was your own mother?

I'm really nervous.

I'm an active priest in good standing with the Holy See.

And regardless of the outcome, the Church will find out, and it will put my job in jeopardy.

Father Ben Rawlings.

But at the same time, there are problems within this institution.

There are things that I don't agree with.

In the case of Maria Rossi, I think we should take the time to actively deduce whether or not she's being tormented by an evil presence.

I think.

Ben: What's the Church's stance on Maria Rossi?

Well, she's faded into the system.

She's pumped full of drugs and forgotten.

If she becomes too difficult, there's a panic button on the wall.

Yeah? Yes, I saw that. Thank you.

The bottom line here is that something horrible happened back in 1989.

And it wasn't Maria Rossi's fault.

You'll be screening her using SCID-D? Two hours?

David: More or less two hours, yeah. I'd say so.

I feel the Church needs to change.

We're so eager to just brush things under the carpet as if they don't exist.

I don't fit in this Church, in this guise of the Church.

And I have to do what I believe.

Dr. Costa: I'll see you soon, Maria.

Isabella: I know it's dangerous, and it might not even work.

But I can't just sit back and do nothing.

Okay, not a problem.

(MONITOR BEEP STABILIZING)

David: The time is 8:32 A.M. on Monday, December 7, 2009.

Subject is Maria Rossi. Session one.

Subject appears docile.

Heavily medicated.

Pupils are mildly dilated due to the medication.

Ben: Okay. Let's wake her up.

When she wakes up, we'll see if she gets a reaction.

David: Counteracting medication.

Medication should take effect in 20 seconds.

Isabella: So this is when you provoke her?

Ben: Exactly.

David: Ten seconds.

Five, four, three, two, time.

Maria?

Maria, do you know what this is?

Maria, is there someone in there with you?

I don't know.

Ben: Yes, you do, Maria.

Who's in there?

We can help you. We can free you from it.

EKG is normal.

They'll be angry.

There's more than one?

Maybe she's clean.

(MONITOR BEEPING RAPIDLY)

What was that?

Yeah, we got something.

(BEEP STABILIZING)

Her pupil's still normal.

It's nothing.

Isabella: Is she all right?

Ben: Yeah, she...

She's sleeping.

That's the first time I've seen a possessed person fall asleep when confronted by a priest and holy water.

Isabella: What does that mean?

(SIGHING) I don't know. I think...

I think we might be wasting our time.

Isabella: I came here for her and I'm going to do everything I can to help her.

This isn't consistent with any form of possession that I've ever seen.

I'm sorry, Isabella. This...

(SCREAMING)

(MONITOR BEEPING RAPIDLY)

David: Her pupils are almost fully dilated!

Lord, have mercy! Christ, have mercy!

What are you doing? We're helping her, David!

We need to help her!

Ben, this is not the time or the place! Stay back.

I need you to calm down.

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Christ, hear us. Christ, please hear us.

- God, the Father in Heaven. (SCREAMS)

I know you! I know you, little girl!

- God, the Father in Heaven. (MARIA LAUGHING EVILLY)

David: God, the Father in Heaven, most merciful.

Ben: God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I appeal to Your Holy Name against this unclean spirit! I know you!

(SPEAKING IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE)

(MARIA GRUNTING)

Shove that needle in your fucking eye, you faggot!

(LAUGHING)

I adjure you, ancient serpent by the judge of the living and of the dead.

Isabella: Don't get too close. By your Creator...

David: Ben? Ben? Isabella: Michael!

The faith of the holy apostles and of all the saints commands you, reveal yourself before the Creator! Isabella: Watch it!

(GROANS)

David!

Ben: The devout prayers of holy men...

God the Father commands you!

(DISTORTED) Oh, you can't get back in your God's good graces, priest.

Not after what you did.

Ben, what are you doing? David: Her vitals are going crazy.

(SCREECHING)

Ben: Get back. Get back.

David: Michael, put the camera down and help!

Isabella: I want to help her!

David: Get her leg! Get her leg!

(MONITOR BEEPING RAPIDLY)

Careful. Grab her leg!

I got her. Get her arm.

Isabella, is it locked?

Ben: Close the bolt! Yes! Yes!

(SPEAKING IN GERMAN)

Tell me your name, coward!

Asbeel!

Come that close to me one more time and I'll use your tongue to skull fuck the baby killer over there!

(SINGING) The itsy bitsy spider came down the water spout

(MONITOR BEEP STABILIZING)

BOTH: Down came the rain and washed the spider out.

Out came the sun...

Ben: Isabella, don't listen to it. It's not your mother.

Come on, baby. Isabella, it's not your mother!

You know the words.

Michael: Isabella, snap out of it!

Do it! Demons!

(IN GERMAN)

You are guilty before our Lord Jesus Christ whom you dared to nail upon the cross.

David: Pulse is 284. Rhythm is way off.

(SPEAKING IN SHRILL TONE)

I'm not like the others, demon!

Do you hear me, transgressor?

I hear you, priest. Seducer!

All you fucking do is talk!

(SPITS)

- (BANGING ON DOOR) (GUARD SHOUTING IN ITALIAN)

The holy apostles Peter and Paul and all the saints command you.

Give way to Christ, in whom you found none of your works!

For it is not He who condemns you, but rather He who rules the living and the dead.

Our Father, who art in heaven...

Isabella: No, it's gonna kill her! Ben: Just stay there, Isabella.

No, no, no.

Ben: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

Let my mother go.

(IN HOARSE VOICE) You'll burn.

You'll burn eternal.

Poor child.

- GUARD: Please, open this door now! (CONTINUES BANGING ON DOOR)

Pulse is dropping.

Maria? Maria, can you hear us?

David: Starting to regain consciousness.

Temp is returning to normal.

Over.

Ben: Tell me your name, coward! Maria: Asbeel!

I'll be feeling that tomorrow.

See, this is preternatural movement right here.

I've seen it before, but I've never captured it on tape.

So, what does that mean?

It means we've got everything that we need right here.

This is huge, Isabella.

Let's play it again.

Ben: Do you realize how big this is?

With the evidence we've got, the Holy See has to see us. They have to.

We can go to the press with this and in an instant, we'd have 1,000 people standing out there.

David: Our priority right now should be getting her back to the States.

The endorsement of Dr. Costa is vital.

But after the results that he saw, there's no way that he can't agree.

Dr. Costa doesn't believe that she was possessed or anything.

He thinks it was an exercise that shocked her system.

Anyway, it doesn't matter what he believes because his referral's actually gonna help us get her back to the States.

(DISTORTED) Oh, you can't get back in your God's good graces, priest.

Michael: What are you doing?

I'm just...

I'm just analyzing Maria's audio.

I'm just trying to work out if there is more than one voice inside her.

See, there can...

(DISTORTED VOICES TALKING INDISTINCTLY)

See? See? Right there. You hear that?

She's speaking in tongues, right? No, no.

It's one sentence, spoken in more than one language, I think.

I'm just trying to isolate how many.

(VOICES DISTORTING)

Maria: You wanted him to die, didn't you?

Ben, what is she talking about?

You wanted him to die, didn't you?

Is she talking about your Uncle?

I found four voices on the recording. I found four voices on the recording.

David: You found four? Isabella: Wait, what does that mean?

It means that the entity in your mother had disciples.

We call it multiple demonic possession.

You might have heard Gallo talking about it in class.

Isabella: Wait, so it's a powerful demon.

Ben: Yeah. It's a beast.

(SIGHS DEEPLY)

What? You know how lucky we are?

Look, we're gonna deliver all our findings to the Holy See next Friday.

Yeah, maybe. He hasn't agreed to see us.

Yeah, well, have you told him that the press might be interested?

David: That's not very diplomatic.

Can't we just wait a little bit till my mother's case is resolved?

I mean, the press?

Hang on a minute. Just because you've got what you want now, you're expecting us just to keep quiet? Michael, please, just get...

Stop! Stop! That's not what I meant!

Because there are lot more people to help rather than just your mother, okay?

David: Wait, did Father Gallo call you? Isabella: What's your problem?

No. You?

Yeah, he called me twice.

What did he say?

He wants to help us make the right decision.

He's worried about us. Especially, he's worried about me.

You? Why? Because of my job, Ben.

David, what are you doing with the papers? Are you okay?

I'm fine. The conversation's just giving me a little bit of a headache.

David, he's just trying to scare you. That's all.

Isabella: Is that blood? He's a moral man.

And he's toeing the company line on this one and you know it.

Isabella: Is your nose bleeding?

David, you got something. Are you okay?

Ben: Are you okay? I'm sorry. I'm fine.

Look.

I'm sorry.

It's probably stress.

It's a lot of work to do for Friday. Yeah.

Michael: Are you all right?

They won't release her. Michael: What?

Why not? I don't know. They won't say.

They can't or won't believe that she's better.

Where are my keys? I don't...

Where are my fucking keys? They were right here.

I don't know. Relax. Where are my fucking keys, Michael?

I don't know. It feels like they'll never release her.

There's no way the Church can't see this.

I can look them in the eye and tell them that it was the right thing to do.

(BAGPIPES PLAYING)

This is what they do. They cover things up, they ignore it, no matter who it hurts or destroys.

Well, not this time. Not this fucking time.

This was supposed to be about my mother. Not anybody else.

Not about Ben's ego, or David's job.

I have a sinking feeling I'm going to be excommunicated for all this. I think.

For what we did. David's inner coward

- is really coming out. (FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING)

Ben and David, maybe I get them.

They have their own thing going on, but Isabella, we started this together.

Michael just has to stop.

- He just wants to... (CLATTERING)

They have this group of three and I'm like the annoying guy with the camera.

David, what the fuck are you doing?

If it weren't for me no one would know anything about what the hell they're doing in their Church and in their basements.

Isabella: Look, I really think we need to talk about some stuff.

(MUNCHING)

What's wrong with the camera? I don't know. Just...

What's wrong?

Not then. Before she hit you. Michael, did you see anything?

No, I didn't see anything.

Ben: Okay, we'll just try another... Isabella: This is something else.

Yeah, but it's at the exact same time.

It must have been just a power surge through the hospital.

It's the only thing I can think of.

For all the cameras? It could be something else.

Ben: Hey, we're filming. I'm sorry.

Isabella: David, you have to see this. I have to go.

Ben: I said we're filming. I know. I heard you. I got to go.

Ben: What's the matter?

The bishop denied our request. Ben: What?

It's just a bloody meeting. What was the reason?

The incident's under investigation.

Ben: Well, of course it is. Isabella: David...

Ben: David. Yeah?

It's going to be okay. All right? I hope so.

I hope so. Michael: David, wait, wait.

I'm coming with you, remember? The baptism?

Come on. Let's go.

Michael, how long is this going to take? Just a second.

Do we really need this? Yep.

Are you okay with that, David? I'm fine. You ready?

David: Baptism, baptism.

Baptism is the transferal of sins, both original and personal.

Now, for example, if a baby were to die after being baptized it would go to Heaven.

And if before it would go to Hell.

David: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

- (BABY COOING) ALL: Amen.

Brethren, our fair Father Christ in His great loving kindness hath ordained that His mystic bride, the Holy Mother of the Church, to protect her children at every stage from the cradle to the grave.

And to this end is the Sacrament of Holy Baptism ordained.

ALL: Amen.

John Thomas, in the name of Christ our Lord I anoint thee with oil for thy safekeeping.

John Thomas, I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

(BABY COUGHING)

Michael: David? What's he doing?

David!

Father, stop. Please stop!

What are you doing, David?

David, stop, stop!

David! For God's sake!

Somebody, stop him!

(ALL CLAMORING)

You know what I'd like to do?

I'd like to take this fucking camera, turn it around and stick it in Michael's face.

I'd like to ask him, "What was it like, Michael?"

"What was it like when"

"your Mom fucked your father's best friend?"

(DOOR OPENING)

(CHUCKLES)

Ben: David?

Hey, David!

(DOOR SHUTS)

Michael, what's wrong with David? What's happened?

What's going on?

(MICHAEL SIGHS)

The...

The kid almost died.

What?

What happened? What did you say?

The baby he was baptizing, he almost drowned it.

Ben: What are you doing? Setting up the camera.

Ben: No, wait. Just leave the camera. Isabella: Is the baby okay?

Yeah, I think so.

Isabella: You think so? Did you see it? Were you there or not?

Michael: Do I think the baby's okay? Yeah.

Ben: Is he in trouble?

I don't know. They called the police and he just left.

David! Ben: Okay, just come back when you...

Well, he's been acting strange all day. Did you see it happen?

See it? I filmed it! It was like he lost it!

He's been under a lot of stress lately, so maybe that contributed to...

I don't know. You should have been there.

It was like he was crazy!

Has anything like this ever happened before?

No, of course not!

(LOUD CRASHING)

Isabella: David! Ben: David?

Isabella: What the hell's going on?

Ben: Michael, get the camera. We need the light.

Michael: Ben? Ben: David?

(LOUD THUDDING)

(DAVID SHOUTING INDISTINCTLY)

David?

(DRAGGING BED)

Michael: (WHISPERING) What's he doing up there?

Watch. Careful.

Isabella: What the hell is all this? Ben: I don't know.

Ben, are those Bible pages?

Michael: Oh, Jesus. Ben: David!

Come here. What have you done?

Oh, my God, Ben. He's bleeding all over.

Get his arms up. Put them up. Put them up.

(SHUSHING)

No, no, no. What is it?

(MUTTERING AND WHEEZING)

Isabella: No, no, no.

- What do we do, Ben? (STUTTERING) I don't know!

What do you mean, you don't know? I don't know.

I don't know what to do!

Where's...

(ISABELLA SCREAMING)

Go, go, go! Get out! Stay out!

Stay downstairs! Don't come back upstairs again!

Just stay down there!

Okay, okay. Ben: Look at me. Look in my eyes.

Michael, did you see his eyes? Did you see his eyes?

- (DOOR BANGS OPEN) Shit!

Polizia! Polizia!

No, no.

(SPEAKING IN ITALIAN)

Father Keane? Where is Father David Keane?

Michael: He's upstairs. He's very, very sick.

Turn on the lights. I can't.

Michael: This is the only light we have.

OFFICER: Are you David Keane? No, no.

He's upstairs, he's upstairs, but it's not safe to go up there!

Stay down here, please!

Michael: Holy shit.

Ben: Do you need the light?

(OFFICER SPEAKING IN ITALIAN)

- (LOUD THUD) Ben: David!

(BOTH STRUGGLING)

(DOOR OPENS)

(SPEAKING IN ITALIAN)

Ben: He took your gun? Yes, he took my gun!

We need to get out right now.

All of us need to get out. We need to...

David? David?

David?

He's my friend!

David? David, listen to me. Put down the gun.

Just put down the gun, yeah? Isabella: David...

Listen to me. It's Ben, okay? It's your friend.

- Isabella: (SHOUTING) No, no! Be quiet, Isabella.

David, listen to me, all right?

This isn't you. Just listen to my voice, okay?

This is your friend, Ben.

This isn't you.

Something else has taken control of you.

You know this. You know this.

Okay?

Focus on my voice. You need to trust me, David. Okay?

Just stay calm.

(SOBBING) I can't stop. I can't stop it, Ben!

You can, you can fight it. Just fight it! Fight it, David.

Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth...

I forgot it.

Just give me the gun. I forgot it.

He says to say, "Thank you".

(GUNSHOT)

Michael: Jesus!

Ben: (SCREAMING) The light!

(OFFICER SPEAKING IN ITALIAN)

Come here, come here. Oh, shit.

(SHUDDERING)

Fuck!

(SCREAMING)

I need an ambulance now!

Michael: What's wrong with her?

She's having a seizure. Come here.

(SIREN WAILING)

You saw his eyes, right?

Ben! I saw his eyes!

Tell me what's happening, Ben! I don't want to...

I got to know what's happening, Ben!

Maybe there's some transference.

Demonic transference?

Of course I mean demonic transference, Michael!

Transference like? Just fucking...

Michael, please just shut the fuck up! Don't you fucking yell at me, Ben!

Of course I'm gonna fucking yell at you!

You've been here the whole fucking time!

Have you not listened to me?

Jesus.

(FACULTY TALKING INDISTINCTLY IN ITALIAN)

No, no! Please, wait here. Wait out there! Yes, please.

(ISABELLA SHUDDERING)


Michael: Her name is Isabella Rossi.

Can we see her yet?

(TALKING INDISTINCTLY IN ITALIAN)

I believe there's transference.

I don't know. Not for certain. Michael: Who are you talking to?

More than one. Four, possibly.

Okay, okay. I'll bring her to you as soon as I can, Father Gallo.

Thank you.

Yeah, I know. It's David's fault.

The doctor asked me to talk to you, yes. She's doing much better, your friend.

She's stable and she's resting, so I suggest you go.

When can we see her?

She's gonna be here overnight, so you can see her tomorrow.

Overnight? That's not possible.

Why is that?

There's something wrong with her. It's not safe here.

No, this is very safe, I assure you.

Something's wrong with her.

We need to get her out of here right now.

No, gentlemen, we are extremely...

Do you know who Father Robert Gallo is?

Father Gallo, yes, I know him, but I don't understand...

- (CLANGING) (MONITOR BEEPING RAPIDLY)

Ben: Isabella?

(ISABELLA SCREAMING)

Isabella?

(CLANGING)

Michael: What do we do, Ben?

Ben: Isabella, listen to me!

(SCREAMING)

We need to get her out of here now!

(FACULTY CLAMORING IN ITALIAN)

(SPEAKING IN ITALIAN)

Michael!

I've got her now!

We need to get her under control!

(BONES CRACKING)

(SCREECHING) Help me, please!

I know this woman. She needs to be sedated. Do it, now!

Jesus will bring your plans to nothing. Christ will have none of your plans.

Let's take this outside.

(ISABELLA SCREAMING)

Michael, put the camera down!

Listen to me. I'm a priest. Please, go and help those people.

Keep her here. DOCTOR: Thank you, Father.

Okay, let's go, let's go, let's go.

Come on. Michael: She just killed that woman.

Ben: We need to end this.

Grab her legs. Help me grab her legs! We're going to Father Gallo's.

Michael: What's he going to do?

Ben: I need help with the exorcism.

Get the door. Get the door.

Ben: Oh, my God. What have I done?

You really think Gallo's going to help?

Yeah, I need help.

- I need to fix this. (GASPING)

Oh, shit. Oh, shit. She's waking up.

She's waking up.

We haven't got much time, Michael. We haven't got much time.

Stay with me. Don't let it get to you.

When I was 13, my Uncle told me he was an exorcist.

You can't get back into God's good graces, priest.

(WHISPERING) Not after what you did.

Ben?

(DISTORTED) You wanted him to die, didn't you?

What is she doing?

(IN MALE VOICE) He says to say, "Thank you."

Who are you?

You know me. Everyone knows me.

- Lord, have mercy! Christ, have mercy! (SCREAMING)

Jesus.

God the Father!

(SCREECHING)

Oh, my God!

Oh, shit!

- (SCREAMING) (TIRES SCREECHING)

Ben: Your place is in solitude!

Your abode is in the nest of serpents!

Be gone forthwith from this servant of God!

Get out of her! Get out of her!

(BEN RECITING PRAYERS IN LATIN)

It's working, right?

I have got her under control, but I don't know for how long.

You've got to hurry up.

(PANTING) It's okay.

It's going to be okay. I'm sorry.

(ALARM BLEEPING)

Just be strong.

- Be strong. (ENGINE REWING)

Just be strong.

(VEHICLE HONKING)

Michael!

(CRASHING)