The Vatican Exorcisms – USA, 2013

‘Demons walk among us’

The Vatican Exorcisms is a 2013 American found footage horror film directed by and starring Joe Marino.  The screenplay is by Mauro Paolucci and Salvatore Scarico. The movie also stars and Anella Vastola.


Joe Marino, an American filmmaker, travels to Italy to shed light on the phenomenon of exorcisms. Initially, he visits Rome and the Vatican City and films a Black Mass attended by priests.

Then, accompanied by Padre Luigi, an alleged exorcist, Joe travels to the south of Italy, a place where the sacred and profane have always lived together, where Christian rituals are inextricably linked to pagan ones….


“This is a mock-doc that really wants us to think it’s a doc and not a mock-doc, but as either, it’s so unmitigatedly awful, that it really doesn’t matter what the purported filmmakers want us to believe because the only thing that keeps us watching is to see just how awful a movie can get.” Greg Klymkiw, The Film Corner

“There is nothing to offer in The Vatican Exorcisms. The possessed people simply scream a lot. They don’t look very possessed, and don’t really do much more than mutter a few things before flopping around on the ground. The expected happens at the end, but even that winds up getting confused.” Will Brownridge, The Film Reel

“Carefully constructed, this could have been a clever found footage film, but instead has the look and feel of something that was thrown together without much planning. Logic is so sparse within the screenplay that I don’t even feel the need to discuss it.” Ryan Russell Izay, Real Movie News

” …it fails as a found-footage movie too because there is no way even the drunkest teenager would believe this was real. The entire film is edited like a poorly conceived horror movie you would see on YouTube. The music (which should not even be there in the first place) sounds like it came right out of a royalty free music library on the internet.” Lucas Mass, Words on Media

Running time:

76 minutes

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