Weird History

The Real-Life Recordings That Inspired 'The Exorcism Of Emily Rose' Are Way Scarier Than The Movie

In 1975, Anneliese Michel exhibited some undeniably bizarre and frightening behavior, and her mother was at her wits' end. Michel's mother contacted the Catholic Church to exorcise her daughter. Anneliese had been hearing voices and exhibiting violent reactions to religious objects – long cited as hallmarks of demonic possession among believers – and her parents were convinced she was possessed. The tale of the exorcisms of Anneliese Michel was the basis for the 2005 movie The Exorcism of Emily Rose, but the real story behind her behavior and her ultimate death is much more terrifying than anything Hollywood could have imagined.