The Pope’s Exorcist (2023)

Father Gabriele Amorth, Chief Exorcist of the Vatican, investigates a young boy's terrifying possession and ends up uncovering a centuries-old conspiracy the Vatican has desperately tried to keep hidden.
Full Certification

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The Pope’s Exorcist
Release Date: May 2, 2023
Certification: Full Certification

In the scene where the man walks towards a house and walks past a large hog with its owner, stock boards were used to get the pig from his trailer to his position onset.
The pig was very well handled and conditioned to being moved with stick boards.
The handlers were very experienced working with pigs and very experienced working with animals for film. All five handlers helped to walk the pig and remained onset and close to the pig at all times. The pig was only given food supplied by animal handlers.
No crew interacted with the pig at any time onset.

In the scene where the priest conducts an exorcism on a victim and a pig ambles into the room, before an actor takes out a shotgun and shoots pig in the head, the scene was filmed in separate sections. Prior to filming, the handlers walked the pig from the holding area into the house set using boards. The head handler entered first, holding food in front of the pig to tempt the pig to walk forwards. The head handler moved quickly through the set and stood off camera just beside mark. The gun used in the scene was not loaded and the trigger was not pulled in the scene. An armorer was on set to check the weapon and confirm its safety. The actor holding the rope held it loosely and walked behind the pig, giving the illusion of restraining the pig but in reality he was just following the pig who was being guided by food held off camera by the handler. On action, the pig came to the pile of food at the B mark and ate the food.
The second actor lifted his shotgun and aimed it at the pig and mimed shooting him. Production used a fake pig to make it look as it it were shot. The gunfire was inserted in post production.

All the scenes of the bird were created through CGI