This film is based on a true story. In an extremely rare decision, the Catholic Church officially recognized the demonic possession of a 19 year-old college girl. Told in terrifying flash-backs, the film chronicles the haunting trial of the priest accused of negligence resulting in the death of the young girl believed to be possessed. Says the director Scott Derrickson: “The two great interests of my life have been cinema and religious philosophy, and although this film is not an attempt to provide any metaphysical answers, it is intended to provoke spiritually significant questions. Both aesthetically and thematically, it seems to me that most Hollywood films tend toward either pointless darkness or facile transcendence. The films that interest me the most, however, are those that avoid these polar extremes, choosing instead to search for truth and transcendence in the dark".
Scott Derrickson graduated from Biola University with a degree in humanities, a second degree in communications, and a minor in theological studies. He also graduated from the University of Southern California with a Masters Degree in Film Production. His filmography consists of LOVE IN RUINS (1995), HELLRAISER VS INFERNO (2000) and GHOSTING (2001).