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Trailer for Xavier Gens’ True Exorcism Tale The Crucifixion

Posted on: February 21st, 2017

With his feature debut, 2007’s Frontier(s), Xavier Gens became an instrumental figure in kicking off the celebrated New French Extremity movement. Since then he’s only released two further features – 2007’s Hitman and The Divide in 2011 – but will be firmly back on our radars soon, with two more films set for release this year. The first is the long-delayed adaptation of Albert Sánchez Piñol’s best-seller Cold Skin, and the second is a true-life tale of an exorcism gone wrong, entitled The Crucifixion. The latter now has a poster and trailer, which you can see below.

The Crucifixion – which looks to be far from your average possession flick – was scripted by The Conjuring writers Chad and Carey Hayes, and produced by Peter Safran (The Conjuring, Annabelle), alongside Leon Clarance (The Titan) and Ara Keshishian (Maggie).

When a priest is jailed for the murder of a nun on whom he was performing an exorcism, an investigative journalist strives to determine whether he in fact murdered a mentally ill person or if he lost the battle with a demonic presence.

The film stars Sophie Cookson (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Corneliu Ulici (The Devil Inside), Brittany Ashworth (Exhibit A) and Matthew Zajac (A Lonely Place to Die), with ‘creature performer’ Javier Botet ([Rec], Mama) as the Faceless Man.

Keep an eye out for The Crucifixion (and indeed, Cold Skin) later this year.

Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)

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