Exorcism flicks are en vogue again, most recently evidenced by this summer’s psychological/supernatural horror flick, The Last Exorcism, which managed to spark debates over faith, Freud and horror films shot in mockumentary style.

At the start of this year we reported on The Rite, an exorcism movie starring Anthony Hopkins that’s based on the nonfiction book The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist by Matt Baglio. Well, now we have the first trailer for the The Rite to share, and I have to say: it looks less than impressive.

Here’s the story behind The Rite: “A disillusioned American seminary student attends exorcism school at the Vatican and ultimately finds his faith through encounters with demonic forces.” Details are sketchy on the film’s IMDb page, but after a little research I can tell you that Colin O’Donoghue (The Tudors)  plays the “disillusioned American,” Hopkins plays the head exorcism teacher at the Vatican school along with Ciaran Hinds (The Eclipse) and Toby Jones (Capote), while Alice Braga (Predators) plays a love interest…or something.

Take a look at the trailer for The Rite:

Ok, so am I out of line for saying that this film looks like more exorcism horror schlock – the same re-hashed ‘skeptic priest finds renewed faith through demonic encounter’ story we seen so many times before? I know people had problems with The Last Exorcism (I personally thought it was good) but at least that film found a new angle from which to approach this material.

Beyond my own opinion of The Rite, the fact that the film will be released in January is a bad omen (get it?), since that is the traditional month in which studios dump their failed projects into theaters. Early prediction: hammy acting from Hopkins (a la The Wolfman), adequate direction at best, cheap scares and effects, and a muddled script that can’t decide what it wants to focus on. Just my prediction from seeing this trailer.

The Rite will hit theaters on January 28, 2011. Will you be checking it out?

Source: Apple Trailers