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Sick of taking responsibility for the shitty things that have happened to you in your life? Help is on the way, in the virginal and strangely vacant form of three Bible-thumping teenage exorcists from Phoenix, Arizona. Eighteen-year-old Brynne Larson and her friends Tess and Savannah Sherkenback (18 and 21, respectively) claim to be able to confront the demons lurking inside traumatized people and draw them out using nothing more than a crucifix and a few choice words. But are these teenage exorcists really empowered by the Almighty, or merely by Brynne's father, a failed televangelist named Reverend Bob?

In our new film, the girls and Reverend Bob give us exclusive access to their tour of Ukraine, during which they attempt to save the souls of recovering drug addicts and exorcise people's "sexually transmitted demons."

Written By: Charlet Duboc
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    • In reply to #1 by Neodarwinian:

      “sexually transmitted demons.”

      With that I have read too much!

      What a waste of a young life!

      I echo your despair. Three kids practically abused into wasting their youth. I cannot even find this garbage remotely funny, irony included. It’s just plain depressing. Thankfully, our species is vastly diverse. To recycle the hateful terminology of 18th century slavers and point it where it belongs, some of our species are “only just down from the trees”. Even that’s an insult to arboreal primates though.

      • In reply to #4 by Timothy McNamara:

        In reply to #1 by Neodarwinian:

        “sexually transmitted demons.”

        With that I have read too much!

        What a waste of a young life!

        I echo your despair. Three kids practically abused into wasting their youth. I cannot even find this garbage remotely funny, irony included. It’s just plain depressing.

        I felt exactly the same way until I got to the part about Reverend Bob. The name is just so ridiculous I couldn’t help laughing out loud. Every day, somewhere in the world, somebody reaches new heights in ignorance and stupidity…. and is damn proud of it.

        Depressing indeed but I guess the only remedy is to try and focus on the good things and the good people. Otherwise we’d all go insane with frustration… but admittedly, the crazy, bad and ugly people in this world sometimes make that rather hard to do.

    • In reply to #1 by Neodarwinian:

      “sexually transmitted demons.”

      With that I have read too much!

      What a waste of a young life!

      In fairness, “Sexually Transmitted Demons” would make a pretty good name for a band.

  1. I’ve always wondered about the people who participate in these things as if they are “possessed”. Are they just acting out a role under some sense of obligation? I kind of get what’s going on with people who fall down at “faith healing” events, how one can become emotionally overwhelmed, caught up in a sort of group hypnosis (not unlike fans at sporting events =P) and act out in a way that people expect. Is that what’s happening here with all the screaming, crying, and shaking?

    • In reply to #2 by Kim Probable:

      I’ve always wondered about the people who participate in these things as if they are “possessed”. Are they just acting out a role under some sense of obligation? I kind of get what’s going on with people who fall down at “faith healing” events, how one can become emotionally overwhelmed, caught up i…

      I think you’re right, it is partly that. Also, I imagine most of them have some form of actual mental illness such as schizophrenia that can result in similar types of behaviors. Actually with true manic depressives, I’m not talking about the people these days who use “I’m bipolar” as a justification for getting on Prozac but people who truly have bipolar disorder, I can definitely see how a religious person could interpret the behavior as posessed by a demon. There was one woman in the hospital I worked at a long time ago and the difference was just incredible. She came in depressed and then went to Manic and the first night I worked when she was manic for about an hour I literally thought she was a new patient, the difference was that extreme in the way she looked, talked, and acted. Its not surprising to me that superstitious people would interpret it as being taken over by a demon.

      • In reply to #3 by Red Dog:

        I can definitely see how a religious person could interpret the behavior as posessed by a demon.

        I was taught this in the church when I was growing up, and there was a doctor in our church who also told people that mental illness was nothing more than demonic possession. He worked in the ER, so I assume he saw those sorts of cases periodically – I’ve always wondered how those people fared.

  2. For the record, Brynne’s father Bob Larson has been a kitschy American sight & sound gag for ages. Throughout the 80s and 90s, he was a fixture on public access TV. His shows usually centered around him giving lectures about hearing satanic messages when you play Beatles records backwards, finding hidden demonic symbols in Disney cartoons, and things of that nature.

    Being the attention whore that he is, I’m certain that he is currently attempting to dig up interest from some established TV channel for a reality program. At this point, I’m sure he realizes that he is ugly and has a thoroughly repellent personality, so as a last-ditch attempt at gaining some sort of more mainstream acceptance, he has enlisted his (at least physically) attractive daughter and a couple of her friends to give whatever potential audience there might be for this, some eye-candy, if nothing else.

    I find the photo that accompanies this article to be amusing. The girls are holding those crosses exactly like three figure skaters who just won the gold, silver and bronze medals would, while standing on their podiums. I predict that within a couple of years, after this nonsense is long forgotten, they will all be starring in some soft-core “Girls Gone Wild” style internet adventure.

    • In reply to #6 by IDLERACER:

      I’m certain that he is currently attempting to dig up interest from some established TV channel for a reality program.

      He was trying to get a reality show (though there were 5 girls then) a couple of years ago. It was in development, though I’m not sure what happened to it. I’m really glad it’s not airing, though.

    • In reply to #6 by IDLERACER:
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      …I predict that within a couple of years, after this nonsense is long forgotten, they will all be starring in some soft-core “Girls Gone Wild” style internet adventure.

      I think the wish may be father of the thought there, IDLERACER. They are very attractive girls.

      • In reply to #40 by Katy Cordeth:

        In reply to #6 by IDLERACER:

        …I predict that within a couple of years, after this nonsense is long forgotten, they will all be starring in some soft-core “Girls Gone Wild” style internet adventure.

        I think the wish may be father of the thought there, IDLERACER. They are very attractive girls.

        Are you implying that idleracer’s thought isn’t purely a product of reasoned thinking?

        Shocking allegation!

  3. I think we are looking at “Reverend Bob’s” new meal ticket.

    Am I the only one who thinks (solely based on his name) the “Reverend Bob” sounds like a deeply suspicious character?

    • In reply to #8 by N_Ellis:

      I think we are looking at “Reverend Bob’s” new meal ticket.

      Am I the only one who thinks (solely based on his name) the “Reverend Bob” sounds like a deeply suspicious character?

      You can’t not think of this guy when you hear the name, can you?

  4. I have decided to refer all of my demonically possessed friends to the Reverend Bob and his teenage exorcists since, clearly, his techniques are superior to any science based therapies. When psychotropic drugs are successful, it is due to an “exorcism placebo effect” that is only temporarily successful against the demons. Only a master exorcist (accompanied by his proteges) can permanently rid the human soul of Satan’s influence. (^_^)

    giggity

    • In reply to #13 by QuestioningKat:

      Someone is watching too much Twilight.

      I was thinking more Buffy. That picture could almost be from the Sunnydale yearbook, they were always pulling out the crosses to fight the vampires and demons too One thing I liked about Buffy though is that Joss Whedon could work in some symbolism that was edgy for US TV. In one episode Buffy leads a revolt of worker slaves against their capitalist, I mean demon masters using a hammer and sickle. In another season it turns out the main villian is actually “a god”. I always wondered how the network people let him get away with that one, it must have truly freaked out the bible belt almost as much as willow and tara’s occasional snuggling.

    • Not these young women – they know that watching Twilight would weaken their immune system and let the demons in. At about 14 mins into the video they explain all this. Apparently, watching Harry Potter can also let the demons in!
      I think Tuesday Cain should have a word with these three, and with that dick the Rev Bob.

      In reply to #13 by QuestioningKat:

      Someone is watching too much Twilight.

  5. This is absolutely sickening, I have great respect for Charlet as I don’t know how she travelled with this vile man and his idiot entourage and managed to maintain a neutral face. Asking abused and vulnerable people to come forward, winding them up to a state of extreme emotion, physically restraining them and then shouting into their faces – if this was touted as any other therapy than “religious” or “exorcism” it would be labelled abuse (which it is) and its practitioner would be disbarred from any proper professional therapeutic organisation in the world. I wonder how much money Rev. Bob made from this tour. Repulsive.

  6. Seems to me like these folks ought to be exorcised of their own demons.Free them from that devil of a dad and the great demon up in the sky.Shine the light of reason on them and let the superstitions shrink.
    These girls have been homeschooled,and with a dad like reverend Bob,one can imagine just what was on the curriculum.

    • In reply to #24 by old-toy-boy:

      I am cursed by a demon that will not allow me to have wild sex with three young girls. Please come and cure me.

      (I did say I was a toy-boy)

      Would it be sexist to suggest men should not play with Barbie Dolls?

  7. I was thinking…Is there really any difference between a prayer and a spell or charm? Both involve some sort of request or plea. Both are asking for some sort of power to intervene. At times, both can involve objects used symbolically – holy water splashed, herbs gathered, the lighting of candles. So if some young girl says an incantation to attract a male in her life, writes a message, wraps it with cord, sprinkles it with rose petals and burns it, it doesn’t seem much different than her saying a prayer and lighting a candle- maybe less ritualistic on her part. The Christians would say that one is praying to God and the other is praying to a demon. (The girl might think she’s praying to a Goddess.) In actuality, the “god vs. evil” view is two sides of one coin – a coin that doesn’t exist at all. By holding onto this illusion, they are stuck in a two-sided loop that prevents them from seeing a whole new reality.

    • In reply to #26 by QuestioningKat:

      I was thinking…Is there really any difference between a prayer and a spell or charm? Both involve some sort of request or plea. Both are asking for some sort of power to intervene. At times, both can involve objects used symbolically – holy water splashed, herbs gathered, the lighting of candles….

      Maybe some Wiccans get the same effect from casting spells and charms as some christians does from praying. A pseudo sense of supernatural accomplishment.

      But then again, I wonder how many Wiccans truly believe in magic?

  8. Many people are susceptible to this type of brainwashing. It is basically hysteria caused by intense emotional stress. Other forms can be seen with religious healings, stage hypnosis, and (the previously seen) snake handling. The right atmosphere – the bigger the audience the better, music and chanting – some personal emotional involvement eg. guilt, and a very overbearing operative. – In another place, State secrets aren’t safe.

  9. What could you experience that would make you think you had been possessed?

    The main one would be hearing a voice that commanded you to do things you did not want to do or that you thought you ought not do.

    In Biblical times, all disease was ascribed to a demon.

    It also might be some vague mental problem that psychiatry could not help. A Christian might say, “Your problem is definitely a demon. Let me arrange to have it removed.” You might think the idea nuts, but might be willing to try the cure.

    You may be a drama queen and the thought of putting on a dramatic performance for an audience is irresistible.

  10. In reply to #15 by Red Dog:

    In reply to #13 by QuestioningKat:

    I was thinking more Buffy… In one episode Buffy leads a revolt of worker slaves against their capitalist, I mean demon masters using a hammer and sickle.

    I loved that show when I was a kid. I knew instantly which episode you were referencing, although I must admit having missed the hammer and sickle symbolism thing. Dang it if you’re not right though. The Slayer was a damn commie all this time and the square-eyed masses, myself included, never caught on.

    In another season it turns out the main villain is actually “a god”. I always wondered how the network people let him get away with that one, it must have truly freaked out the bible belt almost as much as willow and tara’s occasional snuggling.

    Blasphemy against Glorificus will not be tolerated, Red Dog. All will prostrate themselves before The Beast, The Abomination, That Which Cannot Be Named.

    Actually, I think most Bible bashers don’t have a problem with uncomplimentary media portrayals of gods. Traduce Zeus, thumb your nose at Thor or badmouth Brahmā until the cows come home if you are of a mind to. As long as you don’t say nothin’ bad about big-g God, you’ll be fine.

    That’s what subversive writers like the brilliant Joss “I don’t believe in the sky bully” Whedon rely on: the fact that subtlety is lost on the majority of people. I discovered only recently that the X-Men movie franchise is apparently a parable for gay rights. From my new favorite website (impeach Obama!), something calling itself Townhall.com:
    “Mutant” as a Codeword for “Gay” in the X-Men Movies

    This sort of thing has been going on for some time: andy griffith show is communist propaganda

    Brynne, Tess and Savannah (one of these is acceptable but only if you can’t come up with a better name for your Yorkshire Terrier) need to work on their image a bit. You can’t all be Jennifer Aniston circa 1997, guys. One of you should dye your hair or cut it or something. Don’t you have an Asian or African-American friend? @@

    • In reply to #44 by Katy Cordeth:

      In reply to #15 by Red Dog:

      In reply to #13 by QuestioningKat:

      I was thinking more Buffy… In one episode Buffy leads a revolt of worker slaves against their capitalist, I mean demon masters using a hammer and sickle.

      I loved that show when I was a kid. I knew instantly which episode you were re…

      Thanks for those links, I never realized Whedon said that about the sky bully and the thing about Andy Griffith being a commie was great, I’m going to bookmark that. It took me a while to realize, actually I’m still not completely certain but that article was actually real wasn’t it? Not some satirical thing but the guy actually thinks that? Its even funnier that way.

      I think you are right about the gods stuff. Most people just don’t even pay that close attention or do the inferencing that “a god” means there isn’t just one omnipotent God. I’ve seen these a million times, I was never into TV much but Buffy was really popular with the people I knew back then, especially once Tara and Willow got together some of my best friends were feminists and lesbians (lots of both in san francisco) and they just loved that part of it.

    • In reply to #49 by judithjmidwinter:

      I just can’t go on watching this after a couple of minutes.
      Might try again some time. It’s really frightening/disturbing.

      Three pretty, innocent, blond, fresh faced virgins about to perform an exorcism… ‘twould make a wonderful opening scene to an adult movie.

      • In reply to #50 by Kevin Murrell:

        In reply to #49 by judithjmidwinter:I just can’t go on watching this after a couple of minutes. Might try again some time. It’s really frightening/disturbing.Three pretty, innocent, blond, fresh faced virgins about to perform an exorcism… ‘twould make a wonderful opening scene to an adult movie.

        And underage so an illegal adult movie.

  11. I love that he flips out at the end when the camera moves from him to the woman who was kicked out. He just can’t stand not being the center of attention. And to try to dictate to a journalist who they can and can’t interview is ridiculous.

    I wish they would do a follow up with those people who were exorcised about a month later and see how they are doing.

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