With Universal Pictures releasing the Cocaine Bear in theaters this weekend, Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems has debuted trailers for their upcoming, R-rated movies The Machine and The Pope’s Exorcist.
Inspired by the actual files of Father Gabriele Amorth, Chief Exorcist of the Vatican (Academy Award winner Russell Crowe), The Pope’s Exorcist follows Amorth as he investigates a young boy’s terrifying possession and ends up uncovering a centuries-old conspiracy the Vatican has desperately tried to keep hidden.
The film is directed by Julius Avery from a script by Michael Petroni and Evan Spiliotopoulos. The story is by Michael Petroni and R. Dean McCreary & Chester Hastings.
The producers are Doug Belgrad, Michael Patrick Kaczmarek, and Jeff Katz. The executive producers include Jo Homewood, Sophie Cassidy, and Edward J. Siebert, SJ.
The Pope’s Exorcist is rated R by the Motion Picture Association for violent content, language, sexual references and some nudity.
The cast also includes Jessica Gabor, Rita Bernard Shaw, Nikola Đuričko, Oleg Taktarov, Amelie Villers, and Mercedes de la Cruz.
Set 23 years after the original story which inspired it, The Machine finds Bert (Bert Kreischer) facing familial crisis and the arrival of his estranged father (Mark Hamill) when the ghost of his booze-soaked past arrives: a murderous mobster (Iva Babić) hellbent on kidnapping Bert back to the motherland to atone for his crimes.
Together, he and his father must retrace the steps of his younger self (Jimmy Tatro) in the midst of a war between a sociopathic crime family while they attempt to find common ground.
The Machine is directed by Peter Atencio from a screenplay by Kevin Biegel and Scotty Landes. The movie is based on the breakout Bert Kreischer stand-up routine.
The producers include Bert Kreischer, Cale Boyter, Judi Marmel, Peter Atencio, and LeeAnn Kreischer. The executive producers are Jay Ashenfelter and Philip Waley.
The Machine is rated R by the MPA for strong violence, pervasive language, drug use and some sexual references.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype, and ShockTillYouDrop.