“The Exorcism of Roland Doe”: Clip from Discovery+ Special Highlights the Difference Between Movie Exorcisms and Real Ones

“In real life they go on for months… some for years.”

William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, which was subsequently adapted for the screen by William Friedkin, was inspired by the real-life possession and exorcism of Roland Doe, and Doe’s horrifying experience will be documented in the two-hour special “The Exorcism of Roland Doe,” coming soon to discovery+. It’s the latest installment of the “Shock Docs” series.

The two-hour special, which begins streaming on Friday, February 5, reveals surprising new details of the real exorcism case of a 13-year-old boy, known as Roland Doe.

“More than 70 years ago, Doe became the unwilling participant in the most famous story of the devil inhabiting a person’s soul. Catholic priests who perform exorcisms say what happened to the young boy is consistent with demonic possessions and that details of the story are true. The priests who battled the demon lurking inside the possessed boy witnessed bizarre and violent manifestations including levitation, vomiting, unnatural human strength and bloody markings on his body.”

“Now, a long-lost interview with a dying monk, who never spoke about his participation in the boy’s exorcisms, details his frightening experience of watching the boy levitate above his bed. Even more startling, another eyewitness exposes a possible cover-up in the case. This captivating documentary details how the devil himself brought forth hell upon an unsuspecting, innocent young boy.”

Check out an exclusive clip below, which contrasts horror fiction with horror reality….