A reenactment of "The Exorcist."
A reenactment of "The Exorcist." ( REUTERS/Eloy Alonso)

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One would think that, after directing the iconic film The Exorcist, there wouldn't be too much left that could scare filmmaker William Friedkin. But as it turns out, witnessing a real-life exorcism apparently left the movie director pretty terrified.

Friedkin told Variety that he finally saw the exorcism rite being performed first-hand decades after making The Exorcist—and that the real-life experience included thrashing, screaming, foaming at the mouth and other horrors.

It was an event that he filmed while working on his new documentary, The Devil and Father Amorth, a film about Father Gabriele Amorth, a 91-year-old priest who performed daily exorcisms for the Vatican's Rome Diocese until his death last September.

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