This Chilling Russell Crowe Flick Has Overtaken ‘Heart of Stone’ to Become the Top Movie on Netflix

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It's not quite scary season yet, but it seems Netflix viewers are already in the mood for chilling horror flicks. On August 16, the Russell Crowe thriller, The Pope’s Exorcist, was uploaded to Netflix, and in less than a week, it moved into the top spot on the site's most-watched movies list. With this jump, it surpassed the Gal Gadot-starring Heart of Stone, the popular family flick Despicable Me and the juicy new documentary Untold: Johnny Football. Check out the trailer below.

In this supernatural drama directed by Julius Avery (Samaritan) and based on the books An Exorcist Tells His Story and An Exorcist: More Stories by Father Gabriele Amorth, Crowe portrays the real-life Father Amorth, AKA the personal exorcist to the Pope.

When Father Amorth is sent to Spain to heal a boy who has seemingly been possessed, he finds the job to be harder than any of his prior exorcisms. Meanwhile, as the Pope suddenly falls ill, Father Amorth makes some horrifying discoveries that leave him questioning everything.

In addition to its Academy Award-winning star, the cast of The Pope's Exorcism also includes Daniel Zovatto (It Follows), Alex Essoe (Midnight Mass), Franco Nero (Letters to Juliet), Cornell John (EastEnders) and Peter DeSouza-Feighoney, in his feature film debut.

The screenplay was written by Michael Petroni (The Book Thief) and Evan Spiliotopoulos (The Unholy).

The Pope's Exorcism was originally released to theaters back in April, where it grossed over $75 million at the global box office. That same month, it was reported by Bloody Disgusting that a sequel to the film was already in development, and the outlet expected Crowe to reprise his role as Father Amorth.

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