Films about exorcisms and demons tend to be controversial and divide opinions among believers - especially exorcists.
Hollywood's portrayal of such situations is generally regarded as sensational and unrealistic. But this film, which recently premiered in the United States, receives positive reviews wherever it goes.
The "Nefarious" movie website explains the plot:
"On the day of his scheduled execution, a convicted serial killer gets a psychiatric evaluation during which he claims he is a demon, and further claims that before their time is over, the psychiatrist will commit three murders of his own."
Several priests, including Cardinal Raymond Burke and exorcist Fr. Carlos Martins, recommend "Nefarious." The writers and directors of the film also brought audiences Abby Johnson's "Unplanned" movie.
Watch the "Nefarious" trailer below:
Fr. Carlos Martins, a priest and exorcist with the Companions of the Cross, said the film "is the best movie portraying demonic possession ever produced."
He said it avoids sensationalism, "deftly exhibits the Devil's insatiable craving and formidable intelligence," and it "accurately depicts how he smothers his victim’s hope."
"The movie is clean and is not a 'horror movie.' It has no blasphemies, sex scenes, or even four-letter words. However, it is anything but boring."
"As an exorcist, I can affirm it is true to life and a must-see for anyone who desires to understand the Enemy," Fr. Carlos added. "I found it gripping. I showed it at the seminary where I live, and the seminarians and priests raved about it for days."
Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke also endorsed the film.
"The film 'Nefarious' aptly shines light on this combat and the Devil's tactics in leading us to betray and abandon Our Lord through sin," Cardinal Burke wrote in a statement.
"May those who watch it obtain a greater awareness of the spiritual warfare in which we are all participants, and may they turn with greater fidelity and love to Our Risen Lord Jesus Christ in whom the final victory over evil and the Evil One is ever assured."