It’s been more than 40 years since double Oscar-winner The Exorcist arrived in theaters in 1973, but the abundance of exorcism-themed films in the ensuing years have made it apparent that moviegoers’ fascination with the phenomenon hasn’t waned. To that end, Destination America, a cable channel owned by Discovery Communications, is readying itself to make television history on October 30, when the network will air what it is calling the first-ever live televised exorcism in U.S. history.
The event, appropriately dubbed Exorcism: Live will not be without a proper sense of history. Destination America is planning on returning to the story—and house—that inspired the William Friedkin film, 66 years after the exorcism of Roland Doe in the suburbs of St. Louis. However, instead of performing the exorcism on a person, the program will focus on exorcising the house itself.
“As we step into one of the most haunted and well-known spirit destinations in America, Exorcism: Live will show exactly what is inside this infamous, highly dangerous and possessed home,” Destination America’s Marc Etkind. “By actually exorcising this iconic house live, Destination America will do what it does best — bringing never before seen experiences to television.”