Back in 2014 we bought you a list called ‘10 Terrifying Real-Life Tales of Demonic Possession!‘, with one of the entries being the strange case of Anna Ecklund, a young Catholic woman living in Iowa in the 1900s who was believed to have been cursed by her witchcraft-practising father and aunt into possessing an evil spirit.
Was she really possessed? Who knows? But, more than 100 years on, we’re finally getting a dramatisation of her story in the form of the film The Exorcism of Anna Ecklund, from Poltergeist Activity and A Haunting at the Rectory director Andrew Jones. Ecklund will be played by his frequent collaborator Tiffany Ceri.
So will this film be a genuine retelling of the events that happened, or will it play fast and loose with the facts for entertainment value? The trailer seems to suggest the latter. It’s getting released on DVD April 5th.
In this terrifying true story, something beyond comprehension is happening to wife and mother Anna Ecklund. Once a mild mannered churchgoer, she is now prone to bouts of violent rage with a particular anger toward religious imagery. Desperate to find a cure for Anna’s disturbing behaviour, her family calls on doctors and psychiatrists to provide a diagnosis. But when no rational explanation can be found, local priest Father Riesinger teams up with Vatican investigator Father Lamont to evaluate the case. Realising that Anna is inhabited by a malevolent entity, the priests take her to a nearby convent to perform an exorcism. But all hell breaks loose and a brutal battle between good and evil begins.