Prey for the Devil (2022)

A nun prepares to perform an exorcism and comes face to face with a demonic force with mysterious ties to her past.

Prey for the Devil is a 2022 American supernatural horror film directed by Daniel Stamm and written by Robert Zappia. The film stars Jacqueline ByersColin SalmonChristian NavarroLisa PalfreyNicholas RalphVirginia Madsen, and Ben Cross.

Prey for the Devil was released in the United States on October 28, 2022, by Lionsgate. It is the final film to feature Cross before his death in 2020 and is dedicated to his memory. The film received negative reviews from critics.

In response to a global rise in demonic possessions, the Catholic Church reopens exorcism schools to train priests in the Rite of Exorcism.

Although nuns are forbidden to perform exorcisms, Father Quinn recognizes Sister Ann’s gifts, including empathy with possessed victims of demons, and agrees to train her. Thrust onto the spiritual frontline with fellow student Father Dante, Ann finds herself in a battle for the soul of a young girl, Natalie, who she believes is possessed by a demon who tormented Ann’s mentally unstable mother years ago.

Ann attends classes, against some resistance from staff members and amusement by some priests. Frightening events begin to happen to her, such as disturbing visions and memories, and an elderly, possessed male patient harassing her and dancing with her against her will when she is trapped in his room. However, Ann persists in her quest, delving into secret archives with the help of Dante, and looking into the histories of “terminal cases” likely to die, and of one woman who was released from the institute.

Ann helps exorcise Dante’s troubled sister, apparently successfully. However, the school’s leadership and the Cardinal tell her next morning that the woman killed herself. Ann unhappily concludes that she will go back to her old convent in response to the tragedy. However, Dante drops by and says that Natalie, who had recovered and left the school, has had a relapse and is likely to be sent to the Vatican as a “terminal case”. He convinces her to sneak into the school with him and exorcise Natalie.

Prey for the Devil (2022)
Prey for the Devil (2022)
Prey for the Devil (2022)