Two of the scariest things in life have come together, Anthony Hopkins and the Catholic church… performing exorcisms on the devil. Warner Brothers has just released the latest poster for The Rite, a film that is supposedly based off true events about the devil making his way back to earth. Fun times!

The film follows skeptical seminary student Michael Kovak, played by first time feature actor Colin O’Donoghue, who reluctantly attends exorcism school at the number one place in the world to learn about the devil — the Vatican. While in Rome, he meets an unorthodox priest, Father Lucas (Hopkins), who introduces him to the darker side of his faith.

Check out the new, eerie poster below…

This is one great poster and the trailer showed a lot of promise. Hopkin’s blue eyes peering through at cross is definitely a haunting experience. I just hope this is more of educated horror, rather than another The Last Exorcism or Angels and Demons — although if you did combine those two and make a story that actually adds up to something you could have a great cinematic experience!

More on the film:

Directed by Mikael Håfström (“1408”), “The Rite” is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the devil’s reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth. Contrafilms’ Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose”) are producing the film. The screenplay was penned by Michael Petroni (upcoming “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”), inspired by the book by Matt Baglio. Christy Fletcher and Emma Parry are co-producing. Richard Brener, Merideth Finn and Robert Bernacchi serve as executive producers.

The film is slated for release sometime in January 2011. Just in time for some post-Christmas cheer!

What do you think of the latest poster?