The Cleansing Hour Re-Invents Exorcism for the YouTube Generation

In this episode, Jason chats with Damien LeVeck, writer/director of The Cleansing Hour, which RLJE will release on VOD, Digital HD, and DVD on January 19th.

The Cleansing Hour poster and Castle Talk Podcast logo used by permission.
The Cleansing Hour poster and Castle Talk Podcast logo used by permission.

According to the filmmakers:

In The Cleansing Hour, Max and Drew run a popular webcast that streams "live exorcisms" watched by millions across the globe. In reality, the exorcisms are just elaborately staged hoaxes performed by paid actors. But their fortunes take a turn when one of the actors becomes possessed by an actual demon and takes the crew hostage. In front of a rapidly growing audience, the demon subjects the crew to a series of violent challenges, threatening to expose the dark secrets they've been hiding from each other unless they come clean and reveal they're impostors before the show is over.

LeVeck discusses the challenges of taking on the familiar exorcism genre, in this case by placing the tropes of exorcism inside the new tropes of YouTube personality shenanigans. He describes working with the cast, singling out the arresting, creepy performance of Alix Angelis as the possessed Lane.

LeVeck also talks about the source of the film, which was the 2016 short film version of The Cleansing Hour, which is included as an extra on the disk.

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Jason Henderson is the host of the Castle of Horror and Castle Talk Podcasts, the editor of the "Castle of Horror Anthology" series. He is the author of Quest for the Nautilus: Young Captain Nemo from Macmillan Children's Books. His new horror series "Surf Mystic," under the pseudonym Peyton Douglas, debuted with the novel Night of the Book Man this summer.

About Jason Henderson

Jason Henderson, author of the Young Captain Nemo (Macmillan Children's) and Alex Van Helsing (HarperTeen) series, earned his BA from University of Dallas in 1993 and his JD from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C., in 1996. His popular podcasts “Castle Talk” and “Castle of Horror” feature interviews and discussion panels made up of best-selling writers and artists from all genres. Henderson lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters.

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