Review : The Devil Inside

Posted: January 6, 2012 by tmepost in Movies, Reviews

By David Burrola

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Release: Jan 6, 2012

Director: William Brent Bell

Cast: Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, Ionut Grama

A young woman goes to Italy to find if her mother was possessed when she killed three people when she was young.

I really don’t like possession/exorcism films, in that it seems to be the go-to thing for documentary style films that try to be real in the vein of the Blair Witch. Though I have to say that this is probably the best of them I’ve seen. Not since the Exorcism(which I saw as a kid. Yes I know that was dumb) has one scared me in that ‘after taste’ way. An after-scare if you will. You know, when you got startled by those jumpy moments but rationalized it as just animal instinct to react that way, but then you get home and think you house wants your soul. This movie did that to me.

It begins with a police run through of a crime scene in a house, all done with hand-held camera. You then hear spooky noise, quiet set up, then-boom! Scary thing on screen you can’t quite make out! Its the staple of these new kind of horror films especially exorcism films(still can’t believe this is a sub genre now). From here it goes to the young woman, Isabella, whom is he daughter of the supposed possessed woman.

She goes to Italy and the Vatican to find out if her mother is truly possessed and also find more about demonic possession itself.

Now what is really well done is all you learn about possession and different possibilities of it, as well as what really constitutes as a true case. Isabella even goes to a class teaching theory on possession. There is where she meets two Priests who have performed exorcism before.

The film does a very good job of telling you the things that are either truly known about exorcism or what may possibly more fiction. The effects are well done for what is there, which is an advantage to these types of films.

What does kind of hurt this is the conclusion which I of course won’t spoil, but I will say it is a bit of a buzz kill. There is a link to a website on the case this film was supposedly based upon, which I’m either too cynical to go to, or too freaked the f*** out by. I’m not sure which.

If you’re really into these kinds of films by all means make it a terrifying evening. But for everyone else its definitely a matinee.

Now excuse me while I huddle under a blanket with my level 20 Paladin Teddy Bear.

Friends don't let friends Stigmata.

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