Thursday 3 May 2012

The Devil Inside (2012)

Having already had bad press on the movie, particularly the ending, I sat down and gave it ago for myself.

Starting off in 1989, we hear a police recording of an emergency call simply saying "I've killed them." Cut to VT and now the police have enter the house that the call came from. Dead bodies are shown and eventually a woman, Maria Rossi, is brought out and put in a police car.

The film shows a news story and police investigation showing the three members of the clergy whom she murdered. The Catholic Church became involved, and she has since been in a Catholic psychiatric hospital in Rome.

Cut to 2009, Maria Rossi's daughter, Isabella, who learned of the murders from her father, who died three days after telling her, is filming a documentary about exorcisms, and to find out more about her mother, she visits a school in Rome, where she meets two priests, Ben and David. Along with attending the school and performing sanctioned exorcisms, Ben and David, without the knowledge of the holy church, also investigate cases that have been deemed closed due to being a matter of a mental health issue rather than one of possession. They look at the tape and audio that the camera man, Michael, has gathered from a visit to Maria Rossi, in order to determine if she is indeed possessed. With Isabella wanting to know more, rather than simply explaining how an exorcism works, they take Isabella with them on a case to show her how it's done. Shortly after this, they visit Isabella's mother to carry out an exorcism, all be it a secret one.

There's no more to it than that! A very simple story shot in the manner of a found footage film. The good thing to point out is the acting, while most of the cast are average, Suzan Crowley (Maria Rossi) is excellent, as she pops in and out of different characters.

The direction is solid, the script is decent, the SFX are pretty damn cool but it still felt no more than an average film. This all leads to a very predictable and horrible ending. Which turned it into a below average film. Let's face it, The Exorcist (1973) is still the best possession / exorcism movie out there. I struggle to name one film that has equalled it, let alone surpassed it! If you can name one then let me know. In all honesty, if you haven't seen the Extended Director's Cut Edition in glorious full 1080p HD of The Exorcist (it was like watching it for the first time again), then watch that instead of The Devil Inside.

The Devil Inside gets a disappointing 4/10

The Cast -
Fernanda Andrade as Isabella Rossi
Simon Quarterman as Father Ben Rawlings
Evan Helmuth as Father David Keane
Ionut Grama as Michael Schaefer
Suzan Crowley as Maria Rossi
Bonnie Morgan as Rosalita

Director - William Brent Bell

Writers - William Brent Bell & Matthew Peterman

Check out the clip below...

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