THE DEVIL INSIDE (2012)
Running Time: 83 mins. Rating: 2 Stars/5 Stars
MPAA Rating: R
Director: William Brent Bell
Distributor: Paramount Insurge
Cast: Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quaterman, Evan Helmuth, Ionut Grama, Suzan Crowley, Bonnie Morgan, Brian Johnson, Preston James Hillier, D.T. Carney
Whoever edited the trailer of THE DEVIL INSIDE deserves a gold medal for making us think this could actually be a good movie, or at the very least, scary. Instead I found myself incredibly nauseous from the shaky filming, horny demons and dilated pupils. If you’re a fan of exorcist horror films, you will be severely disappointed. If you’re not a fan and are expecting to get spooked so you can snuggle up with whoever you’re going to the movies with, you’ll be severely disappointed too.
If there was at least some element of suspense I might be able to tolerate it. The story is about Isabella Rossi (Fernanda Andrade) who is determined to find out about her mother Maria (Suzan Crowley) who apparently murdered three people during an exorcism performed on her. The real reason: she wants to know if she carries the same genes. She hits up Rome (although no involvement with the Vatican, even they have better taste than this), visits the school of exorcism and meets two exorcists Ben (Simon Quarterman) and David (Evan Helmuth) who try to conduct an exorcism on Maria.
I like all the instruments applied to these exorcisms these days. They’re measuring the circumference of dilated pupils as if it’s like the cervical length during a pregnancy. And why are they restraining a demon with belt buckles? The film takes a more entertaining twist when Maria’s exorcism appears successful, although the numerous demons in her have been unleashed and are now taking over the documentary and poof — is that all? I guess we shouldn’t have left the one active demon in the backseat of the car on the way to church.
We obviously can’t expect much from this movie when directed by William Brent Bell (the guy who brought you ALIENS FOR BREAKFAST and other unknown horror-comedies), but really, how can you do wrong with a low-budget documentary-style exorcist film? Blame the notorious success of the series PARANORMAL ACTIVITY for giving THE DEVIL INSIDE an opportunity to possess our valuable time. You should resolve to never watch this unless you’re planning to nominate it as one of the worst movies for 2012. Either that, or you want to make your own homemade exorcist movie and need a standard to base your project on.
If you like this recommendations: The Exorcist, Paranormal Activity, Blair Witch Project