Sunday, November 4, 2012

The Devil Inside (2012)

Aren't we all a little tired of exorcism movies?  Especially faux-documentary ones?  Ever since I switched to one-DVD-at-a-time from Netflix and got an internet TV, I've been a little lax on keeping up with my DVD queue.  This floated to the top somehow, and after a particularly tough day at work, my husband suggested we watch it.

So, I'm going to be unpopular and say I kinda liked this movie. I sort of do have a soft spot for exorcism movies as it is, but I found this one fairly creepy.  The story is about a woman, Maria Rossi, who randomly killed three members of her church group.  Except we find out it wasn't so random.  These individuals were attempting to perform an exorcism on her when she killed them.  In what appears to be a coverup, she gets shipped off to Italy to live in a mental institution.  Years later, the young daughter she had when she committed the murders, Isabella, is now grown. She's desperate to find out what happened to her mother, and takes a trip to Italy to investigate.

While there, she finds two rogue priests that are into doing exorcisms that were denied by the Catholic church.  After inviting her to view a particularly disturbing exorcism, they express interest in meeting her mother.  Her mother is seriously creepy, and at first doesn't recognize Isabella, then suddenly comments on something she did that she couldn't possibly have known.  This woman really scared me.

The Catholic church has no interest in revisiting an exorcism, but the priests and Isabella decide to go through with it anyway.  Needless to say, it doesn't really go well.  Post-attempted exorcism, one of the priests begins to show some very odd behavior.

Transference is nothing new to exorcism movies...after all, we saw it in The Exorcist, didn't we? But I think it worked here all the same.  The end was kind of meh, but the short length of the movie was great in my opinion.  So I may be against the popular vote, but I enjoyed this flick.  It also made me want to revisit The Exorcism of Emily Rose, which I hated at first, but maybe it would have grown on me over the years?  Overall The Devil Inside was worth 1 hour and 15 minutes of my horror-filled life.


Anonymous said...

My wife and I saw this in the theater and we both really enjoyed it except for the abrupt ending, which (at least in the theatrical print) then prompted us to visit a website for more information. I'm all about multimedia cross-promotion, but having to go to another source to complete the experience was a major turn off.

Needless to say, I never did visit that website.

I'm going to revisit this film soon, though, and see what I think the second time around.