The Devil Inside (William Brent Bell, 2012)


The Devil Inside is a mockumentary horror about exorcism. It follows the story of a young woman whose mother was confined into a psychiatric institution on account that she murderd several people, and who starts an independent investigation (filming a documentary along the way) after she finds out it happened during an exorcism performed on her.

If look at this film from a technical point of view, it’s actually rather interesting, because there are basically no speical effects, which tends to make a horror more realistic and therefore more scary. No pillars of black smoke leave bodies of the possessed in case of success, nothing like that at all – it looks pretty dull, actually; the authors obviously tried very hard to make this whole thing look realistic.

But all those efforts are virtually futile, because the elephant in the room is never addressed – and how would they address it? The truthful answer would make the story look what it really is – bullshit. You can make a show with good people suddenly turning bad and acting in a supernatural fashion all you want, but if you won’t give good answers to such question as “why the view of catholisism on the afterlife is any better than hundreds of other version?” or “why Latin works, and English doesn’t?”, you would fail miserably. Which is why attaching a story to the concept of religion (any religion) too strongly is a really bad idea – ultimatelly there are too many ridiculous details in them that can be picked on, so it’s a lot like trying to cross a river on a boat that you know has holes in it – if the river is not too broad, you can even make it, but it will look stupid either way.

That’s why this movie is not worth it, even though the acting is fine and all. There’s nothing unexpected there, and that’s what kills it.


Time: 01:23:12
Released in: 2012
Directed by: William Brent Bell
Written by: William Brent Bell, Matthew Peterman
Performed by: Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, Ionut Grama, Suzan Crowley, Bonnie Morgan, Brian Johnson, Jeff Victoroff,  Pamela Davis, John Prosky, Claudiu Istodor, Toma Danila, Claudiu Trandafir, Maria Junghetu, Ilinca Harnut
Entertaining quality4- out of 5
Art quality:  3- out of 5

IMDB page: link

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