To be blunt with you, I’m not really a big fan of the ‘found footage pseudo-documentaries’ style movies, there are a few that I generally did enjoy for what they where, for example Paranormal Activity 3 (I had seen the first 2 but didn’t feel the need to write a review seeing as they where way old now). But even as bad as Paranormal Activity 3 was for that film series, The Devil Inside.. made me wish the devil was inside me, so that I could rip my eyes out.
Seriously, the weakest part of the story is that, there is no story. Here we have this young woman Isabella Rossi (Fernanda Andrade), who at the start of the movie we basically learn that her mother (Suzan Crowley) murdered three people. The two priests and the nun were at her house to perform an exorcism. As you can guess, from this point on and for the whole movie, we follow Isabella on a quest to find out why her mother killed three people.
Here is where logic really starts to hit home, and I know that when we’re talking about something like this, you need to check that at the door. But when you question things while watching this shaky camerawork and spliced first person interviews crap fest you start to ask yourself a simple question; Why the hell are they still worry about the camera?
I think that’s the weakest part of these line of movies, at yes we understand that it’s suppose to be a documentary and all but when people start to end up dead, when you’re running for you life now, I personally would drop the heavy as camera. It’s one thing like in Cloverfield where you’re maybe far away from the action not so much happening to you directly, but when the ‘devil’ has possess someone and has killed.. you might want to think. That said, this movie would have done better had to been done ‘normally’ aka not found footage crap.
Without ruining the movie, I can tell you a number of things, we have Ben (Simon Quarterman) and David (Evan Helmuth), two Catholic priests who basically have gone rogue. Their against the Church in a way, performing exorcisms in secret because they’re cases are labeled as nothing more than ‘mental illnesses’. Here is where the story gets screwy and it tries to be something more.
Here we have Isabella more or less being selfish, she wants to save her mother, she believes a demon made her do what she did, and at this point you can believe that, I wouldn’t call it the devil (would think he have better things to do). Anyways we get hints that Ben did something pretty fucked up in his past, which comes up but never is really explain to what, just as Isabella is pointed out to have had an abortion of her child because she found out she couldn’t carry it to term. Which I’m no doctor I would think that basically means the baby wouldn’t have had a change to live. It’s a question and debate if that is wrong or not.. but that’s not what this is about.
In any case, the demon inside now wants to hurt her for being a baby killer. Jumping from person to person, starting with David, where he almost drowns a baby, to then the next scene shooting his brains out. We end up with what is a lot of talking, some small, funny not at all scary moments to the ending, where basically everyone ends up dead. What a shock right? Petty much this movie follows the same plot line as every other movie of its time.
With all that said, the biggest shortcomings in the way of personalities of the characters. I really don’t care about any of them and they are all trying too hard to be funny or to make you feel sorry for them. There was one thing that this movie does that stood apart from the others of its kind, it was graphic, we see blood, we see people toss, sadly we don’t see anyone outright killed, the only shot we see of someone being murder is when David, being processed by the demon holds a gun in his mouth and shoots. Other then that, all the graphic moments are more or less aftermath shots.
I don’t recommend this movie, its pure crap it had some really good chances to be something good, the story had too much of too little of nothing. I wasn’t sure if the movie was trying to save her mouth and cast out the demon or simply to prove that demons exists and these people need help. The best part of this movie, was the trailer sadly.
To sum up everything about this movie, it’s crap, it’s stupid, it’s not scary.. it’s not even funny it doesn’t give us anything new that I haven’t seen and the ending.. well.. is that it gives you a website address saying the case unsolved and go there for more information… What? Don’t see this movie, don’t even buy it I’m sure it’ll be on YouTube at some point.. or well you know.