The Devil Inside (2012)
Directed By: William Brent Bell
Starring: Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, Ioonut Grama, Suzan Crowley
Subgenre: Demons & Possession
Synopsis: Isabella is filming a documentary on exorcisms, a topic that is very close to her, as her mother murdered three clergy members during an exorcism when Isabella was a child.
Thoughts: I had high hopes for The Devil Inside from the moment I heard the radio advertisement with the 911 call. Sadly, that commercial turned out to be the best part of the entire movie. It is becoming increasingly difficult for a filmmaker to be successful at using the “found footage” technique, and The Devil Inside is a perfect example of that. The reason that movies like Blair Witch and REC work is that the camera work helps to build tension. Here the camera work is just annoying.
I didn’t have a problem with the cast, and actually thought they did a decent job with what they were given, but I have to admit, I was never invested in any of them. I blame the script for that more so than the actors. There was little, if any, character building. An extra ten minutes or so in the first act would have gone a long ways to improving the characters.
I don’t generally talk about the climax of a movie, but it is next to impossible not to at least mention the ending of The Devil Inside. Quite frankly, it was one of the most disappointing endings in quite some time. Much like the lack of character building, I think a little more thought should have gone into the ending of the movie.
There were a few moments in the movie that worked, most of them centered on the mother in the hospital. That scream made the hair on my arms stand up. There were also a couple of good jump scares, but the movie failed to deliver over all. Good exorcism flicks usually leave me feeling uneasy, but that just never happened here, especially after the ending.
In case you couldn’t tell, I suggest passing on this, there are a lot better movies out there.