The Devil Inside
Derivative, Boring, Depressing, and Abhorrent
Release Date: January 06, 2012
Starring: Fernanda Andrade, Simon
Quarterman, Evan Helmuth,
Ionut Grama, Suzan Crowley,
Bonnie Morgan, Brian Johnson
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 87 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: William Brent Bell
Executive Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Producer: Morris Paulson, Matthew
Peterman, Steven Schneider
Writer: William Brent Bell, Matthew
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Adam Goodman, President, Paramount Film Group
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The low-quality fake documentary begins back in 1989, with the record of a 911 call from a woman who claims, “I killed them all.” Next, emergency responders work their way through the crime scene, revealing the bloody bodies of two priests and a nun. Soon after, a newscaster announces that the perpetrator, a distraught woman named Maria, went out of her mind while hosting a local church meeting in her home. She’s tried for murder, acquitted on an insanity plea, and promptly transferred to a mental hospital close to the Vatican.
Twenty years later, determined to find out what happened to her mother that night, Maria’s daughter Isabella travels to Italy with an amateur videographer. There, she meets two ordained priests and exorcists, who perform unauthorized exorcisms for victims of demonic possession who can’t get their cases heard by Roman Catholic officials.
The investigators discover Isabella’s mother is in fact possessed by a powerful super demon. They perform an exorcism without being experienced enough to do so (and, without bothering to bless the lay people involved, since the filmmakers didn’t do their research seriously). [SPOILERS FOLLOW] The terrible result is that they all become possessed in turn. This results in one priest almost drowning a baby during a baptism in a church and then blowing his brains out all over a series of Bible pages glued to the wall. Unsure of how to end their script, the writers opt for a convenient car crash and refer viewers to a website where they can find out more about the ongoing investigation.
THE DEVIL INSIDE will disappoint horror fans, confuse the uninformed, and offend mature Christians. Even fans of the horror genre won’t like the movie’s poor quality of writing and quick-fix ending. Those who care about sacrilegious representations of Christians, the Roman Catholic Church, religion, and the undermining of God’s omnipotence by all-powerful demons will likely be offended. Finally, the fact that demonic evil is victorious, even over ordained Christian leaders, just adds to the abhorrent content in and nature of THE DEVIL INSIDE.
MOVIEGUIDE® advises Christian moviegoers to send a clear message to Hollywood that they want their faith honored instead of used for cheap exploitation. At least in the R-rated, foul-mouthed THE EXORCIST, the demon was ultimately defeated. MOVIEGUIDE® also advises Christian moviegoers to catch up on the leftover Christian holiday movies they haven’t seen yet if they really want to go to their favorite movie theater.
THE DEVIL INSIDE is a poorly executed and written, low-budget horror flick. It has lots of extreme violence and some graphic foul language. It tries to repeat the success of movies like THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. However, it’s an unsuccessful mishmash of Christian content with heretical or aberrant theology. For example, demons are made to be more powerful than they really are, and evil is victorious. THE DEVIL INSIDE will disappoint horror fans, confuse the uninformed, and offend mature Christians.