"Demonic Fake Out"
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Supernatural horror movies like INCARNATE are meant to be creepy and spooky, and INCARNATE is just that. It’s a bit more heroic than some of the other low-budget horror movies about demon possession. Aaron Eckhart does a good job playing the protagonist. However, by the end, INCARNATE succumbs to some of the same old tired clichés found in other horror movies like this one. Also, the demon’s able to trick the good guys in the end and stop them from destroying it, even though the hero frees the little boy from the demon. INCARNATE also has some strong, gratuitous foul language.
(OOO, C, B, LL, VV, S, A, MM) Very strong occult worldview where the demonic is more powerful than science or religion, with some Christian, biblical elements including a crucifix is associated with protagonist’s dead wife; 16 obscenities (including one “f” word), three strong profanities and four light profanities; strong intense scary violence such as blood comes out of man’s mouth, character falls out of building and hits pavement, head on collision between two cars, man in car collision has blood on his head and dead woman has blood on her head, possessed homeless woman fights with 11-year-old boy, and demon enters boy, and then possessed boy snaps woman’s neck to kill her, scary demons talk through people they possess, man fights bouncers in a bar, man in wheelchair knocked over, possessed man tries to stab man in wheelchair but stabs himself deliberately instead, demon possessed man catches on fire after protagonist makes him swallow a crucifix; no depicted sex, but a couple light comments and content, such as character mentions another character visited a strip club, two different men sit with women at two different bars that are visited; no nudity; alcohol use and two visits to bars; no smoking or drugs; and, demon taunts good guys, demon takes advantage of boy’s desire to be with his father, and demon eventually wins though a child is saved.
INCARNATE is a small horror movie about an irreligious man who evicts demons (or “entities” as he calls them) that have possessed people and who encounters a boy possessed by the demon that killed his wife and son. INCARNATE is a bit more heroic than other scary movies about demonic possession, but it has some strong foul language, and the demon tricks the good guys in the end.
The movie opens with the boy, Cameron, getting possessed by the demon when it decides to leave the body of a homeless woman who’s snuck into the boy’s home. Once possessed by the demon, Cameron snaps the woman’s neck.
Cut to Dr. Seth Amber, who’s in a wheelchair, a situation caused by a demon-possessed woman who drove head on into the car carrying Dr. Amber and his wife and child. Dr. Amber’s assistants medically bring him near death so he can enter a possessed person’s mind and convince the person to separate from the demon. After saving a middle-aged man that way, Dr. Amber is approached by a Vatican official asking for his help in treating Cameron.
Dr. Amber doesn’t want to take the case until the official tells him the Vatican thinks the demon attacking Cameron may be the same one that crippled Dr. Amber and killed his family. Dr. Amber has named the demon “Maggie.”
Dr. Amber takes the case when he finds evidence they’re right. However, separating the demon from Cameron proves to be more difficult than he thought.
Supernatural horror movies like INCARNATE are meant to be creepy and spooky, and INCARNATE is just that. However, it’s a little more heroic than some of the other low-budget movies about demon possession. Aaron Eckhart does a good job as the protagonist, Dr. Amber.
However, by the end, INCARNATE succumbs to some of the old tired clichés found in horror movies like this one. Also, although the movie doesn’t overtly attack Christian methods of exorcism or make the Vatican official look stupid, Dr. Amber thinks Christian methods are ineffective. Also, the demon is able to trick the good guys in the end and stop them from destroying it, even though the hero frees the little boy from the demon. INCARNATE also has some strong, gratuitous foul language.