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THE VATICAN TAPES appears to be on the side of the priest and good, but, eventually, evil triumphs, and all good is vanquished. Dwelling on occult material is bad enough, but letting it win is reprehensible. Much of Angela’s behavior during her possession scenes is sacrilegious as well. There’s also an excessive amount of demonic violence, with some lewd moments. Ultimately, THE VATICAN TAPES is a very harmful, abhorrent movie.
(OOO, AbAbAb, CC, B, L, VVV, S, MM) Very strong occult worldview where evil is more powerful and conquers good, mitigated by some Christian content of Catholic priests fighting demons; several light obscenities and one strong profanity; strong and very strong violence includes disturbing videos and photos that depict satanic possession by showing people writhing in unnatural positions, shrieking and with crosses cut into their skin, a bird smashes through city bus windows and attacks driver, bus crashes with dozens of people onboard, possessed woman suddenly springs to demonic life and wrestles a cab driver for the steering wheel and causes the cab to crash and even flip over, possessed woman wanders into prenatal ward and tries to drown baby before cameras catch her and force her to try to run away and viciously fight guards, possessed woman causes other patients in a mental ward to become possessed and attack and kill each other in horrific fashion, hanging suicide, people beat each other with furniture, strangling, woman’s demonic spirit causes roof to cave and kill three men from the Vatican conducting an exorcism, woman has bloody marks on her wrists; possessed woman makes sexual references, including references to oral sex and references to her mother, who was a prostitute; no alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, female Antichrist poses as a faith healing holy person who develops a cult following.
THE VATICAN TAPES is the story of a quiet priest assigned to find out whether a young woman needs an exorcism, only to find she’s filled with evil. THE VATICAN TAPES has a strong occult worldview where good ultimately is ineffectual against demonic evil, mitigated slightly by positive portrayals of priests fighting demons.
The story opens with a priest (Djimon Hounsou) at the Vatican talking with a cardinal in a Vatican church, as they discuss the case of Angela, a possessed woman in Los Angeles. An opening credits note has already told the audience that the Vatican has been filming all exorcism activity for the past several decades, so these priests have seen footage of the woman. They agree it’s time to assign a priest to investigate and exorcise her.
That priest is Father Lozano (Michael Peña), a young and quiet priest who slips into Angela’s life while she’s in the hospital for a mysterious cut on her thumb. As her father and boyfriend try to guide her through a birthday weekend, she starts turning hot and thirsty, and exhibiting suddenly violent and irrational behavior. She appears to spur a giant room of mental patients to kill themselves and each other before appearing to lapse into a coma and die.
The movie follows attempts to figure out what’s going wrong with Angela and to save her from her weird behavior. She not only turns out to be demonically possessed but also to be the Antichrist. Thus, begins a final showdown exorcism that could have enormous consequences.
THE VATICAN TAPES appears to be on the side of the priest and good, but, ultimately, evil triumphs, and all good is vanquished. Dwelling on occult material is bad enough, but letting it win is reprehensible. Much of Angela’s behavior during her possession scenes is sacrilegious as well. There’s also an excessive amount of demonic violence, with some lewd moments.
Ultimately, THE VATICAN TAPES is a very harmful, abhorrent movie.