Reviewed byGL84Vote: 8/10/10
Following a tragic car accident, a family trying to grieve over thedeath of one of their children who was involved learns that one of themhas become possessed by a demonic being looking to torment them andcauses them to rely on a priest to battle the evil.
This was quite an enjoyable and highly surprising effort. One of thebetter elements present here is the fact that this one really doesmanage to work with the slow-building plot line rather nicely withoutreally upsetting the film really working out a rather great way thisgoes about bringing the different details of what's going on here.Starting off with the freaky occurrences with the knife at the dinnertable and the possession sequence in the bedroom, this turns out ratherfun as it transitions away into the actual possession enables for themore lively as she turns against the family and begins not onlytormenting them with the secrets and how the different physicaltorments she concocts makes for a really enjoyable time overall sincethis really makes the film pick up the pace with its action. Content toplay it more low-key rather than going full-bore with the possession.There's plenty of great scenes here with the séance they conduct whichcomes off rather well with the demonic voices and blood-spurting aroundthe room making for a great time along with all the different torments,the different confrontations along the way that makes for a greatshowcase of the demons' strength and vindictiveness and gives this onesome pretty enjoyable moments throughout here with her attacks. As itslowly gets into the actual exorcism and the attempts to get hercleansed while she goes out on the rampage against the others it makesfor a really exciting time here leading to some really fun action asthey all continually stumble across her victims and kills piling uparound the house which adds an extra urgency to the actual exorcismattempt, while all together having these help the film's pacing byhaving such great scenes play out in delivering a great bunch of actionin the second half to counter-balance the somewhat slow beginning. Thatis one of the film's few minor problems, in that there's not a wholelot of action happening here in the first half which makes this tend tofeature a somewhat lapse beginning where it doesn't quite get off tothe start it really should. Focusing on the interspersed scenes of thepsychiatrist that goes nowhere and the revelation of the investigationafter-the-fact don't offer up any kind of emotional resonance that'sbeing set-up with the storyline about the possession taking place dueto the death in the family, a thread itself that isn't all that wellthought-out since it's still a mystery why this one takes on thepossession as it does here when being tormented would've been far morefeasible so that doesn't really solve much of the problems here. Thelast problem with the film tends to revolve around it's ratherconfusing decision to keep almost all the deaths off-screen rather thanup-front on-camera. Quite often throughout here they tend to stumbleupon the mangled bodies of a friend and it leaves a big gaping hole asto why it never showed that occurring on-screen rather than doing it inthis manner. Still, this one was quite a bit of fun.
Rated R: Graphic Language. Violence, suggested Rape and strong adultthemes.
Reviewed byrossini-1868Vote: 7/10/10
When you're tired of The Exorcist and those James Wan Conjuring moviesand The Exorcism of Emily Rose, where do you go? Well, here is as gooda place to start as any. Nary a big budget ego anywhere in this projectto get in the way of a simple, bare bones, Lifetime Movie-ish look atwhat might happen when a young blonde, suburban beauty gets possessedby a demon. They strap the poor girl to a chair the whole time, andlisten to her growl and divulge their dirty little suburban secrets,and it is hilariously over the top and engrossing.
The possessed girl's loopy performance is probably unique in thehistory of these possession movies, as she laughs and cries and roarsher way into a performance that is sure to become a cult classic.There's a strange, end-of-the-world relevance to this little movie, itsmain strength being a script that someone like Robert Zemeckis or AngLee would have turned into a masterpiece of Kubrickian simplicity. Butas it stands, it's a fascinating little peek at what happens when lowbudget Hollywood gets hold of another great script, and does the bestthey can to tell the story under the big budget radar. A worthy glimpseinto the truth about the nature of mankind, and what lurks behind thefaçade of public hypocrisy we wear.
Reviewed byjackmeatVote: 5/10/10
My quick rating 5,3/10. This time of year it seems the possession filmscome out of the woodwork. That being said, this movie does little tostand out from the others as far as the actual possession goes. A yearafter the death of one of the characters child, they all get togetherfor the holiday and things go awry. The possession more or less just"happens" from there and the woman that ends up as the "host" (SiennaGuillory) does a good job acting a bit off the wall when need be. Someof the funniest lines do come from the demon but not in a comedic way.Meaning for me, timely swearing and divulging of peoples secrets. So asmy one line states, the whole movies focus is upon ridding the demonfrom Bethany once and for all (without being killed) and of course allleads up to a climax. I will admit the trip is more or less just therefor the means to getting to the destination. Enjoy.
After a year passes since the sudden death of a child, a family gathering takes place whilst peculiar unexplainable events occur. Tension over peculiar circumstances cracks the veneer of cordiality and dark secrets emerge. Bethany (Sienna Guillory) becomes increasingly unhinged and seems Hell bent on tearing her family apart. Is she possessed or simply playing devils advocate? With the help of a priest and a psychic the family attempts to restore peace and sanity. But events which occur that night could never have been foreseen. Police psychologist Dr Woods (Eric Roberts) tries to exact fact from fiction of what really took place in the house in this gothic horror morality tale.