Cert: 15 Runtime: 86 mins Director: William Brent Bell Starring: Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman and Evan Helmuth
No soul is safe
The first time I saw the trailer for The Devil Inside, I literally crapped my pants. It has had a very successful advertising campaign in the UK and it has made a lot of money. After much consideration I did decide to venture into the world of exorcism YET AGAIN. Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) killed three members of the Roman Catholic Church in 1989. She is sent over to Italy because the Vatican wants her for reasons that the media doesn’t know. Twenty years later, Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) and Mike (Ionut Grama), the filmmaker, travels to Rome because she wants to know more about her mother and gathering information regarding of exorcism. Upon arriving she meets two priest Ben (Simon Quarterman) and David (Evan Helmuth) who has experience performing exorcism. They both agree to perform it, but they know there is a price to pay.The Devil Inside is an unholy mess. The only thing that I personally had no problem was the acting. It’s not the best nor the worst, but its right there. Everything else was a complete disaster waiting to happen. First off, in order to get the audience attention, you need a plot that either makes sense or to make it interesting to the end. That was not the case for this film. One issue was that it failed to focus on the main plot when it was suppose to. Instead it mainly focused on the subplot, which is a big no-no. As an experience writer, you should not focus on your sub-plot as much, however you can show it or tell it, but mainly the screenwriters should have pay attention to the main plot. On top of fact, how many exorcism movies are out there? A lot and that is the problem because the audience is already recognizing the whole plot structure and you know where it is going to happen from A to Z.
The hardest thing to do in modern cinemas is to scare the audiences. The main reason why it doesn’t work anymore is due to the fact that it is getting repetitive. Let say it the movie came out in 1970s, than it would have shocking values but because were so used to it, it’s not the same. Another issue that I came across was the pacing. Sure, it may be only 86 minutes, but it was the longest 86 minutes of my life. It dragged was due to the lost of interest. The only way I can see 86 minutes passing by is to do two things: the interest of the characters and again the plot. For example, in Alien (I recommend everyone to check this movie out) the film is slow but because it has good characters development and an interesting story, the film achieves well paced. This movie does not. The hardest thing to do in films is to end a movie. The Devil Inside will go down in history as one of the worst endings in film history. Never in my life have I laughed so hard because how terrible the ending was. The audience was slap in the face, which obliviously no one wants to experience. If you want me to tell you the ending, it will be a pleasure, otherwise just skipped to the next paragraph.Isabella is possessed. Ben wants to take her to another priest after his friends David killed himself. Mike is driving in the car along with Ben and Isabella. She is soon awaken and attacks Mike, but regains consensuses, but he shows sign of possession as well. He crashes the car and the screen goes black with some cuts showing chaos as the car tumbles. Then it cuts complete back and says this “The Rossi family case remain unsolved. For more information, go to http://www.therossifiles.com. What kind of ending is that?