The Devil Inside (2012)
In The Devil Inside, Isabella Rossi (Fernanda Andrade) daughter to Maria Rossi (Suzana Crowley) is investigating the cause behind her mother’s psychological state. Turns out that mom went crazy one day and massacred a few people including a priest during her exorcism. The investigation takes them to Rome, the capitol of the Catholic Church where Isabella visits a school of exorcism to learn about the process. With the help of a few priests and some prying Isabella finds out that her mother is being held in a psychiatric hospital there in Rome. Her mother is in bad shape and after visiting her and seeing this for herself, she along with a couple of priests try to exorcise the demon that lived within Maria. This is when things get hairy and Isabella finds herself in trouble with forces that she isn’t fit to compete with.
Although I have grown tired and cynical about the exorcism line of movies, I do acknowledge that it is a tough sell to those of us who aren’t believers. Contorted limbs, demonic voices, the brave priest and horrified loved ones are always standard in this showcase of biblical drama but when you don’t believe it all just comes off as silly. The Devil Inside makes it even harder to accept the exorcism angle being that it is shot in the same vein as The Blair Witch Project, District 9 and Cloverfield… The shaky cam type of filming. Like those movies we are forced to become the invisible person next to the characters, seeing the craziness up close. The problem however is that we have seen the craziness in many other movies.
Those of you who saw The Rite last year will probably roll your eyes at the similar events in this movie as they both deal with nonbelievers being made to believe through the witnessing of an actual exorcism. The only difference seems to be in the way they were shot and the fact that The Rite had the acting power of Sir Anthony Hopkins.
I am stuck in this journey for a great exorcism movie and year after year I come up short. The one movie that almost nailed it was The Last Exorcism but it was good for the twist in events that occurred rather than being good for the scare factor and thrilling premise. I would love to have an exorcist themed movie to recommend to people as “the good one” in the entire genre but alas I don’t. While I didn’t expect The Last Exorcism to be “the one”, I did expect The Rite to be and both movies were a tremendous disappointment.