In an attempt to explain the violent behaviour of her mother, a young woman becomes involved in a series of exorcisms, delving deep into the reality behind demonic possession.
The Devil Inside
is the first film from a new branch of Paramount Pictures
dedicated to producing 10 movies with a budget of a mere $100,000 apiece. It’s a smart move, inspired by the runaway success of Paranormal Activity
and practically guarantees a project, given some modest promotional activity.
This first experiment doesn’t move too far from the template set out by Paranormal
, going once more down the route of a found footage film, as Isabella’s (Fernanda Andrade
) investigation is recorded. She teams up with a hot young priest (naturally) to experience the phenomenon first hand while also attempting to reconnect with, and save, her mother.
Creepy shit ensues, including some squirm inducing body contortion, self-mutilation, improbable voices and people crawling up walls. So, essentially all the elements you’ve seen done before in other exorcism films. Can an immediate, embodied camera really make this feel fresh? We’re sceptical.
Add in the films critical panning in the states (where it released in January) and much internet grumblings about a particularly wtf ending and you might want to pin your horror hopes elsewhere this March.