After I saw that this movie got something like 6% on Rotten Tomatoes, I swore I would not go see it. I find myself extremely annoyed at the abundance of trashy low-budget horror movies that pander to teens.
But a teen I have, and she loves these types of movies. You can't convince her that she should discriminate. After all, she has seen the best the genre has to offer...The Exorcist, The Ring, Halloween, and even the Paranormal Activity series is pretty good.
As a family, we went to the movies on Martin Luther King Day. The boys voted for Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (which I had already seen) and this thing was on at the same time, so you guessed it. The boys got intrigue, the girls got demons.
I know 99% of you out there hate these movies, so I apologize for even talking about something that makes you run the other way.
In 1989, a woman was accused of murdering three people in her home (two priests and a nun) while undergoing an exorcism. The woman was deemed incompetent and placed in an asylum in Rome.
In the present day, her daughter Isabella is interested in finding out what happened to her mother, and has enlisted a boyfriend/camera man to do a documentary. They travel to Rome, meet some people from an exorcism school, and try to determine if her mother is inhabited by a demon or just mentally ill. This just happens to be the biggest debate between "the industry" and the Catholic Church.
In order to appreciate the finer points of demonry, the exorcists take Isabella and her man to see a real example (see above photo). Then they tackle mama (see photo below), who seems to have not just one evil dude inside her but a community. And they like to body-hop, or soul-hop, or whatever. Once that happens, things get ugly, and events include attempted baby-drowning, suicide and car accidents.
Oh and the ending is left wide open for sequels. The fantasy of every low-budget horror film director. Go talk to the Blair Witch Project or Paranormal Activity people if you don't believe me.
Do I think the movie deserves it's 6% approval rating? No probably not. It was better than that. But I do think that the fake documentary sub-genre has run its course. They even have added a website where there are files about Isabella's mother, just to make it even more believable. Kids dig that stuff - that is why this movie has been at the top of the box office.
I also think the director or the screenwriters or someone involved was a bit heavy-handed with the anti-Catholic Church agenda. Hey, we have enough problems without some Hollywood goofball implying that we are allowing evil to exist because we ignore demonic possession. Please.
If you are into creepy horror, I'd encourage you to see this - why not? Just rent it on Netflix.