Sunday, December 4, 2011

The New Exorcist?


I get excited over pretty much any horror movie that is thrown my way. I can handle all of the blood and gore; I can handle the scary, masked killers, I can handle zombies or creatures and monsters, and I can somewhat handle creepy ghost stories. So, you would think I would be able to watch every single horror movie ever made. WRONG. The one thing that truly terrifies me in a horror movie is when it has religious elements to it, i.e. the devil. You can imagine my mixed feelings when I saw a trailer for the new religious horror, The Devil Inside, which hits theaters January 6, 2012.

Usually, I can force myself to sit through religious horror movies, however, it usually results with me sleeping with my cross for a few weeks. The Exorcist is, in my opinion, to be one of the scariest movies ever made. There's just something about the young girl's behavior, her face, and the eery devil face that pops up on the screen at randoms points throughout the film.

When I first watched it, it  had the ability to make me question whether certain things were supposed to be happening on screen, or if I was going crazy. Well, to be fair, I am a little bit crazy but the movie made my craziness worse (I keed, I keed).

Since the success of The Exorcist, there have been many movies that tried recreating what the movie cleverly built, and for obvious reasons, they failed at their attempts to do so. The Exorcist even followed up with a few sucky sequels that never captured the true essence of the original movie.

Now, director William Brent Bell (Stay Alive) is attempting to terrify new audiences with his religious horror, The Devil Inside, which has an interesting plot. The story begins with a woman, Maria Rossi (played by Suzan Crowley), who calls and informs police that she brutally killed three people. Maria is locked away at a mental institution in Italy and twenty years later, her daughter tries to uncover the truth of what happened that fateful night.

Maria's daughter Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) enlists the help of two young exorcists, played by Simon Quaterman and Evan Helmuth, and together they face an evil they never knew possible. The three discover that Maria is being possessed by a powerful force who takes the form of four different demons, all living within her body.

FOUR DEMONS? One demon wasn't enough to scare the hell out of me, this guy had to go and add four? I can't handle this! Now I will have to pray four times as much. Sigh.

Anyway, the movie does sound good and it seems to be slightly different from all of the other religious horror-thrillers audiences have seen over the years. However, Bell's last horror, Stay Alive, was just about as awesome as the dog poop stuck on the bottom of my shoe. I'm willing to give the movie the benefit of the doubt because from what I've seen in the trailers, it looks creepy as hell. I can't stand when people contort their bodies into pretzel-like shapes!

Are you excited to see this new religious horror and do you think it can top The Exorcist? Most likely, it will not surpass the standards that The Exorcist set, because it did set the bar so very high, however, the guy can hope--right?

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