Thursday, March 22, 2012

Exorcismus (2010)


Written by David Muñoz
Directed by Manuel Carballo

Lucy...Jo-Anne Stockham
John...Richard Felix
Emma...Sophie Vavasseur
Chris...Stephen Billington

Sixteen year old Emma is home-schooled, depressed and rebellious. Immediately following a mysterious seizure that has no known medical cause, her behavior takes a decidedly drastic turn for the worse. Her science-minded parents send her to a psychiatrist, while her faith-minded uncle--a priest--wants to perform an exorcism. They initially refuse his request, but eventually change their minds.

Yeah, spontaneous levitation will do that.

What could have been just an Exorcist clone actually evolved into something else as I watched. The dynamics between all the leads helps to craft not just a horror film, but a dysfunctional family drama as well.

Plot-wise, Exorcismus doesn't bring much of anything new to the horror genre. Instead it pilfers elements from other genre films and weaves them into its narrative.

That's not to say this is a bad film, maybe just a bit uninspired. The acting is solid all around, and the musical cues are pretty good. The camera work isn't Hollywood steadycam or found footage handheld, but lies somewhere in between.

The pacing may be a bit slow for some viewers, but a little patience goes a long way. The dark twist at the end was a suitable wrap up, and I enjoyed this movie much more than I thought I would. While it won't be replacing its brethren on my shelves any time soon, it's worth the time and effort to stream it on Netflix while it's available, if you've already seen The Exorcist too many times to count.

Rated PG-13
98 Minutes


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