aka: Paranormal Entity 3: The Exorcist Tapes
Director: Jude Gerard Prest
Starring: Yaz Canli, Kai Cofer, Christopher Karl Johnson, Nikki Muller, Annette Remter
The terrifying true story that inspired The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The young German girl Anneliese Michel is behaving strange and keeps doing more and more evil and depraved acts. After not getting any real answers from the doctors, the Michel family decides to bring in a priest to perform an exorcism on Anneliese.
A documentary team from the USA is trying to document the happenings and the heated discussions by the medical team that have arrived and the priests, all concerned about what is best for the young girl who is progressively getting worse and worse. The only thing that survives is these tapes that documented it all…
Anneliese: The Exorcist Tapes is another found footage rip-off movie by The Asylum. It does try to do something different this time by setting the film in the 1970’s, although they hardly get the look right at all. It mixes the legend that inspired the Exorcism of Emily Rose movie with the key scenes from The Exorcist in all found footage b-movie glory.
The film is presented in “documentary” style with a colorlacking full-screen picture. I’m guessing this was their best attempt at making it look very 70’s although it hardly does the job. Since this is supposed to be set in Germany, most of the actors sport some terrible euro-accent that are only laughable at best. While there has been so many films out the last ten years using the found footage style and presenting the movie as “real”, I still believe that it can work if it is done by some talented filmmakers, which is something this film does not have.
Anneliese is played by Nikki Muller, who was probably in her early 20’s while filming this. One thing that set The Exorcist apart from other exorcism movies is the fact that the girl in that was actually a child, while in the ripoff films the girl is usually in her early twenties. One reason for this is that they can add some nudity, which is also done here. You can see that Muller is a pretty girl, even behind the horribly bad makeup and she does what she can with the part, although no actress whatsoever would be able to save this crapfest of a movie.
The main problem with the film is… well, everything. It is damn boring, if there isn’t an exorcism scene going on there is just arguments between the doctors and the priest. The exorcism scenes are so ripped off by everything you already have seen, including piss on the floor (ampted up by having Anneliese also licking it afterwards) and other iconic scenes from The Exorcist. There is nothing new or interesting about this film whatsoever and it isn’t fun enough to enjoy on a so bad it’s good level either.
Anneliese: The Exorcist Tapes might have a title that would make you want to check it out, but believe me it is not a film worth seeking out. It is a terrible film with only one positive note, and that’s the effort put in by main actress Nikki Muller. It is otherwise just a terrible experience and it doesn’t take more than 5 minutes before you will regret pressing play on this.