Director: Bhushan Patel
Starring: Aftab Shivdasani, Tia Bajpai, Vidya Malvade, Sharad Kelkar, Naresh Sharma
Possession is back
Country: Italy / France
original title: Il Demonio
Director: Brunello Rondi
Starring: Dallah Lavi, Frank Wolff, Anna Maria Aveta, Tiziana Casetti, Dario Dolci
A night she wakes up bound to bed and with the bleeding body. The revenge of the devil will not delay!
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Director: Scott Derrickson
Starring: Eric Bana, Edgar Ramirez, Olivia Munn, Chris Coy, Dorian Missick
You haven’t seen true evil
Deliver Us from Evil has an interesting background as it is based on a book called Beware The Night by Ralph Sarchie, a retired NYPD police officer who would later become a so-called demonologist. Although films that claim to be based on true stories doesn’t always end up to be very good, there’s no denying that the backstory of this one provides something fresh and interesting.
Eric Bana portrays Ralph Sarchie in the film and the case he works on is his first contact with true evil when he investigates a series of violent and demonic events. Together with his non-believer partner Butler and the young priest Mendoza, Ralph goes up against an evil demon that has traveled all the way from the deep caves of Iraq.
The film plays like a dark thriller, following the cops chasing the evil around the gritty streets of New York. You always feel like the horror elements are present and it does have some horrific scenes in it early on aswell before it turns to become a more typical and generic exorcism movie in the final part, which is also the low point of the film.
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.
Director: James Wan
Starring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor, Ron Livingston, Shanley Caswell
Based on the true case files of the Warrens
It’s 1971 and the Perron family is starting a new life out on Harrisville, Rhode Island. They have gotten a great deal on a big house and their family of seven can’t wait to move in and make the place into their new family home.
It doesn’t take long before they find out that something is very wrong with this house. There is an evil entity within it and it is set on terrorizing the family, even wanting to hurt them badly. The only hope the family has is to get help from the well-known paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.
I will be honest, even if I consider myself to be a lover of cinema, I rarely go to the local cinema. The reason is split in that it is first of all expensive to go to the cinema in Norway. 20 US dollars to see a film is a bit too steep for me considering I can buy the film on DVD for the same amount a few months later and also the fact that our local cinema usually only show the biggest Hollywood movies, which I have little interest in, especially at that price.
Director: William Brent Bell
Starring: Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, Ionut Grama, Suzan Crowley
No soul is safe.
In 1989 Maria Rossi gets arrested for the murder of three people and locked in a mental hospital in Italy. 20 years later her daughter Isabella seeks out the truth of what happened that night and what caused her peaceful mother to turn into a cold-blooded killer. With the aid of her friend Michael, they document their journey over to Italy. After visiting her mother Isabella attends an exorcism class and tries to get the priests Ben and David to see her mother and perform an exorcism on her.
The Devil Inside is another exorcism movie that uses the handi-cam style, just as The Last Exorcism did. It’s not done as good as in good point of view movies such as Paranormal Activity or Blair Witch Project. The film fails in building up enough tension and doesn’t get scary enough. Considering the cameraman is supposed to be an experienced documentary maker, there isn’t really any excuse to have so many shaky scenes. Some shots also seemed unlikely that the cameraman did and that goes against the whole purpose of doing a movie with this style. The most brutal part of the film is the retro crime scene footage that is used in the intro.
Director: Ole Bornedal
Starring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis, Madison Davenport, Matisyahu
Fear the demon that doesn’t fear God
Clyde is the father of two teenagers named Hannah and Emily. He is finishing his divorce with his their mother Stephanie and has just bought himself a new place where he gets to have the two teenagers on the weekends.
While browsing through stuff for his new place at a yard sale with his daughters, Emily picks up a strange antique box that she is allowed to take with her. There is something evil inside the box that starts to possess Emily and not only does she become a danger to herself, but to her family aswell.
The Possession was a summer hit for Ghost House Pictures, the company started by Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert from Evil Dead fame. But as with the other exorcism films of 2012 like The Devil Inside and The Last Exorcism, this one also comes off as a simple second rate The Exorcist movie.
Director: Daniel Stamm
Starring: Patrick Fabian, Ashley Bell, Iris Bahr, Louis Herthum, Caled Landry Jones
Believe in Him.
Cotton is a fourth-generation preacher who have spread the word of God and performed exorcism frauds all his life. He is now sick of doing this and decides to expose the truth about exorcisms and how they are done in front of a live video crew. He takes the crew to a farmhouse down in the south where he is gonna make an exorcism performance on a 16-year-old girl, but something does not go right this time.
The Last Exorcism uses the hand-held camera style popularized by The Blair Witch Project and done again quite a few times over the last ten years in movies such as Paranormal Activity, [Rec] and Cloverfield. While a lot of people hate this style, I find myself quite enjoying a lot of movies that use it since it gets the viewer more directly involved. Since I’m also a big fan of exorcism movies and the whole concept of being overtaken by a demonic or satanic entity frightens me this movie should be a perfect match for me. That is, if the movie was good!