The Devil Inside

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devil insideI got into this thing where I was changing popular song lyrics to have them fit the review. With this movie, it seemed simple enough. INXS has a song called The Devil Inside. The movie was so bad, I just didn’t have the motivation to even Google the lyrics to that song to attempt it.

I heard this movie was originally called “The Devil Inside Me,” and at the last minute they dropped the “me.” I wish the studio would’ve just decided to drop the film and release it straight to video.

This is truly one of those films where you say the commercials were better than the movie. I remember seeing a few of the trailers and being scared and thinking it could be fun.

Instead, it’s that genre that needs to be buried already — the found footage/shaky camera.

The religious movie Seven Days in Utopia gave us an ending that directed us to a website, and (SPOILER ALERT) – so does this. The scene leading up to that website was equally as ridiculous. (SPOILER ALERT OVER)

I glanced at a few other reviews, and found other critics had the same experience. Crowds hissing and booing at the ending.

Here’s the story. It’s the late ‘80s and a 911 call comes in from a woman confessing to killing three people. It’s 20 years later, and her daughter (who is named Isabella Rossi, which every time made me instead think of Isabella Rossellini) wants to find the truth about what happened that night. And no, she couldn’t handle the truth.

She has to go to a mental institution in Italy, near the Vatican (by the way, in case anybody was wondering, they supposedly don’t endorse this movie – a wise move on their part). She brings a couple of young priests that like performing exorcisms on their off time.

And what do you think happens next? Yep, all the cliches you’ve seen in other exorcism movies – going back to The Exorcist and the most recent  — The Exorcism Of Emily Rose  (which I hate to admit I kind of liked).

You’ll think of better films that used this format – The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, Paranormal Activity, etc.

I get frustrated when every scene makes me think of another, better film. There’s one guy that goes nuts, and I was thinking of Pyle in Full Metal Jacket. Another crazy woman had drawings and paintings, reminiscent of Hannibal Lecter in his cell. Oh, and the main woman that was possessed made me think of Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, circa 1973.

It’s a shame, because the movie had a few scary moments and a few (only a few) original scenes. One involved (SPOILER ALERT) a priest that gets possessed at the worst possible time – he’s performing a baptism, and decides the baby should stay under water a little bit longer. What surprised me about this scene is – it could’ve been tremendous. Perhaps an overhead shot or better camera angle; or maybe the holy water boiling. (SPOILER ALERT OVER)

You’ll see all the usual scenes – bodies contorted, speaking in tongues, multiple voices, possessed people knowing things nobody else would know, and more walking on the ceiling than a Lionel Ritchie video.

This piece of garbage was co-written and co-directed by William Brent Hell…errr…Bell. I have no clue what possessed him to make it.

It was one of the rare movies in which a guy heckled a few times, and we all laughed and welcomed his comments.

It gets ½ a star for three scary moments, and for only torturing us for an hour and 15 minutes.

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