Exorcismus: Part Spanish, Part British, All Demon

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Let’s talk about an exorcism movie. I thought this movie, being a Spanish film, would be in Spanish. Nay, nay! The characters are suburban British folk and speak with those charming accents us Americans love. The story centers around a teenage girl named Emma who becomes possessed by  something evil. I wasn’t sure if it was a demon, a lesser imp, Satan himself, or what. Sorry if they named it and I didn’t catch it.  Her atheist, hip, and yet over protective parents take a while to figure out what is going on. But, eventually they allow her Catholic priest uncle to perform exorcism rights and secretly film the sessions. He says he can use this as evidence in case the Vatican finds out. Now, as you may imagine, things don’t exactly go smoothly. It turns out, demons don’t just politely apologize and vacate their humans when asked. By the way, Uncle Priest isn’t exactly defrocked but he is on the church’s naughty list.

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Uncle Father? Father Uncle?

I don’t really have a lot of bad things to say about this movie. I wasn’t really snarky and sarcastic while viewing it. In fact, I thought it was pretty good. I liked Emma and was rooting for her to shake that demon out. I must admit that I also really I liked her clothes. The character of  Uncle Priest (does that make him Uncle Father?!) was also interesting enough to keep me invested in this movie too. Anyway, I don’t really want to spoil it. I would ask you just give it a chance.

I am not going into too many details about the plot of the movie. I think most of us horror fans probably get the notion of how an exorcism movie is going to flow. And yet, this one still took some little dips and turns. No, it wasn’t an intense game-changer with a brand new take on the sub genre. But, it did it’s job quite well. And there were a couple of well done shots during the exorcism scenes. It’s become a bit overdone, but I still like it in a horror movie when people float off the ground. Why is that so creepy? It’s just unnatural I guess. I like it. But it’s starting to get a little typical.

And while I have your attention, I want to pose a few questions. Exorcism and demonic possession movies are nothing new. And clearly, they aren’t going away anytime soon. I have had the point argued to me that all exorcism/possession movies will always fall flat when compared to the amazingness that is 1973’s, The Exorcist. The Exorcist is the O.G. here. This movie was freaking notorious! Why does it feel like everyone you’ve ever met in life has seen this movie and either thinks it’s utterly awesome or the scariest thing they’ve ever seen? So, what do you think? Do you think virtually every movie in the subgenre is just a ripoff of the William Peter Blatty/William Friedkin classic? Can any movie in their persuasion actually surpass the Exorcist and be better? Or are you in the narrow margin of peeps out there who think The Exorcist is kinda “meh” or worse?! Yes, these rabble rousers do exist. Are you one of them??

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Insidious: Come tip-toe through the tulips with Barbara Hershey and Darth Maul!!

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Thank you James Wan and Leigh Whannel for the tasty little gift that is Insidious. This movie makes me long for days of my youth and middle school sleepovers. It would totally have been our jam! I also just love how this movie kinda took people by surprise. General consensus I have found is that people were not expecting to like this movie as much they did. It just goes to show what fun little magic can be had by blending a smart script and good actors into a tasty evil stew. Did I mention that I adore Barbara Hershey and she’s in the movie? Shes fab, yes?!

Meet the Lambert family. They seem like an okay bunch. If you like those upper suburban types with too many children. Three children to be exact. Which is three too many in my book. Anyway, they move into a big ole house which is always a mistake for these suburban WASP-y family types. That theory proves true when little tyke Dalton Lambert slips into a mysterious “coma” which can’t be explained by modern medicine. They move him back home and thats when shiz starts really getting freaky. I’m talking disembodied voices coming through the baby monitor, creepy shadow like people start cropping up, Satan is playing door-ditch with them, so on and so forth.  Family patriarch Josh is distant and seems less concerned with his wife Renai insisting the problem could be ghosts. Regardless, they move houses again.  Around this time we’re introduced to Ms. Hershey as Lorraine, Josh’s mother.

Well, turns out the house wasn’t the problem. Pretty much immediately freaky hijinks start in again. Including  finding some way to make the old time-y song “Tiptoe through the Tulips” by Tiny Tim even creepier. Lorraine jumps to Renai’s aide by validating her claims that what the family is experiencing is actually happening because she’s been there before. Enter Specs and Tucker, two Ghost-Hunter types who work as assistants to Elise Rainier a psychic ghost whisperer lady. We can thank Specs and Tucker for some awesome comic relief. Elise breaks down the situation for mom & dad. Dalton is a little “traveler”. In his sleep he can leave his physical body and hop around in different places and dimensions. One such dimension is where the ghosts like to hang out. When they see Dalton’s shell, they’re all vying to get in. Including a demon. A demon who looks just a tad like Darth Maul. Now this doesn’t bother me in the least because it’s a not-so-secret fact that I’m obsessed with Darth Maul. So I was into it. Now there is another big twist here but I’m gonna hold off on writing about it.

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I don’t want to say too much more than that. Because this movie is just a bucket of fun. It’s got its little hiccups and hitches. Maybe some cliches now and again. But I really just don’t care! And I suggest you embrace the same mentality. And in case you didn’t know, there is currently a sequel in the works. I don’t anticipate loving it as much as the original, but I’m excited about it. We’re getting the same cast, James and Leigh back again so thats a boon. Hey, I’ve got a good idea! Let’s meet up again this fall and talk about how much we loved or hated the sequel. Kthanxbai.