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.
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??