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Friday, January 27, 2012

[3.50/10] The Devil Inside (2012)


The Devil Inside (2012)

Brief review: January has always been the month of low-grade horror flicks, but 2012 had a rough start and really hit the bottom with "The Devil Inside". The biggest problem of the film does not lie in its premise, because the latter is fairly passable, but it lies in its lame execution and absurdly abrupt ending, that leaves the story incomplete. In fact, if the film had a proper ending, it could have been at least watchable, but instead it ends up being a stupid mess of exorcism cliches presented in a barely believable documentary style. Moreover, a couple of creepy scenes aside, "The Devil Inside" offers nothing scary, devilish or even remotely disturbing, and that's probably the worst thing that can be said about a horror movie, especially one involving the devil. On a technical note, the film is also heavily flawed. Although it uses similar tricks as all the other 'found footage' flicks, such as clumsy filming technique and realistic 'no filters' cinematography in order to give it a more real-life feel, there are certain scenes where it's more than obvious that more than one camera has been used, which ruins the authenticity of it completely. With the exception of Suzan Crowley, who does a fairly solid job as the possessed mother with forbidding behavior, the rest of the performances are sub-par to say the least. Fernanda Andrade is just plain bad as the lead character, Isabella, and the supporting cast is forgettable.

Overall summary: While not necessarily the worst horror movie ever made, "The Devil Inside" remains a cheap, cliched and poorly-crafted mockumentary, that not only does not contain a single scare, but also features one of the most shockingly endings in film history.

20 comments:

Maynard Morrissey said...

LOL another bad review. Seems like everyone hates this movie :)

Will see it in March. I know that I'll probably end up pissed, however there's something in me that is still excited about it. I guess it's the masochist in me :D

Nebular said...

Maynard, much like you I was excited about it despite all the negative feedback. Well, it turned out the critics were right - it sucked. I've seen worse though.

HorrO said...

I know you read my review! I tried to warn you. Definitely a disappointment, especially from a disturbing standpoint like you said. Agree with your review! Hopefully we get some better horror movies soon!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll avoid it then!
Why is it so difficult to make a good horror film?

Matthew Vanacore said...

This movie sounds awful. An implausible ending, an unscary-scary experience, uninspired acting, terrible technique, cinematography, and endless cliches...Yep, I'll pass.

Nice job exposing this horrible non-fright fest. And thanks for heads-up!

InfinitePlans said...

Guess I wont be seeing this one. :P

Nebular said...

HorrO, I did, and I was aware that this will be terrible. Nevertheless I decided to see it. Well it was bad and then some. The sudden ending pissed me off. Seriously. I hope that too, buddy.

Nebular said...

Alex, I've been asking myself the same thing...

Nebular said...

Matty, don't waste your time on his scare-free crap. And the ending... ah, don't get me even started. :)

Nebular said...

InfinitePlans, avoid at all costs, unless if you're a die-hard found footage/mockumentary fan. It was hideous!

venoms5 said...

I think I liked it a little more than you did, George. It wasn't great, but I liked the Italian locales and found some of it fairly tense. I got the impression the ending was intentionally abrupt. It was better than APOLLO 18, imo. I blind bought that one and have regretted it ever since.

Melissa Bradley said...

Too bad. I was hoping this would be a good entry into the demonic possession genre. We have not a single excellent film about demonic possession in a very long time.

Terrific breakdown of what sounds like a mess.

Nebular said...

venoms5, the ending ruined it for me. Besides, most of the 'scary' scenes were shown in the trailer. Yes, it was good that the film was set in Italy, but the location alone didn't make it a better movie. I dunno, I thought Apollo 18 was slightly better, because it was really claustrophobic and way more atmospheric than this one.

Nebular said...

Mel, 2010's similar in style "The Last Exorcism" was way better than this crap. They should have taken the story to another level, but instead they decided to leave it incomplete and without a climax. Pity.

Ricky said...

A good horror is hard to find these days....but we keep looking!

Michele (TheGirlWhoLovesHorror) said...

Ha! I KNEW this was going to suck. The trailers made it out to be all scary and possession-y but I just said 'pfft.'


Of course, that doesn't mean that I won't be watching it when it comes to DVD because apparently I like wasting my money and torturing myself.

Nebular said...

Ricky, it's hard to find a good horror movie these days indeed, but we have to stay positive :)

Nebular said...

Michele, I wasn't impressed by the trailer either. It showed all the "scary" parts from the movie.

Sometimes I also like to torture myself with bad horror flicks so I perfectly understand you. :)

Nicole✗✗ said...

Oh my goodness I was so excited to see this film and was supposed to see it so many different times and something always got in the way... apparently that was a good thing. I have heard horrible things about this film and your review/opinion definitely seals the deal-I won't be seeing it.

Nebular said...

Nicole, I was kinda excited about it too, but then the first horrible reviews came out and pretty much killed my excitement. I thought.. well, it can't be that bad... I was wrong - it was hideous.