I was asked – well, dared – to watch The Devil Inside, a horror film that was purportedly based on true events. Tyson from Head In A Vice said I should watch it as he thought it was bad, but would love to hear what someone else had to say about it. I thought I had posted this last year, but it seems I only gave it to Tyson to post it on his blog.
The blurb on the film says:
In 1989, emergency responders received a 9-1-1 call from Maria Rossi confessing to three brutal murders. The courts found her insane, but something else found her first. Twenty years later, her daughter Isabella’s search for answers leads her to an exorcism by two rogue priests, revealing her mother is possessed by four powerful demons. Now, Isabella must face pure evil or forsake her soul. Discover why The Devil Inside is the movie critics call “evil in its purest form”.
SPOILERS MAY LIE AHEAD
The film starts with a 911 call from a woman claiming she has killed three people, these turn out to be two priests and a nun, all killed apparently by Maria Rossi whom they were apparently attempting to exorcise. A trial finds Rossi not guilty on the grounds of insanity, resulting in her sent to an institute for the mentally challenged.
Then skip forward 20 years and Rossi’s daughter, Isabella tries to find more information by going to Rome to try to find what happened.
The film is recorded in the handheld camera method giving the impression of being a documentary. It follows Rossi Junior’s attempts to find out what happened to her mother and to see if she really is possessed. She has to travel from America to Rome to find the answers, and spends time in the mental hospital where her mother is now residing.
The film cuts between hand-held cameras and security cameras in the hospital, causing the film to be very disjointed, and speech very quiet and inaudible. The acting – I should actually put a question mark on that and say “the acting?” – is some of the worst I have seen in a film, and I have seen a fair amount. At 25 minutes in, I was considering either becoming a monk or shoving needles in my eyes.
The continuity in the film is next to ridiculous, with people being tied down with white cloth that turns into leather straps, camera angles that vanish, people lying down and in the next shot sitting up, followed by lying down in the next shot. There is a point where someone dies in a hospital and a machine is bleeping to say that the person’s heart has stopped and there is no pulse, but this person was never attached to the equipment.
It is by far THE worst film I have ever had the displeasure of sitting through. There were parts that were supposed make you jump, but only result in a “pffft”.
I was told what the only good part of the film was, and I have to agree – the sound of it ejecting from the machine.
In my opinion, The Devil Inside should be consigned to room 101 and never see the light of day again. Out of 100, I would give it … 2. It is that high because the lights went out a couple of times and no one was speaking so there was a little bit of a respite from the codswallop.