The Devil Inside

January 16, 2012 — 12 Comments

Directed by William Brent Bell, who brought us the surprisingly successful, straight-to-DVD, budget horror, Stay Alive in 2006 comes The Devil Inside. This movie tells the story of a young women who travels to Italy in an attempt to find out what happened to her mother twenty years earlier during her own exorcism.

The Devil Inside joins the current cliché of countless Mockumentary horror films, combining grainy hand-held recordings with poor lit surveillance footage in yet another unoriginal and uninspired movie that ironically due to some truly inspired and innovative marketing, will no doubt snare moviegoers and part them from their cash.

There are a few positives, well two. First, the camera work, lighting and sets collaborate nicely and are remarkably effective in making the viewer feel intensely claustrophobic, establishing a frightening and gloomy atmosphere. Second, The Devil Within stars London based contortionist, Pixie Le Knot. Pixie is beautifully upsetting and disturbing on a level that will genuinely make you cringe. I hope we see a lot more of her work in the future.

The Devil Inside does have a few decent jumps but overall it’s tired idea and will no doubt become lost in the shadow of its predecessors that have done a much better job. The acting is mediocre, but the script certainly has to take the blame for such flat characters. It is rare for the characters in a film to become less developed and less interesting as a story unfolds, but The Devil Within manages it with ease. However, the real draw back is the ending, which isn’t bad so much as it is just abrupt or perhaps even missing. There’s no third act; instead, we are treated to website address where we can learn more about what happened, brilliant.

Cue the slowest credits in cinematic history.

Our Rating: 3.5 / 10

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12 responses to The Devil Inside

  1. 

    I was excited to see this one because the trailer was very good… until reviews came out.

    I heard it actually got booed in one of its FREE screenings. Ouch.

  2. 

    Good post. I am so not seeing this.

  3. 

    I’ve included your blog in a list of recommendations, and as a recipient of “The Versatile Blogger Award”. Feel free to come see what I wrote about you, and decide if you want to play too.
    http://theparanormalist.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/chains-of-recognition/

  4. 

    I don’t know, after The Unborn and The Rite which were too slick to be scary, I found The Devil Inside to be really creepy and effective. It’s amazing how upset, literally pissed off, people are about the ending. Reminds me of how everyone hated the last scene of The Sopranos. Maybe the didn’t pull it off as well as they could have, but it’s a cliffhanger–a bold move for an original without an existing fan base. No one was mad at the way The Empire Strikes Back ended.

    http://bloodandgutsforgrownups.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/the-devil-inside-delivers-thrills-but-leaves-some-unsatisfied/

    • 

      Thanks for your comment! I have had a brief skim through your site and I suspect our opinions on horror movies somewhat disparate and contrasted, which is great of course.

      Obviously personal preferences are wonderfully varied and often downright polarized. What I write in my reviews strongly reflects my own personal views, However, I want to believe that my ‘Ratings’ for these movies are about as accurate as you can get when representing the majority. Before reading any critic reviews, I review the movies myself and score them, then I check the scores on Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB and scores of 12 other horror specialist sites. Then I combine them and take a mean average. I think this produces a result that combines my own with the general public but also slants heavily toward the horror movie community.

      The Devil Within Scores 3.5 / 10, thus I think we can assume that most (but certainly not all) horror movie fans will not hold The Devil Within in high regard.

  5. 

    Great review mate. When you getting to the new Underworld movie?

  6. 

    I saw the trailer for this the other day and found myself giggling uncontrollably. It looks so goofy.

  7. 

    Barry Commoner: “Nothing ever goes away.”

  8. 

    Agree with your review, you gave it higher than I did! Just a hugely disappointing film. Love your blog, looking forward to working through some of your other reviews!

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