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