Found footage chiller telling the diabolical story of a woman desperately trying to find out what happened to her mother, who allegedly killed two priests and a nun twenty years earlier... while undergoing her own demonic banishment. On her way to unearthing the truth, she is plunged a series of unauthorised exorcisms. The Last Exorcism and Paranormal Activity leave The Devil Inside with big supernatural shoes to fill... but then we all have our cross to bear.
William Brent Bell
Review will appear here later.
However, you may wish the footage had been left undiscovered in this misfiring story of the demonic possession of a triple murderer incarcerated in a Catholic-run psychiatric hospital.
Bewildered Isabella Rossi (Andrade) seeks to discover why her mother Maria murdered two priests and a nun in 1989, before being imprisoned in a Vatican mental institution in Rome 20 years later.
Through her search alongside documentary filmmaker Michael (Grama), and accompanied by two rogue Vatican exorcists-in-training, she gradually learns that Maria is possessed by an unknown demonic force, and must work with the exorcists to rid mum of the supernatural curse.
To be fair, the 'multiple demonic possession' concept is not without interest and the use of scientific medical equipment to measure and question the boundaries between mental illness and true possession intrigues.
However, the slapdash execution by directors and writers William Brent Bell and Matthew Peterman let down the cod-documentary conceit with the narrative suffering miserably from a basic lack of originality or logic.
It is never fully explained how the US legal system would automatically allow for the transfer of a suspected mental patient to a hospital in Rome, or why the two exorcists-in-training know they could be arrested for their crimes by the Vatican and yet continue to film their activities.
Andrade sleeptalks her lines although Brit Simon Quarterman fares slightly better as a wannabe devil-cast-outer.
Ultimately, the film's choppy editing style robs the narrative's key scenes of any intended suspense leaving a half-cocked effort that is unscary, unoriginal, and ultimately unsatisfying.