I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this movie. The overall rating on Netflix gave me cause for concern. But this movie acted as a reminder to not take the overall rating as gospel. Everyone has different likes and dislikes. Especially when it comes to horror movies.
This exorcism movie is slow paced and atmospheric. It gradually builds each scene, climaxing in an ultimate ritual. But the ending is not that which you'd expect.
We have a cast of very talented and seasoned actors. From Devon Sawa, who most will recognize from 'Final Destination'. Devon plays Father John Barrow, a priest who is shamed by the devil. His character is complex and brave. Then we have another horror actress, Gina Holden. Who has also starred in a Final Destination movie: the second one. As well 'Saw 3D: The Final Chapter', the TV series 'Harper's Island (must check out if you haven't seen that one!) and much more shows and movies. Gina plays Dr. Laurie Hawthorne, a psychiatrist who tries to help Molly Hartley. Before she realizes that medication and therapy won't help Molly with her demons. Literally.
Props have to go to the main character herself, Molly Hartley, played by Sarah Lind. We have the typical low demonic voice and crass language. But this demonic portrayal is different. For one, it appears to be stronger and smarter than demons in other possession movies. Then we have the fact that this demon's goal is much more ambitious. The twist, I felt, was interesting.
I also very much enjoyed the soundtrack. It was reminiscent of the Halloween theme (original). Rather than simply using background noise to startle and unnerve the viewer, we have a new soundtrack.
The end of the movie implies a sequel, which I highly hope will happen. I feel this greater ambition of the devil could be pushed further.
While I enjoyed this movie, I am aware other horror fans may not. Some horror movie lovers like a faster pace and are used to Hollywood budget horrors with unlimited resources. But this movie has to be appreciated for what it is. A slower pace, more thought-out storyline, a new twist on the exorcism sub-genre, but not without talented actors and the excellent building of suspense.
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