Audiences pack up theaters to find disappointment from a documentary that doesn't deliver to their expectations.
Everyone is looking for that next exorcist film that'll live up to William Friedkin's 1973 classic, but how far does a filmmaker have to go in order to convey something close to what "The Exorcist" lives up to today. William Brent Bell comes the closest, but no cigar on his attempt as the fans boo to the fools who compelled audiences to watch a documentary grow weary, exciting then closed abruptly.
Director William Brent Bell (Stay Alive) challenges the exorcist with his own written tale starring Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman and Evan Helmuth whom all of the above fail at the attempt to bring their characters to life.
Synopsis: Isabella Rossi's (Andrade) mother had murdered three people during her exorcism in the late 80's and travels to Italy in hopes to reveal threw a series of illegal exorcisms of a way to help understand what had happened 20 years ago.
Now if you've seen documentary's on A&E, E True Hollywood stories or TCM, you'd pretty much have an idea what to expect. You can surely receive a lot of info based on the practice of exorcism, but it can get pretty boring if you're not interested. Documentaries aren't made to entertain people, but merely interest them if they are fascinated in learning more about exorcism.
The performances were flat and did not help the movie grow to what it could have been, and their exorcist scenes didn't support their lack of characteristics. However, there were many scenes that kept people from leaving the theater that made for shocking value points. This leads up to a grand finale (if any) that gets the crowd interested again and entertained, but then stops very suddenly.
That was the pop of the night. People were thoroughly upset, angry and left the theater completely disappointed. I've been going to the movies for a long time and never seen such a mad audience get so rowdy after it was over.
The majority of the film is made into a documentary vs. real camera footage and added present incidences that occur during unauthorized exorcisms.