Chronicles of an Exorcism Reviews
To top it off, the ending is cliche'd as hell. I've watched 3 documentary style movies in 3 days now that all have the SAME ENDING: Paranormal Activity, Exorcist Chronicles and this... wtf?!
This is decent for a found footage horror film, though the best scare (the cornfields one) becomes the worst scare when the cut uses it fives times instead of just once. I can't rate this film too highly because I hate found footage horror and I'm not into the exorcism subgenre. If you are into both of those horror subgenres, this may be a guilty pleasure gem for you.
Our priests start out and stay pretty damn believable, but the possessed girl totally ruins the movie with poor acting, though she looks the part in medium shots, and the cameramen aren't performing to acting task either. I do like that the film references actual demons but I've no idea if the specifics are correct (I can recognize names and know some basic facts but I'm far from a demonologist). One big (maybe) error is that the possessed's local priest is Methodist and the consulted exorcists are obviously Catholic; I'm not sure this sort of cross-organizational cooperation occurs as I'd think the Catholic church wouldn't send representatives to care for a non-Catholic.
Besides the possessed girl being acted weakly, the possessed afflictions are stereotypical in terms of film language (stigmata, flashing lights, warped voice, creepy contact lenses, urination, Tourette's style cursing, "tempting" a priest). I admit that the creepy contact lens is indeed creepy when at the end one character has one eye creepy and the other normal. But with both in, it quickly becomes too normal to scare with.
This film is marginally better than incredibly similar film The Exorcist Chronicles.
The story is nothing we haven't seen before. Priests perform an exorcism on a spirit that doesn't want to go. Amateur filmmakers are asked to document things.
It has a cool POV feel to it, but it is just so low quality, and the acting is horrendous. Which is unfortunate because there is a really great story to be had.
The cornfield sequence was very well done and the low quality worked to its benefit. So I give props to that.
Knowing how low of a budget this movie had, I was really surprised with the end product. Sure, the acting is the very definition of the word 'horrible' and took me out of the movie at times, and for the subject matter, I felt the movie ran a bit too long - they could have cut 15-20 minutes EASY, and some of the scripted dialog was pretty bad.
But the effects were decent for the budget, there was quite a few genuine creepy moments that sent a few chills down my back, and the most surprising thing about it is that it actually had a really interesting back story behind the events happening, that most movies of this kind don't bother to have.
All in all, far from perfect, but really damn good for the budget it had, and FAR above my expectations. If you can get past what is quite possibly the worst acting I have ever seen, and you're a fan of these kinds of movies, then I think you'll really enjoy yourself.