The Devil Inside

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The Devil Inside is a cheap, choppy unscary mess, featuring one of the worst endings in recent memory.



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In 1989, emergency responders received a 9-1-1 call from Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) confessing that she had brutally killed three people. 20 years later, her daughter Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) seeks to understand the truth about what happened that night. She travels to the Centrino Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Italy where her mother has been locked away to determine if her mother is mentally ill or demonically possessed. When she recruits two young exorcists (Simon Quarterman and Evan Helmuth) to cure her mom using unconventional methods combining both science and religion, they come face-to-face with pure evil in the form of four powerful demons possessing Maria. Many have been possessed by one; only one has been possessed by many. -- (C) Paramount Insurge

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Critic Reviews for The Devil Inside

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  • The Devil Inside is yet another dull found footage effort with nothing, bar a mad climax, to offer audiences.

    Mar 19, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • From the amateur acting, writing and directing to an ending that is shocking only in its stupidity, The Devil Inside will make you puke for all the wrong reasons.

    Jan 13, 2012 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
  • It stumbles along to what may arguably be the most abrupt, nonsensical ending since Luis Bunuel stopped slicing cows' eyes for the sake of surrealism.

    Jan 10, 2012 | Full Review…
  • "The Devil Inside'' usefully reminds us how little it takes to make some people scream in a crowded movie theater.

    Jan 7, 2012 | Rating: 0/4
  • People of the world: If you find some footage, leave it be. You will likely be doing the rest of us a huge favor.

    Jan 7, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The Devil Inside's biggest shock arrives when it abruptly ends - just as it hits its stride.

    Jan 7, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Devil Inside

  • Jan 14, 2013
    Frightening and intense, The Devil Inside is a terrifying tale of horror. Isabella Rossi, whose mother suffers from demonic possession, films a documentary about exorcisms in order to better understand what happened to her mother and possibly help her. The film is shot exceptionally well and does a great job integrating different types of footage into a narrative. And, there's an authenticity to the look of the film that enhances the faux documentary style. The Devil Inside may be a little too by the numbers, but it's a solid horror film that delivers some thrills.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 02, 2012
    "Look at them go, look at them kick, makes you wonder how the other half live; the devil inside, the devil inside, every single one of us the devil inside!" Oh, come on, did you seriously think that I wasn't going to do that? That song reference is to me what found footage horror film cliches are to this film, I just couldn't had to do it. Yeah, I'm not terribly crazy about that song, or INXS for that matter, but hey, at least "Devil Inside" is a better song than this is a film. If nothing else, the song "Devil Inside" is less obnoxious than Suzan Crowley's Maria Rossi character, with all of her going around and talking about, "Connect the dots", which leaves me to think that she may not so much be possessed by Satan as much as she's possessed by Pee-wee Herman. I always figured that Pee-wee demon inside him somewhere, it's just that I didn't expect for him to turn out to be that demon, though, now that I think about, it does explain a lot, which is something that you can't say about this film, or at least this film's ending. Still, as poor as this film is, it's hard to deny some strengths, however limited they may be. Though extremely formulaic and barely structured into an actual plot, this film's ideas are undeniably rather interesting in concept, thus creating a degree of immediate intrigue that sticks with the film for a little bit, only to dissipate after a while, once you come to realize that this film is going very few places very slowly. However, regardless of the borderline plotlessness that plagues this film and will be touched more upon later on in this review, the film isn't exactly aimless, as it has its sights set on certain points, it's just that it gets there so startlingly blandly that you barely even care by the time this film gets to where it aims to go. This, of course, dilutes the already atmospherically tainted moments where something actually happens, like, say, an excorcism sequence, yet it's not like moments such as those are lifeless, for although direction and atmosphere fall flat, the general structure of the film's rising action set pieces have an audacitity and bruality to them that may go undercut by direcorial flaws, and rarely hit all that hard to begin with, but establish a degree of consequence, and with it, more intrigue than this film deserves. It all comes down to a climax that, like the other set pieces of rising action, doesn't have as much bite as it should, but does deliver on as much, if not more intrigue than any preceding intriguing set piece, and for that, I'd like to give a bit of credit to Simon Quarterman and Evan Helmuth, the relative best performances of the film, which isn't saying much at all, considering that everyone else, while not bad, is blandly mediocre. This means that Quarterman and Helmuth don't have to do too much to stand out, and sure enough, Quarterman and Helmuth aren't any better than decent, but they have a certain light charisma about them before they take on some genuine acting range by the climax, and that helps in making the final act more effective and, by extension, the ending even more of a cop-out, which isn't to say that the final product leaves too much to ruin. I've thrown in a few compliment to the film, but make no mistake, the film's high points are scarce, and don't even hit all that high to begin with. Really, the best thing that I can say about this film is that it's almost too bland to be bad, yet it is ultimately bad, and thanks to more than a few factors, including the very blandness that nearly saves the final product. Now, while this film is a poor waste of time, it really isn't quite as bad as I was expecting, as I was going in expecting a poorly-acted, ceaselessly laughably-written and all out stunningly stupid disaster, when really, all I ended up getting wasn't quite that bad, or even that kind of bad, though there were points where I was expecting this film to slip into that kind of bad, as it would inject this film with a certain livliness that it seriously needs, because the problem with the film is that it is truly boring in its dragging along with little, if anything to do, not necessarily to where it's all that tedious, just to where it's so bland and biteless in its mediocre acting, writing and direction that it fails to sustain consistent intrigue and compellingness, let along your attention. The film's found footage format goes plagued by the fly-on-the-wall dullness that taints most of its kin, but where most films of this type have the upperhand is in their actually having a plot, whereas this film, while with the occasional plot point, is barely with actual narrative structure, drifting along from place to place with hardly any direction and no actual momentum, thus exacerbating this film's directionless blandless, to where pacelessness sets it, or at least until a slow pace comes into play and leaves this film of not even 90 minutes to feel as though its outstaying its welcome more than it already is. Still, even with its having little, if any plot, this film still plummets into quite a few plotting faults, and that's not neccessarily faulty storytelling, that's just bad writing, thus what plot there is goes tainted by much, including unevenness, as the film with make sudden and jarring shifts in focus that throw you off, even though there's hardly any momentum to go thrown off in the long run, or in this film's case, long, long, long, long limp. The film, on the whole, is completely unfocused, and what focus it does have is all over the place, yet no matter which direction this film goes, you can tell where it's going to go, as the film goes tainted by profound, almost laughable predicability, spawned not just from shameless overemphatic hinting at "plot points", - such as they are - but also from excessive genericism, because if there is a cliche of the found footage genre to hit, you better believe that this film hits it, or at least for the most part, as neither the film itself nor - especially - the plot runs long enough to have time to hit all of the found footage tropes. Of course, if there is something that can't be predicted, then it's the magnitude of stupidity within the ending, if you even want to call it that, for although the film's abrupt conclusion isn't quite as painful as many say, it's still pretty ridiculous, undercuts what few things there are to commend about this film and ultimately solidifies everything that's wrong with this boring flop of a film. That being said, while what flaws there are within the film are pretty intense, the film doesn't have too much that's wrong with it, yet at the same time, it has even less that's right with it, and could have easily fallen in between as simply mediocre, so much so that, quite honestly, it almost does, being just so startlingly average that, with charming simplicity, it could have been nothing more than a bore, warranting neither acceptance nor disdain. However, with this final product, there is no charm, only a lifeless, amateur atmosphere, broken up only by overambition and actually pretty insulting self-pride, because when it's all said and done, all this film is is a gimmick, not just as a lame horror film looking to ride off of the already gimmicky found footage genre craze, but as a testament to lame and farfetched themes that it goes built upon and hucks at you with shamelessly down-putting forcefulness, even though its blandness and incompetence show that it has no right to talk down to anyone or anything, so in the long run, it's the film's looking down at you that truly shows just how much it deserves to be looked down upon. In the end, - such as it is - the film's ideas are intriguing ones, and some of its rising action set pieces are, to one degree or another, mildly effective, while simple mediocrity in plenty of aspects leaves the final product itself to come close to mediocrity, a state that it's not even good enough to achieve, as the film finds what few strengths it has undercut and its mediocre blandness intensified by ceaseless dullness, spawned from cold direction and lifeless atmosphere, as well as made worse by pacelessness - if things move even that quickly - and a lack of narrative structure and focus, with what focus there is being plagued by unevenness, while what structure there is in the narrative goes tainted by excessive conventionalism that creates immense predictability, as well as by overemphasized and gimmicky themes that create the arrogance that goes into making "The Devil Inside" an utterly forgettable, startlingly bland and altogether immensely unrewarding bore that wastes what little of your chronological time it occupies and much of your perceptive time. 1.5/5 - Bad
    Cameron J Super Reviewer
  • Jul 16, 2012
    What a God-awful pile of crap this was. And that's coming from a huge fan of mockumentary/found footage films. The Devil Inside follows a a young woman trying to discover why her mum killed three people during an exorcism. She teams up with two rogue priests that perform exorcisms outside of the church's jurisdiction. What makes this film so bad? Mostly it's how unconvincing it is as a documentary. Why bother with this facade if you are completely moronic when it comes to documentaries? WIthin the first 20 minutes we see a number of instances that break the film's own rules. First of all the girl starts asking about the cameras in the car. No documentary would include this moment, it's just an example of a fake documentary reminding you of what it's supposed to be. Next, a doctor walks down a doctor sneaks up on the protagonist with no sounds of footsteps, a second later he starts walking and yes, we hear footsteps again. Then we have a set-up in a room where we see CCTV and no cameraman, and suddenly footage from the cameraman's perspective. Is he invisible? Does he run in and out of the room? Hell if I know. It gets no better with the awful performances and idiotic characters. They act as though this is a normal scripted narrative, and forget to be real. I'm guessing zero amount of improvisation went into this film. Later we also see blood splat on the camera lens and then it vanishes. It isn't wiped away, it just disappears. Finally we get to the end. Well, actually we don't. There is no end to this film. It just finishes and gives you a website link to "read up on the case". Would you like to do that once you've wasted your money? No, didn't think so. Make sure this film dies a horrible and painful death. It truly is disgusting, and doesn't even bother to try and entertain. When the most enjoyable part of the movie involves the attempted drowning of a baby and the audience wishes they were the baby, then you don't deserve to make films.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2012
    Well I can see what all the disgruntled reviews were for! This is supposed to be based on a real live case, but the story isn't finished as far as the movie ends. They give you a website to go to, to see or read about more. The movie keeps you watching had good pace, but really... after how many other movies (not including the Exorcist) has there been of Possession & exorcisms. I think the start was 2008 with the Haunting of Molly Hartley. So at this point you just watch in a cross between familiar boredom, but do for some reason get involved in the story. Along with this its filmed as a documentary (so we have two to 3 premises all rolled into one movie that is played out at this point. When the website to checkout more popped up I was really annoyed. The movie isn't creepy, or scary in anyway (at least give me a Paranormal spook or an insidious creepy demon to look at just once.) but no Total waste of time F

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