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The Vatican Tapes (2015)



Critic Consensus: A loud, rote exorcism thriller that presents nothing new to an already overpopulated subgenre.

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THE VATICAN TAPES follows the ultimate battle between good and evil- God versus Satan. Angela Holmes is ordinary 27-year- old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It's all up to Father Lozano (MICHAEL PEÑA) to wage war for more than just Angela's soul, but for the world as we know it. (C) Lionsgate
PG-13 (for disturbing violent content, and some sexual references)
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Michael Peña
as Father Lozano
Djimon Hounsou
as Vicar Imani
Kathleen Robertson
as Dr. Richards
Alex Sparrow
as Resident Kulik
Cas Anvar
as Dr. Fahti
Peter Andersson
as Cardinal Mattias Bruun
Sam Upton
as Orderly Mason
Michael Halsey
as Dr. Bramwell
Jarvis W. George
as Detective Simmons
Michael Paré
as Detective Harris
Alex Corrado
as Bishop Soldano
Ashley Gibson
as Ashley
Scott Sheldon
as ER Receptionist
Max D. Adams
as ICU Doctor
Ann Reilly
as ICU Nurse #1
Amie Dellavalle
as ICU Nurse #2
Alison Lohman
as Psych Patient
Michael Gabriel
as Psych Ward Guard
Natasha Wright
as Levitating Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Vatican Tapes

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (7)

The film from director Mark Neveldine is so over the top that one can't help but imagine how the Wayans brothers might lampoon it, then embarrassingly recall them doing exactly so in "A Haunted House."

Full Review… | July 24, 2015
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Whose idea of a fun time is this?

Full Review… | July 24, 2015
Top Critic

Mark Neveldine's first solo directorial effort is a silly, shrieky and eminently watchable exorcism thriller.

Full Review… | July 23, 2015
Top Critic

The director Mark Neveldine deploys queasy lighting and a trembling score, but his best choice is to let Ms. Dudley stare at us. She conveys unnerving shifts in self-awareness and sinister intent with her eyes.

Full Review… | July 23, 2015
New York Times
Top Critic

It's been a few weeks since the last found-footage demonic-possession chiller, so it must be time for another.

Full Review… | July 23, 2015
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

It's the rote B-movie that Neveldine up to now has tried so hard not to make.

Full Review… | July 23, 2015
AV Club
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Vatican Tapes


Mark Neveldine's first solo directorial effort The Vatican Tapes is a silly, late night horror flick, and actually a decent watchable exorcism thriller. Two priests attempt an exorcism on a possessed young woman in this horror film directed by Mark Neveldine. Here we have it folks. Another horror film about a possessed young girl. Huh-hum, but The Vatican Tapes is honestly a decent throwback to these old horror movies, a good cheesy midnight horror flick to see, and I believe it's not as bad as some individuals are making it out to be. In the beginning of the film, we see and learn from the exorcism montages that high-ranking religious officials have made a lifestyle of investigating paranormal activity over the past 2,000 years. They have been seeking individuals that could definitively prove the antichrist is amongst us. We meet Angela Holmes, played by Olivia Taylor Dudley (Chernobyl Diaries, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension). She is our typical horror movie possessed girl. She is cute, young, happy, and has a boyfriend named Pete, played by John Patrick Amedori (Stick It, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), and her rough and tough religious father, Roger, played by Dougray Scott (Hitman, Hemlock Grove). One day Angela comes across mysterious raven. The raven leads to Angela being responsible for a car. The raven causes chaos were ever it goes, and lands Angela in the hospital. Angela becomes more sinister over time, and that is when Father Lozano, played by Michael Pena (Observe and Report, Ant Man) soon realizes a demonic spirit may be at cause. This film made for a perfect low budget horror midnight movie. If you are looking for a silly yet fun late night flick with friends, this is a good one. Do not come in here expecting a horror classic. It is just a campy, not to be taken serious horror movie. This movie reminds me very much of a grindhouse film with a bigger budget. My only complaints are the cast are not really the most convincing characters. The most sympathetic individual is Angela's father, Roger. He has done his best to raise his daughter all by himself, and now, after being out of town with the army, is with her long enough to see her fall horribly ill. Also, I believe this film would have been a little better with an R rating. The scares aren't really scary, the possession doesn't seem all that frightening, and some good ol' gore could have been used to enhance the characters and story. So these are my final Bitchin' Buddha thoughts on the film The Vatican Tapes. This movie knows what it is and does not try to be any more than that. The chills are not really there, but a decent story is in here. I believe The Vatican Tapes earns a... 2.5 out of 5 Thank you all for reading and or viewing, and I hope you all have an amazing day as always. :)

Boogie Buddha
Boogie Buddha

A little creepy, but not all that scary, The Vatican Tapes is a stereotypical demon possession film. When a young woman becomes possessed a priest gets permission to perform an exorcism, but it's soon revealed that they're not dealing with an ordinary demon. Olivia Dudley and Michael Peña lead the cast and give solid performances. And, the possession is fairly well-done, delivering all the standard fare; body twisting, shaking objects, prayers in Latin, etc. But the plot is paper thin with little character developed, and it gets batshit crazy at the end. For those who enjoy supernatural thrillers The Vatican Tapes will do, but there's nothing original or compelling about it.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

This is the generic,do nothing horror crap Hollywood is selling these days......this is a bowl of crap horror stew only here to steal the viewers money.

bill secor
bill secor

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