I have to say that I was really looking forward to this movie. I had hoped that it would be a good horror movie to start 2012 with. Well, this one missed the mark with me.
20 Something Isabella Rossi (Fernanda Andrade) travels to Vatican City in Italy to visit with her mother, Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) who was found not guilty of the murder of three victims and was sent to an asylum for the criminally insane in Rome. Turns out, Isabella's mother killed the three people during an exorcisim in which she was the subject (ohhhh...spooky). While in Rome, Isabella with her camera man Michael(Ionut Grama)...Oh sorry...did I mention that she was making a documentary of this. They visit her mother at the asylum but her mother does not remember her but knows that she ended a pregnancy, speaks in funny languages and cuts herself. Yep, you can guess it, she must be possesed.
Isabella meets two young priests at an exorcisim class that the Vatican sponsers (sounds like fun, I must just drop in on one of these next time I'm in the area). These two priests, David (Evan Helmuth) and Ben (Simon Quarterman) it turns out are performing exorcisims for people that the Vatican will not. Isabella wants to learn more about exercisims so attends an exorcisim that David and Ben are performing for Rosa (Bonnie Morgan), a young girl that is possesed. Well the exorcicim of Rosa goes a bit off the tracks but in the end, David and Ben vanquish the demons. With this under her belt, Isabella decides that she must convince David and Ben to help with her obviously possesed mother.
At about this point in the movie, things actually start to pick up...They decide to perform an exorcism on Isabella's mother, a priest tries to kill a baby during a baptism and eventually shoots himself in the head, demon jumps to Isabella's body, she goes to the hospital and she inflicts all sorts of pain on the hospital staff. Those still alive take Isabella out of the hospital and suffer one of the worst endings to a movie...ever...
Yep, not a big fan of this flick. I'm am getting a bit tired of the "lost footage/documentary" type horror films. Yeah, I knew it was that type of film going in but I went anyway. The story was pretty thin and really led the way for you, not leaving you to do too much thinking on your own.
The acting was OK, nothing too good or bad. May some better direction would have helped this cast. Actually, I was not really familar with anyone in this film so I was hopeful that someone would shine. That said, I don't believe that there is anyone that will go on to be a major draw at the box office in this film.
There was also some back story about Ben's uncle who was an exorcist that the film introduced but never developed.
There were a couple of scenes that made me jump, one was a pretty cheap scare but there was enough suspense to keep you waiting on the edge of your seat at times.
Positives...the special effects were really pretty good. The scenes during the exorcisims were well done and the controtionist that they got to play Rosa got herself all twisted up in a knot. The background of Rome was nice with the architecture and all but these things really couldn't save the film.
HOT GIRL ALERT
Fernanda Andrade playing Isabella is a pretty cute girl but she never really gets an opportunity to show us. Bonnie Morgan playing Rosa was hot in a creepy way during her exorcism, but again, not enough to really get a good look at her.
So, 4 out of 10. Not a complete waste of time but certainly not worth paying the price of admission to see in the theater. Wait and catch it on DVD when it becomes available.