The Devil Inside

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The Devil Inside
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Genre: Found-footage
Horror
Running Time: 83 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: January 6, 2012
Directed by: William Brent Bell
Written by: William Brent Bell
Matthew Peterman
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Starring: Fernanda Andrade
Simon Quarterman
Evan Helmuth
Suzan Crowley


The Devil Inside is a 2012 American found footage mockumentary supernatural horror film directed by William Brent Bell. The film stars Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, and Suzan Crowley, and was released theatrically on January 6.

Plot

Twenty years after Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) murdered three people, her daughter, Isabella (Fernanda Andrade), seeks the truth about that terrible night. Isabella travels to an Italian hospital for the criminally insane -- where Maria is locked away -- to find out whether her mother is mentally ill or demonically possessed. With the help of two young exorcists (Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth), Isabella tries to cure Maria -- and engages four demons in a battle for her mother's soul.

Why It Sucks

  1. It is not screened for critics, which is a major red flag.
  2. It's basically a generic found footage/exorcism film that adds barely anything new to the genre.
  3. Really bad acting, save for Suzan Crowley.
  4. Nonsensical plot. Basically what happens, in the beginning, is the daughter wants her mother back from Rome. She was the subject of an exorcism, and killed everyone that tried to exorcise her, and for some reason, they found her not guilty of reason.
    • In one scene, the mother, possessed, is singing "Itsy Bitsy Spider", and the daughter for some reason starts singing along with her.
  5. For some reason, the daughter is trying to bring back her mother, even though she is possessed and killed all that tried to exorcise her! Why would she want to bring her mother back to the US even though there is a demon inside her!?
  6. There is absolutely nothing scary in the film.
  7. Way too shaky camera, even for a found-footage film.
  8. A scene shows the priest almost drowning a baby at a baptism.
  9. Very terrible dialogue about religion, Christianity, etc., with many characters stating the obvious. For example, after the scene where the priest almost drowns the baby, one of the characters ask "Is he in trouble?", with the cameraman replying that he doesn't know.
  10. Awful editing. For example, blood splats on the camera, but a few seconds later, it disappears. It's not wiped away or anything. It just disappears.
  11. It barely focuses on the plot. It only focuses on the subplot, which is a big no-no in films.
  12. The ending! DEAR GOD, THE ENDING! Basically what happens is that after the car crash scene, the film ends. Right there! And that's not the worst part. After that scene, a title card pops up saying that the Rossi murders remain unsolved, and provides a link for the viewer for more information. The ending has been considered to be not only the worst scene in the film, but as one of the worst endings of film history, and is the main reason why the film is hated by critics and audiences!
    • Worst of all, the link that is provided at the end gives nothing about the ending. All it gives are character bios and trailers for the film.
      • Basically, this means the film doesn't even have an ending!

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Because of all of the criticism for the ending, the website that the film provides was deleted as of March 10, 2013.
  2. Suzan Crowley really hams it up as Maria Rossi, and being very entertaining.

Reception

Based on 84 reviews by Rotten Tomatoes, the film currently holds an approval rating of 6% (with a 2.7/10 average rating). The consensus is: "The Devil Inside is a cheap, choppy unscary mess, featuring one of the worst endings in recent memory." It received an F from CinemaScore, which tracks audience reaction.

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28 days ago
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WHAT IN THE NAME OF GOD IS THIS!?

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