Exorcismus Review

Posted by Craig Grobler on Google+ On Friday, February 11, 2011

ExorcismusBy and large I am not a huge fan of the Possession genre. But when the producers of REC and REC 2 bring out a new film that features Douglas Bradley (the original Hellraiser Pinhead) I get interested. I really enjoyed REC and thought it not only was an impressive entry into the Zombie genre but added some fresh elements, lifting the entire Zombie genre up a notch. I can’t wait to get some time to see REC 2. So it seems that the the producers of REC have now turned their eyes to the Possession genre with Exorcismus or La posesión de Emma Evans as it is currently more well known as.

Exorcismus Poster

Although I own The Exorcist box set – and too be honest only really enjoyed the bits that explore the roots of the demon in the Middle East/Africa. So the opening scenes of the most recent entry Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist or Exorcist: The Beginning (depending on which version you saw) being the best bits of the entire series for me.

Be prepared for scenes off creepiness as depicted above when Alex (Tommy Bastow - Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, Londongrad, The Boys Are Back and lead singer in the band FranKo) is affected by demons.

I have not really seen many of the recent spate of Possession films. Apart from Paranormal Activity (a Blair Witch style take on possession) and The Exorcism of Emily Rose (a serious take on the Possession genre) and The Haunting in Connecticut which although well acted and apart from some incredible FX and creepy moments did absolutely nothing for me. OK! So maybe that’s the bulk of the recent Possession film available :/

Exorcismus Trailer

Fifteen-year-old Emma Evans is like any other teenage girl; she thinks that her parents’ don’t understand her. She longs for independence and a life free of family ties and responsibilities and she is prepared to do anything to achieve it. But one day she will be forced to face up to the consequences of her actions.

It all started off as a bit of fun, Emma never really believed it, but the truth is there is something dark and sinister within her, and it won’t take long to surface.

Father Ennis (Doug Bradley - Pinhead from the Hellraiser series) comforts Emma (Sophie Vavasseur)

As you would expect Exorcismus focuses on the possible possession of a young girl, fifteen year old Emma Hawkins (Sophie Vavasseur of Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Becoming Jane, The Old Curiosity Shop). Emma is not well adjusted, you see her parents are of the new age and Emma and her younger brother are home schooled. Her feelings of isolation and dislocation from her friends is causing a rift in the family and some bizarre behaviour. The bulk of the story concerning Emma, her family and friends coming to terms with the fact that she may really be possessed and her behaviour is not just her teenage neuroses.

Christopher performing an Exorcism

After doctors can’t help the family get to the point where they call in an estranged relative and disgraced priest Christopher (Stephen Billington - Braveheart, Resident Evil, Dracula III: Legacy, Highlander: The Raven) who has his own relevant back story having previously conducted an Exorcism on a young girl that did not end well. So he is vey motivated to ensure that all goes to plan in the build up to the final fight between good and evil.

Although much of the film feels a bit flat and nowhere near as engaging as REC. Performances are good all round and it is an interesting and modern take on the Possession. The film is told in dual narratives a real time current tale is intercut with a secondary narrative of how we got to this point. Each with its own clever story development building to the climax.

The Exorcismus DVD will possess your screen from February 14, 2011

For more info or to play the completely bonkers Possessed or Crazy Bitch game head here!

Exorcismus Review
Director: Manuel Carballo
Writer: David Muñoz
Stars: Sophie Vavasseur, Doug Bradley and Stephen Billington


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