In this 1960’s folklore inspired horror fest, a young monk, Khoma; is tasked with saying prayers over the body of a beautiful maiden who is in fact a witch and she terrorising him each night, the tormenting intensifies until the last night where the showdown unleashed all the goblins and trolls the witch can muster and the novice monk has an epic show down and has to basically exorcise the witch. This show down is amazing and I feel that for these scene alone the film should be recognised by more people. Continue reading Favourite Scene – Viy (1967)
Director: Paul Catalanotto.
Starring: Lisa Mackel Smith, Sam Cobean, Michael Bienvenu, USA. 1h 15m.
After a string of murders, a young man named Jesse returns home to finish off his parents, the dramatic scenes of him butchering his father lead to his infamous serial killer profile name of the Butcher, the sketchy found footage shows him doing the unthinkable but promising not to hurt his mother while he moves around like a puppet and commences the killing. After a short trial and while proclaiming his innocence, he’s executed by lethal injection. Years later his mother invites a film crew to document her raising the devil in order to prove that demonic possession exists that this is what happened to her son. It might seem of a strange way to prove his innocence but it makes for a brilliant documentary and the crew can’t turn down such an amazing opportunity. Continue reading Proof of the Devil (2014) AKA The Butcher of Louisiana
Director : Rupert Wainwright
Starring: Patricia Arquette, Gabriel Byrne. USA. 1h 43m
Patricia Arquette plays, Frankie a young hip hairdresser who works and salon that also offers tattoos waaaaaay you before that was ever popular, she goes out clubbing with her friends and is generally having quite an amazing time before she starts getting gross bleeding wounds in her wrists and feet which then turn to my fan to a constant downer.
While her life of turned upside down she is soon made a pet project by the experience tennis to father Andrew Keirnan (Gabriel Byrne) who also managed to play incarnation of Satan in the same year In the more efficient at end of days also starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. the astute father, is deeply concerned about her situation as he is the chief Vatican phenomenal investigator he is constantly dressed in severe back and designer spectacles, he manages the coach her through an unusual situation.
Hey do you know what’s scarier than not believing in god?
The film seems to take several different directions the narrative is never clear, at first it seems that this is a phenomenon that could just happen to anybody but it seems a mistake to have happened to Frankie as she is an atheist. There is no attempt to make this a spiritual journey Frankie goes through possession style torture and is under the watchful eye of the church you’re more likely to find more meaning of suffering by watching MTV.
There is some strong dialogue and good acting all round and it’s quite interesting but the film forms the basis for which the viewer has to fill in the blanks therefore you can make it is a spiritual all as supernatural if you wish. The storyline does make it watchable but it’s just not a great movie, but possibly one of the better modern introduction to the phenomenon that we don’t actually see a lot of in these modern day features, even with the rise of exorcism and possession films especially from the found footage genre, stigmata if often glazed over. It would be interesting to see someone address this is more gritty way.
R – The Exorcist (1973), End of Days (1999), Matthew 18 (2014)
L – Selected Religious Films
5B – Gabriel Byrne, Patricia Arquette
Vs -Gabriel Priest vs Gabriel Satan
Director : Steven R Monroe
Writer: Matt Venne
Starring: Sarah Lind, Devon Sawa, Gina Holden, Peter MacNeill. USA. 2h 2m
Don’t get any hopes up for this movie it’s not out to break new grounds but it will entertain if you have a Exorcism Movie Cliche checklist and maybe sink a shot for every cliché ticked off the list, you’ll be very pleased by the end of the night. I’m being uber ciritical, it does actually have one unique “device” which adds an element of ancient ritual but it doesn’t save the film. For some reason after the first flop The Haunting of Molly Hartley (2008), some asshole decided to take the story one step beyond in the direction of boredom. Continue reading The Exorcism of Molly Hartley (2015)
Starring: Dougray Scott,Olivia Taylor Dudley, Michael Peña, Djimon Hounsou USA. 2015. 1h 31m
I’m not sure why I had such high hopes for this film, the posters were quite dramatic and I guess it was a vain hope that this would be a dark insight into the secret world of the vatican’s archives and their documentation of some batshitcrazy exorcisms but then I remembered that this is Hollywood and therefore I was more likely to see all of the Exorcism Movie Sins instead. Continue reading Vatican Tapes (2015)