It started with The Blair Witch Project, and now the found-footage/fake documentary horror movie shows no signs of dying — mostly because they cost very little to make but turn a handsome profit in three days thanks to undemanding horror fans. William Brent Bell’s The Devil Inside, which purports to tell the story of Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) and her possibly possessed, murderous mother (Suzan Crowley) isn’t any different. The whole thing is told via footage gathered, for some unknown reason, by a documentarian (Ionut Grama). While it’s obvious that none of this is real, the film goes to lengths pointing out that the Vatican had no hand in the making of the film. The Catholic Church’s lack of involvement as a means of selling the shocking and horrific content becomes none too impressive once you realize the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (the modern day Legion of Decency) recently gave the Glee concert movie the dreaded “O” rating for morally offensive. Sort of takes the teeth out of your scary movie cred, doesn’t it? Nevertheless, The Devil Inside keeps up appearances, with its onslaught of obnoxious, quivering camerawork, as Isabella attempts to learn the truth about her mother with the help of a couple of rogue exorcists David (Evan Helmuth) and Ben (Simon Quarterman) who are doing their work without the permission of the Church. It too often devolves into bits and pieces lifted from the Exorcist films. It’s nothing you haven’t seen before, and seen done better.
Director: William Brent Bell
Writer: William Brent Bell and Matthew Peterman
Cast: Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, Ionut Grama and Suzan Crowley