On October 30, 1989, Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) brutally murders three people in her house during an exorcism that was being performed on her. Involvement arises from the Catholic Church, and she has since been held in a Catholic psychiatric hospital in Rome. Fast forward twenty years to later to 2009, her daughter Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) and a documentary film crew try to find a pastor/exorcist to help Maria. A series of unauthorized exorcisms ensue where just about everything ends up going wrong, and the only piece of evidence is the footage shot by the film crew's cameras.
This film is the second movie to be helmed by horror movie writer/director William Brent Bell, and I'm hoping for the best that this is the last production he'll helm in his short career. He uses a scarce amount of jump scares that are ridden of both predictability and cheap effect. It almost seems that he isn't confident enough to raise the stakes in scenes that should be terrifying, and instead sets back upon short set pieces that could be creepy but then cuts away to an interview scene like the last sequence never even happened. In between all of the scenes that are meant to be scary, Bell conducts poor pacing for scenes involving exposition that stretch far past the length that they should run for.
I'm already beginning to pray that we get at least 1 to 2 good movies during the month of January, because "The Devil Inside" surely isn't going to assist to that cause. While the cast does deliver performances on a decent scale, they definitely can't make up for the generic material they're working with. However that horrendously lazy ending has had such a huge impact on me, that it has made me demote my final rating down a full letter grade. Please save your ten bucks and avoid "The Devil Inside" at all costs, because that ending is most likely bound to make you want a refund for the poor pay-off you receive in the end.
Final Grade: D
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