(Stephen Billington, Doug Bradley, Sophie Vavasseur, Tommy Bastow, Richard Felix, et al / DVD / R / (2009) 2011 / IFC Films)
Overview: 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.
DVD Verdict: A British film with British actors, 'Exorcismus' is a thrilling demon ride, from start to finish. And the girl that plays the lead, Emma Evans (Sophie Vavasseur) is INCREDIBLE in this role, trust me!
As we begin the film, Emma is already feeling the demon within her, cutting her hand deeply to try and release it from herself - unsuccessfully. Strange things happen to her along the way as the minutes pass, but at the same time a simplistic normality tries to reign within her too.
Her best friend Rose, played in sexy Goth style by Isamaya Ffrench, isn't in on the whole inner demon thing, and falls foul to it along the way too. Let alone her younger brother who stands no chance as the tension builds!
And so, turning to the family priest, Father Ennis (Douglas Bradley - yes, the infamous Pinhead actor himself; save for the pins here!) he puts her under a trance and quickly discovers the truth - that there is indeed a demon, a powerful demon within her ready to unleash some bad times on one and all.
The last two thirds of the movie reflect said demon rising to the top more and more, controlling the trances, spitting nasty words of venom to all within ear shot (no pea soup though, thankfully), and generally just having a rare ol' time on earth!
A scene where their daughter levitates horizontally in the kitchen is so well acted, so brilliantly shot that it looks so real! And, as we progress to the moment when the demon nearly takes full control, well, the scenes of her strapped in the chair having her say are just chilling in one (actor) so young!
With family and friends being expelled along the way, shockingly in some cases, this IFC Film is just so compelling to watch that when you get to the final scenes you are (literally) on the edge of your seat! Indeed, the split personality fight-from-within scene is one like I have not witnessed on screen (big or small) for many a year - if at all! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
Reviewed by: Russell A. Trunk