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Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, Suzan Crowley, Danny Trejo ... see more see more... , B-Real , Elika Crespo , Joey Medina , Carla Sánchez , Dyana Ortelli

In 1989, emergency responders received a 9-1-1 call from Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) confessing that she had brutally killed three people. 20 years later, her daughter Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) seek... read more read more...s to understand the truth about what happened that night. She travels to the Centrino Hospital for the Criminally Insane in Italy where her mother has been locked away to determine if her mother is mentally ill or demonically possessed. When she recruits two young exorcists (Simon Quarterman and Evan Helmuth) to cure her mom using unconventional methods combining both science and religion, they come face-to-face with pure evil in the form of four powerful demons possessing Maria. Many have been possessed by one; only one has been possessed by many. -- (C) Paramount Insurge

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DVD Release Date: May 15, 2012

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  • July 16, 2012
    What a God-awful pile of crap this was. And that's coming from a huge fan of mockumentary/found footage films. The Devil Inside follows a a young woman trying to discover why her mum killed three people during an exorcism. She teams up with two rogue priests that perform exorcism... read mores outside of the church's jurisdiction. What makes this film so bad? Mostly it's how unconvincing it is as a documentary. Why bother with this facade if you are completely moronic when it comes to documentaries? WIthin the first 20 minutes we see a number of instances that break the film's own rules. First of all the girl starts asking about the cameras in the car. No documentary would include this moment, it's just an example of a fake documentary reminding you of what it's supposed to be. Next, a doctor walks down a doctor sneaks up on the protagonist with no sounds of footsteps, a second later he starts walking and yes, we hear footsteps again. Then we have a set-up in a room where we see CCTV and no cameraman, and suddenly footage from the cameraman's perspective. Is he invisible? Does he run in and out of the room? Hell if I know. It gets no better with the awful performances and idiotic characters. They act as though this is a normal scripted narrative, and forget to be real. I'm guessing zero amount of improvisation went into this film. Later we also see blood splat on the camera lens and then it vanishes. It isn't wiped away, it just disappears. Finally we get to the end. Well, actually we don't. There is no end to this film. It just finishes and gives you a website link to "read up on the case". Would you like to do that once you've wasted your money? No, didn't think so. Make sure this film dies a horrible and painful death. It truly is disgusting, and doesn't even bother to try and entertain. When the most enjoyable part of the movie involves the attempted drowning of a baby and the audience wishes they were the baby, then you don't deserve to make films.
  • June 21, 2012
    I heard all about The Devil Inside earlier this year, when supposedly midnight screening audiences were so incensed that they practically became a riotous mob, throwing items at the screen, loudly booing, some even destroying theater equipment. If that doesn?t sell this movie, th... read moreen I don?t know what will. I wasn?t expecting much from this faux documentary about one pretty girl?s (Fernanda Andrade) search for her crazy mom who may or may not be possessed by demons. She enlists the help of two exorcists and a camera crew and goes searching for answers. Never mind that the movie is absent any scares outside the sudden jump variety, ignore the empty characters and nonsensical plotting and poor pacing and choppy editing, as well as some bad Italian accents, and let?s get down to what makes this movie so notorious ? the ending. Just when it appears that The Devil Inside is gearing up for a climactic showdown between good and evil, just when it seems like the movie is finally getting somewhere, it ends in the most abrupt, ludicrous fashion (note to self: when transporting possessed people, stow them away in the trunk). You?re left dumbstruck, shocked that the filmmakers cheated you out of an ending. It?s a nonsensical and cheap thing to do, and I can understand why it inflamed audiences (it still made over $50 million, so I think the filmmakers are feeling fine). Only those easily spooked by demonic possession would find this movie scary. Everyone else will just find it upsetting, not because of its content, but because of its lack of a workable conclusion.

    Nate's Grade: D+
  • May 16, 2012
    The Devil Inside is that film that has the misfortune in being released in the period where Found Footage films are becoming tiresome, uninspired and a waste of time. This isn't the first Found Footage flick to deal with Exorcisms since 2010's The Last Exorcism. This film is one ... read moreof the worst horror films in recent memory. What it lacks the most is substance. This film had so much potential in being an effective horror film. Unfortunately, it ends up being one of the worst. The film misfires and instead of delivering great chills (except for an exorcism halfway through the film), this film fails. The Devil Inside relies on the usual clichés, and doesn't try anything new, bold or exciting to thrill the viewer. What's really a shame here is that the two actors playing the priests are very good in their roles, unfortunately the film doesn't work. The script is poorly written, and the material is taken from other genre films. This is one of those films that is predictable and really isn't worth your time. I personally feel that Found Footage films are a thing of the past, and aren't great. Apollo 18 was a decent flick, but it should have ended with that one. Guess they're going to keep on making these types of films just for the sake of cashing in on it. As far as I'm concerned, they all follow the same formula, and really don't offer anything new. The Devil Inside might have been a good effort if the script would have been reworked, but it becomes one of the worst horror flocks in recent memory and the ending will surely disappoint.
  • May 14, 2012
    "No soul is safe."

    In Italy, a woman becomes involved in a series of unauthorized exorcisms during her mission to discover what happened to her mother, who allegedly murdered three people during her own exorcism.

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    Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) and a documentary filmmaker travel to Italy where they want to find out what really happened twenty years earlier when her mother killed three people supposedly during an exorcism. Along with the help of a couple priests, Isabella plans on finding out if exorcism are real and if her mother was ever possessed. The Devil Inside is yet another film showing off the "found footage" format and I think the entire genre has almost ran its course. I'm not going to call this one of the worst horror films ever made as many have. I'm not going to call the ending one of the worst in the history of cinema like many have. The Devil Inside isn't a horrid film or a good one and what really makes me upset at it is how bland and lifeless it is. If you've ever seen a horror movie in your life then you're going to know all the tricks here.

    This includes quiet moments where the surround sound gets a workout with one of those fake scares from a loud noise. You're going to know when the characters are all gathered around talking while the "subject" is calm that the person will then go crazy to try and get another fake scare. The problem is that these fake scares don't even work and the execution of the film really isn't all that impressive. If the fake scares don't work then you know the real ones aren't going to either. I found the film lacking any real atmosphere and I'd say that the entire exorcism plot line is just played out. Nothing fresh or original happens here and it's really not too hard to catch the twist that happens at the end. I will say that I did enjoy the performances with Andrade doing a fine job in the lead. Supporting players Simon Quarterman and Evan Helmuth are also good. The Devil Inside is far from being a horrible movie but it's somewhat worse simply because it's bland. At least with bad movies you can have fun with them and that's certainly not the case here.
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    Exorcism movies are very hit and miss with me. "Last Exorcism" is a miss, but "Exorcism of Emily Rose" was amazing. I was hoping "Devil Inside" was more like Rose, but instead it is a lot more like "Last Exorcism". It's a found footage film, which I have zero problem with. I ... read moreactually enjoy movies shot like this, it really adds a good atmosphere. It's the story of a woman named Isabella, who is seeking the truth about her mother. In 1989 her mom Maria brutally murdered three people during an exorcism, and was relocated to Italy for observation. Isabella wants to know if her mom is possessed, or if she has a mental illness. There are a couple very good "holy shit!" moments during this movie, but they aren't like "Boo!", it's like "that looks sick!" For that, the movie is worth a watch. But, overall the movie leaves you wishing it had offered up more. The story could have gone farther, and the action could have been picked up a bit. It runs at 83 minutes, but feels a lot longer than that. Better than some recent horror movies, it's still not that great, and really only worth one viewing.
  • May 2, 2012
    three stars
  • March 24, 2012
    This vomitive trend of horror pseudo-documentaries irritates me no end. This is, by far, one of the worst pieces of trash born out of it. Poorly written characters, no suspense, and a terrible ending. Simply laughable.
  • January 29, 2012
    'The Devil Inside' is disappointing on so many levels. It isn't scary (just creepy), the story is bland, and most of the acting Is awful. The ending doesn't seem to help either, because it ends so poorly and abruptly, that all you can do is sit there and feel like you've wasted y... read moreour time. Try to avoid this one.
  • January 18, 2012
    Sooo bad. Sooo stupid. I actually got angry at the director, the actors, the writers, even angry at other people in the audience simply for being there. Every exorcism movie I see I say this, but here I am saying it again: no more exorcism movies!
  • January 11, 2012
    True Life: My Mom is Possessed by the Devil.Who is William Brent Bell? Could he be the director of the new low budget exorcism movie "The Devil Inside"? Could he be the man to single handedly spell the end for these faux-documentary "horror" movies? Could he also be the directo... read morer of the first bad movie of the year? In the end, WHO CARES who William Brent Bell is! Because whatever far too negative thoughts which come to mind when the term "director" and William Brent Bell are used in the same sentence, will soon become as irrelevant as his career is after directing "The Devil Inside".

    Warning: This movie is filmed like a "Quarantine" or "Cloverfield", meaning almost all of it is filmed in that amateurish POV shaky cam, can't see a lot of the action because the cameraman is running, lose your lunch style. The only difference here is, at least those other two were watchable. So, viewers going into a movie like this need to keep two things in mind: 1. When the cameraman dies so does the movie. 2. Try not to eat a big meal beforehand.

    If you haven't heard by now, the story follows an American woman by the name of Maria Rossi, who allegedly killed a bunch of people during an exorcism gone wrong (don't they always?) in 1989. She is subsequently locked away in a mental hospital (in Italy for some reason). And for some reason, years later, her grown daughter Isabella wishes to visit her (with a cameraman mind you) and question her crazy mother about what really happened that night in 1989. Though the trailers promises audiences an entertaining horror movie full of scares and terrifying images, due to a grocery list of outstanding flaws "The Devil Inside" is doomed to snatch the title of worst film of 2012 so far (and it's only the second week!). The faults are as follows: Via an awful script, this film attempts to become far deeper than simply a B movie horror flick, by inserting psychological dialogues having to do with mental health disorders as the modern Catholic Church's alternative to possession, which does nothing but slow the film down to a crawl (at times). The script (partially written by Bell himself) also does its part to take away from any scary moments the film would have had. Any time there was a genuine build up to a scare, one of the characters would say something utterly outlandish or begin singing "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and create a state of unintentional goofiness that worked to negate any and all scares. The acting also hinders this movie greatly. The phrase "can't act his/her way out of a paper bag" cannot be used enough in this case, but that is to be expected out of a low-budget film of this nature. Furthermore, if there were any dust particles of entertainment value floating aimlessly throughout this film, they were overshadowed by some inexcusably shaky camerawork which was so bad that while watching the film I realized (beyond a shadow of a doubt) that "The Devil Inside" stood alone as the worst visual experience I have ever had watching a hand held faux-documentary. The phrase "Can't direct his way out of a paper bag" can also be thrown around quite liberally here, as the director of this amateurish endeavor shows his lack of skills early and often. There are some scenes were the camera (mid-sentence) cuts to inconceivable shots of the side of a forehead and others (when cameras are installed in a car) that look as if everybody's mouths and body movements were inexplicably sped up post-production. There is also a directorial ploy used where (from time to time throughout the film) the cameraman pulls priests and other characters of note into "confessionals" of sorts where they spout off emotionally driven asides of how they are really scared or how they don't like the other people in the house. Yes, these scenes are all too stupidly reminiscent of similarly shot sequences in MTV shows such as "The Real World" or "Jersey Shore". But all the bad acting, lazy camerawork, sloppy dialogue and the fact that the first hour of this "horror film" contains a debilitatingly slow build up, with little to no actual scares in it, can all be forgiven and considered side effects of hokey B movie productions. BUT, what cannot be forgiven is the slap in the face ending, which consists of a half-way descent climax culminating in basically (SPOILER ALERT) an abrupt ending. And as the groans from the audience commenced as the screen suddenly goes black (an ending that is all too egregiously overused in films like these), a message flashes on the screen ballsy enough to incite a riot. It reads: For more information about this case, go to www.mariarossi.com (or something to that effect). To me this is the equivalent to watching a Discovery Channel show and being told "for more information on tigers consult your local library". In short, while it works for said Discovery Channel show, what did I just pay for?! Did I really just pay 10.50 to see a movie that contains, not an actual ending, but a climax which results in a website where I am to continue to seek out an ending that the director refused to show in theaters?! Another way to see this ending could be as Bell letting the audiences know (in so many words) how he already has their money, therefore he can throw any old ending up there and nobody could stop him. To quote the Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons, "Worst ending ever!"

    Final Thought: I am not going to lie. For about fifteen minutes of this 87 minute film (beginning around minute 60) there is a semblance of suspense that, no matter how predictable, was somewhat engaging. BUT the fact that it took so long to get to this point in conjunction with the sad fact of how it ended (my God, don't get me started again on that ending) negates almost any recollection of entertainment value "The Devil Inside" had. So obviously my consensus is to skip "The Devil Inside", unless you are a fan of sitting through movies where you can barely see anything that is happening onscreen; or crappy endings.

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Critic Reviews


Peter Travers
January 13, 2012
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

From the amateur acting, writing and directing to an ending that is shocking only in its stupidity, The Devil Inside will make you puke for all the wrong reasons. Full Review

Joe Neumaier
January 10, 2012
Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

It stumbles along to what may arguably be the most abrupt, nonsensical ending since Luis Bunuel stopped slicing cows' eyes for the sake of surrealism. Full Review

Wesley Morris
January 7, 2012
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe

"The Devil Inside'' usefully reminds us how little it takes to make some people scream in a crowded movie theater. Full Review

Clark Collis
January 7, 2012
Clark Collis, Entertainment Weekly

The Devil Inside's biggest shock arrives when it abruptly ends - just as it hits its stride. Full Review

Mark Olsen
January 7, 2012
Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

People of the world: If you find some footage, leave it be. You will likely be doing the rest of us a huge favor. Full Review

Matt Singer
January 6, 2012
Matt Singer, Time Out New York

Whatever possessed Bell & Co. to turn a slow-burning creepfest into a frenzied freak show of multiple exorcisms (including one in a moving car), the devil only knows. Full Review

Mark Jenkins
January 6, 2012
Mark Jenkins, Washington Post

You can see where this is going, and the filmmakers can see that you can see. So they rush to the hideous yet hilarious climax in little more than an hour and then pad the running time with the slowes... Full Review

Jennie Punter
January 6, 2012
Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail

While it doesn't exactly reinvent the inverted cross, The Devil Inside definitely puts a nifty indie spin on the demonic possession genre. Full Review

Manohla Dargis
January 6, 2012
Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Clearly, when a cheapie pickup like "Paranormal Activity," which Paramount released a few years ago, turns into franchise gold, there's just no stopping the banality. Full Review

Nathan Rabin
January 6, 2012
Nathan Rabin, AV Club

The Catholic Church was wise to want nothing to do with The Devil Inside. Everyone else should follow suit. Full Review

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Facts


    • Maria Rossi: Your God wants what it cannot have.
    • Ben: Who are you? [scared]
    • Isabella Rossi: You know me... everyone knows me. [possessed voice]
    • Maria Rossi: Three people.
    • Maria Rossi: Three people are dead.
    • Maria Rossi: I... I killed them.
    • Maria Rossi: Connect the Cuts.
    • Maria Rossi: It's against god's will you know.
    • David: My ass is bleeding, my ass is bleeding!

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