Directed by Corin Hardy
Written by Gary Dauberman
Starring: Demián Bichir, Taissa Farmiga, and Jonas Bloquet
IMDb 5.8/10 Rotten Tomatoes 27% Metacritic 46/100
I had the opportunity to not only see this film at the theater but, it was at a ScreenX viewing. What this means is that in addition to your usual viewing screen front and center, you also get film displayed on the sides of the theater walls. It’s a 270 degree viewing surface. The main screen was described in the introduction of the theater to be four stories tall and seven stories wide. One story is roughly ten feet tall or so.
This was an AMAZING viewing experience. The only thing I didn’t like about the ScreenX viewing was that the side film display was only during certain parts of the movie, like when we are watching the character walk through a hallway or up a flight of stairs or something like that. It really does make it seem more real, closer to Virtual Reality. But since it wasn’t on the whole film it was slightly distracting at times. Still, it added incredible depth to some scenes and helped put you right there in the film yourself.
Now, once again, Rotten Tomatoes and I are at odds. While this film will probably never be declared as a horror genre staple, it wasn’t NEAR bad enough to receive a 27% rating. I don’t think these people at RT like horror at all, in general. They probably wouldn’t even like Halloween or Nightmare on Elm St…or Jaws even.
The film had a few good startling scare moments and the special effects were killer. Still, I’m not a huge fan of the religious stuff and this whole film is centered in Catholicism.
I have to say, I think the hype surrounding the movie amps it up a little more than is warranted. However, this IS a movie I would definitely not want to miss. It’s good enough that all horror fans should like it. If you like movies about possession, evil, demons and strange happenings in theological settings you will absolutely LOVE this film. I don’t know that it’s worth paying the price to go to the theater BUT, it is certainly worth seeing once it’s on DVD, Blu-Ray or cable.