So today I had the “pleasure” of watching Exorcismus and it made me ask myself: why are the people in horror movies always so damn stupid?
Exorcismus is the story of 15 year old Emma Evans, who, like many teenagers, doesn’t exactly get along with her parents. One night after getting drunk, she comes home, get’s into a fight with her mom and accidentally cuts herself in her bathroom. Not long after she starts having these peculiar fits, and strange things start happening to those around her. Her parents take her to see doctors and psychiatrists and no-one can figure out what the cause is. Emma knows something though, and it involves her uncle, a priest who has spent his life trying to prove the existence of the devil.
You’ll probably want to skip this if The Exorcist was too much for you to handle. If you are a fan of possession horror, checking this one out might be a good idea.
The Bottom Line
As I have said in many of my horror reviews for ITK, I really don’t like horror movies. It’s probably because I watched The Exorcist and it scarred me for life. So, having put my bias out there, on with the review.
The story in Exorcismus has potential and does give the audience some interesting twists on the usual possessed horror story plot. Unfortunately, as interesting as parts of this story are, it’s let down by a completely unsatisfying ending, some unusual questions that are left unanswered, and some really dumb characters.
Without giving too much away, the ending really does feel like a bit of a cop-out, but I suppose this is not the first horror movie to attempt this kind of ending.
Now onto the less than intelligent characters: Emma’s mother is the first person to pop up on my list of dumb characters in this movie. After she and her husband have exhausted all other options, she still refuses to believe that there may be something supernatural at work. It takes a pretty drastic turn of events for her to finally say that maybe there’s some kind of dark force taking residence in her daughter’s body. Next up is Christopher, her uncle who has had experience with exorcisms. Ok Chris, you’ve established that the girl is possessed by some sort of demon and it’s presence is becoming stronger. So, you’re just going to let this girl go about her business unsupervised? I don’t know, maybe you at least want to sprinkle some holy water near all the exits so that the girl/demon can’t leave the house? Maybe, but that sounds like the smart thing to do.
But Exorcismus isn’t terrible. It does have some good things going for it that make it watchable.
Despite being annoyed by the idiocy of some of the characters, the actors all put on a good performance. Emma plays a very convincing angsty teenager, as do her cousins who help her get up to all kinds of teenage mischief early on in the film. The actors cast as the rest of Emma’s family also do a pretty good job in all their roles, and I can’t help but feel that I may have felt a bit more for them if their characters had been a little less stereotypical and more intelligent.
The movie is also really creepy in specific scenes, so it does do a decent job on the horror side of things. It’s not as terrifying as The Exorcist, but it definitely had my skin crawling in a few scenes.
Exorcismus is a slightly below average horror that has some really interesting ideas but ultimately fails to take advantage of them. It also has some dumb characters that just made me face palm myself on more than one occasion.