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The Devil Inside

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The Devil Inside
The Devil Inside Rating: 33 out of 100 based on 49 reviews.

On October 30, 1989, Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) committed a triple murder during an exorcism performed on her. The Catholic Church became involved, and she has since been in a Catholic psychiatric hospital in Rome. The film shows a news story and police investigation showing, in graphic detail, the three members of the clergy whom she murdered. Her daughter, Isabella, learned of the murders from her father, who died three days after telling her.

Twenty years later, Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) is in the process of filming a documentary about exorcisms, and to find out more about her mother, she visits a school in Rome that deals with exorcisms and enters a classroom where students, priests and scientists are having a discussion about whether or not a subject is possessed by a demon or just has a mental condition. She has dinner with a few students and ends up getting a little closer with two priests, Ben (Simon Quarterman) and David (Evan Helmuth). They talk more about the differences between being possessed and mental illnesses, and inform Isabella that they can't explain the differences, it's something you "just know". On that note, Ben and David are operating outside of the Church and performing exorcisms to help patients. They take Isabella with them on an exorcism performed on Rosalita (Bonnie Morgan), in the basement of the family home. They bring along medical equipment to analyze and determine if it's possession or mental illness. Rosalita attacks the crew, after spouting out obscene remarks in different languages and accents. She calls Isabella by name, despite not knowing her. Eventually, they get her under control and stabilized, though her fate is unknown.

When Isabella goes to visit her mother in the asylum, she finds that her mother speaks in different accents, and has paintings all over the walls. One, in particular, matches a picture with her father and mother from when Isabella was six years old. The first words that her mother Maria even speaks are "connect the cuts"; this refers to all of the inverted crosses carved into her arms and her bottom lip. Maria creeps forward and tells her that killing a child is against God's will, then lets out an ear-shattering scream which disrupts the video cameras in the room, before Isabella is forced to leave when doctors rush in. Isabella tells David and Ben that she terminated a pregnancy years ago and her mother had no way of knowing that, which was another sign that showed possible possession. When the crew prepares to perform an exorcism/analysis on Maria, David is very worried about losing his job, since the Church does not authorize exorcisms without undeniable proof that the patient is indeed possessed, nor without the exorcist being ordained by the Catholic Church as an exorcist and without being authorized to exorcise. During the procedure, she mentions something about Ben, and knowing what he did in the past (this occurrence remains unknown; it possibly pertains to Ben's uncle, who got him into the priesthood at the age of eighteen--which is actually an impossibility) as well as Isabella's child. Maria breaks free of her restraints and sends Ben flying into the door, also knocking David onto the ground. The doctors rush in and grab the video camera, cutting the screen to black.

After analyzing the data taken from the video and audio files, they present the evidence to the Church, believing there was enough evidence to have Maria moved back to the United States to have an exorcism performed on her. David shows many signs of stress, worried about losing his job, as Ben plays the audio files over and over again, listening to the part where Maria says "I know what you did". When Ben is asked by Michael about what he was listening to, he switches to a different clip and finds that there were four different demons speaking in unison. As time progresses, Isabella shows concern about David, who is eating in the dark at the kitchen table. David is to perform a baptism at his church, and asks Michael to tag along. As he holds the baby, he mutters some lines from the Bible, before forcefully submerging the baby in the water. He can be seen shoving the baby down into the water before the crowd of people rush up to save the baby, as David passes out.

Soon after, Isabella confesses to the camera about how she hates Michael and wants to tell him how his mother cheated on his father. Michael walks in, and Ben asks what was going on. Michael tells him about how David tried to drown the baby and a loud bang is heard from upstairs, cutting out the electricity. Ben runs upstairs to see what is the matter and finds David with blood all over his forearms, eyes rolled back into his head, with a purple tint surrounding the skin on his eyes, much the way Maria was at the asylum during the exorcism. Ben tells Michael and Isabella to go downstairs, just as the police arrive. Ben warns the police not to go upstairs, but an officer does anyway. It doesn't show on the film, but David somehow acquires the officer's handgun and holds it in his mouth. Ben continues to try and tell him to fight it, and David begins to weep, reciting The Lord's Prayer; but he stops right before the last few words, namely, "But deliver us from evil. Amen." He laughs, saying that he forgot the words, then says "This is to say thank you" before shooting himself. Isabella begins having a seizure, and Ben rushes with Michael to get her into the ambulance. As they wait in a hospital hallway, nurses rush into the emergency room just as Ben tells a nurse that it was not safe for Isabella to stay there. Upon entering the room, a patient is on the floor, blood spewing from her neck as other nurses fight to restrain Isabella. Ben and Michael drag Isabella into the hallway and restrain her on the floor. Ben tells a nurse that he is a priest, and then Ben and Michael leave with Isabella in a car, heading to the church. While driving, Isabella regains consciousness and struggles in the back seat before trying to strangle Michael. Ben is able to pull her off before Michael is killed, but not before injuring him enough to weaken him. He instantly shows signs of possession, and the accelerator can be heard as they speed into oncoming traffic, headlong into another car. The camera goes black, and cuts in with short sequences of chaos, most likely of the vehicle flipping and being slammed around as a result of the impact. As the screen finally cuts to black, a website (www.therossifiles.com) is shown, along with the statement that the case of the Rossi family has not yet been solved as the credits roll.

Cast
Fernanda Andrade

Isabella Rossi
Simon Quarterman

Father Ben Rawlings
Evan Helmuth

Father David Keane
Ionut Grama

Michael Schaefer
Suzan Crowley

Maria Rossi
Bonnie Morgan

Rosa Sorlini
Brian Johnson

Lieutenant Dreyfus
Jeff Victoroff

Himself (as Dr. Jeff Victoroff)
John Prosky

Father Christopher Aimes
Claudiu Istodor

Doctor Antonio Costa (as Claudiu Isotodor)
Claudiu Trandafir

Father Robert Gallo
Maria Junghetu

Mrs. Sorlini (as Maria Junghietu)
Ilinca Harnut

Italian Nurse
Production
Director:William Brent Bell
Producer:Lorenzo di Bonaventura (executive producer)
Katie Mustard (line produce: additional photography, Romania)
Morris Paulson (producer)
Matthew Peterman (producer)
Steven Schneider (executive producer)
Writer:William Brent Bell (written by)
Matthew Peterman (written by)
Reviews for The Devil Inside
Film4
The Devil Inside isn’t THAT bad. The dialogue isn't that bad. The acting isn't that bad. Some of the scares are actually pretty effective in a stuff-suddenly-rushing-at-the-screen or banging loudly sort of a way. It certainly doesn't deserve the 0 star...
One Guy's Opinion
If next year people try to determine the worst ending of any picture in the last twelve months, “The Devil Inside” will probably cop the prize easily. Like “Seven Days in Utopia,” it turns the movie into a virtual advertisement for a website—except...
Mania.com
The Devil Inside treats its audience with the kind of contempt reserved for mass murderers, a brazen affront to any expectations we might have for our hard-earned entertainment buck. I felt it most keenly during the ending – a metaphorical middle...
Read review6 Jan 2012
The Critical Critics
Alas, it’s 2012 and we’ve only 11 months before utter chaos, so I’m savoring the opportunity to rip apart William Brent Bell’s The Devil Inside. A faux-documentary, it examines the treacherous world of unauthorized exorcisms, religious conspiracies...
Read review8 Jan 2012
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Ripping cues from the many exorcism-based horror flicks produced since that mother of exorcism movies, The Exorcist, debuted in 1973, The Devil Inside blends standard exorcism movie scenarios with phony “found film” footage of the kind seen in the...
Read review3 Feb 2012
Articles
Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows round out the top 3
Gitesh Pandya - 2012-01-09
Reviews for The Devil Inside
Film4
The Devil Inside isn’t THAT bad. The dialogue isn't that bad. The acting isn't that bad. Some of the scares are actually pretty effective in a stuff-suddenly-rushing-at-the-screen or banging loudly sort of a way. It certainly doesn't deserve the 0 star...
One Guy's Opinion
If next year people try to determine the worst ending of any picture in the last twelve months, “The Devil Inside” will probably cop the prize easily. Like “Seven Days in Utopia,” it turns the movie into a virtual advertisement for a website—except...
Mania.com
The Devil Inside treats its audience with the kind of contempt reserved for mass murderers, a brazen affront to any expectations we might have for our hard-earned entertainment buck. I felt it most keenly during the ending – a metaphorical middle...
Read review6 Jan 2012
The Critical Critics
Alas, it’s 2012 and we’ve only 11 months before utter chaos, so I’m savoring the opportunity to rip apart William Brent Bell’s The Devil Inside. A faux-documentary, it examines the treacherous world of unauthorized exorcisms, religious conspiracies...
Read review8 Jan 2012
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Ripping cues from the many exorcism-based horror flicks produced since that mother of exorcism movies, The Exorcist, debuted in 1973, The Devil Inside blends standard exorcism movie scenarios with phony “found film” footage of the kind seen in the...
Read review3 Feb 2012
NOLA.com
I mean, really. Really? The venerable institution that signed off on the Crusades, the Inquisition and those Mrs. Paul's fishsticks I had to eat on Fridays wouldn't give "The Devil Inside" a pass?
Read review6 Jan 2012
Eric D. Snider
The shocking twists in "The Devil Inside" begin immediately. Even before the first scene there's a title card informing us that "the Vatican did not endorse this film nor aid in its completion." That's huge! Normally the Roman Catholic church...
Read review6 Jan 2012
Screen Jabber
Yet another horror film in the mock-documentary style, The Devil Inside applies the format to the exorcism sub-genre. In 1989 Maria Rossi was arrested for committing a triple murder in the US. In 2009 her daughter Isabella agrees to take part in the...
iHaveNet.com
The goose-pimply thriller, The Devil Inside, is a devilishly disturbing dose of demonic-possession dread.
Screen Rant
The Devil Inside is presented as assembled found footage that follows twenty-something Isabella Rossi (Fernanda Andrade) as she reunites with her mother, Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley), and searches for an exorcist that can free Maria of a long-running...
Read review6 Jan 2012
RopeofSilicon.com
The Devil Inside starts off slow, plays well in the middle and ends with a groan. Coming in at 87 minutes, the first hour or so serves as your standard set-up with a couple of solid scares. Unfortunately this leaves only something like 20 minutes...
Read review6 Jan 2012
Big Picture Big Sound
"The Devil Inside" is a tired exorcism yarn that exploits the increasingly shopworn faux documentary horror trope. While a spare, low-budget filmmaking approach can render genuine chills, in this case the product is underwritten, poorly acted...
Read review14 Jan 2012
Mark Reviews Movies
The Devil Inside is a clumsily assembled, cheaply produced "found-footage" movie that copies and pastes the most basic concepts of dramatic tellings of demonic possession for an indeterminable goal.
Read review6 Jan 2012
Chicagotribune.com
"The Devil Inside" joins a long, woozy-camera parade of found-footage scare pictures, among them "The Blair Witch Project," the "Paranormal Activity" films and certain wedding videos that won't go away.
Read review6 Jan 2012
Metromix Chicago
“The Devil Inside” simply lifts the “Paranormal” found footage conceit and repackages it with hoary exorcism clichés. The result is the opposite of terrifying. Shrieking obscenities, contorting body parts, lunging at the camera…
Read review6 Jan 2012
EFilmCritic.com
Contrary to what you might hope, "The Devil Inside" is not a biopic about INXS frontman Michael Hutchence, who died in 1997 under circumstances we shall not discuss. That would’ve been a more interesting movie, and possibly even a scarier one...
Read review9 Jan 2012
Hollywood
The opening credits of the found-footage excretion The Devil Inside include a helpful disclaimer advising us that the Vatican “did not endorse this film, nor aid in its completion,” just in case we might be inclined to believe the Holy See were in the...
Slant Magazine
Comprehensively derivative, The Devil Inside fills the Annual Exorcism Movie slot, attempts to serve found-footage realness, goes to elaborately futile lengths to support its subject's "authenticity," and presumptuously designs itself for a viewership...
Read review6 Jan 2012
TV Guide
The Devil Inside is barely a movie -- it certainly isn’t good enough to be released into theaters. Apparently the boom of found-footage films means that junk like this can squeeze itself into release schedules without anyone noticing.
TheCinemaSource
The Devil Inside is not up to this challenge, relying instead on clichés and cheap camera tricks to compensate for a lazy screenplay with disappointingly few thrills and no clear resolution.
The A.V. Club
Buried somewhere within the abysmal new faux-documentary The Devil Inside lies a zany ’80s-style lowbrow comedy about competition between renegade exorcist slobs and hoity-toity rule-following exorcist snobs at the Vatican Exorcism School.
Read review6 Jan 2012
CinemaBlend.com
The Devil Inside is a strange movie that meanders more than follows a directional story arc, which isn’t a huge surprise given that it’s the latest in a long series of found footage pseudo-documentaries.
Filmcritic.com
The Devil Inside is so chock full of paranormal potential that when it goes pear-shaped (and it does early, often, and for the vast majority of the thankfully short running time), you actually want to cry.
Read review5 Jan 2012
Entertainment Weekly
The Devil Inside's biggest shock arrives when it abruptly ends — just as it hits its stride. The result is a found-footage movie whose third act remains missing.
Read review6 Jan 2012
blu-ray.com
Over the last three years, multiplexes have welcomed the release of two moderately successful exorcism pictures (“The Rite” and “The Last Exorcism”) and three blockbuster “Paranormal Activity” movies. “The Devil Inside” is a no-budget effo
Read review6 Jan 2012
IGN
The Devil Inside tries its best to be something that is inexorably doomed to fail. The film desperately wants to have that same creepiness and poignancy that makes some of its predecessors so great. Unfortunately for director William Brent Bell...
Read review6 Jan 2012
FirstShowing.net
Which is why Paramount / Insurge brings us The Devil Inside, directed by William Brent Bell, the latest film that tries to scare us with all the old creepy trimmings.
Read review5 Jan 2012
Koimoi.com
Prototype and Viacom Motion Pictures’ The Devil Inside is about a young woman who tries to treat her mother who is in a mental asylum.
Read review2 Mar 2012
Toronto.com
The Devil Inside is presented as a rogue documentary of a real exorcism, beginning with a disclaimer that the Vatican had nothing to do with it.
Read review5 Jan 2012
The Globe And Mail
Which brings us to The Devil Inside, the low-budget exorcism movie in question (and, in case you were wondering, not a screen version of the well known INXS single).
Read review5 Jan 2012
Hudak on Hollywood
If you want some decent scares and a fairly believable study in exorcism and demonic possession, then this flick is for you. If you are tired of the “reality” horror craze, and not into an intense, yet unsatisfying ending…
Sacramento News & Review
A young woman (Fernanda Andrade) travels to Italy where her mother is in an asylum for the criminally insane, seeking to learn the truth about what happened back in 1989, when Mom (Suzan Crowley) slaughtered two priests and a nun who were trying...
Read review12 Jan 2012
7M Pictures
The first week of January is a strange time for me. On one hand, January is a notorious dumping ground for some of the worst films from the studios. On the other hand, it’s kind of refreshing to see a movie in the midst of award season that has no...
Cinema Crazed
So if a girl is afraid she may be possessed one day like her mother, why on Earth do you bring her along on a dangerous possession ritual that may take the lives of all involved? What does that even prove? "But Felix, we wouldn't have a movie if...
E! Online
The devil is back for the umpteenth time to wreak havoc on shaky cams everywhere...It must be January at the multiplex. Aren't we tired of all these demon possession flicks yet? Well, sure and truthfully, most of it is tired, but this found footage...
Read review6 Jan 2012
MediaMikes
This film contains follows the same path as the other films but delivers some scares and some great “oh shit” moments. If you can get over the shaky camera, I would recommend this.
Read review10 Jan 2012
Susan Granger Entertainment Commentaries
This derivative, micro-budget exorcism tale is just the latest in the “found footage” sub-genre of fake documentaries, allegedly “inspired by true events,” that was launched so successfully by “The Blair Witch Project.”
Read review10 Jan 2012
Time Out New York
Found-footage interviews and fake archival clips establish a macabre atmosphere around this get-behind-thee-Satan story of a young American woman (Andrade) and her efforts to uncover the truth behind her mother’s deportation to Italy.
Read review6 Jan 2012
Movies.com
If I were the actual Satan I wouldn't love a film like The Exorcist. Seen that one lately? It holds up. Still unnerving, still frightening. I also wouldn't love that 1980s Mickey Rourke movie Angel Heart. In that film Satan is creepy and gross.
Boxoffice Magazine
The priests in Devil Inside talk at the pace of third grade textbooks: "This could be a multiple demonic possession...maybe you remember that from the class you took." (When a movie is 87 minutes long, believe me, we all remember your limply explicit...
Read review6 Jan 2012
Empire
William Brent Bell tries his best to stay within the limitations of the you-are-there camerawork, but things get a little too unbelievable at times. Though the leads gamely play along with the idea, they descend into panto when the real horror kicks in.
Birmingham Mail
That tells you all you need to know about the public’s thirst to see another movie about exorcisms.
Read review23 Mar 2012
TotalFilm.com
Devil Inside’s major selling point, it turns out, is its ending. Brutally abrupt, hilariously unsatisfying, and as nihilistic as any ’70s downer-flick, it’s calculated to either elate or enrage. Odds are, it will probably do both.
Read review20 Feb 2012
Sky Movies HD
From Blair Witch to Paranormal Activity, the 'found-footage" device has proved a surefire winner within the horror genre, generating genuine frights and engagingly realistic drama.
Time Out London
‘This is the film the Vatican doesn't want you to see,’ declares the poster quote for this stunningly inept ‘found footage’ exorcism movie. Much as it will pain devoted atheists – the Pope has a point. Stupid, appallingly acted and insulting, the real...
MovieXclusive.com
Considering the phenomenal success of the ‘Paranormal Activity’ franchise, it should come as no surprise that similar found-footage scare pictures should surface like the plague in recent years- and this made-on-the-cheap (i.e. the movie costs less than a
Eye for Film
You kind of have to feel sorry for exorcism flicks: they have awfully big boots to fill, even 40 years on from William Friedkin's indisputable daddy of the genre. Despite their recent proliferation (and apart from a few notable exceptions such as the...
Mthai Movie
The Devil Inside ถือว่าเป็นหนังสยองขวัญ ที่ถือว่าทำออกมาได้ค่อนข้างโอเคในด้านฉากกดดัน และ มีประเด็นที่น่าสนใจในด้านของเรื่องราวความเชื่อ แต่นอกเหนือจากนั้นหนังสอบตกหมดไม่ว่าจะเป็นวิธีการเล่าเรื่อง และการที่หนังใช้ทรัพยากรทั้งหลายได้ไม่สุดนัก...
Read review29 Jan 2012
Mck's Movie
หนัง The Devil Inside ในครั้งนี้ ขอบอกเพียงสั้นๆว่า หนังเรื่องนี้อาจจะไม่ได้มีประเด็นโดดเด่นอะไรมากมายนัก แต่ก็สร้างความหลอนให้เกิดขึ้นได้เล็กๆ และอยากติดตามเรื่องราวที่จะเกิดขึ้นต่อไป ความน่ากลัวที่หนังนำเสนอก็มีเพียงเล็กน้อย เป็นความน่ากลัวของเนื้อหา...
Read review4 Feb 2012
Cast
Fernanda Andrade...Isabella Rossi
Simon Quarterman...Father Ben Rawlings
Evan Helmuth...Father David Keane
Ionut Grama...Michael Schaefer
Suzan Crowley...Maria Rossi
Bonnie Morgan...Rosa Sorlini
Brian Johnson...Lieutenant Dreyfus
Jeff Victoroff...Himself (as Dr. Jeff Victoroff)
Pamela Davis...Herself
John Prosky...Father Christopher Aimes
Claudiu Istodor...Doctor Antonio Costa (as Claudiu Isotodor)
Toma Danila...Marco
Claudiu Trandafir...Father Robert Gallo
Maria Junghetu...Mrs. Sorlini (as Maria Junghietu)
Ilinca Harnut...Italian Nurse
Preston James Hillier...Male Reporter
D.T. Carney...Detective
Talyan Wright...Young Isabella
Les Mahoney...Coroner
Suzanne Freeman...Female Reporter
Marius Florian...Serbian Pimp
Marvin Duerkholz...Luke Castagna
Maude Bonanni...Aunt Sorlini
Luca Bovelli...Marco Sorlini (uncredited)
Production
Director:William Brent Bell
Producer:Lorenzo di Bonaventura (executive producer)
Katie Mustard (line produce: additional photography, Romania)
Morris Paulson (producer)
Matthew Peterman (producer)
Steven Schneider (executive producer)
Writer:William Brent Bell (written by)
Matthew Peterman (written by)
Composer:Brett Detar
Ben Romans
Cinematographer:Gonzalo Amat
Editing:William Brent Bell
Tim Mirkovich
Casting:Dominika Posserén
Kelly Wagner
Production Design:Tony DeMille
Makeup:Leigh Hudgens (makeup artist)
Production Management:Mihai Toderiuc (production manager)
Jennifer Scudder Trent (post-production supervisor)
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