The Devil Inside

9 01 2012

I’ve never heard a theatre audience get so angry about the ending of a movie. Just before the final credits of The Devil Inside started to roll, people were already talking about how much the movie sucked, and cries of “that’s it?!” were heard around the theatre.

It’s unfortunate, because the rest of The Devil Inside was almost half-decent.

The storyline follows a young woman named Isabella Rossi (Fernanda Andrade) as she travels to Italy to visit her mother, who was convicted of murdering three clergy members twenty years ago. The clergy members were trying to perform an exorcism on her, and now she’s locked up at a psychiatric ward in Rome.


As with just about every horror flick nowadays, there is a movie being filmed within this movie. Film director Michael Schaeffer is following Isabella to film a documentary on her story. He interviews the characters along the way in order to make what they are thinking even more obvious.

After arriving in Vatican City, Isabella receives a crash course in exorcism. She attends a lecture at a fictional ‘exorcism academy’, where she meets Ben and David. David (Evan Helmuth) is a medical doctor who suddenly decided to become an exorcist, while Ben (Simon Quarterman) comes from a family of Catholic priests.

Unfortunately, the courses at the exorcism academy consist entirely of theory. Ben and David prefer a more hands-on approach, and they become involved with Isabella’s story.

The movie isn’t always scary enough to make you jump, but it definitely has some creepy moments. The first live exorcism that we see is disturbing (in a good, horror movie kind of way), and I had chills running up and down my spine throughout the scene.

However, there are only a couple moments like this, and the movie struggles to develop any intensity or emotion outside of these scenes.

In fact, the only time I really jumped had nothing to do with exorcisms. Instead, it had everything to do with a barking dog. And no, that’s not a spoiler. In fact, I can virtually guarantee that anybody who sees this movie in theatres will jump at a barking dog, even if you know about it in advance.


The ending cannot be ignored. While many horror movies have a sudden ending, it usually occurs after a clear and obvious climax. The Devil Inside doesn’t have that. Instead, the action rises steadily before suddenly cutting out, which is a good way to make audiences despise your movie.

Ultimately, The Devil Inside feels like it was written, directed, and produced by students in a high school drama class, who then hired their parents to act as the stars.

While it has a standard horror movie premise and some entertaining moments early on, the rest of the movie is average, and it culminates in an ending that insults the intelligence of audiences. Unless you’re a big fan of exorcisms, it’s tough to recommend this one.

1 star out of 5