Day 18 of my #31DaysOfHorror – and for some reason I keep saying it : Play along on Instagram with the tag #BarleyDoesHorror, or share your suggestions in the comments! I still haven’t planned out every movie I’m watching, so I’m open to suggestion.
First off, I’ll admit, the poster should have been my first warning, but it wasn’t. “Exorcise Caution” … for real? Anyways, for whatever reason I was able to look past the poster and dive face first into another -sigh- inducing movie. Here’s the story :
INNER DEMONS follows an ‘Intervention’-style reality show crew that films an episode about a sixteen-year old girl, a former A-student, who is fighting addiction but may in fact be suffering from something even more destructive: demonic possession. The movie is an inquiry into the truth about her – with symptoms that straddle the disturbing and scary intersection between insanity, addiction and true possession.
There are some really long plot summaries on IMDB for new movies it seems like these days. Anyways, moving forward. The movie is shot in everyone’s favourite, and one of my favourite styles : Found Footage. That being said, it’s terrible. A big issue that I have with movies like this is when the camera doesn’t actually make sense. For example, in this one, there are a few scenes shot on Security Cameras and I have a hard time believing that security cameras look like that. It’s a small gripe, I know, but it does make a difference. When you’re putting a movie in front of me and saying “THIS IS ALLLLL REAAAALLL FOOOTAGGGGGEEEE” then put the work in to make me believe that. This movie really doesn’t bother. Some of the security cameras, like one in the main characters BATHROOM, only exist to service a stupid scare, instead of creating a world that makes sense. I get the impression that the scare was planned first, and the scene was written around it.
All I’m saying is, making the footage black and white and then slapping a time stamp on it doesn’t make it a security camera, and the cameras aren’t established as anything else. Just my thought. Moving on!
This movie is really, really stupid. The actors in it aren’t necessarily bad all things considered. It had an air of “The Possession Of Michael King” about it really. Relatively fine actors working with a script that was, on it’s face, really dumb. Unfortunately, even with actors that are passable, you’re still stuck with a stupid story, so it doesn’t make much difference. The director, Seth Grossman, is still relatively new to the ‘game’ and most notably before this gave us “The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations” -sigh-. He was also the producer on 3 episodes of Intervention, so it’s possible this movie was his way to take a shot at that show and it’s methods, which is frankly fair enough. Fuck that show.
What genuinely did surprise me was finding out that the writer of this movie, Glenn Gers, also wrote Fracture (starring Ryan Gosling and Anthony Hopkins), which I thought was kind of an alright movie. I really have no idea what happened here though.
The movie relies pretty heavily on some pretty stupid jump scares, that feel very reminiscent of the first Grave Encounters movie, a lot of cheap special effects and LOUD NOISES to make you jump, as opposed to building some atmosphere and using the format to really drag you in to the world, and pull you along for the ride. It really is movies like this that make people roll their eyes when a new found footage movie comes out. It’s been done well so many times, but it’s been done badly so many MORE times. It’s also got kind of a last minute twist that was pretty … stupid all around, and the movie really falls flat in its attempts to be scary. I’m not even saying jump scares have no place, but they’re more suitable when you’ve successfully built atmosphere, and your audience is really involved in the movie. Not just throwing them in because you know nothing scary has happened in a while.
All in all, skip this movie. It’s really dumb and not especially engaging. Don’t be like me, learn your lesson from the poster!
FINAL GRADE : C-
(I’m considering coming up with different ways to rate movies.)