Director: Daniel Stamm
Writers: Huck Botko and Andrew Gurland
I appreciate that i am a little late with a review for this but i watched it this weekend and just felt compelled to write one up as i still can't quite believe what i saw.
The story concerns a preacher (Patrick Fabian, a TV veteran) who was raised to be a preacher by his preacher father. Anyway, he carries out exorcisms as he's growing up until one day he decides to expose other exorcists as the frauds he knows they are by working with a 'documentary' film crew to capture on tape him doing an 'exorcism.
As much as the documentary-style/found footage horror as flooded our screens in recent years, this does put it to good use and to be fair for around 75 minutes of its 87 minute running time it came across as a clever study of the 'reality' of the exorcism 'industry', people are/could just be mentally disturbed or abused and the money generated, then just when any decent editor would end the film, it turns into some cheesy cliche riddled Polanski rip off and undoes everything we have previously just seen.
It doesn't matter that what you see in the trailer and on the poster above doesn't actually appear in the film, its absence actually makes for a better more realistic story but it does matter that the filmmakers weren't confident in their material enough that they felt compelled to tack on a (unintentionally) hilarious Devil worshipping cult and and a glaringly obvious leader of said cult, which was so rushed it felt like they only had certain amount of film stock left and had to use it.
I was trying to give co-producer Eli Roth a chance but his hideous lack of imagination is all over this and he is now quickly turning into the 'new' M. Knight because whenever i see his name attached to a film trailer now i will BOO and HISS at the screen as loudly as i possibly can.