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    BD Horror News - [BD Review] 'The Devil Inside' Carries Scares, Yet Frustrating Conclusion

    Bloody Disgusting Horror - "The Devil Inside" Movie Info, Review, Headlines, Gallery


    William Brent Bell’s The Devil Inside (co-written by Bell and Matthew Peterman) would like to give us evil incarnate, and on occasion it almost manages, but the commodity it serves up most purely is frustration. While there’s enough scares, general creepiness and gore to give it a soft recommend to those hard up for a horror fix, the fact that it doesn’t fully function as a movie can’t be overlooked. Also, it has no third act. So if you’re into things like satisfying resolutions you might want to give this one a pass.
    can’t go much further right now without talking about the ending. I’m not going to spoil any specific events - but Spoiler Alert anyway...

    Alright. So right when things are finally getting interesting - towards the end of what I assumed was the 2nd act - the movie ends. Really, it does. Stakes get raised, options get scarce and there are several points of no return! There’s gore, carnage and legitimate spectacle! Everything is shaping up nicely for a grand finale! I was almost excited! WOOT!

    Nope! The movie’s over! Really. Really.

    Actually it’s not technically over. A title card informs you that the investigation into the events was never finished. Then another title card arises, and I’m not kidding, urging you to visit a website to search for clues about the film’s ending. To finish the story yourself. Online.

    I’m not sure about you but if I pay to see a movie (or even if I go see one for free) - I’d like to see the whole thing. Sure, I like to think about and engage with a great film for a while after I’ve seen it. But, for reasons in addition to requiring a URL to complete it, The Devil Inside isn’t a great film. If you’re looking for some cheap scares and know that this type of thing is up your alley? Go for it. You’ll only be mildly let down. Everyone else? I reckon your full ticket price would be better spent on a full movie.

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    The Devil Inside | Shock Till You Drop

    The Devil Inside starts to fly off the handle when the concept of possession infiltrates Isabella’s group. The story forgoes the slow-burn, subtle approach to make you question whether this team is succumbing to the stresses of their investigation or if “something supernatural” is involved and embraces a more visceral take that involves a lot of screaming, gnashing teeth, flailing limbs and more contortionist antics. And rather than find a resolution to all of this…the filmmakers pull out and the movie ends. Furthermore, a pre-credits title card tells the audience to go to a specific website to learn more clues as to what happened in this investigation.

    Ambiguity is welcome in this genre. But this ending isn’t ambiguous, it’s just flat-out lazy. I'd like to think that somewhere in Paramount's vaults, a final reel exists, completing the film's story, but if it is anything like the mediocre events that preceed it, I think I'll pass.
    Ruh Roh Rastro...

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    and finally

    Review: Come December, 'The Devil Inside' might still be 2012's worst film - National Film Geek | Examiner.com

    Indeed, the first thing I'd like to tell you about The Devil Inside, which opens tomorrow (or, if you're reading this on Friday, be aware that the film opens today; really, it's irrelevant, because I'm about to beg you not to see it), is this: when the film reached its "conclusion"-- and, oh, how I use that term as loosely as possible-- the audience in the screening I attended audibly turned against the film.

    People moaned in exasperation. A few people shouted out the full version of the WTF acronym. As we filed out, I was surrounded by people shaking their heads in disbelief, saying things like, "I'm gonna tell everyone I know not to see this piece of sh-t".

    Whoo-boy. I'm torn. On the one hand, there's a good chance your audience will revolt when The Devil Inside reaches its total non-ending, and seeing such a revolt is something every film fan should experience at least once in their movie-going lifetime. On the other hand, I can't possibly recommend that you pay money-- real dollars-- to see The Devil Inside. That crosses the line from "irresponsible critic" to "complicit in the crimes being committed".

    The second thing you need to know about The Devil Inside is this: the film actually gets a few things right. There are at least three moments in the film that I considered "original" (or, at the very least, "ballsy"), spots that were so well-handled and effective that they were flat-out shocking when they occurred. For instance: when you've got ten-fifteen minutes stretches where absolutely nothing of interest is happening and then-- suddenly-- BAM, someone's menstruating on-camera (something I don't recall seeing in, say, last week's We Bought a Zoo ), it can be a tad jarring...but not necessarily in a bad way.

    And, finally, there's this other thing I'd like you to know about The Devil Inside: it's terrible. That should've been obvious by the two preceding things I've told you here today, but on the off chance that I wasn't perfectly clear, I figured we oughtta just spell it out.

    The Devil Inside is being marketed much in the same way that The Last Exorcism (and, oh man, if you didn't like that, you'll have an aneurysm when you see the way this one ends) and Paranormal Activity 3 were marketed, which might very well convince you that the film's worth giving a shot to. After all, those films were...well, not "good" per se, but certainly not amongst the worst films you've ever seen (at least, I didn't think they were that bad).

    The Devil Inside is not cut from the same mediocre/passable cloth that those films were. It is wholly incompetent, veering between scenes of utter tedium, scenes where people rattle off laughably bad dialogue, and-- incredibly infrequently-- those three, aforementioned moments where the film gets things right. And then, just when you think the film is about to take a serious turn onto "Gory Fun Boulevard", it ends.

    Suddenly, without warning, and--quite insultingly-- with a screen telling you to go to a website if you'd like to know more.

    Don't go see The Devil Inside ironically, hoping to find a few cool moments amongst 90-minutes' worth of snarky laughter. Don't go see The Devil Inside hoping for an improvement on the supernaturally religious themes and found-footage aesthetic presented in The Last Exorcism. Don't go see The Devil Inside on a matinee, thinking that there are probably worse ways you could waste your money and time (there aren't, and I've sat here trying to think of some). Don't even rent The Devil Inside when it hits DVD, long after the mobs of angry audience members have calmed down and stopped complaining about the film's ending.

    You will loathe yourself if you do.

    Grade: F+
    Wow.

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    Churchgoers catch a screening...

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    This might reach Uwe Boll level of awfulness! :D
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    Wow, that is a lame ending, it does sound "lazy" Also lame that they're probably selling some advertising online for the folks who decide to watch the ending, but that's the cynic in me.

    Don't think I'll be catching this in theaters.

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    BD Horror News - [BD Review] 'The Devil Inside' Vs. Bloody Staff, Film Could Top $30 Million

    In addition, according to THR, the flick is scaring up massive business at the domestic box office, where it's now on course to open as high as $30 million. This is a huge change from the original numbers. Heading into the weekend, Paramount indicated that Devil Inside would open in the $8 million to $10 million range, but that number has been revised upward in light of the film's midnight performance Thursday night, followed by strong matinee business. Devil Inside earned $2 million in its midnight runs.
    BD Horror News - [Interview] 'The Devil Inside' Filmmakers Speak On Low Budget Horror & Bold Finales!

    *SPOILER WARNING**

    BD: I'm reading a lot of reaction today about the card with the url at the end. When was the decision made to make it kind of a more "interactive" experience?

    Brent Bell: That was something that happened towards the end with Paramount. It was interesting, it was kind of a provocative thing. When you're doing an independent horror film that [people] aren't just trying to get their money back real quick and make a really cool film you can take chances like that. I don't think we ever expected that Paramount would release a film with something quite as bold as the way the movie ends. And their idea was this website, and we thought it was kind of cool to continue the story on this website, nobody's ever done it before. Good or bad, it's kind of unique.

    Matthew Peterman: One the one hand, a lot of the internet is like "oh that's cool!" And on the other hand, and what I think you're referring to, is people are saying it's kind of bull*****. You know what I mean? You make a bold choice and you stick with it. I know for us, we all flirted with different ending for the film and we settled for this kind of abrupt ending that we all really believed in. Because with this film, we're trying to make it feel like real life and very realistic and life doesn't always follow a perfect three act structure like film does. They're very fabricated. The stories always have a very Hollywood ending. And we're doing the antithesis of that. I know some people love it and some people *****ing hate it but it gets people talking. We're just trying to make it realistic. Not every situation ends perfectly or the way you want it to end.

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    Ok...I want to get this out of the way. The reviews howling about the supposed lack of an ending on this movie are irresponsible...horribly so. And Kingsqueen said she read one(might have been a user review on Yahoo) that gave the ending away completely. VERY irresponsible.

    If you want to go see this...do. It does not have a traditional ending where all the loose ends are tied up, but it has an ending. And that's besides the point. The movie satisfies in may ways, enough so to overcome any complaints you may have. The story is clever enough and except for the lead character, the acting is better than you would expect. There are a few holes and if you start unraveling you could take this apart pretty easy, but the filmmakers were smart. They kept their movie short and tight and constantly moving. There are a few good scares and really good use of sound design. The movie does leave you with more questions than answers, but it isn't a fault. It leaves you wanting more. A solid little movie that entertains if you are not a slave to having to be spoonfed conclusions about every minor plot detail. The fact that this movie was made for 1 million dollars is pretty damned impressive too. Kingsqueen thought the keening and wailing about the ending was overdone as well.
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    THE DEVIL INSIDE Interview with Director William Brent Bell, Matthew Peterman and Producer Morris Paulson

    Is there any thought of continuing on with story of The Devil Inside – considering how things are left off at the end?

    BELL: If we feel like there’s room for another story, we’d love to — but the movie should be definitely taken as a whole.

    *Contrarian footnote: I feel like I’m in the extreme minority that almost kind-of sorta liked The Devil Inside. Its got rogue exorcist priests cursing and stealing women from hospitals, my favorite opening title disclaimer card on a film in years, and unlike most found footage films where nothing happens for 75 minutes and then in the last 10 minutes witches (or trolls or a ghost or a person-standing-in-a-corner) show up, at least in The D.I., actual, you know, things occur – multiple exorcisms, possessions, crazy accents… Plus that ending: it’s good to know that in these somewhat troubled and divided times, all of America could come together on one issue.
    Good interview.

    And this

    The film has one of my favorite title card disclaimers – The Vatican does not approve this film — Is that an actual point of contention? Is that there to set a mood for the film or for actual legal purposes?

    WILLIAM BRENT BELL: When we were shooting the film and researching and trying to interview people, we put feelers out to the Catholic Church to have discussions with them about the film. We sent them the script and things like that but they didn’t really want to have anything to do with the movie and of course we relayed that to our studio and there you have it…
    Answers a question that I had.

    My biggest advice if/when you see this, pay attention. A lot of story elements are there if you listen to what folks are saying.

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    The Devil Inside Launches The Rossi Files | Shock Till You Drop

    Here's an article with the link that the end of the film directs you to.

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