October 30, 1989 in South Hartford Heights, Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) called 911 and spoke the words she killed three people. When the police arrive to investigate the gruesome murders the camcorder they record the scene with tells it all and shows it as well. During an exorcism something went wrong and three people brutally lost their lives.
Maria was transferred to Centrino Mental Hospital in Italy to be looked after and years later her daughter Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) and her friend Michael (Ionut Grama) decided to fly out to Italy to visit her mother and film a documentary hopefully finding clues to the reasons behind the Hartford killings so many years ago. Before visiting her mother, Isabella with camera in tow visits the Apostolic Academy where priests, nuns and regular people learn about exorcisms. They interviewed filmmakers, neurologists, priests that performed exorcists and several other knowledgeable people before making their stop to speak with Dr. Costa the chief of staff at the hospital where Maria resides. Upon entering the room Isabella is confronted by her mother with her final words soon thereafter telling her daughter she did something against God’s will.
Isabella and Michael still filming their documentary have befriended two priests Ben (Simon Quarterman) and David (Evan Helmuth) and on December 3, 2009 they all witnessed an actual exorcism of a young girl kept in a basement whose body was twisted like a pretzel. What happens in that room is quite disturbing and chilling to anyone’s senses that witness it.
On December 7, 2009 the two priests against the knowledge of the church decide to perform an exorcism on Maria Rossi and soon discover that she has multiple demonic possessions. During the exorcism though something went wrong which has affected all four of the ones that tried to exorcise the demons from Maria and from this moment on nothing is sacred and every one of the four’s lives are in danger. In the end, he who you know who he is, says “thank you”!
Surprisingly the film that plays like a documentary with camera work similar to “Paranormal Activity” and “Blair Witch” is extremely well done. I probably would have been more freaked out if it wasn’t for the audience within the theatre during my screening. First off what parent in their right mind would bring young children to a film as such and of course they sat right behind the critics. This film with its violence, bloody scenes, twisted bodies, killings, offensive language and suggestive content of hell and the devil is the last place for a child. Let alone the cackling morons behind the children that were older than me laughing as bodies are ripped apart. The scenes were not comical by no means which makes you understand based on people like this what is actually wrong with today’s society. I even found it more frightening to think what the children of today will turn out like tomorrow when I heard two of the children laugh out loud to a reference used by a demon calling a priest a faggot! Remember the leaf doesn’t fall far from the tree, if you parents get my drift. I was actually hoping someone was going to turn demonic on the hecklers so they would shut up and allow the rest of the audience the opportunity to watch the film.
Any way the cinematography of Italy is breath-taking and the camera shots throughout the film are sharp in a distorted yet accurate and realistic manner. The special effects are superb making each scene seem real like you’re actually watching live footage. As for the actors none of which are familiar to me, all did a brilliant job portraying their characters. I must say though that Andrade and Crowley really took their roles to a higher point than some of the others but overall all the main characters really make this film worthy of a good but very disturbing ticket price. Beware though that sometimes the audience is much scarier than the film itself and even though my experience was close, the film actually won. Written and frightfully enjoyed with flashbacks to my friend Linda Blair’s film “The Exorcist” with 3 paws out of four, I’m Jon Patch.