Demons

2017

Horror

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IMDb Rating 3.4 10 296

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Andrew Divoff as Danson
Gary Grubbs as Hank
John Schneider as Detective Johnson
Steven Brand as Paul Wagner
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23.976 fps
105 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by nogodnomasters 4 / 10 / 10

The body overcomes the spirit.

PLOT SPOILERS The film opens with Jewel (Jessica Harthcock) dying in what appears to be an exorcism gone bad. We then jump 14 months to the future where Colin, the priest of the failed exorcism (Miles Dolec) is on a honeymoon with Kayleigh (Lindsay Anne Williams) the sister of the victim, apparently a common thing in Louisiana. They are at the Hotel Hesperides which is explained in a flashback. We then jump to another 8 years in the future where Colin is a famous author and the couple has a child, named for the dead sister, as they live in Savannah. They are hosting two other couples in a clothes optional get together prior to a wedding. Lara (Kristina Emerson) who doesn't wear clothes, can sense things besides a light breeze. When Jewel haunts them on what would be her 26th birthday we get a long numerology explanation, which was more detailed than their one line summary of the works of Immanuel Kant. The film has frequent flashbacks recreating the events leading up to the death of the sister with daddy issues being hinted at early as well as a scientific explanation. Lara, BTW believes in everything and has her own theory of everything which she states in one line which includes "point of singularity" and of course the number 26 as apparently God uses the Gregorian calendar in preference to the Julian calendar. She made the film worth watching, for more than one reason. The flashbacks were confusing as I wasn't sure what we were seeing. Why are the people who were there, acting like this is the first time they were seeing this? Some of the things, sure, but all of it? Apparently taking a pitchfork to the gut is just a minor flesh wound. No sense in dying. Just get up and walk around like you were never struck. "'Tis but a scratch. I've had worse." And or yes, the other twist which you half saw coming. This is a somewhat clever idea. Miles wanted to keep the twist secret until the very end which meant he had to jumble the chronology and create flashbacks that didn't work well. Guide: F-word, sex, nudity (Kristina Emerson)

Reviewed by brindavani 6 / 10 / 10

Aptly Named

This movie presents an insightful, thought-provoking, and deeply disturbing twist on the common exorcist theme. It's not that the question of the nature of evil is so rare, but that, when considered in the context of the storyline, the answer proves as elusive, as it does in life. Yet, in life, when confronted with such demands, after a time, we generally blow a circuit and change our focus to something else. It is as if mere humans just aren't designed to manage the failures in our design - but, one asks, why not? Why can't we, individually, or as a group, prevent the horrors which abound in our society? The movie gives us the opportunity to simply acknowledge our powerlessness and bewilderment, which are embodied variously by different characters, throughout the storyline. Contrary to the gist of several reviews, the seemingly low key nature of the horror, here, is no failure, but, rather, design. The notion of the invincibility of evil, when one takes a moment to savor the feelings brought up by the absence of triumph in the film, sinks down deep into our constant fears, sorrow, and coping mechanisms, laying bare the inner landscape, for the moment portrayed as a battlefield bloodied by failure, impotence, and defeat. If that seems overdone, pause to consider the lives of just those neighbors you know within a half block, the walking wounded you see everywhere you go, the daily horrors of abuse and neglect sickening so many around us and causing maladaptive reactions which only make things worse. For a few minutes after the movie, we ponder the subtleties. If, as implied by the film, evil is not something outside ourselves, but some horror arising within, how can it be combatted, prevented, or accepted? In real life, of course, the situation would have been handled differently; but the film's focus on evil, itself, only benefits from the contrivance, as if to point out that dealing with the symptoms allopathically is all good and fine, when it works; but how can we direclty address a disease so deeply embedded in the human experience? The acting was great. In fact, the actor with the most objectionable character does such a believable job that it was hard to watch. To avoid mentally slapping him, I had to switch to appreciating his craft.

Reviewed by gehennapublishinghouse 6 / 10 / 10

Demons (2017) and the Quest of Indie Film

Greetings from the Ether, We were given the honor to attend an early screening of Demons, a new horror film from Mississippi powerhouse Miles Doleac (American Horror Story, The Magnificent Seven). We would first like to thank the director for the invite and for him reaching out to the Gehenna Post. We hope this will be the first of many, many more early reviews. Alas, let's begin! Former priest Colin Hampstead turns to a career as an author after an attempted exorcism goes wrong. The victim of said possession is none other than the younger sister of the woman he later marries. Together, and many years after the tragic incident, they battle the demons that aim to put them down, coming to realizations and truths about themselves in the process. Now, the first thing that must be noted and thoroughly considered, is the fact that this film is not a Hollywood blockbuster. It is not on tier with many Oscar-nominated films. For average moviegoers, the experience may not be what they would hope. Nonetheless, the ability to admire the work that these artists put their hearts and souls into, with the limited resources they had, is something that we should take into acknowledgment. There are good performances here, most notably from John Schneider (Smallville), Andrew Divoff (Wishmaster), and Steven Brand (The Scorpion King). Unlike previous outings with Doleac as director, he chose (in a risk that truly paid off) to put other cast members to the forefront. The character of Colin (played by Miles Doleac) is well done, as all of the director's on screen performances have been to date, but he truly gave the floor to other stars in a way that hasn't been seen and this was perhaps one of the most respectable decisions made. Doleac's previous directorial and starring outings, The Historian and The Hollow were both in the field of drama, one being a cinematic academia-based investigation, and the latter being a southern crime noir. Stepping into the realm of horror was brave, and though Doleac doesn't have the most experience in this genre, his skill as a director and screenwriter shine through. There are some solid scares and a few very intense moments throughout the film, while maintaining a structure that is at times changing pretty fast-paced, but at other times seamless. During the Q&A, we asked the director about the challenges he faced tackling the genre of horror, and he said something that we found to be very truthful, horror is "character-driven." The reveals and expanding plot development surrounding the possession and why it happened are exactly that. This, Doleac nailed on the head. Keeping in mind the struggles that indie filmmakers face in today's industry, Doleac continues to impress with the resources he is given. In the Q&A after the film, the director revealed that the script was written relatively quickly, and despite the rushed nature of this animal's creation, there is some honest storytelling to be seen. If the director can write a screenplay like this in such a short time, one can only imagine his capabilities if given the proper resources and time. Demons has flaws, and doesn't quite surpass what The Hollow achieved, but it is still worth watching, and more importantly, worth supporting. In a day and age where independent filmmakers struggle to gain recognition and have to work endlessly and tirelessly to produce a movie, it is more important now than ever to support indie films. As Doleac pointed out in the Q&A, the theater industry is dying and it is near impossible to work from the ground up, setting your own foundations in the process. Many facets of the film didn't work but the ones that did made up for it. It will be interesting to see where Doleac goes from here and if he chooses to pursue horror again. We are excited to see his progression as a director, actor, and screenwriter. We encourage you, our readers, to watch this film and to support indie film- making. Demons is not The Exorcist or The Conjuring but we hope it is the first in an ever-improving filmography from Miles Doleac.

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