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Exorcismus (2010)
"La posesión de Emma Evans" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Horror  |  29 December 2010 (Spain)
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A family allows their young daughter's exorcism to be recorded secretly.



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Cast overview:
Jo-Anne Stockham ...
Lucy (as Jo Anne Sotckham)
Lazzaro E. Oertli Ortiz ...
Isamaya Ffrench ...
Rose (as Ismaya Ffrench)
Emma Reynolds ...
Padre Ennis (as Douglas Bradley)
Brendan Price ...
Ana Salgado (as Claudia Costas)
Cristina Cervià ...
Sofia Salgado
Francesc Ten ...
Priest 1
Joan Roca ...
Priest 2 (as Joan Cusachs)
Pere Raich ...
Priest 3


Fifteen year-old Emma Evans has an argument with her mother Lucy since she wants to go to a concert in London with her friends Rose and Alex. Emma immediately has a convulsion and her family takes her to the hospital, but the doctors do not find any physical problem. Then her father John tries to convince his wife to send Emma to school, instead of homeschooling, but she prefers to keep Emma in the family-based education. Lucy sends her daughter to the psychoanalyst believing that she has psychological problems and Emma asks her friend Rose to record her session of hypnosis though the cellular but the doctor dies during the session. When Emma listens to the tape, she believes she is possessed by the devil and asks her parents to be submitted to an exorcism with her uncle, Priest Christopher Taylor. However her skeptical mother is against the ritual and recalls that Chris was responsible for the death of a teenager, Ana, in the past in an unsuccessful exorcism. But when Emma levitates ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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There are some things best kept secret.




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29 December 2010 (Spain)  »

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The Possession of Emma Evans  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)

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Stephen Billington starred in Resident Evil and Sophie Vavasseur starred in the film's sequel Resident Evil: Apocalypse. See more »


[first lines]
Mark: I can do it... get off...
Mark: [when his teenage sister won't play with him] You're just scared of losing
Mark: [Mark is in the tub and his older sister wants in] Wait until i say so
Mark: [on why he's staring at Emma] You were just standing there and your eyes were
[rolls his eyes into the back of his head as he shakes]
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Demonic Possession With a Twist
9 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Exorcismus, not surprisingly, starts off fairly predictable, following in the footsteps of pretty much every other possession film out there, but toward about the midway point things suddenly change course, leading you in an original and disturbing direction. While most films seem only interested in patterning themselves on Friedkin's The Exorcist, Carballo introduces us to a "not-so-innocent" young girl with dark secrets, constantly locking horns with her progressive parents. Instead of jumping right into the possession, the director leads us to wonder whether Emma's malady is nothing more than the calculated tantrum tactics of a conniving teenager. This, of course, keeps us guessing while tension slowly builds and the signs of possession become evident.

The film occasionally has a documentary feel, thanks to the cinematography of Javier (Romasanta) Salmones, successfully bringing you closer to the characters without forcing you to participate, like The Possession of David O'Reilly. Naturally that only works when you're given genuine characters to connect with and in my opinion the actors all did a wonderful job, with 19-year-old Sophie (Resident Evil: Apocalypse) Vavasseur turning in the most impressive, and probably physically exhausting, performance as Emma.

Bottom line, when you watch a possession film you want to see some actual demonic possession, whether that's bending backwards, walking on walls, vomiting pea soup or using foul language. In the case of this film, the director could have kept things ambiguous without ever showing us anything supernatural but, thankfully, he didn't go that route. Exorcismus doesn't depend on wild CGI possession gags but they are used and when they are its to great effect as they're never over-the-top.

Written by David (The Devil's Backbone) Muñoz, Exorcismus features capable actors, solid CGI and some thrilling sequences that ooze tension and terror. This film is definitely worth checking out but be sure to rent first.

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