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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.

Director:

Manuel Carballo

Writer:

David Muñoz (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sophie Vavasseur ... Emma
Stephen Billington ... Christopher
Richard Felix ... John
Jo-Anne Stockham ... Lucy (as Jo Anne Sotckham)
Lazzaro E. Oertli Ortiz Lazzaro E. Oertli Ortiz ... Mark
Isamaya Ffrench Isamaya Ffrench ... Rose (as Ismaya Ffrench)
Tommy Bastow ... Alex
Emma Reynolds Emma Reynolds ... Sarah
Doug Bradley ... Padre Ennis (as Douglas Bradley)
Brendan Price ... Brian
Clàudia Costas Clàudia Costas ... Ana Salgado (as Claudia Costas)
Cristina Cervià Cristina Cervià ... Sofia Salgado
Francesc Ten Francesc Ten ... Priest 1
Joan Roca Joan Roca ... Priest 2 (as Joan Cusachs)
Pere Raich Pere Raich ... Priest 3
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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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Horror

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Country:

Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 2010 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Possession of Emma Evans See more »

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Production Co:

Filmax See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Actor Doug Bradley has less than one minute of screen time in this film. See more »

Quotes

[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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During the credits...we see Emma pushing her mother in a wheelchair through a park See more »

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References Astro Boy (2009) See more »

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A mild possession movie
24 March 2012 | by TdSmth5See all my reviews

Emma is a home-schooled teen who one day cuts herself. It's thought that it's because she wants to be in school with her friends. One day she has a seizure and foams out of her mouth. Doctors don't find anything wrong with her. Her secular and modern parents send her to a psychologist who ends up dead. Emma knows that something is wrong with her and visits her uncle who is a priest. He recognizes that she's possessed. Emma is willing to undergo an exorcism. Her parents don't agree until she has another seizure and levitates.

The exorcism will take several session to be performed by the uncle who has been actually kicked out of the church for the death of his previous exorcism patient. Meanwhile, whenever the devil takes over and Emma is with someone else, that other person doesn't end up well. The priest recognizes the he alone won't be able to cast out the devil. He also films the sessions. The parents are still in disbelief until one day the father interrupts a session only to actually see for himself how possessed she is. Things get deadlier for the family and we learn some darker secrets about the priest and Emma.

Exorcismus was produced by Spanish production company Filmax which specializes in high quality, lower budget, good-natured, PG-13 horror movies, where the behavior of the characters is far less believable than the horror. This is their take on the exorcism genre, although the exorcisms aren't all that much at the center of the movie, "Possession" would be a more apt title. It follows the Filmax recipe, it won't offend anyone's sensibilities, is well directed, and has a European/Spanish feel to it.

The first third of the movie is very strong. It has its creepy moments, the hand-held camera-work is great and so is the digital sound. The heavily discolored look of the movie, however, is annoying. It doesn't manage to keep the interest or pace as things become less interesting during the second third for some reason, even though that's when stuff starts happening. The last third improves a bit as we learn why the girl really cut herself at the beginning of the movie. And we learn why the priest is so highly motivated to act. What I liked about it was that everything takes place during the day, even outdoors. This devil isn't scared of the sun or of public places. No lame night scenes, rain, thunder, lights going out and all the clichés that plague every single American horror movie. Exorcismus is enjoyable but it doesn't break any new ground, which is something that this type of movie needs at this point, although Sophie Vavasseur's understated performance is excellent.


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