Reverend Cotton Marcus (Patrick Fabian) is a preacher and exorcist of impeccable ability but has lost his faith (like in the Exorcist). He now reverts to showmanship and tricks to ‘heal’ people of psychological problems that manifest as demonic possession. He agrees to let a film crew follow him on his final assignment before he retires to help them prove that possession is as phoney as he is.
Nell practices for the Hardcore Twister Championship 2010
Now, the downside? There has to be something, and there is. The end sucks harder than my granny with a Worther’s Original. You won’t hear me say this often, but this film needs an extra fifteen minutes. It’s rushed to the point that it jars, and not in a good way. It leaves you wondering what just happened, but not like Inception. The fact that the story ends up resembling Rosemary’s Baby doesn’t matter. It’s the fact that Cotton walks into the fire to battle the demon, and the cameraman runs away before you see anything actually happen. Nell is left tied to a table, her father is blindfolded and strung to a post, Cotton is walking into the fire with faith reaffirmed and his crucifix held high, and the other two just die. Really quickly. Instantly, in fact. It sucks. If you’re going to as far as have a proper demon-battling ending, at least let us see Cotton die. At least let Nell find the camera and escape. How does the tape ever reach civilisation so we can all see it? We have no idea because the last thing we see, it’s in the hand of a Satanist. The believability runs through excellently until the last minute of film where everything happens and nothing at all.
Oh, and the scariest bits of the movie are in the trailer. Shame that.
But that’s it. The only downsides. If this turns out to have alternate endings like Paranormal Activity did, we could be on to a winner.
I’d still suggest watching it for the performances and well executed possession acrobatics. Just wait until the Cotton-in-the-fire scene and then close your eyes until the credits.
“Damn Hollywood’s inability to end a film!”