THE VATICAN TAPES
released OUT NOW! 2015 | 15 | Blu-ray/dVd/download Director Mark Neveldine Cast Olivia dudley, Michael Peña, dougray scott, Kathleen robertson, alison lohman
The Exorcist casts a long shadow. Whatever your beliefs, Friedkin’s masterpiece made the whole possession shebang seem plausible. Unfortunately, it’s rendered virtually all such movies since rather redundant. The Vatican Tapes isn’t going to change that.
A montage of security footage sets out the film’s stall. Possessions are on the rise and the Catholic Church is monitoring the situation. After a car crash, sweet young Angela (Olivia Dudley) begins to act strangely, and paranormal events seem to follow in her wake. It’s soon clear that Angela’s not the woman she used to be...
Crank co-director Mark Neveldine tries to spice things up with flashy editing, but can’t disguise the drab and clichéd nature of the material. Dougray Scott looks bored stiff throughout and it’s all building up to the big exorcism scene, which is rendered hilarious when Angela starts gobbing out three eggs – presumably from one of hell’s notorious flocks of damned chickens. Buy it and the yolk’s on you.
Extras Just a three-minute behind-the-scenes piece. Will Salmon
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