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While base el­e­ments of this hor­ror flick do have a ca­pac­ity to truly hor­rify, the bulk of it is just truly hor­ri­ble. The script plays the same based-on-a-true-story card that has served the likes of The Con­jur­ing so well, but can­not keep the phoni­ness at bay. An ex­tremely lost-look­ing Eric Bana stars as Ralph Sarchie, a hard-nut New York cop in­ves­ti­gat­ing a messy case in­volv­ing de­mon­i­cally pos­sessed Iraqi war vets, their mouth­foam­ing next of kin and an an­cient curse. The most de­ci­sive deal-breaker here is the murky cine­matog­ra­phy, which ap­pears to have been il­lu­mi­nated by an itty-bitty book light whose bat­tery is about to give out. 118 messed-up min­utes of eye strain, brain fades and stomach churns.

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