Tag Archive: Exorcism

conjuringStarring: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Lili Taylor & Ron Livingston
Written by Chad Hayes & Carey W. Hayes
Directed by James Wan

Based on the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigators who, in 1971, helped a family that was being terrorized by a demonic presence shortly after moving into a new home.

Prepare yourself for
the scariest film ever
made about clapping.

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Conjuring is now playing in theaters nationwide.


possessionStarring: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis, Madison Davenport, Jay Brazeau & Matisyahu
Written by Juliet Snowden & Stiles White
Directed by Ole Bornedal

A young girl becomes possessed by a malevolent spirit – known in Judaism as a dybbuk – after purchasing a mysterious box that imprisoned it.

Oy vey! This dybbuk
should skip meshuga clichés,
find a nice doctor.

Grade: C

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Possession is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 1/15/13.

Haiku Review: V/H/S (2012)

Starring: Calvin Reeder, Joe Sykes & Jas Sams
Directed by: Radio Silence, David Bruckner, Glenn McQuaid, Joe Swanberg, Ti West & Adam Wingard

A group of criminals break into a house to steal a VHS tape that allegedly has something valuable on it and discover a collection of tapes that each contains different horrific footage.

Like an old cassette,
the quality of these films
fluctuates wildly.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
V/H/S opens in select cities on 10/5/12.
TCFF 12-12

Starring: Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman & Evan Helmuth
Written by William Brent Bell & Matthew Peterman
Directed by William Brent Bell

A young woman becomes involved with two rogue priests while trying to uncover the mystery surrounding her mother, who murdered three people while undergoing an exorcism.

Even Satan would
vomit pea soup from watching
this found-footage bore.

Grade: D-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Devil Inside is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/15/12.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Alice Braga, Ciarán Hinds, Rutger Hauer & Toby Jones
Written by Michael Petroni
Directed by Mikael Hafström

A skeptical seminary student sent to study exorcism at the Vatican sees terrifying things when he is mentored by an experienced priest.

Your head will spin ’round
possessed by boredom, hellbent
on something less dull.

Grade: C

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Rite is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 5/17/11.