Wednesday, June 14, 2017

EXORCIST: THE FALLEN - Wild Eye Releasing DVD Review

Directed By: Garrett Benach
Written By: Garrett Benach
Starring: Tara Marie Kirk, Rollyn Stafford, Justin Hall
Color/82 Minutes/Not Rated
Region FREE

The Film
A girl becomes possessed after using a really shitty looking Ouija board with her brother and his friend. The brother implores the help of a priest to perform an exorcism on her which he does after receiving the blessing from the girl and her parents due to the high risk nature of the act.

I'm not going to spend much time talking about EXORCIST: THE FALLEN so let me get this out of my system right now- This movie is hot steaming garbage. There are scenes that anyone watching should find insulting. On the top of that list is the single worst rendering of CGI blood I've ever seen. The blood is smeared around the girls nose and mouth and is so shitty that it stutters and jitters and has a hard time following the movement of the girl. I've seen computer generated blood that is bad but I don't think I've ever been offended by how bad it is. If the director wanted blood on face for these scenes it would have been as easy as spending $5 at the market for Karo syrup and food coloring and at the very least it would have actually been on her face and looked okay. I don't know how to even describe this because I want to call it lazy but it probably took as much effort to create this awful blood in post than it would to have mixed up a batch of fake blood on set.

That is how this movie treats its audience. There's nothing to latch on to as far as emotions go, there's no real moments of horror. The closest we get to it happen off screen and leave no lasting impact. It's a "so what" type situation. The possession is painfully generic with a bit of screaming, head banging and suggestive dialogue about incest and religion. The exorcism scene itself is supposed to be the big pay off against this demon that is growing inside the girl but is easily restrained by a couple of guys who are limply clutching her arms. There's no tension or suspense. There's no scares. There's nothing of value and it's all shit. I could keep going but there's really no need.

The Audio & Video
The technical side of this Wild Eye Releasing disc is actually quite good for a standard DVD. The anamorphic widescreen transfer features a picture that is sharp and has really nice detail with vibrant, lively colors. The Stereo 2.0 audio mix is solid, with no background noise or distracting buzzing, crackling or popping. The levels are stable and complimentary so the dialogue and music are never overpowering one another.

The Extras
-Original Trailers
-Family Photo Album

The Bottom Line
Don't waste your time.


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