BLACKWATER VALLEY EXORCISM
Reviewed by: Serena Whitney
What's it about
A teenage girl named Isabelle is found outside covered in rabbit’s blood by two men. They take her home and soon discover that she is under a demonic possession. Her family, friends, a “naughty sheriff,” a veterinarian, and a lousy priest must come together and save Isabelle before it’s too late.
Is it good movie?
When I saw the cover of this DVD, I was a little jazzed up to see this movie. It states on the cover that the film’s exorcism scenes were under the supervision of a real-life bishop, it co-stars one of the greatest character actors, Jeffrey Combs, and the film was based upon actual events. What I got instead was a crappy straight to DVD film, two small and useless scenes with Jeffrey Combs, thoughts of writing a letter to this bishop and shaming him for supervising this pile of garbage, and a very good buzz. (I needed to do something to keep from thinking I wasted two hours of my life on a movie that shouldn’t have been made.)
First of all, there are way too many sub-plots in this movie that should be primarily about saving a girl who has been possessed. All of the characters were too preoccupied with their own stupid problems. For example, at one point in the film, Isabelle’s father takes a friend of the family into the woods and confronts him with a gun after he accuses him of sleeping with his wife. (You think you could perhaps backburner your vendetta until your daughter is not possessed anymore, buddy?) The most ridiculous sub plot involved the priest getting seduced by Isabelle’s sister in the family’s home. (Umm...don’t you think the exorcism is a little more important? By the way dude, you’re a PRIEST!) These subplots made the characters less believable and made me hope that Isabelle would go all Linda Blair on their asses and take them all out!
The acting was probably the most amusing part of the movie, because it was so bad. We have men attempting to cry, an unintentionally funny sex scene, (the woman’s moans sounded like a cow being slaughtered) and the actress portraying the possessed teen crouching and squatting on beds to demonstrate how “scary” she is. The only good actor in the film was Jeffrey Combs. However, his only purpose in the film was to provide a name on the DVD cover so poor saps like me would believe they are watching a Jeffrey Combs film.
Video / Audio
The film is presented in 1.78:1 Widescreen (16:9)
Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 (sounded okay)
English with Spanish subtitles
Director’s Commentary- (89 Minutes) If I needed booze to get through the feature, can you imagine how much I needed to listen to the commentary? Cameron Daddo (the priest)accompanies the director during the commentary. Both of them basically talk about how is it was shooting the film, but mostly they talked about things totally unrelated to the film. I almost laughed when the director said this movie is more of a character piece than anything else.
“Making of Blackwater Valley Exorcism” Featurette (25 Minutes)- This was a pretty basic behind the scenes feature. Nothing really too interesting. Just a bunch of actors and crew goofing off. Although, there is one line I will never forget that was said by one of the actors. “ What you just witnessed on set was Eli (my character) delivering the line, ‘I don’t know.’ The essence of that line is that I got to get across to people, I really don’t know. “ (Wow...it looks like these people were drinking more than me.)
To be fair, I think the director’s vision was probably destroyed by the lack of funds for this flick. With a bigger budget, this film could have had much more needed special effects, a less cheesy score, and better actors. I could see this film doing a whole lot better if it had more money and a more original premise, (The teenage girl being possessed thing is OVER DONE! Why not do a film with a teenage boy for a change?) but since it didn’t have either, I can not recommend this movie for anything more than a few cheap laughs.