LEGION: THE FINAL EXORCISM
Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Ariel Teal Toombs
What's it about
Michael San Chica used to be a priest and now he's an investigator who's looking into a demonic possession case. He's checking on a possessed daughter of a Baptist minister and realizes he's battled this demon before and now he must send it back to hell.
Is it good movie?
Blech. Within the first ten minutes of this movie, I knew that this movie wasn't for me. First of all, I'm not huge on the current exorcism gimmick. If it is done well, it can be pretty scary, but it doesn't feel to me like this needs to be beaten into the ground right now. Second of all, the lead character Michael San Chica (played by director David Heavener) is absolutely agonizing in his lameness. I apologize, but I absolutely don't buy the super cool priest. He's macho, he's badass and he narrates the film.
When a movie is narrated throughout, you can be sure that its because it has to be. Without the cheesy narration, this movie wouldn't make a lot of sense. Of course, he's a guy with wavering faith who's had his family killed by a demon or some such drivel, blah blah.
Do you like a lot of 'scary moment' shots? You know, the ones where things seem normal for a second and then the screen cuts and you see a scary face, slow/quick movements and a lot of loud music and screaming? Well, I hope you do because there is a ton of them in this movie. And they look bad- really bad. The effects are bad at best and unquestionably laughable.
This movie feels like an extended TV pilot that was created to pitch this goofy 80s character of father Michael. My favorite part of this little trainwreck was getting to watch Rowdy Roddy Piper (!) chew some scenery as the girl's Dad, the despondent baptist priest who is heartbroken over his daugher's possession. Not only that, but his daughter plays the possessed girl! All in the family!
The only good thing about this flick is the small semblance of story that's deep within. There's some okay subtext about good, evil and possession to be found here but it's buried within cheesy acting, bad effects and constant cutaway gags meant to be cheap scares.
Video / Audio
This was a screener copy of the DVD, and no specs were listed.
Nada, this was a screener provided by the studio.
This is a hokey, cheesy and goofy movie that felt like it was made in 1996 or something. The acting is silly, the effects are bad, the narration is goofy and there's very little to redeem it. Funnily enough, this movie was only recently renamed Legion: The Final Exorcism to cash in on movies with titles like that. Before that, it was called Costa Chica: Confessions of an Exorcist. If you're looking for a night of hilarious fun with your buddies, this may suffice. If you're looking for something serious, avoid this at all costs.