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Review: The Devil Inside

Jan. 6, 2012by: Chris Bumbray

PLOT: The daughter of a woman who killed three people while in the midst of having a demon exorcised from her body, travels to Vatican City, where she hooks up with two rogue priests who perform unsanctioned exorcisms. Naturally, she films the whole thing.

REVIEW: Well folks, only six days into 2012, I can safely say that I've seen the movie that's all be guaranteed to end up number one with a bullet on my worst of 2012 list when I write it next December. If you've read my reviews of films like PARANORMAL ACTIVITY or THE LAST EXORCISM, you'll likely assume that I have a thing against found footage movies. For the most part, yes- I hate this technique, but there have been some great films made this way, including the REC films. While I pretty much figured that the first weekend of January release date meant that THE DEVIL INSIDE wasn't much of a film, at worst I was expecting a PARANORMAL ACTIVITY ripoff. What I got was much, MUCH worse.


I'm not exaggerating when I say THE DEVIL INSIDE is among the worst films I've ever reviewed for JoBlo.com. The only two that come close to it's level of inanity are maybe PASSION PLAY, and TWIXT. Certainly THE DEVIL INSIDE is the first time I ever found myself in a theatre where an audience, that, mind you, had seen the film for free, were so enraged when it was over that everyone in the theatre started booing and throwing things at the screen once the credits rolled. Truly, this is a bad film.

Even if you go in just wanting to see some cool exorcisms, you likely won't get much from this that you haven't seen in other, far better films. Even something I hated like THE LAST EXORCISM seems like the original, classic THE EXORCIST in comparison to this piece of crap. The two exorcisms are total retreads, with seemingly whole exchanges being ripped of from the William Friedkin classic (or close enough). The acting is unfathomably bad, and like something out of an Ed Wood movie. There's a hilarious scene where one of the actors, playing a priest, is supposed to be having a cigarette, but seems so uncomfortable holding in his hands that the audience started to snicker, especially when he puts it out without ever even taking a drag. It looks like this actor had never held a cigarette in his life, with it only being shoehorned into the scene because the director probably thought it looked cool.


The level of stupidity on display from our main characters here is awful, and Vatican City is portrayed as the kind of place where a priest can almost drown a baby, or woman could murder someone in a hospital, without ever having to worry about the cops. And when they do show up, they'll be so laughably incompetent that they seem like they walked out of a Keystone Kops short from the twenties.

Apparently, THE DEVIL INSIDE is just the first of what threatens to be a series of low-budget films to come from Paramount's new Insurge division, which is devoted to finding the next PARANORMAL ACTIVITY style cash-cow. Yeah, this ain't it folks. I'm actually amazed/horrified that Paramount would stoop so low as to attach their logo to something as amateurish as this, as this strikes me as a film that should have been deemed unreleasable. As much as I didn't like the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY films, I can see why people enjoy them, and at their absolute worst, they're about 1000x better than this. This is truly a film to avoid at all costs, and in fact should be boycotted by anyone who finds it absurd that a studio would have the gall to release something so amateurish on 2000 screens, and then charge people admission to see it. This gets a big, fat zero in my books.

Extra Tidbit: THE DEVIL INSIDE ends with a plug for the film's website. Seriously.
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7:31AM on 01/06/2012
After seeing the previews for this, it looked bad, and i thought , eh, maybe i'll check it out from redbox someday but after reading your review, i'll just pass it up altogether. critic reviews i usually take lightly, but i found joblo reviews crdible. thank you for saving me from an hour and a half of dreck.
After seeing the previews for this, it looked bad, and i thought , eh, maybe i'll check it out from redbox someday but after reading your review, i'll just pass it up altogether. critic reviews i usually take lightly, but i found joblo reviews crdible. thank you for saving me from an hour and a half of dreck.
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7:50AM on 01/06/2012

I don't know...

I don't know, maybe there's something wrong with me, but I almost want to see this movie now. I had no interest before this review but a 0 out of 10...that sounds amazing!!! Can it truly be that bad? I am sure it can but I almost want to see it for myself now!!! HAHAHAHA....what is wrong with me?
I don't know, maybe there's something wrong with me, but I almost want to see this movie now. I had no interest before this review but a 0 out of 10...that sounds amazing!!! Can it truly be that bad? I am sure it can but I almost want to see it for myself now!!! HAHAHAHA....what is wrong with me?
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7:52AM on 01/06/2012

Thanks Chris!

you just saved me $11 i was reluctantly holding for this. i thought "meh, maybe it'll be 'bad' good". Now i know. Guess i'll wait for cable on a sick day to catch this one.
you just saved me $11 i was reluctantly holding for this. i thought "meh, maybe it'll be 'bad' good". Now i know. Guess i'll wait for cable on a sick day to catch this one.
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8:53AM on 01/06/2012
Fuckin awesome review. I kind of liked the trailer, glad I go to Joblo!
Fuckin awesome review. I kind of liked the trailer, glad I go to Joblo!
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9:32AM on 01/06/2012
*spitting water in a comical way* Is it that bad???
*spitting water in a comical way* Is it that bad???
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9:51AM on 01/06/2012

0 out of 10???

Wow.. now I have got to see this crap just for the sheer awefully-good sake!
Wow.. now I have got to see this crap just for the sheer awefully-good sake!
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9:54AM on 01/06/2012

Damn you 0 star review

Now I have to see it.
Now I have to see it.
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9:58AM on 01/06/2012
Holy shit, if this is as bad as Bumbray makes out then the one guy who's gonna get a lot of work is the guy who edited the red-band trailer. That made the film look boss and a half. Check it: [link]
Holy shit, if this is as bad as Bumbray makes out then the one guy who's gonna get a lot of work is the guy who edited the red-band trailer. That made the film look boss and a half. Check it: [link]
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10:12AM on 01/06/2012

The trailer looked good.

I guess someone did something right.
I guess someone did something right.
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11:05AM on 01/06/2012
And the rest did everything WROOOOOOOONG (Kevin Spacey in BR type!)
And the rest did everything WROOOOOOOONG (Kevin Spacey in BR type!)
10:45AM on 01/06/2012

Z-E-R-O!!!

0 out of 10!!!??? In years following Joblo i've never seen a 0. Now this movie is one of my must-see for this year!!!
0 out of 10!!!??? In years following Joblo i've never seen a 0. Now this movie is one of my must-see for this year!!!
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10:48AM on 01/06/2012
I seem to remember that Clone Wars got a big fat zero too :)
I seem to remember that Clone Wars got a big fat zero too :)
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10:45AM on 01/06/2012
I wasn't planning on seeing it anyways but thanks for the heads up.
I wasn't planning on seeing it anyways but thanks for the heads up.
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11:35AM on 01/06/2012

Hey...

Sorry for the double post but doing some research, i notice that if u play the trailer backward theres some hidden messages wich involves..well something hidden!
Sorry for the double post but doing some research, i notice that if u play the trailer backward theres some hidden messages wich involves..well something hidden!
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12:50PM on 01/06/2012
oh.. wow. In the 7 years I've been to this site, I've never seen a 0/10 on this site before. And if I have, you could count them on your hand. This movie must be AWFUL.
oh.. wow. In the 7 years I've been to this site, I've never seen a 0/10 on this site before. And if I have, you could count them on your hand. This movie must be AWFUL.
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1:43PM on 01/06/2012
Yeah, The Happening was an atrocity. I watched that movie with little expectations due to the reviews, but goddamn it was really, REALLY bad.
Yeah, The Happening was an atrocity. I watched that movie with little expectations due to the reviews, but goddamn it was really, REALLY bad.
12:53PM on 01/06/2012
In retrospect- what did "the happening" get? I will die saying that was the worst movie of all time. *Kanye Shrug*
In retrospect- what did "the happening" get? I will die saying that was the worst movie of all time. *Kanye Shrug*
1:27PM on 01/06/2012
Haven't heard of this movie until I saw a horrible tv spot. Glad you mention the Paramount studio trying to find the next found footage type movies. I can't stand that studio look for trends as horrible as the paranormal movies and/or found footage. I agree with you all the way.
Haven't heard of this movie until I saw a horrible tv spot. Glad you mention the Paramount studio trying to find the next found footage type movies. I can't stand that studio look for trends as horrible as the paranormal movies and/or found footage. I agree with you all the way.
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1:42PM on 01/06/2012
My post is Green for praising Chris for shunning this barrel full of cat piss. I am sick and tired of these cheap imitations of horror movies trying look real which ultimately come out looking more fake and stupid.
My post is Green for praising Chris for shunning this barrel full of cat piss. I am sick and tired of these cheap imitations of horror movies trying look real which ultimately come out looking more fake and stupid.
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2:02PM on 01/06/2012
hear,hear.
hear,hear.
1:47PM on 01/06/2012
0 out of 10, eh?? I bet you all that we'll be seeing this in the "Awfully Good" Column in a year and a half. Will it be Uwe Boll, or Bruce Campbell?? I want to know how many shots I need to take when 'an exorcism happens' or when 'someone doesn't know how to smoke a cigarette'!
0 out of 10, eh?? I bet you all that we'll be seeing this in the "Awfully Good" Column in a year and a half. Will it be Uwe Boll, or Bruce Campbell?? I want to know how many shots I need to take when 'an exorcism happens' or when 'someone doesn't know how to smoke a cigarette'!
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2:57PM on 01/06/2012

THE DEVIL INSIDE

I'me seeing this reguardless, but with reviews like this people will only be curious to see how bad it really is and will go see it.
I'me seeing this reguardless, but with reviews like this people will only be curious to see how bad it really is and will go see it.
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3:26PM on 01/06/2012

OK... I wasnt expecting much

But damn!!! a 0? I was hoping this would at least be decent.The trailer looked good. But my expectations to watch went from maybe to no freaking way!! Looks like this movie is gonna be a redbox dare like Abduction was.
But damn!!! a 0? I was hoping this would at least be decent.The trailer looked good. But my expectations to watch went from maybe to no freaking way!! Looks like this movie is gonna be a redbox dare like Abduction was.
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4:19PM on 01/06/2012
i knew this was going to be bad but you know what really sucks is that people are actually going to see it and the movie is going t make millions unfortunately! Fuck Paramount for doing this shit!
i knew this was going to be bad but you know what really sucks is that people are actually going to see it and the movie is going t make millions unfortunately! Fuck Paramount for doing this shit!
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6:01PM on 01/06/2012

Called it.

Never in my life have I seen a 0 on JoBlo.com, and I'd actually like to know if there ever has been one. I've been reading for nearly 10 years now, maybe a little less. I could've called this from the beginning, but maybe as a 1 or 2. Didn't expect a 0...

The Extra Tidbit is what's killing me about hearing about this movie... REALLY?! That's so pathetic..
Never in my life have I seen a 0 on JoBlo.com, and I'd actually like to know if there ever has been one. I've been reading for nearly 10 years now, maybe a little less. I could've called this from the beginning, but maybe as a 1 or 2. Didn't expect a 0...

The Extra Tidbit is what's killing me about hearing about this movie... REALLY?! That's so pathetic..
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6:16PM on 01/06/2012

Spoiler if anyone cares, already mentioned in the above review

This movie is pretty bad, but I'm not sure if it's truly deserving of a 0 rating. I've seen a lot worse. If you want to see a real piece of shit found-footage film, go rent 8213: Gacy House. Last year's Apollo 18 is a worse film in my opinion. At least The Devil Inside offered one surprise: A priest trying to drown a baby. Wasn't expecting that one.
This movie is pretty bad, but I'm not sure if it's truly deserving of a 0 rating. I've seen a lot worse. If you want to see a real piece of shit found-footage film, go rent 8213: Gacy House. Last year's Apollo 18 is a worse film in my opinion. At least The Devil Inside offered one surprise: A priest trying to drown a baby. Wasn't expecting that one.
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5:25PM on 01/09/2012
Which is exactly why I try to avoid red band trailers.
Which is exactly why I try to avoid red band trailers.
8:34PM on 01/08/2012
The drowning baby scene was actually in the red band trailer.
The drowning baby scene was actually in the red band trailer.
7:39PM on 01/06/2012
woooow...a big fat ZERO! don't think I've seen one of those yet. Well ill give paramount credit, they plugged it well cuz the movie looked really good...the January release date kinda gave away how crappy it was gonna be though so i'm only half surprised...
woooow...a big fat ZERO! don't think I've seen one of those yet. Well ill give paramount credit, they plugged it well cuz the movie looked really good...the January release date kinda gave away how crappy it was gonna be though so i'm only half surprised...
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9:05PM on 01/06/2012

Hear, hear!

My mini review:

Not scary or even creepy. Just unpleasant (and not in the way the Director & Screenwriters intend it to be). The film desperately wants us to believe the events mirror real life but how can we when the acting & direction are THIS staged and the footage is THIS obvious & phony? This is barely releasable & will enrage movie goers but hats off to the marketing team for making this seem like a Horror.
My mini review:

Not scary or even creepy. Just unpleasant (and not in the way the Director & Screenwriters intend it to be). The film desperately wants us to believe the events mirror real life but how can we when the acting & direction are THIS staged and the footage is THIS obvious & phony? This is barely releasable & will enrage movie goers but hats off to the marketing team for making this seem like a Horror.
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9:05AM on 01/07/2012
I had 0 desire to see this movie, I didnt even acknowledge it as something that existed. However after reading this review its now a must see.
I had 0 desire to see this movie, I didnt even acknowledge it as something that existed. However after reading this review its now a must see.
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9:33PM on 01/09/2012
I also like to pretend this film doesnt exist everyones a sucker for spending money on it. to the filmakers i leave you with these last words, fuck you :)
I also like to pretend this film doesnt exist everyones a sucker for spending money on it. to the filmakers i leave you with these last words, fuck you :)
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6:20PM on 01/10/2012
Could we possibly have another Troll 2 situation here?
Could we possibly have another Troll 2 situation here?
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6:40PM on 01/12/2012

Meh.

0/10 seems a bit harsh. In no way was this a good film, but a zero seems a little bit extreme. I'd say a low 3/10. It was just such a nothing movie. There was nothing particularly good about it. But a zero out of ten seems unnecessary. So yeah, overall this movie was a meh but not an offensively bad piece of shit. Make sense?
0/10 seems a bit harsh. In no way was this a good film, but a zero seems a little bit extreme. I'd say a low 3/10. It was just such a nothing movie. There was nothing particularly good about it. But a zero out of ten seems unnecessary. So yeah, overall this movie was a meh but not an offensively bad piece of shit. Make sense?
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