Three

Three (2023)

William Friedkin’s The Exorcist (1973) may be set mostly in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., in the (political) heart of America, but it opens in northern Iraq, where the priest Lankester Merrin (Max von Sydow) sees the statue of an ancient demonic evil being unearthed. Some four decades later, Scott Derrickson’s Deliver Us From Evil (2014), though…

Hood Witch

Hood Witch (Rokya) (2023)

Hood Witch had its UK première on Saturday 28th Oct at the Halloween FrightFest The original French title of Saïd Belktibia’s feature debut is Rokya, which is the word for a kind of officially sanctioned kind of Islamic spiritual healing and exorcism, while its English title is Hood Witch, which suggests TheHoodWitch.com,  a popuIar one-stop…

When Evil Lurks

When Evil Lurks (Cuando acecha la maldad) (2023)

When Evil Lurks (Cuando acecha la maldad) seen at the Imagine Fantastic Film Festival 2023 “The rotten must be removed before it rots the rest,” says Armando Ruiz (Luis Ziembrowski) near the beginning of Demián Rugna’s When Evil Lurks (Cuando acecha la maldad).  It is a principle that will be familiar to farmers everywhere, including…

Sorry About The Demon

Sorry About The Demon (2022)

Sorry About The Demon first published by VODzilla.co When writer/director Emily Hagins presented the world première of My Sucky Teen Romance (2011) at FrightFest, she was barely old enough to attend the festival – but extraordinarily it was not her first or even second feature. In fact she debuted with Pathogen (2006) when she was…

Godless The Eastfield Exorcism

Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism (2023) at Overlook 2023

Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism had its world première at the Overlook Film Festival 2023 Nick Kozakis’ Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism opens with text stating that it is “inspired by true events”, yet ends with a disclaimer that its characters are entirely fictitious. It is a familiar paradox in films about exorcism, which tend to play…

Requiem

Requiem (2006)

Requiem first published by Film4 Summary: Sandra Hüller puts in an award-winning debut in Hans-Christian Schmid’s dramatic dissection of a notorious exorcism case from 1970s Germany. Review: For ten long months between 1975 and 1976, Anneliese Michel, a devout Catholic student with a long history of temporal lobe epilepsy, willingly submitted herself twice a week to violent…

Zalava

Zalava (2021)

Zalava had its UK première at Glasgow Film Festival 2022 Taking place less than a year before Iran’s 1979 Revolution and named for a small village built into a steep mountainside in rural Kurdistan, Arsalan Amiri’s feature Zalava – which he co-wrote with Tahmineh Bahramalian and Ida Panahandeh –  is a film of jars, of…

Anything For Jackson

Anything For Jackson (2020)

Anything For Jackson first published by VODzilla.co Satanists come with their own stereotype. The picture that they present in the popular imagination usually goes something like this: young, male, long hair, black leather, listens to heavy metal, incel. What you probably do not picture – unless your internal iconography is dominated by Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s…

The Last Rite

The Last Rite (2021)

The Last Rite has its First Blood world première at FrightFest 2021 Writer/director Leroy Kincaide’s feature debut The Last Rite opens with the sound of slow ticking, and the image of a mantel clock. Time indeed will play its part in this slow-burning psychodrama, which begins near its end – with Ben (Johnny Fleming) sitting…

Carmen Farias

The Exorcism of Carmen Farias (2021)

The Exorcism of Carmen Farias (El Exorcismo de Carmen Farías) has its international première at FrightFest 2021 When Rocio (Patricia Martínez) dies at the beginning of The Exorcism of Carmen Farias (El Exorcismo de Carmen Farías), in her will she leaves to her adult daughter Carmen (Camila Sodi) the rural home of her own mother…

Cleansing

The Cleansing Hour (2019)

The Cleansing Hour first published by SciFiNow Cleansing Hour is a live-streaming webcast in which exorcisms are performed on frothing, bleeding clients by ‘hot priest’ Father Max (Ryan Guzman), who uses the show to spread his name and flog kitsch merchandise. Though certainly Catholic, the self-loving, womanising Max is no real priest, and the show’s…