Reviewed by: Steve Warburton
demons in the Bible
Is Satan a real person that influences our world today? Is he affecting you? Answer
self mutilation (cutting) due to demonic possession
SELF-MUTILATION—Help for Cutters (and others who self-injure in some way)
If a Christian commits suicide, will they go to Heaven? Answer
child in peril
Roman Catholicism / Catholic priests / Vatican City
death in the Bible
mother daughter relationship
Fernanda Andrade … Isabella Rossi
Simon Quarterman … Father Ben Rawlings
Evan Helmuth … Father David Keane
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|Director:||William Brent Bell|
Creative Artists Agency
Lorenzo di Bonaventura … executive producer
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|Distributor:||Paramount Insurge, Insurge Pictures|
“No soul is safe.”
I seem to be the reviewer of choice when it comes to “found footage” themed movies that deal with exorcism. I’ve already reviewed “The Last Exorcism,” and now “The Devil Inside,” which is about a young Mexican woman who is trying to deal with her mother’s demonic possession. When the film opens, we learn that the mother killed three priests in a failed exorcism. She is now confined to a mental institution, and the Vatican isn’t willing to perform another exorcism on her. So our heroine goes to an exorcism school, where she meets two young priests who disagree with the pontiff’s stance.
We learn that demons can jump from one person to another. We also learn that all of the people involved in this exorcism have less than rosy pasts. The old Catholic church might have called this “unconfessed mortal sin.” And make no mistake, Catholicism plays a big role in this movie.
And you know… despite all the profanity and violence, what offended me the most was that Catholic ritual is portrayed as the only way to deal with demonic possession. I don’t think this stands up Biblically. We sola scriptura Protestants would say that all you need is to confess your sins before the Lord and then exorcise those demons in the name of Jesus.
Now, I’m not big on devil stuff. I hope I never witness a live exorcism, and I take offense to Christian ministers (or charlatans) who make money off of telling their devil horror stories to gullible audiences.
Having said that, I can’t recommend “The Devil Inside” to Christian audiences. It has a depressing and unsatisfying ending, and we learn nothing worthwhile from this movie. There’s no reason to see it.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Minor
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.