Hey guys! Today is a twofer!
31 Days of Horror Day 18: The Rite & Demonic
I personally enjoyed these movies, even though they don’t have the greatest ratings. The Rite has great acting and it’s nice to see a priest in training take the skeptic approach to an exorcism.
Demonic is not your typical found footage dumb youths go to this haunted house and provoke crazy demon activity. Don’t get me wrong, it has plenty of the super cheesy/campy tropes that most found footage movies have, but the way the story is told makes the movie more interesting than most other films of this sub-genre and because of that made it stand out and was enjoyable for me (Ellie) personally.
These movies won’t be for everyone, but I certainly enjoy watching these every year so I had to suggest them.
The Rite: The battle against the Devil, which is the principal task of Saint Michael the Archangel, is still being fought today, because the Devil is still alive and active in the world.” -Pope John Paul II “The Rite” is a supernatural thriller that uncovers the Devil’s reach to even one of the holiest places on Earth. Inspired by true events, the film follows seminary student Michael Kovak (Colin O’Donoghue), who is sent to study exorcism at the Vatican in spite of his own doubts about the controversial practice and even his own faith. Wearing his deep skepticism like armor, Michael challenges his superiors to look to psychiatry, rather than demons, in treating the possessed. Only when he’s sent to apprentice with the unorthodox Father Lucas (Anthony Hopkins)–a legendary priest who has performed thousands of exorcisms–does Michael’s armor begin to fall.
Demonic: A detective (Frank Grillo) and a psychologist (Maria Bello) investigate the slaughter of five amateur ghost hunters in a derelict house that is said to be haunted.