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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 03.06.15] horror



Possession movies are a dime a dozen and they really have to offer something unique to get my attention, even though I do have a soft spot for religious thrillers. The appeal of The Vatican Tapes is more straight forward than most: director Mark Neveldine.

One half of the directing duo of Neveldine/Taylor, the guys behind Crank and Gamer among others, Neveldine is taking it solo this time around directing this thriller starring Olivia Dudley as Angela, a 20 something typical girl who becomes possessed by an evil entity. The local priest Father Lozano (Michael Peña) enlists the help of the Vatican who sends over Vicar Imani (Djimon Hounsou) and Cardinal Bruun (Peter Andersson) to help with the exorcism but things really go south when Imani and Bruun discover that the demon possessing young Angela is far darker and more sinister than your average demon.


Gosh it sounds typical and surprisingly, the trailer looks fairly run of the mill. Fingers crossed that Neveldine manages to breathe some new life into the demonic possession genre but if this first trailer is any indication, it looks like his style has been neutered by the material and/or the studio.

The Vatican Tapes opens May 22.




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