Inner Demons : Release Year - 2014

Overall Rating : 3/10

Directed By : Seth Grossman

Lara Vosburgh
Morgan McClellan
Kate Whitney
Brian Flaherty

Supplied By : IFC Midnight

Film Reviewed By : Rick L. Blalock

Date Reviewed : August. 4, 2015


When the teenaged daughter of a religious family transforms from straight-A student into heroin addict, her parents agree to allow a reality TV show crew to stage an intervention and document her recovery. But what they don't know is that she has been taking drugs to deal with the unnatural, evil feelings that have been growing inside of her. And when she agrees to rehab, with no drugs to suppress that malevolent force, she and everyone around her will find themselves in mortal danger from an entity far worse than they could have ever imagined.
In the film, INNER DEMONS, parents Steve and Beth Morris are having trouble with their teenage daughter, Carson. So what do they do? Well, they call on a reality TV crew, of course! Members of an intervention show called "Step inside Recovery" have come to the Morris family home to document the girl's intervention. However. Carson believes that she, is instead participating in a documentary about drug addiction. Carson is now just a shell of her former self. Formerly one to attend church regularly, Carson has now traded it all for drugs - namely heroin. And so, Steve and Beth have hired on the crew to document a surprise intervention in hopes that Carson will turn around and agree to go to treatment. Ultimately, she does agree, but as they all find out, it's not without a hitch. The thing is that Carson doesn't just take the drugs to block out all of the turmoil happening at home, she is literally suppressing something inside of her. Despite all of the warning signs that they had been met with during the initial filming, no one really bought into the idea of a legit possession. But their outlook soon changes, as the documentary crew continues to follow the story through out Carson's rehab stay. Now in rehab, and without the drugs to aid her on, eventually the evil, which has claimed her, rears its ugly head, putting not only Carson, but everyone around her in danger. With both doctors and the film crew baffled, they are ready to give up on her, is when Jason Hurwitz, a young member of the film crew, takes a keen interest in Carson. Not only does he believe that she is possessed, he wants to do everything he can to save her. After some digging, Jason eventually learns of the origin of the whole thing, and begins to think of ways to rectify the situation. As to be expected, eventually, an exorcism comes into play. An act that, of course does not come easy.

Like with films that feature vampires and zombies, films that feature "found footage", are becoming easier to come by as well. The same can be said about films that are fashioned in a pseudo documentary style as well. Going this route, by way of a film such as THE LAST EXORCISM, in which a possession is caught of camera by a documentary film crew, INNER DEMONS goes even further, by adding particular elements from the reality TV show, "Intervention". It all starts when Carson Morris, a teen who is addicted to heroin, agrees to participate in a documentary about drug addiction. However, little does she know that the crew, is instead from a program, which stages surprise interventions. So from the reality show, there is that. Right down to Carson's parents and friend reading pre-written letters to her in hopes to persuade her to go to rehab for help. This initial addition to the tired format, however is truly the only unique thing about INNER DEMONS, as the rest of the plot plays out rather routinely. For most of the film, the script tries its hardest to successfully prove to us that Carson, is indeed possessed. However, it does so in the most typical, and predictable manner. First, of course there are the stereotypical overly religious parents, who highly contrast with the ways of their wayward daughter. This, along with other things, such as having Carson wear dark clothing, dark lipstick(because remember, one can't be possessed unless they're "Goth"), and yes, the typical "victim falling to the floor, seizure/convulsion" act that we see in just about every one of these types of these films. Chances are, if you've seen it before, then it's here.

It's because of this, INNER DEMONS is an uninteresting watch, for the most part. Sure the film offers up its own little variations of certain things, but this does little to change the fact that we have pretty much seen it all before, somewhere else, and in most cases, it has been much better executed. While the acting is decent enough, I found the plot to be just too dry, not withstanding the fact that the viewer never truly connects with these characters. Yes, not ever Carson, whom we are supposed to care about most, as she is the film's main subject. And with that said, I will still give the film credit where it is due, because during the film's last act, things do begin to pick up. The final confrontation if you will, when all of the film's primary characters come face to face with the demonic force, is fairly intense, and well played, as things such as lighting, create a mood that is rather eerie. This is also the point which everything becomes more brutal, in terms of the film's effects. However, no matter how good it all may be at the literal end of things, it's just not enough to save the film as a whole. As aside from a few gore spots, nothing truly stands out here.

Again, aside from a few minor plot points. in the end, INNER DEMONS is a film that both looks, and feels very recycled. And when it comes to its general idea, and approach, it pretty much is.
3.5/10 Various bloody wounds, a slit throat, blood spatter.
2.5/10 NNER DEMONS is of course really light when it comes to its score, as it aims to keep the feel of the film being made up of "real" documentary footage. However, there are the typical Suspense cues and tones
While I would have liked to have said that INNER DEMONS is a fresh take on the whole found footage/pseudo documentary trend, honestly speaking, it just isn't. We have all seen what this film has to offer in one form or another. And it doesn't much help the cause, that INNER DEMONS gives us little to look forward in terms of "new". Like I said, if you are even remotely familiar with this type of film, there is a good chance that you have already seen everything that is to be found here. In my option, I say skip INNER DEMONS, as there are better alternatives out there.


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