An Irish Exorcism (2013) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Eric Courtney
Starring: Aislinn ni Uallachain, Dillon White, Brian Fortune
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available from Virgil Films and Entertainment
In her final year at school, Anthropology student Lorraine decides to film her final project – the subject of exorcism within the Catholic Church. Recording interviews with priests from the local diocese, she stumbles upon Fr. Byrne, an older priest who is currently helping a young mother whose daughter is apparently possessed by a demonic force. The curiosity of Lorraine, along with her camera operator, Cathal, leads them down a dark path of discovering the terrifying truth, and things go from strange to worse as all involved become entangled into a frightful journey to save a little girl’s life.
Upon the arrival of An Irish Exorcism, I had many people see the title of the movie on the DVD and start making Irish drinking jokes about the whole idea of an “Irish” exorcism. Sadly, the fun of making jokes about the title might be the most fun you will have with this movie here, which is just the latest in the never-ending long line of found on footage films. Really, the best thing about this one is that it at least goes out of its way to make it seem like a legit found footage movie. The movie auto-plays and the extras can only be seen if you let it play through (or fast forward). It is kind of cool that they went out of their way to make it seem legit, with sit-down interviews and all that, but even that just comes across as a dull interview more or less. There are interviews, there is jump scares, and people re-act to what happens. There really isn’t that much going on on-screen, as we usually just get creepy sounds and see the after effects of what has taken place. It might be a good way around a budget issue, but it becomes a bit annoying for the viewer. The acting isn’t even bad, but it isn’t even enough to keep the thing rolling for you to stay interesting through all the lag. You hope for the best, but you really just see proof of how the found footage film has clearly lost its steam regardless of whoever is behind the camera for one.
The movie doesn’t really do anything that we haven’t seen before. Things happen, usually when the camera isn’t around. Nothing really takes place on-screen until the end, but even then it isn’t much. We see some spooky things written on the walls, flashes of lights, and some odd camera distortion effect that seems to happen in all of the newer horror films like this that we see. It isn’t really effective, it just becomes annoying. Really I’d only say see this movie if you are just that into the whole tired out found footage gimmick. I think this shows that we have seen all there is to see and this one tries to be legit, but brings us nothing at all we haven’t seen before or done better in other movies. The acting and the presentation is the best part of An Irish Exorcism, but even the presentation is too dull to really do what needs to be done overall here.
– Behind the Scenes (You have to wait until the end of the movie to see this unless you have another way to access is before)