I’ve been on a bit of a horror movie spree these past few days. I know it’s not October yet, but I really felt like watching some old horror movies and writing about them. This is the first of many reviews to come.
The Exorcist is a classic film that many people consider to be the best horror movie ever made. Exorcist: The Beginning has some pretty big shoes to fit and unfortunately it doesn’t fare well in comparison to the older Exorcist films, but it’s not a bad movie. It’s just not scary, or really interesting until the end.
Exorcist: The Beginning is about a fallen priest/archaeologist, Stellan Skarsgard, that is sent to Africa to investigate a church that was recently discovered to recover an ancient artifact. From there the movie slows to a crawl and nothing interesting happens for the next 30-40 minutes.
Stellan Skarsgard’s was great in this movie. I loved his character and I don’t blame the guy for turning his back on God because of what he had to do. If I was a priest and I was put in the exact same situation I would probably give God the middle finger too. Well… if he existed I would, but that’s a different story for a different day.
The problem with Exorcist: The Beginning isn’t the actors, or even the setting for the movie. It’s just poorly executed and boring. Once the army got involved I knew exactly what was going to happen between them and natives. This movie is very predictable and not scary and that’s sad when you think about how creepy the older movies were. When the exorcism finally happened it was good, but it can’t live up to the original’s excellence. All we got here was a super girl jumping around room for 20 minutes.
This movie tried it’s best to do a plot twist at us near the end of the film, but even that felt lackluster when compared to other exorcism movies that did it better and that’s a shame when you look at how far The Exorcist movies have fallen.
Exorcism: The Beginning won’t blow you away or wow you in any way, but it does have it’s moments. Stellan Skarsgard is great, the character he portrays is great, and even though he’s a little messed up in the head you can’t really blame the dude because of what he had to do in order to save lives.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this review I will be reviewing quite a bit of horror movies over the next few weeks. I’ll be saving the really good stuff for Halloween though :].