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Is it really a documentary?

Updated on May 11, 2014

The Devil Inside, is it based on real story? The Rossi Files

When I first see trailer I Google a bit and I see some comments that Vatican doesn't approve this film, because it supposed to be based on real story of exorcism... I really don't know if those things really exists or those people just having a physical problems... however.. I really like those type of movies so I will watch it and than will tell you my opinion... there is a short description... tell me what you think about it... :O

The Devil Inside is an American supernatural horror film directed and co-written by William Brent Bell. It is a documentary-style found footage film about a woman who becomes involved in a series of exorcisms during her quest to determine what happened to her mother, a woman who murdered three people as a result of being possessed by a demon. Produced by Morris Paulson and Matthew Peterman, the film stars Fernanda Andrade, Simon Quarterman, Evan Helmuth, and Suzan Crowley, and was released theatrically on January 6, 2012. It is currently the highest grossing film of 2012.

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The film received extremely negative reviews from critics and audiences alike. Despite the negative reaction, the film topped the box office on its opening weekend, yet continued to drop drastically in the second week, before disappearing completely from the box office top ten.

On October 30, 1989, Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) committed a triple murder during an exorcism performed on her. The Catholic Church became involved, and she has since been in a Catholic psychiatric hospital in Rome. The film shows a news story and police investigation showing the three members of the clergy whom she murdered. Her daughter, Isabella, learned of the murders from her father, who died three days after telling her.

Twenty years later, Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) is in the process of filming a documentary about exorcisms, and to find out more about her mother, she visits a school in Rome. She meets two priests, Ben (Simon Quarterman) and David (Evan Helmuth). Ben and David take Isabella with them on an exorcism performed on Rosalita (Bonnie Morgan). They bring along medical equipment to determine if it's possession or mental illness. Rosalita attacks the crew after spouting out obscene remarks in different languages and accents. She calls Isabella by her name, despite not knowing her. Eventually, they get her under control.

When Isabella goes to visit her mother, Maria, in the asylum, she finds that her mother speaks in different accents and has paintings all over the walls. She has inverted crosses carved into her arms and her bottom lip. Maria tells Isabella that killing a child is against God's will, then lets out an ear-shattering scream. Isabella tells David and Ben that she had an abortion years ago and her mother had no way of knowing that--another sign that showed possible possession. As the crew prepares to perform an exorcism/analysis on Maria, David worries about losing his job, since the Church does not authorize exorcisms without undeniable proof that the patient is indeed possessed. During the procedure, Maria mentions knowing what Ben did in the past, as well as Isabella's child. She breaks free of her restraints and sends Ben flying into the door, also knocking David to the ground. The doctors rush in shortly after.

After analyzing the data from the video and audio files, they present the evidence to the Church. David shows many signs of stress, as Ben plays the audio files over and over, listening to the part where Maria says "I know what you did". Ben then finds that there are four different demons speaking in unison in a different clip. David is to perform a baptism at his church, in which Michael tags along to record. The service starts without incident until he holds the baby to start the Immersion Baptism. He then mutters some lines from the Bible and starts forcefully submerging the baby in the holy water, staring blankly at the camera. The crowd of people rush up to save the baby as he passes out.

Soon after, Ben finds David at home with blood all over his forearms, eyes rolled back into his head, much the way Maria was during the exorcism. The police arrive, and though it doesn't show on film, David somehow acquires an officer's handgun and holds it in his mouth. Ben tells him to fight it, but he begins to weep, reciting The Lord's Prayer, stopping right before the last few words. He laughs and then shoots himself. Just then, Isabella begins having a seizure.

Ben hysterically comes to the realization that Isabella is possessed. As they wait in the hospital, nurses rush into the emergency room and find a nurse on the floor, blood spewing from her neck as other nurses fight to restrain Isabella. Ben and Michael drag Isabella into the hallway and restrain her. They leave with Isabella in a car, heading to get help for a potential exorcism. While Michael drives, Isabella speaks of also knowing the horrible act Ben committed, scaring Ben. She then tries to strangle Michael but Ben is able to pull her off before Michael loses control of the car. He instantly shows signs of possession, and acceleration can be heard as they speed into oncoming traffic, headlong into another car. The camera goes black, and cuts in with short sequences of chaos, most likely of the vehicle flipping. As the screen finally cuts to black, a website ( is shown, along with the statement that the case of the Rossi family has not yet been solved


Fernanda Andrade as Isabella Rossi

Simon Quarterman as Benji

Evan Helmuth as David

Ionut Grama as Mike

Suzan Crowley as Maria Rossi

Bonnie Morgan as Rosalita

Brian Johnson as Lieutenant Dreyfus

Preston James Hillier as Male Reporter

D.T. Carney as Detective


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The devil inside - the critics

Film review

The Hollywood Reporter's Michael Rechtshaffen writes that the film, "never gets off the ground, trotting out the same predictable twisting heads and psycho-babble without a whiff of originality or discernible visual flair."

"As a result, the would-be thriller proves as scary and unsettling as a slab of devil's food cake - only considerably less satisfying," he continues. "Horror fans hungry for a demonic possession fix could initially take the bait, but subsequent word-of-mouth should mean that Paramount's Insurge genre label won't have a new Paranormal Activity on its hands."

New York Times: "The true star of The Devil Inside, the latest addition to the fake, hand-shaky documentary horror subgenre, is a flexible little miss with the fabulous name Pixie Le Knot. That performer, whose name appears fairly low in the credits, surely deserves a higher berth, given the visceral impact her shoulder popping and back bending had on the audience I saw the movie with. The men around me all went, 'Ew' - me, I wanted to head straight to yoga class."

Chicago Tribune: "The words, somber and undeniably true, hit the screen: 'The Vatican did not endorse this film nor aid in its completion.' No, the Holy See apparently is waiting to back an exorcism movie that's a little less hilariously lame."

E! Online: "The devil is back for the umpteenth time to wreak havoc on shaky cams everywhere...It must be January at the multiplex. Aren't we tired of all these demon possession flicks yet? Well, sure and truthfully, most of it is tired, but this found footage flick has something new up it's heavily crucifixed sleeve, but to give that away would spoil the one genuinely scary part. For most of the running time this demon pic amps up the blurry shots and loud booming screams to signify well, not much."

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: fuck ya

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I fully believe in bein possed an I am a born again Christian I don't follow god everyday there seriously is a devil an a god its not bullshit guys with the devi will tell u several names for him there is no other name for jesus or god its wat u believe in I no more about the devil then wat I do god its not good,, if you don't believe me guys that the devil is real an demons can come out just try a luwigi board I bet u will believe me then it makes me shiver every time I think of a luwigi board but honestly there is a devil

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      lol@ Highest gross film of January 2012. It was one of few new releases that first week of the year. lol

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The devil inside looks very scary. Awesome lens

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It is based on a real story but some videomaterials are not real the story in real begann in the year 1189 in america.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Still unsure about this film

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Ditto from me. It physically hurts me to read text that is so poorly misspelled. Please take a course on English grammar, punctuation and spelling.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It's not real, it's Christianity trying to hold on to it's dying race, the end of days in 2000 sees that christianity is just trying to hold on to the strength it's possessed over the past years, they did it when the davinci code was released, straight after came the exorsism of Emily rose, it's a way of control, making people think that even your own soul may be taken from you while you live, just so we may find safety in the priests and the church which will soon fade!:)

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      anonymous 5 years ago read it

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      Lemming LM 5 years ago

      Fake or not, definitely looks like a scary mockumentary

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      greenwavepress 6 years ago

      It is an interesting story. I enjoyed reading it. Forest Stewardship Council

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      I don't think it's a true story. Many movies say that they're "based" or "inspired" by true stories which people tend to confuse with actually being a true story.

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 6 years ago from Ljubljana

      Sounds like very intriguing movie...

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I have seen it. Not sure I can say that I would recommend it to just anyone, especially people prone to nightmares, but I thought it was a good movie.

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      cajkovska lm 6 years ago

      Thx for your comments...I didn't find to watch it yet... but i will... probably this weekend... i hope i won't be disappointed :O

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      Amy Fricano 6 years ago from WNY

      I don't really want to know....but very descriiptive!

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      Bodyflip 6 years ago

      Still unsure about this film

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      E L Seaton 6 years ago from Virginia

      There are some films I just won/t watch. Not sure about this one.