From producer James Wan (the “Saw” series) and director / screenwriter Will Canon comes a horror movie, originally titled “House Of Horror” but now known as “Demonic”.
Detective Mark Lewis (Frank Grillo – “Disconnect”, “Collision”) arrives at the crime scene at an abandoned and run-down house to find some college students have been brutally killed, and takes the one surviving student into custody under suspicion of murder.
Psychologist Dr. Elizabeth Klein (Maria Bello – “Prisoners”, “A History Of Violence”) is called in to question the suspect – John (Dustin Milligan – “Primary”, “Repeaters”) – who claims that he and his friends were amateur ghost-hunters, seeking out paranormal phenomenon at the abandoned house, which they believed to be haunted.
Also included in the group were John’s pregnant girlfriend Michelle (Cody Horn – “End Of Watch”, “Magic Mike”), her ex-boyfriend Bryan (Scott Mechlowicz – “Cat Run”), Donnie (Aaron Yoo – “Disturbia”) and Jules (Megan Park – “What If”).
Once they’d broken into the house – where there had been an occult related slaughter some years previously – the college friends had rigged up cameras all around the house and had a séance.
Told through scenes of the police investigation mixed with flashbacks to illustrate what John is telling Dr. Klein, this film takes the found footage idea but does feel somewhat fragmented, and the picture is rather dark in places. The movie was announced way back in 2011 and the release seems to have been delayed more than once since 2013, which hints that perhaps someone wasn’t entirely happy with the finished article.
Acting performances were OK, there’s nothing terrible here., although I have seen far better from Bello in particular in previous roles. Overall, the film is certainly worth a watch because the idea – and I won’t go into detail to avoid spoilers – is a good one, and the end of the story is clever, but overall the film feels slightly lacking for some reason…