The Vatican Tapes

2015

Action / Horror / Thriller

20
IMDb Rating 5.1 10 13346

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Dougray Scott as Roger Holmes
Michael Peña as Father Lozano
Kathleen Robertson as Dr. Richards
Alison Lohman as Psych Patient
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1hr 31 min
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Reviewed by quincytheodore 4 / 10

Made by imitating tapes of old exorcism movies.

One would expect a rich cultural or more in-depth take of possession premise with a title such as The Vatican Tapes. Unfortunately, it's nothing more than mediocre horror with barely anything new. Not to mention it's trapped between forced found footage style for some parts and shaky cam for the rest.

It's the story as old as the supposed entity possessing the poor victim, in this case Angela (Olivia Taylor Dudley). She begins showing weird behavior and it eventually attracts the attention of Vatican. For acting department, there are actually some decent names here such as Michael Peña, Djimon Hounsou or Dougray Scott. They all have worked in bigger movies or played different roles, and there's a visible effort here, but the material is so thin their characters feel lackluster.

Pacing is also another issue. The way it's presented might make the timeline seem odd, it switches back and forth between early stages of haunting and eventual discovery. However, the transition is poor and it doesn't escalate well, although that's partially because of the timid horror. Visually, it's very confusing, often using documentary style such as following character with camcorder perspective or CCTV videos, all of which are unnecessary and only manage to limit the presentation.

As for the creepy parts, they are practically the stuffs of old. If you have seen any similar movie in past couple of years, chances are you've seen this before. A few scenes fare better, although these are also heavily borrowed from other films. There's barely any grand sight or atmosphere of Vatican, in fact the priests from holy city almost like supporting character that pop up in small portion of the movie.

It's all right if the concept is not novel, many other movies have done old concept well. However, The Vatican Tapes relies too heavily on superficial gimmicks and sadly low on thrill.

Reviewed by Claudio Carvalho 6 / 10

Decent and Underrated Horror Film

In Los Angeles, Angela Holmes (Olivia Dudley) is a happy young woman, pride and joy of her father Colonel Roger Holmes (Dougray Scott) and in love with her boyfriend Peter "Pete" Smith (John Patrick Amedori). On her birthday party, she cuts her hand and Roger and Peter take her to the hospital. When she returns home, she has a seizure and they drive her back to the hospital. Then Angela is discharged but she pulls the wheel of the taxi causing a serious accident. She returns in coma to the hospital. Forty days later, she has no response and Father Oscar Lozano (Michael Peña) convinces Roger to unplug the life support system. Out of the blue, she awakes in perfect health. Soon Angela shows signs of demoniac possession and the Vatican sends Cardinal Bruun (Peter Andersson) to perform an exorcism to save her soul. Will there be time to save her body?

"The Vatican Tapes" is a decent and underrated horror film, one of the best about exorcism. The plot is based on Catholic beliefs but is engaging. Most of the cast is excellent and has good performances; maybe only Michael Peña has an inexpressive performance. The conclusion has an open end maybe with the intention of a sequel. But in general, "The Vatican Tapes" is satisfactory with an appropriate use of Handycam or surveillance video. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "Exorcistas do Vaticano" (Exorcists from the Vatican")

Reviewed by Argemaluco 5 / 10

The Vatican Tapes

I was attracted by the idea of a horror film directed by Mark Neveldine, whose previous filmography includes the delirious and very entertaining films Crank and Crank: High Voltage (which he co- directed with Brian Taylor). Unfortunately, The Vatican Tapes ended up being a tedious horror film with a rancid screenplay which recycles every single cliché from the films about satanic possession: the tormented priest, the manifestations... No. I'm not going to waste time mentioning all the clichés, because we all know them by heart. It will be enough with saying that The Vatican Tapes is completely lacking of suspense and creativity. The performances are absolutely apathetic and lacking of conviction; not even the usually brilliant actors Michael Peña and Djimon Hounsou display any enthusiasm or credibility in their roles. Another problem from this movie is the fact that Neveldine employs extreme close-ups over and over again, creating an atmosphere which couldn't achieve the desired effect of anxiety; it just gets confusing and boring due to its visual monotony. In conclusion, The Vatican Tapes is a weak and unsatisfactory film, and I can't recommend it. If Neveldine wanted to experiment with horror cinema, he should have made Crank 3: Possessed; I'm sure that Chev Chelios wouldn't have stayed in his bed contorting himself waiting for a demon to consume him. In the Crank universe, Chelios possesses demons.

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