Never liked horror films but this is a must see! In The Vatican Tapes, Angela Holmes Olivia Taylor Dudley is an ordinary 27-year- old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It's all up to Father Lozano Michael Peña to wage war for more than just Angela's soul, but for the world as we know it. The Vatican Tapes, which hopes director <more>
Mark Neveldine's penchant for adrenaline and style will inject some into the tired demonic possession subgenre.
I went with two of my friends to a screening earlier today and I don't usually like horror flicks but my friends do and they convinced me to come and holy shhhh that was chilling and in the best way. Olivia Dudley was ON the whole time freaked me the F out, she legit seemed possessed. I think that was the thing I loved the most was how convincing she was. I jumped a good many times, plus a convincing storyline, and moments that I wanted to look away but couldn't. My friends really liked it and I think I enjoyed it even more because it was not what I was expecting at all. That was the <more>
She is creepy, with her creepy stares! And she's so pretty! And I can't sleep. Very, weirdly beautiful film too. Danny and I really loved it! I wasn't sure at first where they were going with it, and then it hit me. Very biblical. The cardinal, older guy was my favorite actor. He was very strong. And Angela played all of the emotions very well. I wonder if there will be a part 2?? It went by very quickly, which I didn't mind. I'm glad they didn't keep us in the theaters for hours! There is such a sense of dread through the whole movie, and the psych ward scene was <more>
crazy. Watch for the light bulbs! The woman from Murder in the First plays a great psychiatrist.
It's not just another exorcism movie. It's updated for the modern age story wise and while it does go through the motions of a possession story, it's still very interesting due to the serious nature and beautiful imagery. Speaking of imagery, the lighting is beautiful, and the shots in general are great. The most interesting aspect is how perfect it is with all the story elements it covers. It's like the perfect exorcism movie and nothing is really missing, and it goes further than other ones I've seen. It has a more modern story and implication like I mentioned <more>
previously. Overall I was very pleased with this film and I'd love to see a sequel like Mark Neveldine has talked about!
I gave this the tapes a 9 out of 10. It was close to a ten, but missing a couple of elements. The movie was fast. Lightning fast, but it started a little slow. The second and third act really picked up and I was impressed with the shooting style and performances. I know Pena who played the Priest, and the tall black guy is awesome. But I didn't know the other actors and I think this is a good thing. It helped with the mystery and the performances were so real. I didn't expect that. What I did want is a little more story for Angela's character. It had a lot of bible undertones and <more>
I liked that, but I wanted to know how it related to her a little more. That said, I was tense through the whole movie and the final scene is one to be talked about. It was explosive, to say the least. Great acting, great directing. Good story too. I would highly recommend.
This movie will make you believe that Satan is for real!! Crazy. It is The Exorcist for our generation. I think the movie is much better than the Exorcism of Emily Rose. Not for the faint of heart. Pretty intense, but if you are looking for a good horror movie, look no further. The director seems to know what he is doing, building suspense, and then leaving some great surprises for the end. I would highly recommend this movie.This is a great date movie, because your girl will be holding you so tight in fear. Try to see it this opening weekend before the cat get out of the bag about the <more>
ending. Definitely a jaw dropper! Don't walk, run and see this movie. If you see it, be prepared to sleep with rosary beads!
Solid and worthwhile exorcism effort (by kannibalcorpsegrinder)
Concerned with the world at large, a priest and a cardinal from the Vatican investigate the series of strange phenomenon surrounding a young woman in America who's at the center of a series of strange accidents only to discover something dangerous is inside her that will destroy mankind.This was a decent enough genre effort. One of the better features here is the fact that this one really works the low-key nature of the possession rather nicely in how it builds up her eventual situation. With the first half slowly building up her case about being possessed, running this in conjunction <more>
with the idea of trying to sell her new boyfriend to her father, the incidents at the birthday party or the bird attack on the bus-ride they take together gives this some rather fine starting points which gets extrapolated later on in several rather impressive sequences. The chilling scenes of her awakening from the coma inside the hospital and then later attacking the officers through supernatural influence when they appear to question her makes for quite an enjoyable time here as this one really goes out to offer the idea that she's become possessed by something as the fact that all this evidence is mounting together, alongside the visual changes to her body as well as the more traditional scenes of the possession as the speaking in tongues or knowing secrets she possibly couldn't. Even the extraordinary fun of the rampage at the asylum where she forces the inmates into a frenzy attacking each other and the staff through suggestion and creates such a disruption to their training that it sets up the great finale. Once it focuses on the idea of the possession and battling the demon inside, the exorcism sequence here is quite fun with the majority of the focus on trying to vanquish the evil which isn't new at all but certainly manages to maintain quite a fevered tone by the time it pulls out the fine twist at the end which fully reveals the fate in store for this one which is an incredibly chilling and powerful twist that works rather nicely. Together these manage to hold this one up over it's few minor flaws. The main issue with this one is the utterly unbelievable amount of setup needed to finally convince people of what's going on, with the entire first hour seemingly devoted to telling the idea of her being possessed through events that really should've been investigated a little further. The scenes at the hospital should've been more than enough to sell somebody on her situation, yet this one has to wait until the various rounds of interviews conducted at the asylum and then seeing the chaos caused which is so deep into the film after these other events that it seems ludicrous they'd wait this long and makes the exorcism come out of nowhere with little build-up. As well, the finale runs a little too long and really didn't need to be there, causing this one to come up with a brief exorcism attempt and then running way too long on the final reveal that doesn't really need to be there. These here really manage to hold it back.Rated PG-13: Violence and Language.
The film opens as if it going to be a documentary on the various exorcism tapes collected by the Vatican, but in the first few minutes Cardinal Bruun Peter Andersson knows this is going to be an anti-Christ/exorcism film from watching Angela Olivia Taylor Dudley move her lips, perhaps giving away too much too soon. And we know how these things end. The anti-Christ either dies or it don't.Yes, we can all say "been there done that" and was done better. I particular liked how they did the first hour of the film and Olivia Taylor Dudley did a convincing job.Guide: No F-bombs. No <more>