Yet another unoriginal exorcism film is brought to screen, this time paired with a little bit of family melodrama to give the most straightforward of horror genres a little bit of a twist. Part of the problem with the recent revival in exorcism film is the lack of intrigue. We have no mystery of the culprit’s identity as we would in a serial killer film, for we know from the beginning that it is the devil, or one of his minions. There is minimal gore, are there would be with other horror films.
Unlike any other in the horror genre on the belief in the possibility it is based on a reality. Similar only to ghost stories, exorcism films are only frightening when they are based on actual cases. Exorcismus tries to be a more compelling exorcism film instead, and only partially succeeds. Mostly it is just an annoying reproduction with a bad twist, only made possible by showing the film out of order, not allowing the audience in on all of the facts.
Fifteen-year-old Emma (Sophie Vavasseur) is full of teenage angst, and this is worsened when she becomes possessed. Luckily her uncle happens to be a priest and exorcist. He comes into the home with the intention of helping her, though it quickly becomes clear that the possession is far too strong for him alone. There are the usual scenes of bondage exorcism and demonic dialogue, with the usual results.