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Rayne (Jessica D.Fulling) leads a team of psychic investigators (Renee
Wiggins, Scott Evans, Christopher Cassarino, Robert M.Alford, Korin
Medina), a team that even has its own TV-show. Rayne's own interest in the
supernatural is founded in a creepy childhood experience ...
Back in the
now: During one exorcism, a demon has walked through Rayne, and the
nightmares she has been having since then suggest the demon actually
decided to stay. Still, the eam carries on and eventually takes on a big
case, to free the underground system beneath some college campus of all
demons and spirits. Turns out though, the underground system is the
hunting ground of Satan's son himself, and that's not good. It's even
worse when Satan's son starts killing members of Rayne's team. Eventually,
the demon who possesses Rayne - she wasn't sure until now - wants out to
get Satan's son, and the team priest Scott Evans) performs an exorcism on
the spot. Now this ends the reign of Satan's son, but it also gets Rayne
onto another plane of existence, that of the dead ...
that unfortunately never quite lives up to its premise: The basic plot of
psychic investigators getting into something that's a size or two to big
for them does sound interesting, to say the least, but there are two
reasons why the finished result doesn't work nearly as well as it should,
on one hand it's a bit sloppily written, on the other it looks just too
slick to actually convince - and both reasons have to do with the film's
source of inspiration, psychic investigator TV shows: Narratively, this
film picks up the somewhat choppy, episodic kind of storytelling of
reality TV, and aesthetically, the film is carried by slick yet bland
lighting of these shows (where even the not-so-perfect shots are
strategically placed) but fails to create the proper atmosphere. So the
fight against the son of Satan becomes nothing more than people running up
and down some underground hallways full of debris, which somehow doesn't
quite cut it.
Granted though, the last few minutes, where all hell is
let loose on our heroes, are actually rather well-done, but that's too
little too late.