Exorcism of the Dead
John Migliore, Matt Cloude, Dave Fulton, Jillian Tredenick, Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith (executive), Patti Smith (executive), Peter Schindelhauer (executive), Robert Mayr (executive), David Bril (executive), Robert Averell (executive) for Survival Zombie Films
directed by John Migliore
starring Sarah Swerid, Nick Biskupek, Rich Piatkowski, Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith, Carrie Beale, Rachél Hopkins, Magalie R Bazinet, Sean C. Dwyer, Brent Baird, Michelle Connor, Simon Winterson, Lena Montecalvo, Brett Kelly, John Migliore, Simon Wheeldon, Mike Trebilcock, Angela Migliore, Andre Guantanamo, Kyle Hytonen, John Migliore
written by John Migliore, music by Mike Trebilcock, prosthetics by Fox Henderson/The Monkey Rodeo
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Eunice's (Deborah Jayne Reilly Smith) daughter Candace (Sarah Swerid)
is possessed, so she calls upon the church for assistance - and it takes
the church forever to react, and when they send Father Abuna (Nick
Biskupek), it already seems too late, as Candace has already died - but
technically, maybe not, as everytime Candace's corpse is examined, her
body mysteriously comes back to life, so she has never officially been
declared dead. But her undead version is a nasty iteration of herself,
always picking on the weaknesses of everyone.
When Father Abuna examines
the body together with Eunice's brother Philip (Rich Piatkowski), Candace
sure enough comes back to life, as if to scrutinize her opponent, and she
soon finds his weak spot, like that he was suspended from church duty for
a time, and isn't exactly adverse to the temptations of flesh. So she sure
uses that against him, and she of course knows the weak spots of her uncle
already. So the two men have a hard time to tackle Candace, but sure are
helped by the fact that she time and again falls back death to recharge
her batteries, which gives the priest and Philip time to regroup and
rethink their strategies. But what they don't know is, during these
intervals, she (or rather the demon possessing her) is actually possessing
other people, leading them to commit horrible crimes. So time is of the
essence more than the two men think. And then, Candace has a few more aces
up her sleeve, too ...
Of course, when compared to a
masterpiece like The Exorcist, Exorcism
of the Dead sure falls short, but taken on its own terms as a piece of
low budget horror entertainment, this one does really well, as it's a
movie that surely knows its limitations and makes the most of them,
working with atmosphere rather than spectacle, as well as putting an
emphasis on its narration and character development to make this one a
really tense and suspenseful, and thus very enjoyable genre movie.