Saturday, July 9, 2011
"There's No Pill for the Devil"
Though often considered a horror movie, this film's disturbing nature goes beyond the ordinary shallow storylines of other scary pictures. Based on a true story, it tells the tale of a 19-year old girl who suddenly begins experiencing what she thinks is demonic activity while in college. From feeling a strong force pressing down on her, suffocating her, to seeing normal passers-by's faces becoming ghoul-like, Emily can't escape the evil forces seeming to surround her. As her case gets worse, she stops eating- insisting that the demons won't let her. The medical field tries to help her and fails. A priest is called to perform an exorcism and fails. Eventually, after much suffering and many strange occurrences, she dies. As soon as her death occurs, a court case immediately ensues as the priest who directed her is charged for negligent homicide. The movie starts with the court case, and the audience learns Emily's story through chilling flashbacks and testimonies.
What I liked:
I thought this movie was very interesting. The way the priest was portrayed and the explanation of the Church's beliefs were respectful and accurate. The director said he wanted the movie to make one think, to make one ask himself, "Is God real?" "Do I believe in demons?" "Was Emily really possessed?" The movie not only did that effectively but also (in my opinion) seemed to lean toward confirming Catholic beliefs. Overall, it would be hard for one to walk away from the movie without believing that demons do exist and that there is more to life than meets the eye.
This movie is definitely not for young eyes. Normally, I would suggest this for 13 and up. But, if one is the least bit sensitive to visual images or disturbing occurences, this is not the movie for him.
I would encourage anyone who wants to watch this to read this article first. It is the true story the movie is based on, and it is always helpful to know what actually happened.
May God bless all of you!