Ok, people. Hold your noses. Here we go. The worst movie of 2012.
The Nominees are: “Act of Valor”, “Alex Cross”, “The Apparition”, “The Cold Light of Day”, “The Devil Inside”, “The House at the End of the Street”, “Madea’s Witness Protection”, “Playing for Keeps”, “Silent Hill: Revelation 3D”, and “A Thousand Words”
Click through to see which god awful abomination offended me the worst in 2012!
“The Devil Inside”
The majority of “The Devil Inside” is just an unremarkable, low-budget exorcism movie. It was shot on a $1 million budget, and it shows. It features unknown actors and actresses, cheap to no special effects, and of course, the “found footage” style of
money saving filmmaking.
It should have been a huge success story. It did, after all, make an enormous return… it’s grossed just over $100 million worldwide on it’s $1 million budget. I mean, that’s phenomenal. Except, that isn’t the headline here. The headline is how awful it is. Both critics (7% on Rotten Tomatoes) and audiences (F Cinemascore) agree. It was horrible.
There actually isn’t much “Exorcising” going on in the film. The heroine’s mother is being held in an asylum, and being denied exorcism, after murdering three people during the last attempted exorcism on her. Now her daughter is making a documentary (convenient) about her and would like to get the church to perform a sanctioned exorcism. There’s a lot of talk about exorcism, and a lot of dealing with vatican red tape. A lot of time is
killed spent as Isabella befriends two priests who will see her mother without authorization from the church, and aside from one scene involving a contortionist demon (so that Isabella can see what an exorcism is) there’s really not much to this film before the shocking conclusion aside from the mother showing off her scary scars and whispering, evilly.
I mention the “shocking ending” because that’s really the story of why “The Devil Inside” is legendarily bad. A non scary low-budget exorcism movie would simply be your standard horror fail. But no, “Devil” takes things to an entirely new level in the final 20 minutes. It’s an insulting conclusion. A rip off. For those of you who wish to read about it, A SPOILER paragraph is in white text below. Highlight to read.
Late in the film it’s revealed that there are actually multiple demons inhabiting the mother. This is an excuse to have the chief characters get possessed themselves due to the demons “jumping”. One of the priests, now possessed, tries to drown a baby at a baptism, and then blows his brains out as the police close in. The daughter gets possessed as well, but as they drive away with her to perform an exorcism on her, their car suddenly gets smashed into by another vehicle in a side-on collision and the film abruptly cuts to credits, leaving the viewers with absolutely no closure whatsoever. It’s a complete cop-out. The film is left completely unresolved. You are totally and completely left hanging. A title card pops up encouraging the audience to visit therossifiles.com for more information on the ongoing investigation, to which thousands of viewers unanimously said “%#$&@ you!!”
It’s easily one of the worst endings I can recall. It was creatively cowardly.
The others were putrid, too. I wish I could award this award to like five of these, they’re all that worthy. “Act of Valor” charged you full ticket price to watch a feature-length military enlistment commercial. “Alex Cross” put forth one of the stupidest thrillers you’d ever want to see; it featured a laughable villain being pursued by a bland cop, all in the framework of a ridiculous conspiracy context. “The Apparition” might as well have been called “Horror Fail”… there are literally scarier, self-produced videos on YouTube. “The Cold Light of Day” was as generic and unoriginal as a movie can be, while “The House at the End of the Street” chose to get creative right at the end in all the wrong ways possible.”Madea’s Witness Protection” is a mess of a movie, plain and simple. “Playing for Keeps” is supposed to be some sort of comedy, I think, but I think they forgot to put anything funny in and instead stocked it up with cringe. “Silent Hill: Revelation” is literally mind-boggling as to what they were thinking, I have no idea how they thought that that movie would be watchable. And “A Thousand Words” was a misguided attempt at comedy that really needed to stay gathering dust on the shelf.
“The Devil Inside” the FMR MAJOR Award winner for Worst Picture, 2012