A Demon Within (2017)
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Directors: Ayush Banker, Justin LaReau
Writers: Ayush Banker, Michelle Beyda-Scott
Producers: Jonathan M. Black, James Huntsman, Todd Slater
Date Released: April 3, 2017
Charlene Amoia as Julia Larsen
Clint Hummel as Jeremy Miller (as Clint Glenn Hummel)
Patricia Ashley as Charlotte Larsen
Michael Ehlers as Father Donald
Cole Crawford as Olivia Miller (as Cole Millette)
Veronika Bonell as Maddie
David Sweetman as Officer Reilly
Laura Ann Parry as Priscilla
Rating = 1.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
A teenage girl and her mom move in to a small town Crestwick. They think this will be a great place for them to have a new beginning. Unknowingly, the house they are moving into has been plagued by an evil demon known as Nefas dating back into the 1800’s. Nefas has fed on the souls of innocent young girls and now has a new target. In order to save this teenage girl and her mother, a skeptical, small town doctor is forced to confront his own demons before another girl suffers a gruesome fate in his family’s old house.
Intense violence as expected in all possession films. Not a lot of gore and blood. But there is always an uneasy feeling present in demonic possession. The atmosphere is always gloomy and bleak. The possessed usually gets special effects make up to enhance the experience.
The Grave Review
A Demon Within (2017) employs all of the usual tropes of possession films. In this case, the demon is named Nefas and she’s been haunting the same house in Crestwick, Illinois for over a 100 years. Nefas’s target is Charlotte (Patricia Ashley), the 16-year old daughter of Julia (Charlene Amoia). The man of faith is the earnest Father Donald (Michael Ehlers), who is constantly trying to set his parishioners up with babysitting gigs. The man of science is Dr. Jeremy Miller (Clint Hummel), who is so bitter that he can’t even jog past the church without stopping to give Father Donald the side eye.
Of course, it does turn out that Jeremy has a reason for being angry at Father Donald. A previous exorcism led to the death of someone close to him specifically his daughter.
There’s nothing surprising about A Demon Within and, unfortunately, the films obviously low-budget keeps it from reaching the standard set by previous exorcism films. Charlotte’s voice gets deeper and she gets a rash and some unsightly dark circles under her eyes but otherwise, this is a pretty mild case of demonic possession. There is one nicely done scene involving a mirror but otherwise, this is a fairly forgettable example of the exorcism genre.
Acting is mediocre to bad. Some characters seem to lack the capability to even say the dialogue properly. Pacing is considerably slow. However, it benefits the development of the character in the process. It did not help sustain the cohesiveness of the story. With the various exorcism films produced, at some level some of them have set standard, like The Exorcist. This one does not even close to the level of quality.
A Demon Within just kind of forgettable. There are a lot of holes in the plot. The special effects are not even believable.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives A Demon Within (2017) one and a half graves out of five graves.
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