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 Demon Within (2017) follows a young teenage girl and her mother who move into a town called Crestwick. At first, they believe their new home will be a great start but find out that the house is in fact haunted by an evil demon called Nefas. Nefas hunts young girls and consumes their souls. When the teenage girl is targeted by the demon, a local doctor in town helps her to try and protect the young girl before it is to late.
There is not a lot of gore or blood in this film. However, there are intense and violent movements as would be expected in all possession films. In addition, when a character is possessed, the film utilizes special effects and makeup design effectively.
The Grave Review
A Demon Within (2017) is a film about demonic possession. Of course, as in any possession films, The Exorcist sets the standard. Although not an original concept, it is always a matter of whether the film executed the plot and theme well. The plot was clear making the house the medium for the possession. As the film progresses, you are introduced to various characters who have some relation to the subject house. But, the characters were not particularly interesting. There was nothing that felt engaging or drawing to keep the interest throughout the film. As such, the execution of the film’s plot was poorly done.
In respect to the other aspect of the film, the atmosphere is always gloomy and bleak. However, there is nothing in the film that has not been done already in possession films. For example, in one scene, when Charlotte begins to become possessed, her voice gets deeper and dark cricles begin to form around her eyes. The makeup design was limited and the effect of the possession was not as impressionable as it could have been. As a general matter, the film was not able to keep the interest of the premise up.
In addition, the performances of the actors and actresses were mediocre. For example, some of the characters were comically incapable of saying their dialogues properly. The film’s progression was slow. Although the pace may have helped to develop the characters a little more, it did not help sustain the flow of the story. Overall, A Demon Within (2017) is not a memorable film. The special effects are not believable and the acting for most part is not convincing and bland.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives A Demon Within (2017) one and a half graves out of five graves.
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