Good ol Asylum, one of the horror critics famous punching bags. Yeah they put out a lot of crap but I’m not going to lie and say I don’t enjoy some of their Mockbusters they put out. I thought Battle of Los Angeles was cheesy fun and I really thought 8213: Gacy House was pretty enjoyable. I thought it was more fun that the actual P.A. series. Having said that I can’t defend this piece of crap.
Anneliese: The Exorcist Tapes is another one of these claim to be true footage accounts of the now famous Anneliese Michel exorcism that was also portrayed in The Exorcism of Emily Rose. This movie wishes it was a fraction as good as that movie. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert on the real case but in this movie it starts off with a few doctors, priests and the parents all huddled around Anneliese trying to subdue her and to get the demons out of her. The movies shows this from three points of view. A black and white security cam, a regular cam that was standard color and finally a crappy camera with a sepia colored tone that they used the majority of the movie, which annoyed the hell out of me.
The opening scene where Anneliese pisses on the floor and licks it up was pretty shocking and probably the highlight of the movie. The rest of it is lame actors with bad accents giving their opinions of whats going on. There also these super lame transition shots where the camera focuses in on the doctors findings written in cursive on paper, and you can only read about every fifth word. Also they have shots where they took the real audio from the actual Annaliese and play the audio tapes with just a static background. The audio quality is so terrible and muffled that you can barely hear whats going on, thus taking away the creep factor from it.
The movie just sucks. I know they are trying to play it realistic and not go too wild, but the movie just comes across as a lame faux documentary. It would have been much better if they didn’t try to be a true story, and instead go buck wild and have a bunch of crazy shit happen. The actress who played Annaliese wasn’t that bad and the guy filming it all had some funny stuff to say but other than that its just plain garbage.
Final Rating: 3/10