Parents' Guide to

The Devil Inside

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Fake documentary about exorcisms has gore, strong scares.

Movie R 2012 87 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 17+

You're the devil!

Another handheld horror film, and one of those who became a big hit. In consumerism Rome and cameras.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
age 17+


This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8):
Kids say (11):

The "fake documentary horror film" genre seems to have totally run its course, creativity-wise, and THE DEVIL INSIDE is no exception. It re-uses the same ideas again and again, such as trying to fool the audience into thinking the events are real. It barely cooks up any kind of character or dramatic arc, even though Andrade has wonderful screen presence and the two priest characters share an interesting moral conundrum.

That said, the movie still has some authentic scares, mainly through a lack of background score music and through long takes on the hand-held cameras. The rhythms are unpredictable, and it's never quite clear when something is going to suddenly jump up or switch gears. And indeed, this movie has a few decent tricks up its sleeve. But it ends in an unsatisfying manner, having left several stones unturned and several ideas untapped.

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