I feel that I have come to a moment in my life where I understand what I like and what I strongly dislike. The Vatican Tapes is out from Lionsgate, and I strongly dislike this movie. It is a well done possession movie; one of those new jobbers with all the effects and the same story you’ve seen regurgitated since the Exorcist. I enjoy the possession movies of the 70’s because they come off as monster movies. I enjoy the possession movies of the 80’s because they are campy and filled with gorgeous naked bodies, but when it comes to the recent trend, these movies take themselves seriously, are seriously acted and ordinary.
The Vatican Tapes looks great. The acting is fine. The story is what you’d expect from a movie of this subgenre and if you’re a fan of movies that involve the “Possession of X” you’re going to enjoy this one. It has the formula you’ve come to expect a moderately higher budget with effects that look okay.
If you have disliked the possession films of the 2000’s and long for the days of Italian, church-ploitation movies… the word Vatican won’t make this is a EuroTrash classic.
You can pick up The Vatican Tapes now.
Angela Holmes is an ordinary 27-year-old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death. Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined. It's all up to Father Lozano to wage war for more than just Angela's soul, but for the world as we know it.
BLU-RAY/DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES*
· Audio Commentary with Director Mark Neveldine, Cinematographer Gerardo Madrazo and Actress Olivia Taylor Dudley
· “Tale of the Tapes” Featurette
· Deleted Scenes
· Extended Scenes