From Within (2008)

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

From Within (2008)

In a small Maryland town, the suicide of an outcast teenager triggers a string of violent suicides. These suicides seem to stem from a curse which spreads when any person, who witnesses the suicide, is possessed by an evil force that appears as the person's doppelganger that only they can see. A young teenager, named Lindsey, thinks there is a connection of the events to Aidan, the outcast brother of the first suicide case. But Lindsay must race against the clock when she witnesses her mother fall victim, and must try to find a way to stop the curse before it kills her too. Meanwhile the God-fearing townspeople, led by a fanatic preacher with a connection to the events also, form a vigilante group to take the law in their own hands.

I was going to write about a different movie today but since I literally just watched this film today on IFC I figured it trumped the one I was going to do.  Didn’t want to do that movie anyway.

The cable guide said this is a Christian horror film but I have issues with that as I will point out shortly.  So Aiden and his brother are pissed off at the very God fearing town for persecuting and murdering their mother ten years earlier for the unforgivable sin of being a Wiccan.  So they discover a spell book that includes the incantation to unleash the above mentioned curse and in their rage do just that very thing.  The price of the spell is heavy and the brother kills himself to set the ball in motion, exit first major character and enter bizarre makeup effects and creepy jump cut editing.

It might be hard to tell but I actually kind of liked this film.  The dialogue was decent, the characters were well constructed and over all the plot made sense and advanced at a decent pace.  What I did not like is the following points within that same plot.  A forced exorcism on our main character (That’s Lindsey to the left there), a mob killing of the only non-Christian in town, a minor character performs a rape in the name of Jesus and then sets the women on fire. Come to think of it there is a lot of violence in the name of Christ in this movie.  All in all it’s not a terrible 90 minutes but prepare yourself to get angry, unless you’re a hard core fundamentalist in which case you might think it’s the best movie ever.


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