Chasing the Devil (2014)

There’s campy movies, and then there’s goofy movies.

This is just a goofy movie.

Following a pretty basic demonic possession plot, and presented as a found footage film, I wasn’t expecting a lot. I’ve been trying to watch more movies lately and avoiding shows because then I get sucked into shows and forget to actually review anything (side eyes Supernatural). It’s also a Gravitas movie, and while I don’t really dislike the stuff that Gravitas puts out, I don’t find it really mind-blowing either.

As a found footage piece it’s not terrible. I still don’t favor the subgenre but it’s actually cleaner and less choppy than most which makes for an easier and more enjoyable watching experience. The acting isn’t terrible either, especially not for low budget horror, but you still have to work within the restrictions of your plot.

And that’s where things just get goofy. With a monster that body hops whilst people yell ‘who is he inside of now?!’, coughing up coins, watching people literally smoke on screen…it’s not quite comical enough to be horrorcom, but too funny to really be taken seriously, the only word that really fits is goofy.

It reminds me of a production of A Streetcar Named Desire I saw in high school, where you wanted to laugh because it had crossed the line into comedy with its earnestness but you don’t want to because you know you shouldn’t.


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