Friday Flicks: Is This the Worst Week of Movie Releases of the Year?

Grab some popcorn! NewsFeed's Glen Levy brings you the movies you should check out (or avoid) this weekend.

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The Devil Inside


Tagline: No Soul Is Safe

Without wishing to disrespect the movie industry, it’s safe to say that early January is often the place to find films being tucked away by studios who know that there’s no point expecting them to find a significant audience amidst the Christmas blockbusters and late Oscar hopefuls.

And this week perfectly proves the point. The Devil Inside sees director William Brent Bell take a page out of Paranormal Activity‘s playbook, by being a horror movie that purports to follow a family using handheld and security camera videos to give a sense of real-life events. And those events relate back to 1989, when emergency responders received a 911 call from Maria Rossi (Suzan Crowley) confessing that she had killed three people. Twenty years on, her daughter Isabella (Fernanda Andrade) tries to figure out the truth about what really went down on that infamous night.

Mainstream critics aren’t exactly altogether keen to share their views. But the horror community seems to be on board. According to Dread Central, “The Devil Inside is home to moments that will shock, scare, disturb, and leave you gasping. It’s a trip to the dark side that’s well worth taking.” And Artist Direct, while awarding the movie 4.5 stars out of 5, is possibly (or not) coming across as sarcastic by labelling it “the first must-see film of 2012.” Thus far, it’s pretty much the only film of 2012.

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