(2014/MPI/IFC Midnight DVD)
B- Sound: B- Extras: D Film: C+
Carrete's Asmodexia (2014) is a white knuckle thriller that is
a refreshing watch after the drabness of the latest horror offerings.
While an exorcism film at its core, Asmodexia is a film with
the unique premise of a Girl and her Exorcist/ Priest Grandfather
walking through filth and ruin, in an attempt to cleanse exorcised
souls. Darker than Constantine, the effects are strong and
the look is pretty creepy - this is definitely a film that I wouldn't
be surprised to see remade for an American audience soon.
de Palma is an exorcist pastor roaming the darkest corners of the
country with his granddaughter Alba. Their mission is to help those
possessed by The Evil One, an infection of the soul that is spreading
fast among the most vulnerable members of society: children, mental
patients, and drug addicts. With a mysterious cult also following
their every move, their battles are becoming increasingly difficult.
And each exorcism reveals a piece of young Alba's forgotten past - an
enigma that if unconcealed could change the world as we know it.
in standard definition with an anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio of
2.40:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital track, the film looks fine on DVD
but would definitely look better on Blu-ray. The film is dark and
has drained colors, but seeing it on this format doesn't take away as
much of the look as one might think. Sadly, the only
extra is a Trailer.
line: if you're a fan of Exorcism-esque films then this is one
you shouldn't miss.
James Harland Lockhart V