The Devil Inside is a 2012 Found Footage Horror film focusing on a supposed exorcism and the aftermath thereof. Costing $1 million to produce and approximately $10 million to promote, the film made over $35 million in its first week and over $100 million worldwide overall, making it a commercial success despite panning by the critics. Notably, though, its lack of anything resembling an ending caused some audience to break out in jeers.
Provides Examples Of:
- Advertised Extra: The nun who appears on the front appears in one scene in the middle of the movie as a background character and has nothing to do with the possession.
- Badass Boast: "You know who I am."
- Camera Abuse: As par the course with possession movies.
- Cat Scare: An Angry Guard Dog barks at the protagonist. Many a reviewer declare it's the scariest scene.
- Covers Always Lie: The poster image that even adorns the Nuns Are Spooky page? Only a background character who stares at the camera during a montage.
- Demonic Possession: Happens to the mother and later David and Isabella, among others.
- Driven to Suicide: David kills himself after being demon possessed.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: Happens to all the main characters in the ending.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Everyone who gets possessed starts talking gutturally.
- Found Footage: With the excuse of both security and documentary footage.
- Large Ham: Suzan Crowley as Maria Rossi, given Evil Is Hammy.
- Menstrual Menace: A possessed woman spews her menstrual blood at the camera.
- No Ending: At the end of what would be the second act of most films, the story comes to a halt. Right when the plot gets interesting and the third act is supposed to start, the film ends on a black screen that reads "The facts surrounding the Rossi case remain unresolved. Visit therossifiles.com for more information on the ongoing investigation." The website had virtually zero tie-in material to the film, mostly limited to standard promotional material like character bios and ticket information. Adding insult to injury, the site was shut down shortly after the film's theatrical run.
- Ripped from the Headlines: The film begun as one of the writers read about the Vatican offering an exorcism course. And the name Maria Rossi comes from a real killer as well. And all real facts stop here.