The Asylum Entertainment has released "Anneliese: The Exorcist Tapes." If you know The Asylum then most likely you'll be expecting cheesy monster schlock. Strangely enough, that's not what we are served here. I was actually pretty impressed. After a slow 50 minutes or so, the movie actually took off and redeemed itself. The film is based on the true story of Anneliese Michel, who's story has been loosely adapted for the big-screen once before in "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." I did a review of the film for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. After the jump, you can read an excerpt from the review and then click on the link to see the rest.
From my review:
"Anneliese: The Exorcist Tapes" does a pretty good job of mimicking "The Last Exorcism." From the get-go, the director and writer are trying to get you to ask yourself "Is she possessed or is she just mentally ill?" Everything that happens for the most part could be explained away by science. How does science explain the pictures and crosses that all turned upside-down in a manner of seconds or Anneliese being able to speak languages she has never been exposed to? All these things are left unanswered and left for the audience to make a decision about. Honestly, "Anneliesse: The Exorcist Tapes" has a more satisfying and believable ending than "The Last Exorcism."
I found "Anneliese: The Exorcist Tapes" to be an accurate depiction of the battle between science and religion. You've got the priests who absolutely refuse to waver in their stance that she must be delivered from her possession no matter what it takes. The doctor and professor stand firm in their beliefs that everything and anything can be explained through science and medical conditions. It really does capture the never-ending debates between these two groups.
To read the rest of the review go here.