Friday, March 31, 2023

GODLESS: THE EASTFIELD EXORCISM (2023) Overlook Film Festival

This is a deceptive (and in a good way) and frightening film.

Nominally based on a true incident GODLESS tells the story of a married couple in crisis. She is having mental health issues. She is having visions and hearing voices. Their doctor is trying to treat her but the medical solution is not a quick fix. She will have to be on the meds for an extended period before they really show signs of working. Her husband is beside himself and fears that she is possessed and in need of an exorcism. The thing is the priest he wants to bring her to won’t look at her unless the doctor signs off. However things happen and not in a good way.

What I love about the film is that it wickedly structured. Looking at first like a straight forward drama or a standard horror  film, things slowly change over time. We get the intrusion of real horror. Reality turns on its head as we go deeper into the psychosis.  What we thought was real is going on changes. Maybe it isn’t mental. From there the film grabs us by the hair and drags us down the garden path smashing us into every rock, bush and tree along the way.  It batters us do by the end we are left exhausted.

What we thought at the beginning is not what we thought at the end.

I had a great time. I loved that the film turns the exorcism sub-genre, which I never really liked, on it’s head. When I got to the end of the film I wanted to turn around and go again.(that’s a rave)

Go see this.

Highly recommended.

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