Demonic-exorcism movies are a cursed dime a dozen, and so are all the tropes they're forever packed with. Which is why American Exorcism suddenly has us intrigued, in spite of—maybe even because of?—its straight-to-video destiny. The debut feature from 47-year-old North Carolina director Tripp Weathers looks low on budget but high on creativity and actual potential to nightmare-ify our waking hours.
Like, those bright, computery, fan-made Mortal Kombat film effects depicting the devilish forces writhing into and out of these people? Dope! As are those vast shots of the ocean and a mountain road.
The plot rundown, per Bloody Disgusting, which premiered the American Exorcism trailer:
"Damon Richter thought he left the world of possessions, exorcisms, and evil behind until an old friend arrives with frightening information about his estranged daughter knowing that only his otherworldly skills can save her."
The movie's out on VOD on May 2 and DVD on Aug. 1. At this point we are honor-bound to mention that IMDb also lists the 2017 works An American Exorcism (a British joint) and American Exorcist. So that's all happening.
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