The Exorcism of Karen Walker
Jonathan Sothcott, Richard Watts-Joyce, Mark Butler (executive), Peter Oxley (executive), Rhian Watts-Joyce (executive), Marco Merlino (executive), Nicholas Taylor (executive), Adam Stephen Kelly (associate) for Hereford Films
directed by Steve Lawson
starring Shane Taylor, Rula Lenska, Janine Nerissa, Denise Moreno, Jane MacFarlane, Jay Sutherland, Steven Dolton, Freya Green
screenplay by Steve Lawson, based on an idea by Jonathan Sothcott, music by Neil Chaney
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Mitch (Shane Taylor) is out of a job, his wife Diane (Janine Nerissa)
is pregnant - so when they get the chance of moving into his deceased
uncle's house, they're glad to take it, even if his a bit too devout
mother's (Jane McFarlane) dead set against it. Thing is, Mitch's sister
Karen (Denise Moreno) has gone bonkers all those years back when spending
time with said uncle, and it's unclear why, but might have had to do with
some paranormal experiments of his, so whatever's happening now ... but
we're living in modern times, right? Well, Mitch thinks so, until he
discovers the Kirlian camera of his uncle that has the capability of
photographing people's auras, and one such photo shows Karen in a state
that looks like possession even to the untrained eye. Mitch isn't a
believer per se, but the photo combined with Karen's condition that has
been bad for 30 years now leads him to take the possibility of a
possession seriously, and thus he looks for a psychic, Ada (Rula Lenska)
for advice, and she immediately concludes Karen's possessed by a demon -
and offers an exorcism. Ada's for real, too, but so is the demon, and he's
in no mood to leave Karen as a vessel just yet ...
nice piece of possession horror that starts a bit slowburn, but only for
reasons of building up its threat properly. And while the film might not
re-invent the genre as such, it deals out shocks and suspense masterfully
and is really as creepy as they come, thanks to a directorial effort
that's effective by relying on atmosphere rather than spectacle, and a
solid cast, all more than capable to carry the thing rather beautifully.
Genre fans are bound to like this one, and so will everyone else up for a