“Inner Demons” played at the Los Angeles Film Festival at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE on June 13, 2014. (Photo Courtesy of LA Film Festival)
If you enjoy Paranormal Activity-esque movies, the movie “Inner Demons” is for you. In fact, I saw the “found footage” horror film at the Los Angeles Film Fest at Regal Cinemas L.A. LIVE on June 13, 2014 and needed some time to sit and think about it. First of all, I could not sleep well that night because as you can tell by the title “Inner Demons,” it explores just that.
So picture this: here we have a 16-year-old girl named Carson (played by Lara Vosburgh) who comes from a religious family. She is addicted to heroin and because of her addiction, her family is trying to help her through rehab. They have no idea how their innocent daughter could succumb to a life of drugs and destructive behavior. Here’s where it gets creepy. The whole demon aspect comes into play because of an encounter of playing around with satanic rituals, which is why the poor young girl began taking drugs. She was simply trying to masque the continuous voices and disturbances she was experiencing, which led to questions if she was possessed.
“Inner Demons” was filmed in a documentary “found footage” fashion. That particular film style has been a more predictable style with the popularity of films like “Paranormal Activity” and even reality television. It did make the movie even scarier because you didn’t know when to anticipate something scary happening or the noise level becoming almost too loud for comfort. The aspect that I really enjoyed about the film is the fact that they even incorporated some humor into the movie while still keeping it scary. I don’t remember the last scary movie I watched that had as many humorous undertones as this one did, or maybe I was, like many in the crowd, laughing at some parts that weren’t intended to be funny simply because I was scared. (You can go ahead and laugh at that one, but you know you’ve done it too.) The main idea of the movie brought interesting takes as addiction and demonic possession intertwine in its plot and really focuses in on how some doctors portray people with addictions. The fact that her reasoning is actually based on a truth makes you think about other perspectives of those who struggle with addiction.
The Los Angeles Film Festival was held June 11-19 and hosted various films from several different genres. (Photo Courtesy of LA Film Festival)
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the acting – especially from Lara Vosburgh, who plays the main character, Carson. She did a wonderful job at displaying possession and it didn’t come off unauthentic. The film was written by Glenn Gers and directed by Seth Grossman, who also was a producer for the TV series “Intervention” and also produced “The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations.”