At this point in time, there have been a literal ton of exorcism movies and more keep making their way to the big screen every day. Almost all of them feature the same familiar themes, follow the same beaten path and it gets to be that you can usually predict just how it is that the film is going to play out. Such is actually not the case with Exeter, which is an exorcism movie featuring some poor unfortunates possessed by a demon and while it does use many of the same clichés as the rest of those films, it does throw in a twist or two to keep things interesting, not to mention employing a vibrant young cast and a change of scenery from the usual bedroom.
The movie begins on a violent note to set things up and such as it is, it continues along that vein for the rest of the film. There is a lot of violence, a lot of gore and there is no second guessing that this is a horror film through and through. It all takes place in an abandoned asylum where its tragic past had forced its closure which also coincidentally makes it the best place to throw a party. Patrick and his friends do just that, but as the night wears on, things start to get out of control a little once people are completely inebriated and to make matters worse, Rory becomes possessed with the rest of the group becoming eventual victims. Entering the picture is a little religion, a lot of screaming and dying and Father Conway who you believe is doing one thing while actually doing another and all the while, Patrick wondering if anyone is going to make it out alive.
The great thing about this particular movie is that it never fails to capture your attention or entertain you from the moment it starts to the moment it ends. Yes, you might have seen it all before or think you have in other films, but where this one succeeds is that it keeps a relentless pace so as to cover up any faults in the story. There might be the odd plot hole here or there, but none of that really matters as this is not the kind of movie that is ever going to win any awards, nor go down in the history books as a mover and shaker. What it is, is a film that any lover of horror movies will be able to watch and enjoy simply for the fact that everything you could ever want in a horror film is here. A young cast, nudity, blood, guts, demons, killing and more, all of it combining to tell a fairly simple story with a little bit of mystery behind it, enough to keep you guessing until the reveal with a lot of non-stop action throughout.
Despite doing the material justice, the cast is almost inconsequential, the characters being caricatures of those featured in similar films, not to mention any sort of college-type movie as well. Starring Kelly Blatz, Brittany Curran and the always fantastic Stephan Lang, they would do a good job, but when it came right down to it, anyone could have filled those roles and the movie would still have turned out okay. There are no career-definers here; it was, at the end of the day, all about the story which was the real lead of the picture. Faulty? Some might say it was, but this is the perfect film to sit down and watch while letting everything else slip away for an hour and a half or so. Exeter is incredibly underrated and definitely worth a watch.
3 out of 5