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The Horror Honeys

I bring it up a lot, but I'm kind of obsessed with possession movies. If you're like me and most of middle-America, watching TLC shows like Hoarders, Extreme Couponing, My Strange Addiction, and Intervention might make you feel just a little bit better about life. Your house isn't THAT messy, sure you like bargains but not THAT much, and hey, at least you don't eat couch stuffing...

The set up for [Inner Demons](movie:2150043) begins like The Blair Witch Project - a documentary film crew chatting about their upcoming intervention, and planning out how they're going to showcase this poor young girl and her horrifying addiction to drugs. Smug questions, false promises, TV stuff. We're also treated to some typical documentary style conversation behind the lens, as the crew tries to get to the dirty dark reasons behind Carson's seemingly sudden turn to narcotics. Do we blame Dad, the former alcoholic? Overly religious and suffocating mom? The bad crowd at school?

The majority of the film is seen through a camera lens: Carson shooting up in a closet, getting close with one of the film crew, the usual found footage stuff. What always fascinates me about these films is the dedication of whoever the camera-rat is to capture EVERYTHING on film. I get it to a certain extent, but there's also a moment when dropping the camera and running is a better option.

When we're not on the same side of the camera as the documentary crew, we're viewing Carson's personality disintegrate via grainy black and white security camera footage as her struggle with sobriety continues behind the walls of the rehab center. Now, normally Intervention shows END when the person agrees to go to rehab, but this special film crew follows her inside...

Carson Morris has been possessed for quite some time, but she's been hiding it by using heroin (and other drugs) to keep the demon at bay. Her family's desperate bid to help, and the unfortunate provocation by the other recovering addicts at the rehab center releases the evil she's been trying to keep from controlling her body. Trade one demon for another, and everything goes to hell.

While [Inner Demons](movie:2150043) isn't a perfect film, it has enough of the genre's inspiration behind it to make it well researched without being tired or overused, and it remains interesting without being ridiculous in reaching for something new. The new angle of drug use to keep the demon sedated is also something that sparked my initial intrigue. Found footage and CC-TV camera recording is fast becoming one of my least favorite mediums, so I tried to ignore a lot of that because there are times when it comes in handy...especially for the twist at the end.

Inner Demons has a limited theatrical release on October 3rd

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