October 6, 2014 The Devil Incarnate (Movie Review)
Supernatural films have been a hot ticket in the Horror genre in recent years and one of the newest offerings is executive producer Duane A. Sikes presented The Devil Incarnate. Co-written and directed by L. Gustavo Cooper (Velvet Road 2001, M is For Music 2013) and filmed on location in Florida, the film tells the eerie tale of newly married couple in for some strange and uninvited surprises clawing their way into their lives. Originally titled Copiii: The 1st Entry, the film is actually based on Romanian descent that dates back to the 1500s. Compelling in theory, Director Cooper’s plan of attack explores a few different avenues as the film plays out.
Initially beginning with a young girl, who appears to have been through traumatizing experiences, sitting with police officers; the audience is immediately taken back in time to the newlyweds Holly (Graci Carli) and Trevor (Rod Luzzi) Davidson. Appearing to be a normal couple celebrating their honeymoon, they take a stop at a few tourist traps, but find a lot more than what they bargained for. In fact, an unsettling man sitting on the street, played by Walter J. Colson, keys them in on some startling information to find out about their future. While Holly takes the fortune much more serious than her husband, they follow the man’s orders and end up at a house to find out more and leave abruptly; completely rattled. Ending this less than exciting marriage celebration, they end up in the hospital after Holly was excessively hemorrhaging only to find out she is pregnant.
With everything settling down and the couple seeming positive about the future, they head home to find Trevor’s supportive family have left them a house but are still staying in the home to help prepare everything. This is when the audience is introduced to the weathered young girl at the start but much more healthy looking, and it is Trevor’s sister named Marissa (Emily Rogers). A relatively likable character, the teenage girl becomes a focal point in the entire film from this point when Trevor gives her back her video camera after his trip; asking her to document some events for the sake of the baby. As Marissa beings to video she sees events turning terribly worse with each passing day. Holly is slowly unraveling and clearly is not herself; could it be hormones or is the folklore true and is she possessed by a demon? As time passes, information about Holly’s blurry pass begin to come in focus and it appears she has had an evil stigma following her throughout her life and she never even knew it. Desperate to save his wife and the baby, Trevor reluctantly, with the guidance of his sister, revisits the place where everything started to follow up along their journey before coming home. Informing Trevor the demon will come for the baby, his wife, and then him, they all quickly try to exorcise the evil from within Holly. Seeming as if everything is better, Holly gives birth but only to a shocking and disturbing ending the audience will not see coming.
The Devil Incarnate has an interesting story with plenty of substance along the way to keep the audience intrigued to find out what will happen next. While the ending could come across as unfulfilled at first, it is perhaps Cooper’s intent to leave this unsettling feeling in the pit of everyone’s stomach. It will be interesting to see if and when Cooper will go deeper into this story line in another film. Mixing found footage style filming into the timeline of the movie, it is a rather unique way to keep things balanced and feeling genuine. Immaterial to the plot of the film, there is also some eye-candy for horror buffs with a Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1986) and Graduation Day (1981) posters hung on Marissa’s bedroom walls. There are many questions left unanswered here and definitely leaves viewers yearning for more. Perhaps this is the dawn of a more in-depth saga to come. For this reason, The Devil Incarnate is well-worth checking out. CrypticRock give this movie 3.5 out of 5 stars.