THE VATICAN TAPES follows the ultimate battle between good and evil – God versus Satan.
Angela Holmes (OLIVIA TAYLOR DUDLEY) is an ordinary 27-year-old until she begins to have a devastating effect on anyone close, causing serious injury and death.
Holmes is examined and possession is suspected, but when the Vatican is called upon to exorcise the demon, the possession proves to be an ancient satanic force more powerful than ever imagined.
It’s all up to Father Lozano (MICHAEL PEÑA) to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it.
What We Thought:
When The Vatican Tapes first starts, you’ll think you’re in for a found footage movie. Luckily, that only lasts for a minute before you realize that it’s a traditional movie after all. Thank god.
What you’re in for for the next 90 minutes is a top-notch possession thriller, anchored by an amazing performance by Olivia Taylor Dudley.
Knowing that the film was directed by Mark Neveldine, one-half of the filmmaking duo Neveldine & Taylor (best known for a hyperkinetic style of filmmaking), I thought this might be some kind of jump-cut laden thrill ride. But instead, it’s a much more traditional film, with a style that’s much more subdued than we’ve seen from the director before.
What really kicks the film into overdrive is the ending, which is utterly fantastic. Obviously, I don’t want to spoil anything, but suffice it to say that I really loved the way this movie ended. It’s not the usual ending.
Ultimately, The Vatican Tapes isn’t terribly different from any other possession movies we’ve seen, but it is well-made, well-acted, and suitably intense.