The Vatican Tapes (2015)

vaticanDirector: Mark Neveldine

Writer: Christopher Borrelli, Michael C Martin (Screenplay) Chris Morgan, Christopher Borrelli (Story)

Starring: Michael Pena, Olivia Dudley, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Alison Lohman, Kathleen Robertson, John Patrick Amedori, Michael Pare


Plot: A priest and two Vatican exorcists must do battle with an ancient satanic force to save the soul of a young woman.


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Verdict: Different Twist to the Possession Film


Story: The Vatican Tapes starts as we learn Vicar Imani (Hounsou) is being assigned the latest case of a potential anti-Christ coming through Angela (Dudley), and we have to rewind 2 months to meet Angela a happy young lady from America. While celebrating her 25th birthday Angela suffers a cut to her hand and over the next few days he starts to act very different to how her boyfriend Pete (Amedori) and father Roger (Scott) are used to.

When Angela is involved in an accident she ends up in a coma and Father Lozano (Pena) is bought in to look for answers that could explain the non-medical problems she is suffering from. Angela finds herself in a mental home where the demon inside of her starts to take over bringing in the Vatican to solve the situation.

The Vatican Tapes comes off like a standard exorcism possession case as we follow from early stages to medical investigation, mental home before entering into the exorcism side which I will say is good. The final twist is excellent but for the negatives I have found this sub-genre something that is difficult to find a fresh approach and this ends up down the same road. Well about my favourite part I do think you get a reward with the final outcome though.


Actor Review


Michael Pena: Father Lozano is the local Priest that is looking over Angela, a former soldier turned Priest start suspecting something unusual but nothing prepared him for his first possession case. Michael is good and well restricted from his normal comic tone we get through his performances.

Olivia Dudley: Angela is the young lady that finds herself being possessed by a demon, it all starts with a small cut before she starts having powers unlike any human acting out of character but can she fight the demon inside her? Olivia is good as the victim in this film.

Djimon Hounsou: Vicar Imani is the man that learns about the Anti-Christ coming to the Earth and must find a way to stop him taking over. Djimon is barely in this film which is a huge disappointment really.

Dougray Scott: Roger Holmes is the father of Angela who has raised her himself and is still very protective of her even after she has started to live her own life. Dougray is very much a supporting character that I don’t understand why we have such a known actor in.

Support Cast: The Vatican Tapes has a supporting cast which are all about wondering what is happening and are trying to solve the problem.

Director Review: Mark NeveldineMark gives us a good couple of twists to the story we are used to seeing.


Horror: The Vatican Tapes has all the horror elements need for a possession based movie.

Thriller: The Vatican Tapes does try to keep us guessing throughout which works throughout.

Settings: The Vatican Tapes tries to keep the settings looking like an everyday location to try and show how easily it can happen.
Special Effects
: The Vatican Tapes has good effects to show what is happening with the possession side of the events.

Suggestion: The Vatican Tapes is one for the horror fans to try if you are a possession based fan this is good choice for you. (Horror Fans Try)


Best Part: Final twist.

Worst Part: We have seen most of this before.


Believability: It’s you want you want to believe

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $8,405,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Tagline:  For 2,000 years the Vatican has recorded evidence of evil. May God have mercy on their souls.

Trivia: The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2009 Blacklist, a list of the “most liked” unmade scripts of the year.


Overall: One of the stronger possession based films.




The Butterfly Effect (2004)

logoDirector: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber

Writer: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber (Screenplay)

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Melora Walters, Amy Smart, Elden Henson, William Lee Scott, John Patrick Amedori, Logan Lerman, Cameron Bright


Plot: A young man blocks out harmful memories of significant events of his life. As he grows up, he finds a way to remember these lost memories and a supernatural way to alter his life.


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Verdict: Smart Sci-Fi


Story: The Butterfly Effect starts by introducing us to our protagonist Evan (Kutcher) as he desperately hiding while leaving a note explains how he needs to go back and save a girl.  We are taken back to Evan’s childhood at school and we see how Evan has been having blackouts while drawing disturbing pictures. The blackouts continue to haunt Evan leaving him with blanks in his memory, usually over a traumatic moment in their lives. As he goes through his teenage years he suffers from more traumatic moments that lead too blackouts before he gets taken away from the friends that end up putting him through the moments.

Grown up to the college student age now Evan continues to try and mange his memories by studying how to memories can be reassembled. Seven years without a blackout and he reads an old journal he had been keeping since the blackouts started gives him the ability to go back and see what happened in the blackouts. Evan starts to study all of the moments he lost and starts to relive the moments again before he starts to try and change things. The effects could change everything that has ever happened in his life but can he go back and change things for the best or will only cause bad things.

The Butterfly Effect is one of these stories that really stands the test of time because it looks at the idea of time travel without having to use technology. It doesn’t get confusing because we see the cause and effect of every decision he tries to change. My questions would be how bad are these parents? Really do they not know that the dad did that to his children. What sort of kids grab dynamite and put it in a letterbox? I know these help make the story but in the end if the parents were normal these kids could have just been friends and had a good life together. The talking point for this film would the endings we have a couple of different endings that all make the story go in very different directions make sure you do see them all. (8/10)


Actor Review


Ashton Kutcher: Evan young man who has suffered from blackouts through his childhood, but now as a student he starts to pieces things together which changes his past and future every time he tries to fix things. This could be Ashton’s best film performance of his career. (9/10)


Amy Smart: Kayleigh the girl that Evan grew up with and experienced the traumatic moments with each time he tries to change things we see her in different parts of the life that Evan has changed. Amy gives a good performance in all the different outcomes she has to go through. (7/10)


Support Cast: The Butterfly Effect has a large supporting cast that all turn up in the different outcomes that Evan creates, all the actors do a great job in these roles because they have to perform different roles each time.


Director Review: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber – Both work together to create a very good thriller that really asks questions but most importantly has a realistic idea of the ending. (8/10)


Sci-Fi: The Butterfly Effect enters the sci-fi world without getting carried away because it focuses on one idea without getting carried away with it. (9/10)

Thriller: The Butterfly Effect keeps you guessing to what will change next through the whole film. (9/10)

Settings: The Butterfly Effect has plenty of different settings each show the cause and effect of Evan’s actions. (9/10)

Suggestion: The Butterfly Effect is one to watch I feel it offers enough to keep everyone happy because it is an easy to watch time travel film. (Watch)


Best Part: The simple side to time travel.

Worst Part: The parenting.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: It has sequels

Post Credits Scene: Shows different endings.


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $96 Million

Budget: $13 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 53 Minutes

Tagline: Change one thing, Change everything


Overall: Enjoyable Look at Cause and Effect

Rating 80