The Vatican Tapes: Blu-ray Review











The Movie:

Angela Holmes 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 to wage war for more than just Angela’s soul, but for the world as we know it.

We’ve all seen these exorcism films one too many times. They tend to pump them out quite frequently now and with Halloween right around the corner expect to see a lot more. At the start of the film I was already beginning to scoff because they were using a found footage style of shooting and I’ve seen enough of those as well. Surprisingly enough it only lasted for about 10 minutes or so which leads me to believe that this was done as a jab to the genre. The film takes the usual route of a young girl being possessed and these crazy and outlandish things begin to happen to her and the people around her. Now with the film having premise that has been done before there are some great moments that will make you jump and creep you out which was a nice treat. It’s ultimately not a great film but not a terrible film either and it has its moments. I found the finale of the film to be the most interesting. It played out in a way that would’ve expanded the story a whole lot more it would’ve been expanded. All I can think is “They should’ve just started with this”. I’m sure they’re thinking they could set up a sequel but those final moments are what grabbed me and made me want to see more. If you are in the mood for some random horror movie to fill up some time before Halloween then check it out. 6/10

Special Features:

Tale of the Tapes – A lengthy feature that shows behind the scenes footage as well as interviews with the cast and crew.

Deleted Scenes – A pretty good amount of scenes here that are somewhat enjoyable but it’s understandable why they were cut.

Extended Scenes – Another decent amount of scenes that offer just a tad bit extra to existing scenes.

Audio Commentary with Director Mark Neveldine, Cinematographer Gerardo Mateo Madrazo and Actress Olivia Taylor Dudle

The Vatican Tapes is available NOW on Blu-ray and DVD from Lionsgate


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