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The Vatican Tapes (2015)

PG-13 | | Horror, Thriller | 22 July 2015 (Egypt)
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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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Mark Neveldine

Writers:

Christopher Borrelli (screenplay by), Michael C. Martin (screenplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Taylor Dudley ... Angela
John Patrick Amedori ... Pete
Dougray Scott ... Roger
Michael Peña ... Father Lozano
Peter Andersson ... Cardinal Mattias Bruun
Djimon Hounsou ... Vicar Imani
Kathleen Robertson ... Dr. Richards
Sam Upton ... Orderly Mason
Cas Anvar ... Dr. Fahti
Michael Halsey ... Dr. Bramwell
Alex Sparrow ... Resident Kulik
Jarvis W. George ... Detective Simmons (as Jarvis George)
Michael Paré ... Detective Harris
Alex Corrado ... Bishop Saldano
Montanna Gillis ... Jackie
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THE VATICAN TAPES follows the ultimate battle between good and evil - God versus Satan. 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. Written by Pantelion Films

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for disturbing violent content, and some sexual references | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Aramaic

Release Date:

22 July 2015 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

Exorcismo en el Vaticano See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$832,271, 26 July 2015

Gross USA:

$1,784,763

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,015,764
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In Spain was released in 28 theaters / Widest release: 29 theaters. The film was only released in dubbed version, but was a premiere (November 2015) in Barcelona (Phenomena) in subtitled version. See more »

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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Fantastic Four (2015) See more »

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Made by imitating tapes of old exorcism movies.
8 October 2015 | by quincytheodoreSee all my reviews

One would expect a rich cultural or more in-depth take of possession premise with a title such as The Vatican Tapes. Unfortunately, it's nothing more than mediocre horror with barely anything new. Not to mention it's trapped between forced found footage style for some parts and shaky cam for the rest.

It's the story as old as the supposed entity possessing the poor victim, in this case Angela (Olivia Taylor Dudley). She begins showing weird behavior and it eventually attracts the attention of Vatican. For acting department, there are actually some decent names here such as Michael Peña, Djimon Hounsou or Dougray Scott. They all have worked in bigger movies or played different roles, and there's a visible effort here, but the material is so thin their characters feel lackluster.

Pacing is also another issue. The way it's presented might make the timeline seem odd, it switches back and forth between early stages of haunting and eventual discovery. However, the transition is poor and it doesn't escalate well, although that's partially because of the timid horror. Visually, it's very confusing, often using documentary style such as following character with camcorder perspective or CCTV videos, all of which are unnecessary and only manage to limit the presentation.

As for the creepy parts, they are practically the stuffs of old. If you have seen any similar movie in past couple of years, chances are you've seen this before. A few scenes fare better, although these are also heavily borrowed from other films. There's barely any grand sight or atmosphere of Vatican, in fact the priests from holy city almost like supporting character that pop up in small portion of the movie.

It's all right if the concept is not novel, many other movies have done old concept well. However, The Vatican Tapes relies too heavily on superficial gimmicks and sadly low on thrill.


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