August 7, 2011

Filthy Review - Deus Irae

Deus Irae (2010)

Review by Jude Felton

Social networking sites are often looked at in a scornful manner. The “cool” folk like to ridicule them, whilst using them themselves. For me though I fully embrace the use of them. Aside from being able to keep in touch with friends and family back in Blighty, and other fair nations of this planet, I have been able to discover movies that I otherwise may not have noticed. Deus Irae is one such short movie, it came highly recommended from a friend (thanks Christian!), and I will say straight away that it kicks all sorts of holy ass.

In 2010 we had the movie The Last Exorcism, and whilst the title referred to the protagonist’s last exorcism and didn’t claim to be the last exorcism film ever needed, which was an enjoyable movie. The same year, unbeknownst to me, this 13 minute movie from Argentina also entered the exorcism arena, and proceeds to beat the ever-loving Hell out of the viewer. Set entirely in one room Deus Irae focuses on three priests who are called in to perform an exorcism on a young girl while her mother watches on. Nowt new there then. Hang on just one second though, these priests are a special order who come armed with more than just a Bible, some Holy Water and a few choice phrases. Deus Irae is brutal viewing in places, and I found myself yelling “Holy shit” on more than one occasion!

Deus Irae manages to squeeze into its short running time enough thrills, spills and special effects to satiate even the most finicky of genre fan. The slime oozes, the blood spills and the scares are all there on the screen to embrace, and everything looks just wonderful. This is an incredible good looking and well-made movie in which the main cast of five all deliver great performances, especially Gaston Ricard as Father Marcos who really gets into his role.

Whenever a recommendation comes my way it is quite easy to end up feeling let down after watching it, as they don’t always deliver on that promise. Rest assured though Deus Irae does deliver, and deliver in spades it does. On top of this the plan is to make this into a feature length movie, which will no doubt expand on the priests background as well as the demonic entities they are sent to protect the world from. On this form I can only see good things ahead, Director Pedro Cristiani, and his crew, have delivered a bombastic short movie that I cannot recommend highly enough.

Deus Irae is not a family-friendly watered down exorcism movie, this is balls-to-the-wall action that takes no prisoners. God only knows we needed one.

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