It's time to go back to school after a nice holiday break and Alex Froshiber moves in with her friend and another girl. After a crazy night out to celebrate the last days off school, Alex and her friend Jessica end up paying a psychic for a reading. Something happens during the reading, and now there is something inside of Alex.
"The Exorcism of Emily Rose" is probably to blame for the boom of exorcist/possession movies in the last decade. It's a surprise to me that it's still going on strong after 8-or-so years, but I guess one movie sparks the interest of some other movie, and it just keeps on going. Frankly, I shouldn't mind. SHOULDN'T mind. Exorcisms are freaky, and movies like "The Exorcist" showed just how well it can work on film. Unfortunately, I don't think there was ever much more to show on film after "The Exorcist". At least not if you want to go for THAT kind of exorcism/possession. It's time for me to realize this, and God can only hope that filmmakers will too.
"Devil Seed" is about the possession of Alex, a young woman returning to college after the holidays. She's moving in with her good friend Jessica, and a bitch - Bree. Bree's sleeping with Alex's boyfriend, and packs quite the attitude. Alex has bigger problems to worry about, of course. After a night out, Alex and Jessica walk by a psychic's place and decide to go in. I have no idea why the fuck it was open in the middle of the night, nor do I know why the obviously non-gypsy woman had to be a gypsy. I guess it's how it is with these films. I don't think a psychic was needed in the movie to begin with, but fuck what I think, eh? Okay, so a psychic reading later and Alex has the Devil inside of her. The usual stuff occurs: things start happening and no one believes her. It's not until scars show up on her body that anyone cares, but even then it's easy to understand why they think it's from something else.
I'll make it easier for you to understand... think of just anything from an exorcism/possession movie, and it's almost guaranteed present here. Add a tiny bit of "Rosemary's Baby", though it would be a stretch as it's just because it involves the Devil's baby. It's a snoozefest that should've been 20 minutes shorter, basically. When it's not incredibly stupid, it's cliché. When it's not cliché, it's boring. Although, I mean, all of those three go hand-in-hand. It's a trifecta of a waste of time.
Michelle Argyris as Alex is about as convincing as a kid's doodles. Whether she's happy, sad, angry or possessed, it's always over-the-top facial expressions. I'd say that either of the actors playing the friends, Shantelle Canzanese or Vanessa Broze, could've pulled it off better. They might not be fantastic either, but they outshine Michelle in most of the scenes. It makes you wonder what they based their decisions on.
The effects are mostly CGI, but I don't have a big problem here. I knew it would be CGI. It's not good, but it's sort of subtle. Most of the time. I'd happily go on a rant here too, but truth is that I can't because it just doesn't matter. There's definitely a continuity problem with the effects, but I won't take it much further than that. We do have some nudity, and I can't complain about that!
"Devil Seed" will probably please the biggest exorcism flick fans, but for the rest of us there is nothing new to find. It's bringing in clichés from exorcist movies as well as various demon possession movies, and it doesn't do it well or with a wink. The movie is exactly what you think it is, but probably a lot more stupid in its execution. I'm sure the filmmaker's aim wasn't higher than that to begin with, or at least I hope it wasn't, but that doesn't make it a better movie.