Plot: Natasha (Meera) is a journalist who has taken a personal interest in a tragic, mysterious case. While she has reported on some strange news stories before, this one is the strangest and she has a personal interest in the truth. Aayesha (Kavita Radheshyam) and her husband Sameer (Nirab Hossain) have a new home outside of the city and wanted to start a fresh life, including adding a child to their household. After a tragic miscarriage, Aayesha was certain that wouldn’t happen, but the two agreed to look into adoption. The couple was happy and had plenty of love, so welcoming an adopted child would have been a perfect match. They ended up adopting a young girl named Anna, but over time things started to take unexpected turns. The news told the public that Sameer shot the child out of fear she was a demon, which of course made the story a high profile one. But Natasha is driven to learn all she can about the situation, so she goes to Aayesha to uncover the truth…
Entertainment Value: I’ve seen a lot of demonic possession/exorcism related movies, so it was fun to have a new perspective on the genre. Islamic Exorcist was marketed as a horror movie and to an extent it is, but the movie has a slow pace and builds toward the promised possession. This is likely to displease some, but I feel the film does well to slow down at times and let us get to know the characters. Then when the tension ratchets up, there’s more of a connection and things mean more. I’m all for over the top, wild exorcism flicks, but this one is justified in approach. The story follows a reporter who is trying to sort out the tragic story of a child who was killed by her adopted father, who believed she was a demon. Once Anna moves in, the movie’s pace picks up and the horror side kicks in. The progression of the horror is well crafted and effective, with some great atmosphere and eerie moments. The performances are fine, though some feel a little too soap opera style at times. Even so, the cast is solid and Kavita Radheshyam is quite good in one of the prominent roles. So stick with the slow start and let the movie hook you in, as the movie turns out to be a fun, effective horror flick. So if you’re into horror and especially possession movies, check out Islamic Exorcist.
No nakedness. A couple minor instances of blood, but not much. One involves a child committing suicide, but its off screen with some splatter shown. The other is a scene of some bloody footprints, so the violence is minimal and never shown. The dialogue is kind of weird at times, perhaps due to the language barrier. This leads to some odd phrasing and pacing, which can be unintentionally humorous. But entertainment is entertainment, right? The performances have a soap opera feel in most cases, which means a little melodrama, but that’s fine too. I found this to be well written and despite the language issues, the narrative does what it needs to. But some awkward moments creep in, such as some medical staff discussing a deceased patient and being obsessed with how hot she was. So those kind of moments add to the entertainment, even if it was unintentional. In terms of craziness, this movie follows the possession movie blueprint well, so it never feels off the rails. The ending throws in a nice twist, so that is worth a point, I think.
Overall Insanity: 1/10