Director: Alessio Nencioni
Cast: Mattia Aloi, Giacomo Dominici, Giulia Drovandi
Production Company: Magnetic Head Production
Runtime: 75 minutes
I have a special place in my heart for Italian horror movies. Make it an indie Italian horror movie and now you’ve really got something! Alessio Nencioni’s Possessione Demoniaca (2015) is everything I look for in an indie film, and the fact that it’s Italian is just the icing on the cake.
In the movie, three horny guys set up a fake fashion shoot in order to lure a pair of uninhibited models to a secluded cabin in the woods. Once there, they recklessly hold a seance in the ruins of an old pagan temple. Their foolish actions lead to demonic possession…
The film opens with an avant-garde short that comes to a gross conclusion. The three male leads then discuss the validity of such genre films. In this way, Nencioni firmly establishes that he is aware of the kind of movie he’s making and who will likely see it.
Possessione Demoniaca is an entertaining horror-comedy that doesn’t pull any punches. There are plenty of gross-out scenes to keep you groaning with laughter. Many of the amusing events arrive out of nowhere, so I won’t be spoiling them here. Be ready for some funny stuff…
There are other fun distractions that lead us away from the main story from time to time. The guys like to watch a crazy show called Mazzate, which is basically a mixed martial arts slugfest. There’s also an infomercial for an item called Iper Armour Gym that’s really silly.
Nencioni is clearly a fan of Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead (1981) and Evil Dead II (1987). The dark comedy in this film has a similar style, though it occasionally takes things even further. There’s a lot of original moments, even if the basic stories are somewhat similar in nature.
The film is in Italian with English subtitles. Don’t let that keep you from seeing this movie. The events are broadly staged and the captions are easy to follow. Think of it as a great opportunity to brush up on your ability to swear in other languages!
If you like movies like Lamberto Bava’s Demons (1985), Cabin in the Woods (2011), and Shaun of the Dead (2004) then there’s a good chance you’ll enjoy this one too. Possessione Demoniaca will leave you possessed with laughter!
– John Migliore
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