Moving to a secluded house, friends helping a woman care for her disturbed brother find the house was used to summon a horde of demons which possess the group one-by-one and begin tormenting them for their own pleasure forcing them find a way of leaving the house alive.
This was quite an enjoyable effort. One of the more enjoyable aspects of this one is the fact that there's such a ravenous and chaotic energy present throughout this one which is quite an important feat. There's plenty to like with the film's scenes of the demonic imagery present throughout the walls and windows of the cabin which signal the start of the haunting leading into the possession and eventual outpouring of chilling incidents in the house which are quite enjoyable. With the scenes generally featuring plenty of voices echoing from deep in the house or showing them wandering through hallucinations featuring cult members engaging in the ritual slaughter with the lone victim being ripped apart, there's a generally creepy and atmospheric tone throughout here that sets the film's rather strong action in motion. The start of the possession with his increased physical mobility and threatening nature starts in on the scenes of the friends slowly tormenting them with otherworldly actions where they're clearly under the influence of some demonic force where it deals with the pregnant friend cutting herself up and then tormenting the remaining members of the group, the supposedly crippled friend turning around and brawling with the group and the various scenes of the demonically-possessed beings going around tormenting them in some rather fun chilling moments that are rather nicely handled. There's also a lot to like with the way the demonic action is mixed together with the creepy look of the possessed individuals, going from the traditional dark skin and blackened eyes along with the disfigured voice bringing about physical deformities that emerged from the incidents concerning their original deaths which are nice handled and makes for a great demonic force. Coupled with the rather brutal and bloody action with the demons driving them to mutilate and disfigure themselves in shocking moments, there's plenty to like here even though it does have a few minor flaws. The biggest issue here is the rather complex and confusing backstory to everything here which is glossed over rather quickly and doesn't really make much sense. There's little about why the house was used or what the purpose of it all was for so the way they get released seems rather clunky and really hamfisted. That also applies to the rushed and confused finale, where it seems to switch personalities on the participants without any real reason and everything just doesn't make any sense. The last big issue, and what really hurts this one the most, is the fact that this one is so structurally and stylistically similar to dozens and dozens of other efforts doesn't really do much for it as it plays into the suspected tropes so easily it doesn't offer up much in the way of surprises as it goes along. Beyond these qualms, there's a lot to like here.
Rated R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language and Nudity.
Emily has just purchased a remote home near an institution to provide better care for her brother Zach who is crippled with a severe form of Cerebral Palsy. During their first evening the group discovers strange symbols etched into the boards on the windows. They begin to clear away the symbols in the effort to clean the house, but soon realize just how serious of a mistake that was. One by one the group of friends become possessed by the evil spirits that haunt the cabin causing chaos that will forever be scarred into the mind of whoever survives.
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