The Vatican Tapes (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | PG-13 | Horror, Thriller
91 minutes /

User Score: 46/100

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The Vatican Tapes Review


A priest and two Vatican exorcists must do battle with an ancient satanic force to save the soul of a young woman.

The Vatican Tapes (2015) is an American supernatural horror movie that horror fans should wait to see when it is on TV. Director Mark Neveldine (Crank (2006), Crank: High Voltage (2009), Gamer (2009), Jonah Hex (2010)) failed at executing this not so original movie. Most of the film was a cliche to other demon possession movies and did not have no suspense. This movie did not work for me, and I was greatly disappointed that nothing new was seen. The movie mostly reminds me of The Exorcist except for the ending that was a change. I did like that the movie explained why the character was picked, but I dislike that it was extremely slow paced.

The Vatican Tapes started by stating that the Catholic church has been recording evidence for over 2,000 years of evil. The devil is trying to get Angela ( Olivia Taylor Dudley - Chernobyl Diaries (2012), Transcendence (2014), The Barber (2014), Chillerama (2011)) so that it can get into our world. Olivia’s Catholic father Roger Holmes ( Dougray Scott - Mission: Impossible II (2000), Hitman (2007), Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998), Enigma (2001)) is in dismay over his daughter. Angela went through a series of accidents where people around her get seriously hurt, and she was admitted to the hospital for a while. The hospital could not help her, so she was sent to a mental institution. People around her are still getting hurt, and they decided to call in a priest to help the situation. Priest Michael/Father Lozano (Michael Peña - Shooter (2007), End of Watch (2012), Fury (2014), American Hustle (2013)) calls the Vatican group to help him perform an exorcism on Angela. The demonic force that possesses Angela is killing several people around her without any explanation and is destroying humanity. The demon possessing Angela is extremely strong, and if the priest does not win then Angela might be dead or even worse, mankind could be destroyed. It is the Anti-Christ possessing Angela and only wants to wreak havoc on the world.

The characters all did a good job with their performances, but the storyline was told too many times. There were a few new elements to the storyline that is nothing exciting to mention. The only good thing about his movie was the ending because it strayed from the regular ending we are used to seeing in a possession movie. The special effects were okay. I was hoping that this film would be different, but it was not anything special.

About The Vatican Tapes 2015

Title: The Vatican Tapes
Year: 2015
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.3/5 stars from 28 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 28
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Starring: Djimon Hounsou, Daniel Bernhardt, Michael Paré, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Will C., Bruno Gunn, Cas Anvar, Kent Shocknek, Joel Shock, Mel Fair, Adrian Lee, Alison Lohman, Dougray Scott, John Patrick Amedori, Shawn Crahan, Noemi Gonzalez, Alex Sparrow, Ashleigh Biller, Scott Sheldon, Liisa Cohen, Mark Rossignol, Jarvis W. George, Michael Gabriel, Michael Lehr, Jon Eric Hoffman, Michael Halsey, Michael Peña, Jackson George, Peter Andersson, Rj Wolfe
Writers: Christopher Borrelli, Michael C. Martin, Chris Morgan
Director: Mark Neveldine