Exeter (2015) Movie Review

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2015 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
91 minutes /

User Score: 65/100

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Exeter Review


A group of teenagers accidentally release an evil spirit that starts to possess them one by one.

Exeter (2015) is a low budget thriller horror movie that was known Backmask (2015) and is released as The Asylum (2015) in the UK. The movie was filmed in Rhode Island, USA and is one and half hour long. Director Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Friday the 13th (2009), Conan the Barbarian (2011), Pathfinder (2007)) did an okay job but not his best. Exeter had a lot of squeamish moments for me with a toothbrush in the eye, face blown off, lawnmower scene from Dead Alive (1992) and tongues being ripped out of your mouth. The movie did not fall short on gore, and bloodhounds will enjoy the bloodfest in this film. The movie was done very stylishly, and it was visually appealing although gut wrenching at the same time.

Exeter starts by showing us a female who is not entirely clothed (almost completely nude) walking up to her bed, kneels down and shoots her brains out. Needless to say, she committed suicide. The movie then shows us a clip of disabled, mentally challenged and deranged children/kids in Exeter School that were being abused and murdered. The school eventually closed its doors in the 70’s for human rights violations. Father Conway ( Stephen Lang - Avatar (2009), Conan the Barbarian (2011), The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009), Gettysburg (1993)) is renovating the asylum. His protege/altar boy Patrick (Kelly Blatz - Prom Night (2008), From Within (2008), Aaron Stone (2009)) and his friends held a huge party at the asylum. The party was off the charts with partying, sexual content and booze. Patrick, his brother Rory (Michael Ormsby - The Brothers Solomon (2007), Sweet Nothing in My Ear (2008), The Work and the Glory III: A House Divided (2006)) and five friends snoop around. The crazy, intoxicated group decided to practice levitation and unleashed a series of demonic possessions and paranormal activities. The kids who died there years ago are now haunting Patrick and his friends.

The kids tried to escape but are locked in with no means of escaping and no means of communication. One of the friends are possessed, and everyone is on an angry mood fest. They tried to do an exorcism by themselves and, well you guessed it, unleashed a more powerful and vengeful spirit. These spirits want all of the kids dead. They discover the asylum’s history after playing a vinyl record backward.

The twist ending was predictable from the very beginning of the movie, and it might be obvious to most horror fans. I like the scene where the kids decide to perform an exorcism on one of the little brothers after he becomes possessed. They did not think of calling the cops or getting help, but instead tied him to an old bed. What happens right after was a great scene but it will be a spoiler to tell you. I do not like movies where kids end up dying, but I was annoyed with these kids and could not wait for them to be axed off one by one. I did not know and pretty sure you cannot dip a Priest’s finger into ordinary water, and that will make it holy. It was funny to see the possessed kids craving Cheez-Whiz, I thought they just behave bad and puke green globs everywhere. I gave this movie a five because the storyline has been seen many times. I understand that new storylines are hard to comes across as many has been seen, but creativity plays a big role in a successful movie. Most horror fans will enjoy this horror movie if they watch it with an open mind.

About Exeter 2015

Title: Exeter
Year: 2015
Runtime: 91 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.25/5 stars from 23 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 23
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Stephen Lang, Brett Dier, Mark Burzenski, Brittany Curran, Jenny Shakeshaft, Jim Ford, Nick Nicotera, John Loughlin, Hilary Pingle, Gage Golightly, Ashley Tramonte, Jeff Gum, Joanne Vieira, John Bokta, Kazumi Aihara, Gaia Liotta, Domonique Andrews, Jarret LeMaster, Jon Perroni, Xaidenn Rodriguez, Nick Nordella, Brandon Paul Desorcy, Xion Rodriguez, Shannon Hartman, Ariel Dorsey, James Ford, Keith Arem, Tyler Clayton Appel, Dyan Humes-Nispel, Marcus Nispel
Writers: Kirsten McCallion, Marcus Nispel
Director: Marcus Nispel