- Director: Damon Thomas
- Writer: Jenna Lamia
- Stars: Elise Fisher, Amiah Miller, Cathy Ang
It’s fair to say that there a lot of exorcism films out there. From the absolute best (The Exorcist) to the absolute worst (take your pick) and the countless films in between. My Best Friend’s Exorcism does at least give the exorcism film a fresh setting (80s high school). Unfortunately it does eventually veer into territory that is overly familiar.
Abby (Fisher) and Gretchen (Miller) have been BFFs forever but the friendship between the two is tested when, at a girls weekend they make two mistakes. One is to use an ouija board and the second is entering into a haunted building on the same night, disturbing a demonic spirit that takes up residence in Gretchen. What can Abby do to save her friend?
The film plays with the material as more of a comedy than a horror but there are a few horror moments however they are pretty light on. Not necessarily a bad thing but the comedy is more amusing than laugh out loud.
Both Fisher and Miller are very easy to watch, playing their roles well and giving the film a nice pair to cheer for. The supporting characters are good as well but they don’t get much to do.
Thomas directs the film appropriately, guiding the camera around in a way that apes a bunch of other 80s teen films. Lamia working from Grady Hendrix’s novel (not having read it, I have idea how faithful the film is to the novel) seems to capture the spirit of 80s teen films but the story doesn’t quite have the right pacing nor hit the dramatic heights it needed to.
Having said all that, My Best Friend’s Exorcism is still fun to watch and could easily slot into a halloween movie marathon.
My Best Friend’s Exorcism is currently available on Amazon Prime Video.
Ryan Morrissey-Smith | Twitter: @TigersMS78
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