6.5 out of 10
Release Date: 7th March 2016 (DVD Premiere)
Director: Andrew Jones (The Toymaker / Robert 2 / Robert / Conjuring The Dead / The Haunting At The Rectory / Poltergeist Activity / The Last House on Cemetery Lane / Theatre of Fear / Amityville Asylum)
Cast: Lee Bane, Tiffany Ceri, Jeff Raggett, Rik Grayson, Claire Carreno, Sarah Tempest, Melissa Bayern and Judith Haley
Writer: Andrew Jones
Trailer: THE EXORCISM OF ANNA ECKLUND
Britpic is very happy to be able to write a good film review for Andrew Jones / Lee Bane’s Welsh horror film factory. To date, ‘the world’s first horror film director to be afraid of the dark’ Mr Jones’ films have followed an upward arc in quality. For ‘The Exorcism of Anna Ecklund‘ a few more lights have been turned off to cast some long shadows, and the script is sharper, plot more interesting, the acting great all round (most of the cast has stepped up to match lead actor Lee Bane this time) and it’s choreographed, scored and well filmed. You can actually say there’s a bit of cinecraft gone into this effort, as virtually all Jones’ films to date have had the ambience and mood of an Aldi Commerical (I wished they’d have cast Kerry Catona as Anna Ecklund come to think of it… or am I mixing brands???). There’s still a way for these guys to go, but now they’ve finally reached the gates of making cinema-strength b-movie horrors. Jones and Bane are about the only guys operating at no/low budget filmmaking in the UK that are rapidly improving. So we’d like to shout about them – eventhough in amateur blog land no can hear you shout.
Now I hate exorcism movies. They’re all the same. They all follow the same plot as The Exorcist to some point. And so does The Exorcism of Anna Ecklund. It has the ticklist of cliches: troubled priest, good christian girl gets possessed, no one but the priest recognises Latin, devil is everywhere, etc… What I did like were the flourishes and the well-choreographed fight scenes near the end. Clunkiness is at a minimum except for a crap scene with one of Anna’s (TIFFANY CERI – ROBERT 2) friends – which should have been chopped. Lee Bane (ROBERT) is once again, one of the main reasons and for once, not THE only reason to watch one of Mr Jones’ horrors. His priest is shows depths which the script can’t get to and he makes some of the baffling aspects to the surrounding mythology palatable and pretty damn interesting… and that’s what makes this exorcist horror fresh… the back story. Usually, Exorcism films are just wham-bam thank you mam, blood, guts and dick crucifixes – this film delves into some of the stories behind real life exorcisms…
Oh yeah, like Robert The Doll, this film is supposedly based on a true story. Hahahahahahaaaaaa. Put your hands up if you bought this / watched it because it was based on real life events and expected an accurate account? I’m making myself redundant in even pointing this out aren’t I, but this is about as realistic as Zoolander is to the fashion world. I should know I perform exorcisms on co-Britpic reviewer Matt Usher / Joe Pesci II every time we meet.
Anyway f*ck facts, this is a great, tightly wraught, dare I say it scary and competent no-budget horror that I’d recommend this to pals that don’t watch arthouse movies. So the daft ones with little care for film culture. There’s room for Jones / Bane to improve but this is a significant step upward from Robert and Conjuring The Dead (the next best features). Turn a few more lights off too next time. They’re next horror Robert 2 won’t have Lee Bane in a lead role to rely on (as he got killed with a loofah in part one – I think, so only half a spoiler there), so we’ll see if Jones’ can stand up tall without his partner in film-crimes.
6.5 out of 10 – Solid, well paced, and only slightly clunky, exorcism flick that contains some very good central performances from leads Lee Bane, Tiffany Ceri and regular Judith Haley (POLTERGEIST ACTIVITY) as a demonic fag smoking Mother Superior.
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WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Lee Bane: Indifferent, The Toymaker, Kamikaze, Kerb Crawlers, Robert 2, Robert, Conjuring The Dead, The Haunting At The Rectory, Poltergeist Activity, The Last House on Cemetery Lane, Theatre of Fear, Amityville Asylum, Night of the Living Dead (2012), Silent Night Bloody Night (voice)
- Tiffany Ceri: Angel of Decay, Robert 2, Theatre of Fear
- Judith Haley: Robert, Poltergeist Activity, Amityville Asylum