Exorcism: The Possession of Gail Bowers Release Date: 31 January 2006 (USA) Genre: Horror Director(s): Leigh Slawner (Hillside Cannibals, Frankenstein Reborn) Writer(s): Leigh Slawner (Beast of Bray Road, Art House) Starring: Erica Roby, Noel Thurman, Griff Furst Attention opportunistic screenwriters: North Dakota Hacksaw Massacre. Wolf Basin. Dusk of the Dead. When a Killer Calls. Take […]

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Exorcism: The Possession of Gail Bowers
Release Date: 31 January 2006 (USA)
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Leigh Slawner (Hillside Cannibals, Frankenstein Reborn)
Writer(s): Leigh Slawner (Beast of Bray Road, Art House)
Starring: Erica Roby, Noel Thurman, Griff Furst

Attention opportunistic screenwriters:

North Dakota Hacksaw Massacre. Wolf Basin. Dusk of the Dead. When a Killer Calls.

Take one of these titles, write a script, and send a pitch to The Asylum’s David Michael Latt. I get the feeling he’ll enthusiastically write you back. Just don’t use the last one, as they’ve already released a movie by that name that I’ll be reviewing soon. Seriously.

Exorcism: The Possession of Gail Bowers, which was supposed to be released as Hey Pedophiles: We’ve Got a Naked Girl Who Looks 15! before the buyers at Blockbuster expressed their dismay with the title, is yet another in The Asylum’s series of “Our lawyers promised us we wouldn’t get sued” movies. Obviously banking on the limited success of The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Possession was released a few weeks back with one of the Asylum’s usual Photoshop-filtered boxart. That tactic, by the way, is yet another cost saving method employed by the always smart and stingy Asylum.

And surprisingly, it’s not all that bad. After being colossally disappointed by The Beast of Bray Road and King of the Lost World, I had begun to believe that Leigh Scott-Slawner had reached his peak with Frankenstein Reborn and was never going to churn out another success. The Possession of Gail Bowers does lack the creepy atmosphere that Frankenstein Reborn exploited so wonderfully, but the silly and often sophomoric one that surrounds Possession didn’t fail to connect with me at all times either.

Gail’s parents recently passed away, and as a result, she’s a bit of wreck. She moves in with her ultra-Christian sister Anne and her husband Clark, leaving her former home behind. It’s not long before Gail befriends a bad girl neighbor who suggests that they use a Ouija board to contact her parents. Apparently her parents didn’t exactly like their daughter, as she starts to develop anti-social behavior and psychotic behavior patterns that she never seems to remember expressing. After an urging from Clark’s psychiatrist friend, Gail’s family begins to believe that an evil spirit may be controlling her. If you’ve seen The Exorcism, you know where this is going, although they do bring a badass blind priest into the mix.

I’d venture to say that without the talented Erica Roby as Gail Bowers, Possession would’ve been substantially worse than it is in its current form. While she’s not the world’s greatest actress, she does manage to nail the Gail Bowers character in a way that few young actresses could have.

The credit is not all hers though. Leigh Slawner and cinematographer Mark Atkins did a fine job here as well. While the film ultimately looks cheap, that’s because, let’s face it; it is a cheap movie. They overcame their boundaries and actually made something worthwhile though, so kudos to the two.

It has a fair share of flaws, most of which boil down to the same old things I’ve harped on in the past. Shooting one movie a month is not easy, and production companies sacrifice certain things in order to attain their goals. Still, those who like their exorcism movies with gore, sex, and foul language will like this a lot more than last year’s Exorcism.
DVD: A behind the scenes featurette and a shockingly listenable commentary track with ninety people sitting around and having a good time.

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ben

Also liked this movie!! The two sisters Gail and Anne were awesome!

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