Written and directed by Bryan Coyne
INFERNAL is an incredibly slow-paced ‘horror’ movie. I use the term ‘horror’ loosely as very little happens that could be classed as such despite it being a film about a possessed child. Rather than shot in a standard way, the filmmakers have utilised the handheld camera style to tell their story which reminds me a lot of the Paranormal Activity films. However, this particular film doesn’t benefit from this style of camera use even though it conveniently fits in with the plot.
I struggled a lot with this film. There’s very little that happens throughout the 95 minutes running time and there’s too many scenes where the footage is in almost complete darkness that you cannot see what is going on. It’s so easy for your mind to wander when this happens especially when there’s nothing much going on to keep your attention anyway. Rather than having an engaging plot, INFERNAL drifts along whilst shallow characters Sophia and Nathan bicker with each other about the state of their daughter and how good their life together was like before getting pregnant. Sophia is the one who wishes to turn back the clock and never have to suffer their troubled daughter, although if Imogene was a normal 8 year old I doubt she would have a problem with her.
There’s very little to this movie to keep you engaged. It feels as though someone has just picked up a video camera and recorded their mundane daily life. Even Imogene doesn’t live up to being this child of Hell we’re meant to believe she is. In fact, she does and says hardly anything in the entire movie. Only one very brief scene may pique your interest but because of the lack of tension, drama or action previously, it feels like an empty gesture.
I know that some budget films struggle to create terrifying horror but INFERNAL has nothing to interest the viewer whatsoever. No horror, no tension and nothing worth watching. The only thing horrifying in this film is the cry used for their newborn.