Ginger Nuts of Horror
Demonic possession films are a dime a dozen, some are great most are poor, and some are like the title of this film Chosen to be so awful, it makes you wish you were possessed by some demon yourself.
How can a film get it so wrong? It's not even a paint by numbers snooze fest, well if it is the painter is colour blind and has a rudimentary grasp of arithmetic. Everything this film has does has been done before and done better by countless other films. A dysfunctional family - check, a crazy old grampa - check. Although I don't think the grandpa was all that crazy, I maintain that the catatonic state he is in for the length of the film is just him trying to hide the fact that he signed up for this rubbish.
Cute little girl gets targeted by demonic forces - check. Spunky brother tries to save her said demonic forces while battling the rest of his family check. Snotty punk relative in wifebeater t-shirt, oh hell yes.
Where the film really falls down is the fact that every scare, every jump scene, has been done so many times before in other films it just becomes a case of watching it and wondering if there is going to be one original scene in the whole film. On the plus side, the film does let us know how many days have passed with the use of cards like "DAY 1", "DAY2" although all this does is make it feel like the film drags on for days on end.
Hell, they even have a scene where one of the heroes wakes up to a crazy ghost woman screaming at him on the bed. Have really reached a point where this is now a staple of films like these. If so can we just stop making these films right now, please, pretty please.
And let us not forget the angry shouty know it all nun that pops up throughout the film to have a go at our hapless hero for not having the guts to do what needs to be done to save his sister.
It is a great pity that this film is so bad, for once the actual premise of it is rather good.
Rather than going for some unknown or made up demon, the filmmakers decide to go for SPOILER ---- using Lilith, Adam's first wife, the snatcher of babies. If only they had the stones to make this a film that looked at some Judeo- Christina beliefs and myths, sadly they don't other than the child snatching aspect, they may as well have called the demon Stan.
The final nail in the coffin is the insipid and terrible acting from everyone in the cast. This is a truly awful film.
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