Fighting the Supernatural in a Different Way in “AMERICAN EXORCISM”
When an all-American teenage girl begins to be too rebellious for her adopted father, the ex-exorcist father comes around to help make sure demons haven’t followed her in “American Exorcism.”
This may not be a movie for the entire family, but its an entertaining view with some horror, some action and some teenage angst.
Damon, played by Michael Filipowich, decides he will step away from his exorcist life with his partner Will, played by Braxton Davis, for his family.
Filipowich is strange and looks different from what is expected from a holy fighter of demons. He brings a good change to the typical religious exorcist.
Davis is the clean cut bible exorcist which contrasts the look of Filipowich. The two work well together as they play off each other well.
Tragic events separate Damon from young Caroline, played by Sicily Fontaine, until a teenage Caroline, played by Kate Tumanova, starts to take her rebellious behavior too far and her biological father comes back into her life.
Fontaine is a typical little girl who is enjoying her life with her parents. She’s not on screen too much, just about 5 minutes in the beginning of the film.
Tumanova comes in as the grown teenage Caroline and plays the rebellious, bad girl well. The young look to her gives her an innocent look which isn’t what you expect from her behavior. This performance is the best part of the movie.
The story revolves around Damon and his teenage daughter Caroline and the strange things happening in the life of Caroline.
The non-typical methinks that Damon uses to exorcise demons is an interesting method, which ads a more action element to the movie.
At points the things Damon does can come off as comical, but then the immediate suspense after adds to the scary supernatural element.
Caroline is fantastic at being a force to be reckoned with and a captivating character which can be manipulative and mysterious.
The ending is a good payoff. There’s a good twist which if the audience pays attention can see it coming.