Accidental Exorcist movie full length review - Ignore The Bad Reviews - Interesting and Darkly Funny in a Shaun of the Dead Kind of Way
I read a few initial reviews on pure horror sites that gave this film low scores for the most part.
The film is an interesting concept whereby the main character, Richard "Rich" Vanuk (actor Daniel Falicki) is gifted with the ability to easily (for the most part) cast demons out of the possessed. I will not spoil the how, but I actually enjoyed this overall plot device, even as Rich is a tragic and conflicted person, caught up in his own personal "demons".
My wife and I are big fans of Shaun of the Dead, as well as pure zombie films that are not comedic (think 28 Days Later, the Resident Evil series, etc.). Where Accidental Exorcist worked for us both is in its intended or unintended dark humor, especially the moments during the scenes of exorcism. Each of the exorcism characters are vastly different, from a young woman, to a black minister in a bathtub, to an obese, long-haired hippy guy, to a devoted Catholic man and his brother.
The humor comes from a number of places that resonate well, at least for me. The deadpan conversations that Rich has with the possessed, prior to helping them, are hilarious, as are the exorcism scenes. And there are some more serious moments that work as well, such as the post-exorcism conversation Rich has with Jeremiah, the fourth possession. And then that scene ends badly, breaking the touching moment, but in an almost expected way for a guy like Rich who just cannot seem to catch a positive break.
When Rich reluctantly takes an office cubicle job in a plastic pigment company the lighting of the scene is so well done, with that horrible fluorescent hue that is so dehumanizing. Richard's on-boarding guidance and conversation with his boss is also hilarious, as is the overall scene, with the conversations of other sales folks on calls wafting around the office. The scene is comically evocative of the movie "Office Space", and even as it is a short scene, it is a nice deviation from the feel and pacing of the movie leading up to it.
For a B movie that most people will most likely never see, I give this film a solid 8 out of 10, primarily for the well-executed and well-written dark comedic moments that lift the film from what would be just a campy exorcism film to a movie that I see watching again, and most likely, more than just a second time, as I have done over the years with Shaun of the Dead. And I really enjoyed Daniel Falicki as an actor, and will definitely be checking out some of his other films, as he surprised me (as an unknown actor to me prior to Accidental Exorcist) with his range and abilities.