Incarnate Review (Possession Horror)

Synopsis: A scientist with the ability to enter the subconscious minds of the possessed must save a young boy from the grips of a demon with powers never seen before, while facing the horrors of his past.

Tagline:  Faith has failed us.

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Carice van Houten, Catalina Sandino Moreno

Release Date: Dec 2nd, 2016 | MPAA Rating: PG-13 | Coolthulhus Earned: 2

Watch the official Incarnate trailer here.


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Incarnate Review

Incarnate begged to be mocked pretty much from the moment I turned it on. To be fair, some of my mocking was aimed more at possession movies in general, but Incarnate just asked for it. It was the perfect example of a cliché possession film with one or two tiny twists.  My mocking will reveal tiny snippets of the movie, but nothing big. Still, don’t read below the SPOILERS mark if you’re completely against any type of spoiler.

In Incarnate a poor, tortured soul with special powers must face off, yet again, against the forces of darkness. A force that only he can defeat. And it’s personal. We’re talking “You killed my family, you sonofa—” grudge-match stuff. So of course. And he’s a self-righteous superhero that surrounds himself with assistants that dress in 90s punk. However, because he is the dude he doesn’t bother to share much information with his assistants. Even little stuff like “Hey, if x happens, I’m gonna do y, ok?”  And aww, lookit, him’s an atheist asshole. Shock and horror! That’s never been done before!

It’s so completely predictable, too. Brad Peyton, the director of such gems as Cats vs Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore, approaches Incarnate as if he delivering the ultimate drama, and it’s so serious but… you know. When the most recognizable movie on your list is a movie about furballs, leaping to a movie about possession might be stretching it a bit. Or maybe at least watch a bunch of these types of movies so that you can maybe prevent yours from becoming a walking billboard for the definition of the possessed cliché.

Incarnate was a waste of time and money. While I probably will watch it again when I need a movie to laugh at, there’s no single redeeming factor in it. Flat, boring, and filled with stupid. It’s not even worth Redboxing. Watch Fallen instead. It’s a better version of what this movie tries to be.

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So…is Aaron Eckhart capable of speaking in anything other than an intense whisper? I know part of it is just he has a gravelly voice, but… My partner and I were talking about why he’d never made A-list material because the man does seem capable of acting well. However the more we thought about it, the more we realized that Eckhart plays intense, driven/troubled men in general. So (at least from what we’ve seen him in), he’s definitely a one-note whistle. A one-note whistle who whispers intensely. 

This demon prefers the dark (nothing new there). The light can ‘agitate’ it. So the demon sits in a darkened room but is conveniently placed so that he is in the one strip of light coming into the room. I am the terror that lurks in the night, I am… ooh, this golden light really shows off the red in my hair and compliments my profile, doesn’t it?

Why is it that an “Archdemon” is perfectly content to sit criss-cross applesauce as a young boy for days on end? I mean, there’s an obvious reason for it but it still just seems stupid/contrived. I mean: Ah yes, I am a big powerful demon. I was around when the great flood happened, I am desire, I am rage… but I’m also secretly lazy and this is the easiest way to get my shit done, so I’m’a just sit here, alright?

And the ending of Incarnate just makes me twitch. It’s one of those cases where two acts of sheer stupidity follow each other in such rapid succession that you’re left with mouth agape in astonishment.

2 Star Rated Incarnate Film Review

One thought on “Incarnate Review (Possession Horror)

  1. I’m sure we’ll watch it because we pretty much watch all new horror releases eventually, but I didn’t expect much from it to begin with and I sure won’t expect much from it now. We watched Shut In over the weekend and it was ok, but my husband had the twist figured out and he really wasn’t impressed.

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