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In the Grip of Evil
In the Grip of Evil
Actors: Dustin Lawyer, Joe Kelly, Debs Szymkowiak, Tony Colavito, Ellen Strauss
Director: Charles Vanderpool
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
NR     1999     0hr 50min

Is there any validity to the supernatural phenomenon of demonic possession? Or can such instances be explained through psychology and science? Charles Vanderpool's fascinating documentary-docudrama, In the Grip of Evil, s...  more »


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Actors: Dustin Lawyer, Joe Kelly, Debs Szymkowiak, Tony Colavito, Ellen Strauss
Director: Charles Vanderpool
Creators: Brian J. Kelly, Helen Ryan, Marilyn Vanderpool, Eleanor Grant, Thomas B. Allen
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Television, Documentary
Studio: Winstar
Format: DVD - Black and White,Color
DVD Release Date: 03/23/1999
Original Release Date: 01/01/1997
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1997
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 0hr 50min
Screens: Black and White,Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

This DVD comes through on extras
duhutz | Portland | 01/24/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"It's not often you see a good documentary and then get access to the sources used to make it. I was quite impressed with this DVD and the story. It is much better done than your typical documentary fare.To address the previous reviewer, I checked out the DVD of this documentary and I think they got it pretty much right. The DVD includes the diary of the exorcist priest and letters and newspaper clippings that corroborate all the locations mentioned in the film. If your basis for fact checking is the internet, I'm not at all surprised you think this film is wrong. Check the real sources."
Reasonably good
M. Mansfield | NJ, USA | 10/31/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have the VHS and most of the facts are correct, as far as I can tell. It isn't supposed to be a "sensationalized" effort. In fact, from all I have seen of the video, it's presented in a very matter-of-fact way.

They're not looking to make "believers" out of people, but present what happened along with a critique from both sides of the issue.

Granted, I wouldn't be watching this for the same purpose as I would the Exorcist. The Exorcist was meant to scare the bejeezers out of you, and this seems to be designed to inform. All in all, well worth the money they charge."
An informational thriller
M. Mansfield | 10/07/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Being a HUGE fan of the Exorcist I just had to buy this video. It gave me a lot of understanding on where Blatty got his ideas for the book. It is in now way the movie itself, it is a documentary on the story behined the famous horror film. I actually found it scarier but that's probably because I have seen the movie so many times it has lost effect. Both of them are great!!!!"
A well made and narrated documentary, informative and eerie!
M. Mansfield | 03/05/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"For years I've read that the "Exorcist" was based on a true story. I was happy to see a documentary of the actual events finally made. In addition to the excellent production values, the story was well told. The sincerity of the witnesses that participated in the exorcism came through in a clear and powerful fashion."