I have to say from the outset I know very little about the movie The Exorcism of God, apart from what I gleamed from a few clips and the trailers that have been circulating plus reading up on the film as well. From what I have seen I think that this is an impressive Exorcism movie, if impressive is the correct way to describe an Exorcism movie that is. But it is more than just a film about an Exorcism, as the storyline touches on many other factors and explores the feelings and conscious of the central character.
The special effects seem to be well done and one sequence involving a possessed woman I thought was brilliantly done. Apart from this I have very little info, but I will I know be watching it asap. The plot is as follows, Father Peter Williams portrayed by Will Beinbrink is an American exorcist, who was possessed by the demon Balban who he was trying to expel from a young woman and for which he is forced, against his will, to commit the most terrible sacrilege. Eighteen years later he is still trying to keep his guilt buried by doing charity work for the poor and helping the children in a small town in Mexico.
Peter discovers that the demon has returned this time it has possessed a young woman named Esperanza (Maria Gabriela di Faria), and in addition to this it unleashes a deadly illness among the town’s children. But the demon’s true ambition is to possess Peter’s soul. To exorcise Esperanza, Peter must confess his sin, but if he does this, he knows that he will condemn himself not only to a fate of excommunication, but also to sacrifice his faith, his home, his soul, and the chance to save the people he cares about most.
The cast also includes the excellent Joseph Marcel as Father Michael Lewis, who attempts to help Peter. What I have been impressed with is the films musical score, which is the work of two composers Elik Alvarez and Yoncarlos Medina. The music as one would expect is dark, foreboding and at times creates an uncomfortable mood, it has a brooding, malevolent, and chilling aura about it, which is unpredictable and unsettling, the composer’s utilizing both symphonic, choral, and electronic means to bring this to fruition. There is also a haunting guitar solo in the tracks You are a Saint and the introduction of the cue Resurrection, which offer brief moments of respite within the score add to these moments that express highly spiritual and emotional auras that are conveyed by cello or solo violin, which establish a lighter side to the mostly dark and forbidding soundtrack. It is a well-structured and accomplished work that contains rich thematic material that is impressive and at the same time unnerving to listen to just as music. The score is not only powerful but also has to it a beguiling and attractive style, the composers layering tense and nervous nuances to build an atmosphere that is overflowing with heart bursting moments of terror and chaos, but also containing colours and textures that are emotive and poignant.
It seems as if the music is drawing one into the plot and I cannot wait to see how this score works with the movie itself. The soundtrack will be released digitally via Movie Score Media on April 1st and is most certainly worth checking out.