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LA Film Festival 2014: 'Inner Demons' a well-told tale of terror

June 14, 2014

By Bob Strauss, Daily News, Los Angeles

June 14--"Inner Demons" is a nifty little horror movie. A slow-builder that pays off with some jolting scares and the bleakest of worldviews, it dares to open itself up to some knee-jerk criticism. But what may initially be considered cliched faults add up to a well-told tale of terror.

With a not exactly found-footage but close to it style (strike one), the film satirizes reality TV (strike two) while really sticking it to religion (strike three -- but not out). The show within the movie is a clever conceit, a crocodile tears exploitation of teenage drug use and recovery.

A good, Christian girl from Westchester, Calif. (Lana Vosburgh) has turned from an A student into a Goth drug addict to the great consternation of her apparently devout parents. They agree to have her rehab televised if the production company foots the bill at a fancy facility in the hills. The girl insists that she's not really a dope fiend, though, but rather trying to suppress something far worse that's afflicting her.

Director Seth Grossman, whose IMDb says produced a series called "Intervention," knows how to make fun of every aspect of "Inner Demons'" plot -- as well as keep said story coherent and increasingly creepy most of the time. That's a rare occurrence in supernatural movies these days. So is watching a horror film without feeling that it's eating your brain away.

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