Edit: For the record, it’s Miranda Doerfler, even though I said Miranda Saico. Also, the formatting gets really weird towards the end. I’m sorry if it’s hard to read for anyone. It shows up normal on my screen, so I have no idea what’s going on with that. Hopefully I’ll get that fixed soon. Sorry!
I’m a chicken-shit.
It’s true. When it comes to horror, I’m a big chicken-shit. I’m squeamish, I get freaked out very easily, and I will scream like a 13-year-old girl (which shouldn’t be much of a surprise since I am a girl..) and I will grab the hand of whoever’s next to me, or the arm of my chair if I’m alone. I’ll sleep with the lights on for a week after and check under my bed for whatever monster was in the movie.
It is for these reasons I refused to even consider seeing The Devil Inside after I saw part of the trailer (I couldn’t watch the full thing when that girl on the bed started contorting and breaking her bones, it was just too much. See? Chicken-shit).
From what I’ve been hearing about it, however, it seems like the film was one big million-dollar joke.
Horror writer Miranda Saico, author of Modern Day Horrors, refuses to see it because, “1. Exorcism/possession stuff does not scare/interest me at all, 2. It doesn’t sound like all that strong or original a premise to begin with, and 3. I heard it was a disgustingly bad movie and that people who got to see it for free booed it.”
If the reviews are anything to go by, film critics agree that it was “a disgustingly bad movie.”
The question is then, how did it become such a big Box Office hit?
According to this article on “The Wrap,” The Devil Inside was such a big hit because of, ”a combination of targeted marketing, lucky timing and the hands-on involvement of one of the biggest producers in Hollywood turned The Devil Inside from a super-low-budget orphan into the No. 1 movie in America.”