Movie Spotlight: Incarnate

Welcome to a little corner of the site we like to call, Movie Spotlight! This is where we take the time to showcase some films from the past, present and maybe even from the future! Okay, that’s a lie, there aren’t any films from the future here. We do have candy and an assortment of cheese though – so sit back, relax and take a gander. You might discover a film you never knew about for your Netflix or Showmax watchlist!

The story…

After a mother witnesses terrifying symptoms of demonic possession in her 11-year-old son (David Mazouz), a Vatican representative calls on wheelchair-bound scientist Dr. Seth Ember (Aaron Eckhart) to rid him of the evil spirit. Driven by a personal agenda rooted in his own tragic past, Ember enters the boy’s unconscious mind where he confronts a demon as ferocious as it is ingenious.

While we certainly had our fair share of demons, possessions and priest films over the last 20 years, every now and then you find something new brought to the table. Incarnate attempted to bring something fresh with some new concepts and ideas thrown into the tired old mix. It did this without disturbing our core film based mythology around exorcism too much and I can appreciate that.

It’s not exactly the best film out there and does lack quite a bit in certain areas but what they tried to do and ended up accomplishing with this film is quite remarkable. I mean, not that it won any major awards or sent anyone to the Oscars, but it’s very well done overall.

Incarnate stole a lot from other films and sources but interestingly enough, doesn’t attempt to pass any of it off as its own. It doesn’t phase out or deny any previously established knowledge we might have from other films about the exorcism concept. I think this is where the film really hits a clever note. It builds upon well-established lore and stories from films we’ve all seen and know very well. See, most films trying to establish themselves in a genre would attempt to wipe the slate clean in favor of presenting its own reality to you. Essentially most films would ignore other film franchises and other realities where things might differ from its own story. For convenience, of course – Incarnate doesn’t do that. In fact, it just brings you a new concept to add to the current lore. It comes at you with a sort of ‘hey what if’ deal, and it works.

So, what makes this film so great?

Incarnate is a pretty decent little horror that grips you almost all the way through to the end. I’ve found the ability of more recent films in the same genre to surprise or entertain severely lacking.

This right here however is a solid addition to the Horror Genre and definitely one to watch on Halloween or on a cold winter night when you’re all alone at home. Incarnate will stay with you for awhile after watching it with its original concept and Matrix-like story style. There’s a lot to ponder in this film and a lot to speculate about. There’s a lot of background lore that seems to fill out Ember and his world. Much of it isn’t focused on but it’s clear that there’s a larger universe out there waiting to be explored by either a sequel or a prequel. I see potential here.

Like Insidious & The Conjuring, I hope Incarnate spawns an entire series of films and doesn’t just stay bound to this single entry.

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