The good news is that Xavier Gens is gearing up for a return to Horror with Peter Safran. His Twitter feed confirmed as much this afternoon. Who is Peter Safran? He produced a little known film called The Conjuring. Excited yet? ….. cause I’m not so sure.
Gens impressed back in 2007 with Frontier(s). This could be due in part to the explosion of French horror at that time, but nope. His follow up was the dreaded “video game movie” project – Hitman. Turns out Hitman was really good too. As far as video game movies go, it may be the best I’ve ever seen. Xavier’s 3rd feature release was The Divide. Gens leaned a little more towards the Sci Fi end of the spectrum, but The Divide was an excellently shot film with some deeply disturbing moments and concepts. You may have noticed… I’m pretty damn high on Mr. Gens. Then why the apprehension?
Truth is – I’m reallllllly burnt out on possession films. I’ve never been a huge fan, but 2014 has more or less forced me into watching more than my usual one or two. I quite liked Deliver Us From Evil, and The Taking of Debra Logan certainly had its strong points. Other than that though, I’ve seen a whole hell of a lot of “meh”. The saving grace for me is the inclusion of Peter Safran. It’s not like he wrote or directed The Conjuring, but at least he has been attached to something of extremely high quality and success.
I’ll stay cautiously optimistic until more details arrive.
“Based on true events,” the film concerns a priest who is jailed for the murder of a nun on whom he was performing an exorcism. An investigative journalist strives to determine whether he in fact murdered a mentally ill person, or if he lost the battle with a demonic presence.