“Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism” will swallow your soul. [The Overlook Film Festival]

There is something that is truly horrifying about exorcisms and it usually is the horrors behind them. Something about being possessed by an entity is just something that makes my skin personally crawl, and seeing the more modern versions and takes of exorcisms is something truly horrifying. Sure, we have the original in The Exorcist but the horrors that evoked in 1973 aren’t going to get people jumping out of their seats today, so the stakes have to be raised. Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism does that with a choice by director Nick Kozakis (Plague) and first-time screenwriter Alexander Angliss-Wilson that hasn’t been seen that often before and, thankfully, it provides great results. With the world premiere of Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism coming to The Overlook Film Festival, audiences are certainly in for a wild ride of chills and thrills.

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Georgia Eyers as Lara in GODLESS: THE EASTFIELD EXORCISM. Photo courtesy of XYZ Films.

Godless focuses on Lara (Georgia Eyers) and her husband Ron (Dan Ewing) as they’re trying to figure out how to address the conundrum they’ve found themselves in. Granted, every marriage certainly faces their ups and downs and things can be rocky, but if things were ideal and perfect, that would almost be more horrifying than any actual terrors. Lara is plagued by what could be dissociative identity disorder (DID, formerly known as multiple personality disorder) or what could very well be possession by a demon or a plethora of demons. While trying to seek help the traditional way, therapeutically, Ron is too much in his own beliefs and wants Lara to attempt an exorcism. While not listening to Dr. Marisa Walsh (Eliza Matengu), Ron goes to Barbara (Rosie Traynor) who believes she can help Lara spiritually and cleanse her soul. Everything is relatively normal, as normal as things can be when coming to an exorcism, except when a mysterious man, Daniel (Tim Pocock), comes into the fray and the madness truly starts to unfold.

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Center: Tim Pocock as Daniel in GODLESS: THE EASTFIELD EXORCISM. Photo courtesy of XYZ Films.

Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism takes the exorcist genre to a new height of terror and demonic pleasure, something that typically isn’t fully explored in this subgenre of films. Instead of just having Lara scream out obscenities and act “possessed,” there were spirts and flashes of the demons taking over, which is something that’s typically missing from the exorcism movies. This adds a new layer of terror to the movie and certainly brings something forth for the audience to truly dive into the madness and horrors of the world. Atop of the exploration that is typically passed on in favour of just demonic possession in acting, the performances by Georgia Eyers, Dan Ewing, and specifically Tim Pocock, are all excellent. Georgia Eyers switching between a body that is clearly struggling with multiple people living inside of it as well as becoming home to the demons feels so effortless and the range of emotions that Georgia Eyers expresses is something spectacular. With other moments of sheer heartbreak and unconceivable pain, Georgia truly excels and brings the film to new heights of brilliance. On the other end of the spectrum, we have Dan Ewing’s Ron, who’s more concerned with his personal beliefs and how it is affecting his partner and how he must just have faith in God himself. While the performance comes off slightly preachy, it is the juxtaposition between the demonic entities and possession of Georgia that balances Dan. When looking at Tim Pocock though, it is almost impossible to describe how his unhinged, unrelenting, disturbed pressure to carry out this exorcism can be contained. It truly is a performance that is haunting and captivating with sheer brutality. With three vastly different performances that all perfectly capture their characters, Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism is not only elevated to being more than just another exorcism movie, but is also granted space among some truly excellent possessed company.

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A still from GODLESS: THE EASTFIELD EXORCISM. Photo courtesy of XYZ Films.

Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism brings forth some horrors that should’ve been kept hidden to those who chose to keep their head in the sand. While the film takes place in 1998, knowing that unsanctioned exorcisms happen in the late 20th and 21st century is something truly horrifying. While the film doesn’t only show the possession of our protagonists, it shows audiences glimpses of the demons that have overtaken the soul, and how horrifying this can truly be. Nick Kozakis manages to direct this marvellously, keeping the horrors and intrigue at the forefront, while Alexander Angliss-Wilson crafts a script to keep the audience on their toes. Boosted by terrific performances from the leading cast, Godless: The Eastfield Exorcism truly will haunt its audience past the credit roll.

Screening during The Overlook Film Festival 2023.
Available on VOD April 6th, 2023.

For more information, head to the official Overlook Film Festival 2023 film schedule page or the XYZ Films webpage.

Final Score: 4 out of 5.



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