He’s taken on drug dealers, corrupt prison officials, and even a sadistic masked serial killer. Now, Robert Bronzi goes up against a new threat in the form of a demon in his latest film.
A family moves into a home and soon discovers some crazy things begin to occur within its walls. The grandmother begins to undergo a radical transformation while another family member has ended up dead. When the police can’t determine the cause of the issues, matriarch Christine and her brother Patrick are convinced that these mysterious circumstances are the work of a demonic presence. They call upon the Vatican and Bishop Canelo calls in on the right man for the job.
Enter Father Jozsef, the only one capable of stopping the demonic presence that has plagued the house. At first, his methods seem to not agree with both Patrick and Christine. Even more so, Father Jozsef is a man with a past. When Jozsef’s past starts to catch up to him, he finds himself determined to stop the demon who is taking over and save the surviving members of the family before he too ends up victim to the demon.
Since his major debut in 2018’s Death Kiss, Hungarian-born Robert Kovacs has been unleashing himself as one of the big heroes in today’s indie action cinema. Having taken on a corrupt prison system in Escape from Death Block 13, a masked sadistic serial killer in Cry Havoc, and protecting a family from a home invasion in The Gardener. So, what better enemy next for the newly named “Robert Bronzi” than a demonic creature that possesses members of a family within their ancestral home.
What makes for a very interesting twist in the story is that Jozsef’s methods seem to more anger Christine and her brother. It gets to a point where they tell Jozsef to leave because things get out of hand. The reason is because the demon who takes possession of the various members have faced the wrath of Jozsef before. This leads to the now somewhat stereotypical Bronzi “man with a past” role. For some reason, you can’t take your eyes off Bronzi because he makes any role work the way his idol and predecessor Charles Bronson did back in the day.
While many family members don’t seem happy with Jozsef’s methods and connection, the only character within the family who supports our priest is that of Sarah Alexandra Marks’ Rebecca. Nicola Wright and Simon Furness are great in the roles of matriarch Christine and Patrick. Ben Parsons plays the douchebaggery brother of Rebecca, Nick, and Elizabeth McNally is great as Agnes, the grandmother who becomes the first of the family to get possessed by our demon. The film has some intricate twists and turns throughout the film that make you want to keep watching it until its shocking finale.
Exorcist Vengeance is both a departure and non-departure for Robert Bronzi, who is excellent as the priest who must stop an old enemy in a new form. Some nice intricate twists and turns mix in make for a good indie horror action thriller.
WFG RATING: B+
Uncork’d Entertainment presents a Millman Productions film in association with Proportion Productions and Titan Global Entertainment. Directors: Scott Jeffrey and Rebecca Matthews. Producers: Scott Jeffrey and Rebecca Matthews. Writers: Jeff Miller and Matthew B.C. Cinematography: Callum Mills. Editing: Tom Bache and Gabriel Hunt.
Cast: Robert Bronzi, Steven Berkoff, Sarah Alexander Marks, Nicola Wright, Simon Furness, Ben Parsons, Elizabeth McNally, Anna Liddell, Nicole Nabi, Adrienne Grant.