‘My Best Friend’s Exorcism’ probably has one of the dumbest climax scenes in a horror movie to have come out in the recent past. Only saving grace – it’s sort of hilarious. Sort of. And that’s the biggest problem with the 2022 Amazon original film, it promises to be a horror comedy, but it is only mildly funny and barely scary. However, lead actors Elsie Fisher, Amiah Miller deliver entertaining performances as teen best-friends Abby and Gretchen.
Directed by Damon Thomas, the story is based on a novel by Grady Hendrix and unfolds in 1988. Abby and Gretchen are inseparable best-friends, but their bond is terribly tested when a satanic spirit possesses one of them. During a weekend trip to a friend’s lake house, the girls try acid and explore a haunted house. When Gretchen starts to behave strangely after the trip, it’s up to Abby to investigate if its drugs or something far more sinister.
For a horror movie, ‘My Best Friend’s Exorcism’ is very colorful, with a lot of 80s hits making their way into the soundtrack. Elsie Fisher’s Abbie will remind viewers of her awkward teen character from ‘Eighth Grade’, although she isn’t as friendless. Amiah Miller on the other hand as the more confident Gretchen holds a powerful screen presence throughout. Damon Thomas seems to have taken notes off Sam Raimi’s horror flicks (like ‘Drag Me To Hell’), peppering the story with scenes that would gross out viewers, not scare them.
The friendship between the girls, their bitchiness, and the whole ‘high-school’ theme is fun; however, the plot tries to cover too many issues, without being able to explore any of them decently. For most parts, ‘My Best Friend’s Exorcism’ plays out like a regular teen drama, with a few laughs here and there. Maybe a non-supernatural take on teen friendships would’ve worked better for the film, because horror fans are going to be disappointed with the end product.
It’s a 5.5/10 from me.
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