The Vatican Tapes

In this low-budget exorcism flick, a young woman (Olivia Taylor Dudley) possessed by the Antichrist himself wreaks havoc on her family - Dougray Scott plays her gruff, devout dad - and on the clergymen (Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou and Peter Andersson) trying to assist her. Though its lurid title attempts to mask bad plotting and wooden characters, director Mark Neveldine's horror exercise is both less bloody and more reverent than many of its counterparts. Still, his exploitative tactics in working in archival news footage of recent popes - and imagining the existence of a secret Vatican archive documenting the church's unending fight with Satan - will not sit well with Catholic viewers.

Watch out for: Some mildly gory violence, occult themes, a sloppy portrayal of Catholicism, fleeting uses of profanity and of rough language.

Rated: L, limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling; MPAA: PG-13, parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2015