DVD Review: 11-11-11: The Prophecy
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11-11-11: The Prophecy
Directed by Darren Lynn Bousman
Written by Darren Lynn Bousman
Starring Timothy Gibbs, Michael Landes, Wendy Glenn, Lolo Herrero
Capacity Pictures/Big Air
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2012

Written and directed by Darren Lynn Bousman (Saw II, Repo! The Genetic Opera), 11-11-11: The Prophecy is a supernatural horror film that feels more like a date-based gimmick than an actual storyline.

At 11:11PM on the 11th day of the 11th month, an entity from another world will enter the earthly realm through Heaven’s 11th gate.

Got all that? OK, so let’s focus on the ‘plot’ of the film that attempts to fill in all the gaps between the the ominous synchronicity of 11-11-11. After the death of his wife and child, Joseph Crone (Timothy Gibbs) travels to Barcelona to visit his estranged brother (Michael Landes) and dying father.

Crone discovers that his life has been plagued by events that seemingly revolve around the number 11, or to be most specifically – things that happen on 11-11 or at 11:11. It’s basically a half-baked mixture of The Number 23, Knowing, and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, with plenty of religious imagery and demonic influence to go around.

11-11-11 is a strictly by-the-numbers entry to the horror genre from an overrated (and ill-equipped) director who has yet to make a decent film. Films like Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, and Repo! The Genetic Opera might look impressive on a comedy director’s resume, but for Bousman they are lingering reminders of subpar filmmaking that make Eli Roth’s pictures look Kubrickian.

11-11-11 is a completely obsolete movie. It existed solely for one 24-hour period, and as soon as that day passed, its reason for existing was extinguished by a flood of groans and sighs.

I couldn’t recommend this film to anyone – not even my mother who loves the SyFy Channel and will literally watch Boa Vs. Python or 2-Headed Shark Attack without a second’s hesitation.

Avoid this film at all costs. When the clock strikes 11:11, use those precious sixty seconds to wish for a life where you never see this dreadful, one-note horror movie. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need a young priest and an old priest to exorcise this cinematic impurity from my soul. Ugh.

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