Incarnate.  Rating:  2 (out of 5).  A scientist with a unique ability to enter the subconscious mind of a possessed individual must save a young boy from a demon with never-before-seen powers, which also being confronted by the horrors of his past. Catch the movie on VOD starting Tuesday, March 7.  The Hollywood Reporter finds, “Incarnate, much like its central character at key moments, barely seems to have a pulse.”

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Carice van Houten, Catalina Sandino Moreno
Director: Brad Peyton
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Thriller, Horror



Variety says, “Offers a relatively fresh take on standard-issue exorcism-melodrama tropes, along with a performance by Aaron Eckhart that is more than persuasive enough to encourage the investment of a rooting interest.”

The Hollywood Reporter finds, “Incarnate, much like its central character at key moments, barely seems to have a pulse.”

Los Angeles Times thinks, “Dense with plot and mythology, the film is refreshingly unpredictable — if only because guessing what comes next would require understanding what the hell is going on.”

Austin Chronicle writes, “Incoherent mashup of previous demonized tyke films and unfailingly inept pseudo-science and the result is about as devoid of suspense, much less genuine horror, as this specific sub-genre can be.”

Hindustin Times says, “Derivative in the extreme, the uninspired direction by Brad Peyton (San Andreas) relies on cheap jolts and clumsy ‘flashbacks’ into the mindscape of the possessed youngster.”

Quad City Times observes, “It’s being touted as “Inception” meets “The Exorcist.” There’s some truth to that comparison. Except those movies are excellent — classics, some would say. “Incarnate” is not. Indeed, it is one of the worst films of 2016.”

Cairo360 thinks, “Written by Ronnie Christensen and directed by San Andreas’ Brad Peyton, Incarnate is not an entirely awful film, but one too many cheesy moments and general ‘lack’ derails it.”

Deseret News finds, “If you’re the kind of person who likes to mix up the holiday movie season with a good horror movie, “Incarnate” is going to leave you awfully disappointed. Director Brad Peyton may have wrapped up his film in the trappings of demonic possession, but inside that packaging is a watered-down “Inception” laced with a mild horror aftertaste.”

Forbes observes, “That [Eckhart’s] all-out capital-A acting nonetheless comes off as a misguided mess is vindicated by the fact that nothing about this movie is likely to be remembered long-term anyway.”

South China Morning Post writes, “While entertaining in places, and helped by an enthusiastic cast, Incarnate is short on genuinely scary moments. Director Brad Peyton may have watched The Exorcist a few too many times.”

Sacramento News & Review finds, “Written by Ronnie Christensen and directed by Brad Peyton, it’s Inception meets The Exorcist, and the best thing you can say for this routine scare-’em-up is that the final result isn’t as idiotic as the premise sounds. Not quite. But it’s silly enough, with science and religion tag-teaming Christensen’s mumbo-jumbo dialogue.”

The Straits Times observes, ““Go through the door now, you’re not going to get another chance,” Dr Ember yells to the boy to break out of his possessed mind world. Sounds like good advice for the audience too.”

Movie Nation notes, “Dullness “Incarnate,” in other words.”

According to, “Incarnate is such a pointless bit of hackwork that it almost makes the recent horror dud “Shut In” seem focused by comparison.”

A.V. Club says, “Incarnate is a comic-book movie in search of a comic book.”

TheWrap finds, “Issues of continuity and logic pale in comparison to how the film forces Eckhart to act. It’s rare that we see someone as talented as Eckhart be relegated to work this shoddy and dispiriting.”

We Got This Covered thinks, “Incarnate is just another buried Blumhouse special, and I assure you its neglect is with good reason.”

Common Sense Media gives the film 2 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “It’s lazy, uninspired work; perhaps, after this and I, Frankenstein, it might be wise for Eckhart to stay away from horror and opt to things like Sully instead.”

Pajiba writes, “As you may be able to guess, this movie is bad. So bad. Atrocious. But not in an interesting way. Just a completely pointless movie all-around.”

Cinema Blend gives the film 3.5 out of 5 stars, and further notes, “Incarnate is not a perfect film, by any means. But instead, it exists as an entertaining film that could mark the beginning of the next horror franchise to bring audiences into theaters on a regular basis.” finds, ““Incarnate” is terrible but rarely offensive, resembling a film that never had a chance to begin with, unable to follow through on strange ideas and without the budget to expand on promising ones.”

ABC Tucson observes, ““Incarnate” is a guessing game dressed up as a movie, and a firecracker of one at that. It tends to stick with you afterward in discomforting ways, having you check people for black eyes and making sure the clock is still ticking.”

One Guy’s Opinion gives the movie a D+ rating, and further writes, “A horror movie that’s not remotely scary or disgusting is hardly going to draw a crowd nowadays, so despite a fairly solid cast, a twist on the usual “Exorcist” formula and a director who had a hit with “San Andreas” (to which he’s now making a sequel), “Incarnate” is a tedious dud whose lack of gore and thrills will certainly doom it with the genre crowd.”


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