EXORCISM: THE POSSESSION OF GAIL BOWERS
Exorcism: The Possession of Gail Bowers was The Asylums mockbuster response to the hit of The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005) a few years later they offered a far more direct Found Footage knockoff with Anneliese: The Exorcist Tapes (2011). The Asylum have simply riffed on all the cliches of the exorcism and possession genre that were well and truly set in place by this point and would be ground into tedious repetition by other imitators over the next few years. There is the implied conservative Christian agenda the possessed is a teenage girl who is rebelling against (step)-parental authority telling her how to run her life; she becomes possessed after using an ouija board; she begins to act in an assertively sexual way after becoming possessed.
The first half of Exorcism: The Possession of Gail Bowers is fairly shabby. There are random deaths for no real reason the morning after Erica Roby uses the ouija board, her friend Rebekah Kochan comes to visit, flees back home after Erica turns mean where she starts scratching her cheeks in the bathroom and then gets into the shower and gouges her eyes out. Leigh Scott even blatantly borrows the memorable jumpshock of a white figure unexpectedly running across a hallway in the background from The Exorcist III (1990).
On the other hand, there is the mid-point where the film starts to discover itself and Leigh Scott leaps in with a go-for-broke trashiness that all of the possession films that came after Emily Rose balked at. There is the scene where Brick Firstone (a pseudonym for Asylum regular actor and director Griff Furst) is in the kitchen and Erica Roby comes out, slides her hands into her pj bottoms and starts touching herself, before she is discovered there by Griffs wife Noel Thurman, Noel puts her to bed whereupon Erica starts taunting her about their lack of sex life and offering to do things for Griff, including taking it up the ass. Later Erica Roby is troubled by dream sequences of her bloodily stabbing Griff and Noel in their beds. In another scene, Griff is having sex with Noel Thurman and she turns into Erica Roby beneath him where even we are not sure which woman he is having sex with. (It is also fairly daring for a film showing sex with what it is telling us is an underage girl). The climactic exorcism is old hat stuff but Leigh Scott launches into it with barnstorming regard. It is something that readily transcends the cheapness of the rest of the film and indeed most of The Asylums mockbusters.
Leigh Scott has directed a number of other films for The Asylum including The Beast of Bray Road (2005), Exorcism: The Possession of Gail Bowers (2005), Frankenstein Reborn (2005), King of the Lost World (2005), Dragon (2006), Hillside Cannibals (2006), Pirates of Treasure Island (2006), The 9/11 Commission Report (2006), The Hitchhiker (2007), Transmorphers (2007), as well as several other genre items for other companies with Draculas Curse (2005), Flu Bird Horror (2008), Chrome Angels (2009), The Dunwich Horror (2009), The Witches of Oz (2011), Dorothy and the Witches of Oz (2012), The Lost Girls (2014), Piranha Sharks (2014) and episodes of the anthology The Penny Dreadful Picture Show (2013).