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A haughty anthropology professor named Harry Ballard receives a sinister videotape showing a cult called the Black Lodge ranting about some kind of demonic plot.  As it turns out, Harry’s brother, Richard, killed himself a few months earlier under mysterious circumstances,possibly related to this cult; in any event, the loss has been preying on Harry’s mind, sending his relationship with his girlfriend into a tailspin.  Meanwhile a seemingly schizophrenic young woman named Bennie follows Harry around and snatches him from the jaws of doom after he falls into the cult’s hands.  The devilish leader, LeValliant, apparently has big plans in store for Harry, and soon the protagonist’s grip on reality slips as the cult targets him for an upcoming ritual.

I remember seeing this movie at the Blockbuster where I lived back in January of 2001, and renting it to watch with a friend that night.  I wasn’t really expecting anything much; even the back blurb didn’t reveal too much beyond the standard “Skeptic runs afoul of Satanic cult, wackiness ensues” synopsis I’ve seen so many times.  The difference with this being, The Irrefutable Truth About Demons was a New Zealand produced movie, and though I didn’t know it at the time, was one of the first major roles for Karl Urban.  You know, the guy who played Eomer in The Two Towers and The Return Of The King?  How about “Bones” McCoy in the Star Trek reboot from 2009?  Yeah, that guy.

You know, with a name like The Irrefutable Truth About Demons, you can understand why I was expecting something a bit more supernatural story-wise.  You know, some guy doesn’t believe in the existence of demons, a cult decides to school the boy, and demons are summoned to give him a nice spiritual wedgie.  No, instead we get the skeptic, a videotape from the cult leader, a bunch of chanting…and that’s really it. The rest of the movie is spent trying to evade capture by the cult.  There’s an amusing side character, but overall there’s not much else about this movie that actually lives up to the title.  There was no demons evoked, so the title makes no sense.  It should have really been titled “The Irrefutable Truth About Silly Cultists Getting Butt Hurt Over Someone’s Disbelief.  That would have been way more accurate.

But, for all the nit-pickery going on in this review, I was rather amused by the movie.  It had a good gritty style, the photography was interesting, and there were quite a few trippy moments to actually give this a nice horror atmosphere.  So, overall, yes I do think The Irrefutable Truth About Demons should be watched at least once.  Do so with friends, and copious amounts of snacks.  Have fun.