Dorothy Mills (2008)
When timid teenager Dorothy viciously attacks a baby, psychiatrist Jane Van Dopp comes to the remote island community to assess her. Jane decides Dorothy has multiple personality disorder, which could see her acquitted. But things start happening that don't make sense, and Jane discovers the island has dark secrets of its own.
Ok, first of all I have to get something off my chest. Do NOT pay any attention to the DVD packaging of this film! It is boldly compared to The Exorcist - despite having no demonic possessions, Catholic priests, exorcism rituals, or anything else in common with that film. And the strapline "Evil chose her" has no relevance to the story either. Those statements are probably why the DVD was left sitting on my shelf for so long, it just sounded like a cheap, straight-to-DVD 'Exorcist' knock-off.
In fact, this turned out to be an absolute gem of a movie. It's well written and directed, with a fascinating storyline that twists and turns, which grabbed my attention early on and refused to let go until the closing credits. The acting is impressive, particularly the actress playing Dorothy. When she becomes the different personalities - regardless of their age or gender - she is completely convincing. Her performance is simply amazing to watch. And some of the personality changes are downright chilling.
The photography is beautiful, and takes full advantage of the spectacular Irish scenery. And the production design cleverly emphasises the community's isolation, through the use of old-fashioned clothes and dated house interiors.
Dorothy Mills is classed as horror, but is more of a psychological thriller with supernatural elements. It's well paced, with interesting characters, and an intriguing mystery to solve. It might not resemble The Excorcist in any way, but it is certainly worth watching for its own merits.