MOVIE: Devil (2010)

I still remember the first time I saw the preview for this movie.  It was last September, at a screening of horror stinker The Last Exorcism, and the reason I remember is because the audience’s reaction to it was kind of hilarious.  As the trailer began to roll, a hush settled over us all — we were all horror fans, after all, and horror fans always get kind of excited about previews for new horror films.  We sat there, watching it unfold, nodding with a sort of “Huh, that could be good” motion, when suddenly M. Night Shymalamadingdong’s name appeared on screen and, in unison, every single one of us groaned:  arrrrggggh!

And then we all laughed, because we’d literally all groaned at exactly the same time for exactly the same reason, and it was kind of funny.  (Okay, so maybe you had to be there.)

Back when Devil was in theaters, there were a few times I was tempted to go see it, only to think back on that trailer and opt for something else instead.   But, I was home sick after Christmas for a few days, and when I saw this was available on pay-per-view, I figured why not.   And you know what, dudes?  I ended up really enjoying it.

Though, in my defense, I did have a fever of 102.4 at the time.

Scary movies set in isolated spaces, like this one about five people trapped on an elevator (with Satan!), are a favorite of mine.  Trapping small groups of people together in stressful situations often results in fairly interesting psychological effects (think The Shining), and that can make for pretty good suspense.

While this movie definitely has some ridiculously bad elements (oh, must there always be a foreign person, usually Hispanic or Eastern European, who spins us a hokey yarn about religion?), overall, it’s, you know, not terrible.  For what it is.   Which is a film co-written by Dingdong, after all.

In short, if you like horror movies about small groups of people being picked off one by one by an unseen force of evil, you should do okay here.  Well worth a rental, at the very least, and it’s always nice to see Caroline Dhavernas from Wonderfalls, even though she was completely wasted in this film, which is a crime.  A CRIME, I TELL YOU.

(p.s. I have a huge crush on Matt Craven — have I ever told you that?   I think this might be his year on the Boyfriend of the Week site.  Let’s see how long it takes me to get around to the research.)

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Genre:  Horror
Cast:  Chris Messina, Logan Marshall-Green, Jenny O’Hara, Bojana Novakovic, Bokeem Woodbine, Matt Craven, Caroline Dhavernas

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