Devil's Night Review
We're all guilty of it. Staring blankly at our phones or computers, waiting impatiently for someone, somewhere to validate our existence with the all powerful like button. You won't admit you need it....but you do. In Devil's Night, writer Derek Rethwisch and director Todd Bishop explore the dark lengths one young man is willing to go to in his search for internet stardom. In an attempt to build his online brand, young Daniel leaves no stone unturned with his hilarious internet jackassery. Drunk boxing, water boarding and even smoking salvia (which is fucking hilarious). Actor Adam Forrest does a brilliant job portraying Daniel and bringing to light the raw neediness of today's culture, one that can only be exacerbated by trying to stand out in a seemingly endless cyber kingdom of bullshit. It's still not enough though. It never is for someone "dying" to be famous. In his latest stunt, Daniel and his Scooby gang venture to the abandoned home of the infamous Evan Lesky, where he performed his ghastly satanic rituals and sacrifices. You get a brief backstory on Lesky in the intro, but throughout the film, you get little snips of "state evidence" footage spliced in, which was a great way of building a scene without having to slow it down to explain itself. In what was meant to be a staged procession of pranks and jump scares, the night takes on a much darker tone as a menacing force envelops the house in its red cloak. The lines between what's real and what's imagined take a deliciously twisted turn towards the end in one of the best throat slitting scenes I've ever seen. I can't really say anymore without spoiling it and this is definitely a movie where the suspense pays off big in the end. In their first film, Devil's Night really comes across as a well made social commentary with humor, gore and thrills leading to a climatic end. The entire cast deserve a round of applause for their performances. I can't wait to see what they do for their next film. And remember, if you ever say "I'd sell my soul to the Devil"....be sure you mean it.