Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Devil Within (2009)

Fear 2/5
Gore 2/5
Entertainment 5/5
Creepiness 2/5
T&A Factor: 5/5

Well I survived my bachelor party. An all around amazing weekend. I think the highlight was the stripper who almost roundhouse kicked me in the face, then proceeded to stroke her penis fly trap, purred, and said 'MEOW.' I've never laughed so hard while having a lap dance before. In recovery mode yesterday, I popped in this little indie number. Shiver me timbers and hit me with a burger slathered in surprise sauce, this teeny weeny low budget horror film brings the goods!

After a man brutally murders a hooker in a motel room to open our film, we are brought to a high school with your stereotypical horror schlockfest line-up. Jocks, geeks, Mean Girls, yadda yadda, you get the picture. As the kids carry on a regular school day, we come to find out that one of the girls is celebrating her 18th (AKA she's legal) birthday, and that her friends have planned a house party later that evening. She's called in to the principal's office and right away, we identify Mr. McCreepy principal (who's played exceptionally well by Bill Oberst, Jr.) as the guy who waxed the streetwalker at the beginning of our film. He tries to give her a birthday present but she rebuffs his gift and bolts out of the office.

Before we get to our party, a goth girl, who's a target of the meano slutbags of the school, comes home only to take more abuse from her alcoholic tyrant of a father. We are also shown that she is stricken with a case of severe obsessional love with our girl celebrating her official of adult age turning. Stalking her via MyMcFacePage, she professes aloud her love for her while hiding out from the abusive slugs of her father.

Our soon to be debaucherous kids get out of school and as they head home, partake in the birthday requests of their friend and her douchey jock boyfriend. What do they decide to do? Get matching tattoos of course! As they walk down the city streets (stars on the sidewalk, smog, yep it's turdtastic LA), they run into a street preacher who warns of an impending doom for our gaggle of goofy high schoolers.

After the kids get their tattoos and run into our soothsayer once more, they head to their friends house to set up for that night's festivities. In a couple of hours, the party gets into full swing, complete with topless girls in the swimming pool. Let's see: douchey kids, drugs, ta ta's and sex. What horror sub-genre do these fine ingredients belong to? Slasher films? Ding ding ding, what do we have for our winner, Johnny.....

So after our jock bangs his birthday celebratin' girlfriend upstairs, he heads out to the bathroom across the hall and bangs ANOTHER hot girl in the shower while his girlfriend waits in bed. Pimp-A-Licious! As his clueless girlfriend dozes off, she's accosted by our creepy principal. The boyfriend comes back only to find his girl completely covered in blood and strapped to the bed. It's all down hill from here folks and our party goers start getting offed one by one but not by our pedophilic principal. Instead, a hooded assailant who's been stalking the party and becoming increasingly more jealous of the girl and her douchey jock boyfriend makes themselves known.

What I like about this film is the employ of the red herring to such great effect. The completely unsuspecting way that the 'grand reveal' of our killer kind of crept up on me and smacked me over the head was such a great twist. After our grand reveal, a series of shots and flashbacks are shown: our assailant stalking our party goers, starting in on her plot while also taking out the man whom we thought was the killer, all from their vantage point, was both interesting and well executed from a conceptual standpoint. A slasher movie that is original and brings something new to the table conceptually? Yes, it can happen and it just did. My only gripe was the ending which felt a little rushed.

Check this one out through Seminal Films. You'll be glad you did.

Cortez the Killer

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Grey @ The dARk HOurs Horror Podcast said...

This sounds really neat, when is it going to be available?

Cortez The Killer said...

Grey, it appears that its still making the rounds on the indie circuit with screenings. Here is more info on the film:

I should have better checked the Seminal Films site as there does not appear to be any specific DVD or Netflix release date. My bad.

But if you are on the LA area, you can catch a showing.

Geof said...

Too bad it's not available yet because it sounds like Slasher paradise. There's even someone warning the youngins of pending doom? Where do I sign up?

Carl (ILHM) said...

Very nice, Ill be sure to check it out man, glad you survived to tell the tale!

Matt said...

The DVD is getting released at the end of June - pre-orders on Amazon right now!
With a special THEATRICAL RELEASE - two nights only at the Laemmle Sunset 5 in Hollywood on May 21st and 22nd (midnight both nights!)