Devil May Call Film Review – Ambiguous, Maniacal, Suspensful Horror
By Jill Dale
Having been terrified by social media in past months that Isis or the flu is deadly, a suicidal maniac is a welcome escape that will ignite horror fans’ excitement worldwide. The claustrophobic thriller “Devil May Call,” produced by Angel and Bear Productions in association with Esperanza Productions holds the appeal and suspense of conventional horror films.
SYNOPSIS: The horror-thriller stars Corri English (Unrest), Tyler Mane (Halloween I and II), Traci Lords (Blade), Van Hansis (Eastsiders), Tracy Perez (East Los High), and Camillia Monet (The Shield). The film is about a young blind woman (English) who is preparing for her last shift at a suicide hotline. One of her regular callers is a serial killer she unknowingly has been talking out of killing himself. Her last night on the job becomes a nightmare when the killer stalks the call center. [Source: Esperanza Productions]
The film was written by Jason Cuadrado (Tales From The Dead) and Wyatt Doyle with Cuadrado taking on directorial duties. “This story is a throwback to those character-driven thrillers of the 1960s and ‘70s like Wait Until Dark. A young girl who is trying to add a little bit of good to the world becomes the target of one of the very people she is trying to help,” said Camillia Monet, CEO of Esperanza Productions.
A truly contemporary horror movie, its eeriness is derived from John’s repeated phone calls and conversations along with faulty electrical systems and a dilapidated elevator.
English delivers a performance worthy of abundant applause. Mane, who plays the role of John, feels unnervingly natural in the shoes of the suicidal maniac. The two play off of one another seamlessly. The cast, in its entirety, is excellent.
Technically, this film is aesthetically sound. The intermittent scenes of hand-held jerky camera visuals are not so overbearing as utilized in many horror films. The result is natural and visually appealing. In recent years, few American genre films have failed to unite its overall concept with the fundamental process for freaking us out. The ongoing sense of ambiguity in the writing is conspicuously cinematic. The sound design is just about as perfect as it gets for enhancing the suspense aspect. Overall, an exceptional film well worth the VOD rental.
“Devil May Call” is distributed by Lionsgate and available here.
It is also available online, including Amazon Instant Video, on March 10th.
For more information, please visit the Devil May Call website.
Watch the “Devil May Call” trailer here.