As I sat down to watch American Satan I had the misconception that the film I was about to watch would be about music, I was wrong. What I watched unravel on the screen was much, much more.
In the beginning, we see a rock band, “The Relentless”, come together, Johnny (Andy Biersack), Lily (Jesse Sullivan), Vic (Booboo Stewart), Leo (Ben Bruce), and Ricky (John Bradley), their manager. Playing their first big show at the Whiskey, they take the stage and see a packed house, that is until people’s social media notifications begin to pop up, notifying the crowd that Metallica is playing down the street. As the bar empties the band sees Elias, the record exec (Mark Boone Junior) one of the members met earlier in the day. As he walks out the band lays down their instruments and leaves. Just when they are at their lowest they meet the Devil himself, played by Malcolm McDowell. After they agree to make a human sacrifice to seal the deal with the devil, they set a van on fire with Lily’s ex inside (Drake Bell). Johnny, the band’s lead singer tries to rescue the guy but Lily’s ex is killed when he grabs an electrified fence. It seems the deal is sealed.
The next day they get a call from Elias with an offer for a deal. I won’t tell you what happens from there. I can’t bring myself to spoil it. American Satan is a fantastic film that deserves to be seen. It has a great story that will keep you hooked and make you feel for its characters. It has sound, sex, Satan, and everything a rock film should.
Let’s talk about the cast, perfect! Andy Biersack is the ideal young rocker. He’s got that look, you know what I mean? And he did an amazing job in his role as the lead singer. Jesse Sullivan was a fantastic choice to play Lily. She’s edgy and talented. Booboo Stewart, and Ben Bruce, killed it. John Bradley, who played the role of the band’s manager, Ricky, brought an innocence and sensitivity to the film. Malcolm McDowell is fantastic as always. He makes a great Satan, part threat, part friend. Bill Goldberg delivered a real toughness as the tour manager Hawk. You know what, everyone involved was great. Everyone truly impressed the hell out of me.
Don’t get me started on the music, it’s incredible. In fact, I went to Amazon and bought the soundtrack twenty minutes into the movie. Besides the songs from “The Relentless”, it features musicians like “The Pretty Reckless”, “Dorothy”, “Prep School”, and “Bad Omens”.
I would kill to snag some of the wardrobe. Leather, studs, and chains? Yes, please. Dawn Ritz, who was in charge of dressing the cast, can come shopping with me anytime.
Directed by Ash Avildsen, who co-wrote the script with Matty Beckerman, American Satan is a triumph, capturing the gritty world of rock. The film was everything I hoped for and more. It’s badass, but touching at the same time. The music is a great background for the drama of the film. In my opinion, it’s the best film of its kind in a very long time. If I had to score it I’d give it a 5 of 5. I know, I’ve never given a score that high before, but it honestly deserves it. Bravo.
Here’s the best part, American Satan is now out on Digital. The film will be out on Blu-ray and DVD on February 20, 2018, but you can pre-order your copy now.