Short Film Review: The Devil and I (2018)

October 7, 2018

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

In Colonial Canada, a woman (Ariel Hansen) with an uneasy lot in life takes some verbal tongue lashin’ from a real son of a bitch of a man (James Kingstone)…a son of a bitch that freezes into a human statue as a large talking dog appears (yeah, sometimes I can’t believe the shit I type for this website either…but trust me, this is actually handled in a completely serious and somber manner). Any way it seems our heroine has been having affair with the man’s wife, and before you can say Son of Sam(uel Adams), that preternatural pup (played by Apollo with voice provided by Jesse Inocalla) gives our protagonist a plan to make things go her way.
With it’s unique, period setting and near-fairy tale vibe, The Devil and I is an entertaining slice of short fright flick deviltry. Adding to the overall vibe of the piece are authentic costumes and manners of speaking that reflect the film’s 1800’s setting to a “T”, and believable performances…yes, even from the talking dog…that make the entire affair atmospheric, and suitably somber.
If there’s a negative to be had, it’s that I could have gone for a longer format for this story. By it’s short film status things seem a tad abrupt…although, I guess saying I want more of what a film has to offer isn’t really a bad thing.
To sum it up, The Devil and I is a supernatural short worth slappin’ you eerie eyeballs on, especially if you dig on horror biz like The VVitch; it’s a frightful folk tale that will leave you wanting more!


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