Blu-ray Review: Devil’s Revenge (2019)

October 5, 2019

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, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Ancient curses and Star Trek actors… that’s what Devil’s Revenge has to offer us; so you know I’m all fuckin’ in… now let’s see if the rest of this freaky feature can deliver the ghoulish goods!

I don’t know what’s goin’ down in the caves of Kentucky, but my man John (Jason Brooks) has caught a case of the worst of it. See his family are the recipients of one hell of an ancient Aztec curse, and after a doomed spelunking trip to set things right life goes from moderately okay to “holy fuck, I’m plagued by skull faced demons” in the blink of an eerie eye… and the fact that those demons start puttin’ the murder on those John has altercations with es no bueno.

After a chat with is over-the-top lunatic father (the legend that is William fuckin’ Shatner), John knows what he must do; load the fam into the wicked Winnebago, chuck them directly into evil’s path, and climb down into that terror tunnel and end this monstrous madness once and for all! Yeah, that family is as good as dead…

Lets kick out the goddamn jams, and get down with what’s good with Devil’s Revenge.

First up; the cast… they rock! Brooks makes for a believable troubled every-man type o’ hero, Shatner is having the time of his life as Jason’s deranged pappy, and Star Trek: Voyager‘s Jeri Ryan convinced me that she is both over this curse horseshit, yet ready to go to any lengths to get her home-life back in order pronto.

Next we have the absolutely gorgeous Kentucky Autumn that gives the entire affair that Halloween vibe we lot dig on the most… and while we are talking settings; the creepy, claustrophobic caves Act 3 takes place in set the mood perfectly for a journey to the depths of a (kind of) hell.

And, what would that hell be without some demonic denizens? Let me tell you; this is where Devil’s Revenge shined bright for yours cruelly! These bad-ass beasties are all brawn n’ bone, and would be right at home on Eternia! Seriously, my haunted hat is tipped to FX wiz Vincent J. Guastini (Art of the Dead) for bringin’ this horde of crazy creatures to (practically realized) life!

On the down-side; as great as those suits mentioned up yonder are, there are some digital explosions that have a case of the cheaps (as they often do)… I’m sure it was a necessity due to location and safety; but I always hate those shits.

As for extras on this Blu-ray release from Cleopatra Entertainment, things are kept on the light side with only a slideshow and trailer. There is however a bonus disc featuring the film’s soundtrack, and that is well worth a listen!

Filled with ancient curses, excellent demon designs, and a sense of horror comic book logic; Devil’s Revenge is a creature feature that’ll satisfy horror hounds looking for a fun time in front of the terror tube!

 

 

 

 

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