Movie Review: Demigod, A Twist On The Cerunnos Myth

September 28, 2021

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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From award-winning filmmaker, Miles Doleac comes a new tale of terror, Demigod, a macabre twist6 on the Cernunnos myth.
 
In this supernatural tale, Robin (Rachel Nichols) and her boyfriend Leo (Yohance Myles) journey to her grandfather’s cabin after he passes away. After the couple encounters a hunter (Doleac) and his daughter they return to the comfort of the cabin and its warm fireplace, and soon fall asleep not knowing that a backwoods cult will soon take them. The couple, the hunter and his daughter, along with several others are taken to the heart of the forest where they will be released and hunted by a demigod.
 
First, when are people going to learn to stay away from cabins in the woods? We’ve seen it a lot. Luckily, the film doesn’t feature many other tropes so we’ll let it slide this time. The story itself is unique and manipulates its environment around the story, not the other way around, turning its location into more of a background.
 
Part man and part steer, the demigod has huge glowing red eyes and a massive build. The makeup/special effects for the creature are minimal and are mostly shoulders up. It’s a smart way to save on the special effects bill. At the same time, the special effects that are used are effective and look solid. Both the creature and his “offerings” spend much of their time in the dark forest which compliments the effects and adds to the tension and horror of the film.
 
A lot of the film is subtitled with most of the characters speaking what I believe to be Dutch. Don’t worry there’s some English thrown in there from time to time as well. I believe that the language helps set the cult apart and gives them an almost historical feel. It was a good choice.
 
When it comes to the cast, the leading lady, Rachel Nichols did a great job as did Doleac who seems at home in the forest, making his role feel very authentic. I do wish that the three witches made more of an impact. They were a bit underwhelming. We’re talking about sacrificing people, meeting their demigod. Where’s the passion, the emotion?
 
The cast also includes, Jeremy London (Mallrats), and Elena Sanchez (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and was co-written by Doleac and Michael Donavan Horn.
 
Over all, Demigod is a solid indie horror that has a good story, a lot of actions, great use of effects, and it’s definitely worth a watch. The good news is Demigod will be unleashed in theaters and on Demand on October 15, 2021. Check it out.
 


 

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