Of The Devil | Film Threat

It seems that something trippy this way comes in writer-director Kelton Jones’ neo-horror film. The movie centers around a couple named Ben and Norma Cortez (Jonathan Stoddard & Daniela Palavencino), who find out that their son Alex has been diagnosed with cancer. Afterward, their son has a litany of vivid dreams and speaks with deceased family members. Norma hears from a friend that there is a way to save her son, albeit unethical and unorthodox. As a result, the child is revived, to the surprise of his parents. However, the unconventional surgery that was used to heal their son may have made things a lot worse for the family.

Moreover, Ben’s mother is stricken with dementia and lives in the house, which becomes another headache for Norma to endure. His mother suffers from seizure-like visions that involve deceased loved ones and ultimately end in her bloody and gory demise. After the sudden death, Detective Murphy (Kelton Jones) swoops in with his Chester Arthur-styled mustache and suspects that Ben is the murderer, not realizing that things have gotten stranger after Alex’s surgery. 

The film hearkens back to other classic horror movies like The Exorcist, The Shining, Pet Semetary, and The Sixth Sense. It’s perfectly fine if one only requires a few jump-scares scattered throughout the storyline. However, given that it seems like a hodge-podge of different horror movies and it never coherently blends together to come to a satisfying ending, it falls short. Instead, the audience is met with a rushed and boring ending that never lives up to the talents of its actors in the forefront and the crew behind the lens. 

Norma hears from a friend that there is a way to save her son, albeit unethical and unorthodox.”

You would think that a movie called Of the Devil would be something incredibly demonic and frightening. Instead, it just seems to be content in being sophomoric and standard in its execution, and that was just me looking at the plot for a reference. 

That isn’t to say that some good can come from this macabre venture. The acting that Jonathan Stoddard and Daniela Palavencino give off is certainly believable, for the most part. They definitely have the charisma and concern that surrounds their countenance when the scene needs it. Another thing the film truly benefits from is the prosthetics and makeup effects. Using fake blood and props for maggots, bugs and crows is not an easy feat for any filmmaker. Believe me, I know, but writer-director Jones seems to be proficient at creating a better atmosphere with ghoulish, undead makeup. Of course, parading around like something out of The Walking Dead isn’t that much to brag about, in this case.

In conclusion, the film certainly has potential, but it doesn’t bring anything new to the horror genre or reinvent the wave of terror in any notable way. It might make a good killing on DVR or in the home video world, but it ultimately falls short of its potential greatness. Certainly, there is room for growth, and hopefully, Jones will provide some more of that later on in his film career. This just wasn’t the spine-tingling horror film that I was hoping to see. 

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