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Devil’s Little Helper
by Jeff Lieberman
Intrinsic Worth Movies; Synapse Movies; MVD Leisure
96 minutes, 2004 / 2022
Yeah, I do know, the main target of this movie
is on Halloween evening, and we’re nicely into the seemingly endless Xmas
season. However my assumption is that whoever is studying it is a horror fan, and
it’s Halloween all 12 months ‘spherical. I’ll take this movie in that – er – spirit.
The primary focus right here is on
the Whooly household, who reside on the fictious Bell Island. There’s the mother,
Merrill (Amanda Plumber!!!), Dean (Wass Stevens), sister theater majors Jenna
(Katheryn Winnick; Lagertha from “The Vikings”) and her new boyfriend Alex
(Stephen Graham) who’ve come residence for the vacation, and particularly nine-year-old
Douglas, aka Dougie (Alexander Brickel).
Dressed just like the debbil
for Halloween, Dougie is obsessive about a handheld online game referred to as “Devil’s
Little Helper,” the place his avatar helps Devil kill folks. The sport is above
8-bit, however missing by at the moment’s commonplace. He’s fixated on this theme, and hopes
to fulfill the pink man on Halloween and assist him. In the meantime, he’s completely
possessive of his sister, and isn’t comfortable about Alex (one thing tells me a
future motion will happen).
Whereas Winnick attire like
a Renaissance slut (and lookin’ good in it) and Alex decides to additionally gown like
Devil hoping to bond with Dougie, whereas Dougie is strolling the Halloween Day
streets searching for the actual Devil. However he does discover the following greatest
factor: a non-speaking serial killer in a devilish masks (Joshua Annex).
Truly, the masks appears nice. He goes to numerous homes, kills the occupants,
and places them out in entrance of the home as Halloween decorations, proper in
public. On this means, Dougie fulfills his fantasy of being this Devil’s
|Alexander Brickel, Annex|
Whereas the whole lot that has
occurred earlier than is satisfying (apart from a pet killing), it actually picks up in
the second act, when Dougie brings the killer residence, and he’s mistaken for
another person, so is included into the household unit. But, nonetheless, he manages
to get across the city with Dougie lengthy sufficient to trigger quite a few deaths and
injury; Dougie so fixated, he has hassle distinguishing actuality from the sport,
so he doesn’t imagine the carnage to be actual, whilst he watches, and in some
The satan comes residence to
roost when he returns to the Whooly home – er – and all hell breaks unfastened. And
let me add, Dougie is just not the sharpest stick in da woods. Truly, not one of the
forged appears to be absolutely aware. For instance, and I can’t give it away, however
there’s a thematic system is that’s used twice. Folks will most likely determine
it out at the very least the second time (I did on the primary, however I’m a steady genius).
You’ll assume one of many characters who was concerned with the primary one would
acknowledge the sample for the second. However nooooooo.
|Katheryn Winnick, Annex|
Regardless of this, I’ve to
say that is the primary slasher movie I’ve seen shortly that made me smile in
its imaginative take. Sure, there’s a humorousness to the entire thing, however my
enjoyment went past that.
The SFX is sensible
(because of a low finances) and appears actually nice. The appearing can also be price
noting (did I not say Amanda “Honey Bunny” Plumber?). The Dougie character is a
bit annoying, however I do imagine it’s not the fault of the actor. The forged additionally
works nicely collectively.
|Amanda Plumber (far left), Annex, and many others.|
To begin off the extras is
a full commentary by the director, Jeff Lieberman. His tone in type of flat and
monotone right here, not like on among the different additions, however the info is
well worth the pay attention. He’s nonetheless an attractive speaker (although the sound was a bit
low and I needed to flip the amount means up), and there are loads of good tales –
simply the varied places and the way they had been all edited collectively alone was enjoyable –
additionally giving some data on the movie that I didn’t catch throughout the first viewing.
Definitely worth the watch.
Subsequent is a
“Behind-the-Scenes of Devil’s Little Helper” featurette (5 min),
clearly executed in 2004, when the movie was launched. With narration, they
dissect three scenes and present the viewer how the magic was executed. Enjoyable. That is
adopted by one other featurette, “The Satan and the Particulars: Making Devil’s
Little Helper (33 min). This brings us into 2022, giving us interviews with
the director, different crew members such because the man who designed the masks, and an
grownup Dougie (who’s “look” is just like center interval Bizarre Al Yankovic).
Interspersed with scenes from the movie which are related to the dialog,
it makes for some compelling viewing, not like many different featurettes I’ve seen
Neighborhood” is a tour of the filming places with director Jeff Lieberman (32
min). Displaying some cities in Westchester, New York, and Connecticut, Lieberman (holding
the killer’s Devil masks all through, even speaking to it) takes a really detailed
take a look at among the places, but in addition tells some (in Dougie’s phrases) cool anecdotes
about filming in these spots. Extra detailed than most, although he didn’t present
any of the Maine spots. Filmed in 2022 by Synapse Movies, that is, once more, certainly one of
the higher location shot mini-docs I’ve seen of late. The final further is the
movie’s promotional trailer, which provides away an excessive amount of of the enjoyable.
historical past is that he’s primarily identified for 4 movies out of his profession within the
horror style: Squirm (1976), Blue Sunshine (1978), Simply Earlier than
Daybreak (1981), and this one. His movies are a bit quirky, lean towards black
humor, and are exceptionally satisfying. That’s very true for Devil’s
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Older trailer with out as a lot given away: