Live Action Reviews
by Crystal Connor
Plotline: Five strangers trapped in an elevator realize that one of them is the Devil in this thriller from director John E. Dowdle (Quarantine) and screenwriter Brian Nelson (Hard Candy, 30 Days of Night). The first installment of “The Night Chronicles,” a film series in which up-and-coming filmmakers bring to life stories conceived by M. Night Shyamalan, Devil opens to find five Philadelphia office workers filing into the elevator of an inner-city office building. But a typical day at the office takes a sudden detour into terror when the elevator becomes stuck between floors, and the passengers discover that the Devil does exist, and he’s standing right before them. As emergency workers work frantically to free them, secrets are revealed and the passengers realize their only hope for survival is to confront their darkest sins in front of the others. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi for Rotten Tomatoes
Scariness Factor: One a scale of 1 to 5 I would say 3. They’re mostly jump scares and for a connoisseur of all things horror, I can usually see them coming
Gross-out Factor: N/A.
High Points: I am a huge fan of religious themed horror entertainment. I love all the hidden-in-plain-sight symbolism and the deliberate use of words. This was the 2nd time watching Devil and it was way more fun because I saw all the stuff I missed when I 1st saw it.
One of the things I really liked was the scenes shot in total darkness. Just like those trapped in the elevator you can see anything but you can hear what’s going on which adds to the tension. I also loved the way the spoken narrative was woven into the movie
Complaints: Shyamalan takes us all the way to the edge but then kinda phones in the ending to give us a somewhat happy one. So instead of it being a thoroughly terrifying experience it’s just a highly startling one.
Overall: I think watching horror movies should be an ‘interactive’ activity (which is why I watch them alone) and the more I yell at the people on the screen the more fun I’m having and Devil is really fun, like being on a roller coaster. Watching it again was like hanging out with an old friend I haven’t seen in a while.
Stars: 3 ½ Stars
At 1:30 am on Aug 15th, 2014, Crystal Connor, wrapped in a fleece blanket, seated in front of the fireplace picked up her remote and clicked play. For the next two hours her neighbors were subjected to screaming, crying, and expletive outburst…
This is the unedited journal chronicling the harrowing experience her neighbors were forced to endure as she watched, for the 2nd time M.Night Shyamalan’s 2010 Devil
Reader discretion is Advised
Entry 1: And they’re trapped.
Entry 2: Clearly he’s claustrophobic
Entry 3: Why does the engineer always look like that? We don’t look like that in real life. Come on!
Entry 4: HOLY SHIT! Lol that scared the shit outta me.
Entry 5: I told you, he’s claustrophobic
Entry 6: lol, a captive audience
Entry 7: What the fuck? You know better. See! Dumb ass
Entry 8: They’re already there
Entry 9: No its not and that’s not Jesus
Entry 10: What the fuck?
Entry 11: LOL
Entry 12: Fine then, don’t listen to him
Entry 13: Yeah you are cus your not listening
Entry 14: Stay your ass where you are!
Entry 15: No engineering in their right mind would do that without safety gear! Serously?!
Entry 16: And that’s why.
Entry 17: My dog is growling at the TV, even she knows better
Entry 18: The last thing I would want to hear at that moment would be prayers uttered in Latin
Entry 19: Oh my God the fire dept is tearing shit up
Entry 20: Oh for fucks sake!
Entry 21: Are you trained to do that? Then leave it alone.
Entry 22: DON’T!
Entry 23: I fucking told you.
Entry 24: Excuse me Captain-save-a-hoe but that’s not your job
Entry 25: You don’t.
Entry 26: Sweet Jesus
Entry 27: OMG that’s right!
Entry 28: That bitch didn’t just fix her hair.
Entry 29: And M. Night for the win
Washington State native Crystal Connor has been terrorizing readers since before Jr. high School and loves anything to do with monsters, bad guys, rogue scientific experiments, jewelry, sky-high high heel shoes & unreasonably priced hang bags. She is also considering changing her professional title to ‘dramatization specialist’ because it’s so much more theatrical than being just a mere drama queen. Crystal’s latest projects can be found both on her blog and Facebook fan page at: