The Diabolical

The Diabolical

Alistair Legrand (2015)

82min
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Review

Our Score
Comparisons are bound to be made between Alistair Legrand's haunted house thriller and Nicholas McCarthy's The Pact (2012), and not just because they share a producer in Ross M Dinerstein. Because there's a canny twist (even if it's somewhat contrived here), which forces the audience to view the terrors plaguing a single mother (Ali Larter) and her children from a new angle. Despite facing foreclosure, Larter resists the threats of a tech company representative (Patrick Fischler) and copes with the anxiety of a social worker (Merrin Dungey) over her daughter's anger-management issues. But her primary concern is that her kids' veins turn black when they try to leave the property, and her fears are scarcely allayed when her boyfriend (Arjun Gupta) confesses his involvement in a teleportation experiment. The performances are capable, the paranormal effects flashily effective, but although the plot becomes needlessly busy, Legrand fails to generate palpable terror and the ending feels rather rushed.

Summary

13 year old Micah's moves in with her cousin Noah and Uncle Tom after the untimely death of her older sister. Still reeling from the tragedy, Micah begins hearing voices and having nightmarish visions. As the hauntings take a decidedly deadly turn, she realizes that she's unwittingly become the target of a sinister entity - hellbent on drawing her further into the depths of darkness and despair.

Cast & Crew

Madison Ali Larter
Nikolai Arjun Gupta
Jacob Max Rose
Haley Chloe Perrin
The Prisoner Kurt Carley
Mrs Wallace Merrin Dungey
Austin Patrick Fischler
Miguel Wilmer Calderon
Curtis Tom Wright
Marcy Laura Margolis
Carl Joe Egender
Director Alistair Legrand
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Content MediaReleased on: 16 Oct 2015
Drama