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Devil

  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • 2010
  • John Erick Dowdle
  • 76 mins
  • 15

Summary

Horror thriller starring Chris Messina. When five strangers are trapped in a lift in a Philadelphia high-rise, it initially seems to be a routine matter to extricate them. But as attempts to free the quintet fail, it appears a supernatural presence may be at work.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Based on a story by M Night Shyamalan, this watchable chiller is the first movie in the proposed Night Chronicles trilogy - supernatural stories set in the modern urban world. Here, five strangers find themselves trapped in a lift in a Philadelphia office building. So far, so claustrophobic. But it soon emerges (thanks to a Mexican security guard who knows his folklore) that the Devil is also among them and wants to claim their souls. What's intriguing here is that the subsequent meltdown of the quivering quintet (and the eerie stuff that ensues) is observed via CCTV by a sceptical investigating cop (Chris Messina). True, it's all a bit Twilight Zone and is spooky rather than gory, but the cinematography by Tak Fujimoto (The Silence of the Lambs) is effective, especially the disorientating opening credits sequence, and it's competently put together by director John Erick Dowdle (Quarantine) and screenwriter Brian Nelson (30 Days of Night).

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Credits

Cast

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Detective BowdenChris Messina
Salesman / VinceGeoffrey Arend
Young woman / SarahBojana Novakovic
Mechanic / TonyLogan Marshall-Green
Old womanJenny O'Hara
Guard / BenBokeem Woodbine
RamirezJacob Vargas
LustigMatt Craven
Elsa NahaiCaroline Dhavernas
Detective MarkowitzJosh Peace
DwightJoe Cobden
CherylZoie Palmer
HenryVincent Laresca
Old janitorRudy Webb
DonnellyCraig Eldridge
Chinese manRobert Lee

Crew

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DirectorJohn Erick Dowdle

Details

Theatrical distributor
Universal
Released on
2010-09-17
Languages
English | Spanish
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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