Director: Miles Doleac
Cast: Miles Doleac, Lindsay Anne Williams, Steven Brand
Production Company: Historia Films
Runtime: 105 minutes
The devil is coming to town this October. Are you ready to face the darkness? Demons (2017) is a psychological thriller written, directed and starring Miles Doleac. This is his third feature film, and only his first horror movie.
In the movie, Father Colin Hamstead oversees an aborted exorcism, which leads to the gruesome death of Jewel Grant. Eight years later, Hamstead is no longer a priest, and is married to Jewel’s older sister. Kayleigh is haunted by her dead sibling, causing her to engage in bizarre and destructive behaviour.
The film shares elements typically seen in other possession films, such as The Exorcist (1973), and The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005). The difference here is that the central action takes place at a friendly get-together that is reminiscent of The Big Chill (1983).
In many ways, Demons is a drama that crosses over into the world of the supernatural. The main characters are all very interesting, and have fully developed back stories. Some of them are entangled in the paranormal, while others are comedic in nature.
I enjoyed how Doleac merged aspects of religious doctrine with occult beliefs. In the end, the answers lie somewhere between the two. There are really two timelines in the movie, and the cuts from one to the other are done very effectively.
The film has a wonderful cast that includes John Schneider from Return of the Killer Shrews (2012), Andrew Divoff from Wishmaster (1997), Steven Brand from Hellraiser: Revelations (2011), and Kristina Emerson from Raised by Wolves (2014).
Demons is a cerebral and dramatic film about the inner darkness that threatens to torment us all. It has its share of creepy moments, while also making you think about what is actually happening. You may end up enjoying this one on multiple levels.
Demons is in select theatres and on VOD starting October 6th, from Uncork’d Entertainment.
– John Migliore
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