Director: Kurtis Spieler
Cast: Bryan Manley Davis, Chris Viemeister, David Alexander
Production Company: Invasive Image
Runtime: 88 minutes
Must there always be a scientific explanation for everything we experience, or could it be that the paranormal actually exists? The Devil’s Well (2017) seeks to answer this age-old question, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to be comforted by what it uncovers.
In the movie, Bryan and Karla Marks are paranormal investigators who decide to look into the legend of the Devil’s Well. Karla goes missing after what her husband claims was a paranormal event. A year later, another investigative team returns to the well to learn the truth…
The movie begins long after the main point of contention has taken place. The mystery surrounding Karla’s disappearance is a great hook that draws us into the story. By the time we see some footage of her, we’re already filled with questions about her disappearance.
The story unfolds in the style of a documentary, using digital images and interviews. This definitely helps to make the events seem more real. This format also forces us to consider other possibilities. Are we dealing with the supernatural, or is this just an elaborate murder case?
For me, the main focal point of the film is the constant uncertainty and skepticism. I liked the delicate balance between the possibility of a real paranormal incident, and what might be nothing more than an elaborate hoax. In fact, a third possibility exists…
The film takes on a found footage style once the investigative team returns to the scene of the incident. Creepy music accompanies much of this segment of the movie. This breaks from the usual formula for films in this genre, but I felt it added a lot to the atmosphere.
Bryan Manley Davis from Paranormal Proof (2010) is appropriately ambiguous in the role of Bryan Marks. I was never quite sure what to make of his enigmatic character. Davis also appeared in Sheep Skin (2013), another film directed by Kurtis Spieler.
The Unexplained Disappearance of Karla Marks was an alternate title for this film. To some degree, Karla reminds me of Laura Palmer from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992). They’re both intriguing characters that leave us in search of the truth.
The Devil’s Well is deep with mystery. Dare to fall into its abyss…
– John Migliore
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