Director: Damien Zygote
Cast: Vixie Vega, Shawn French, Jesse Villarreal
Production Company: Agoraphobia Publishing
Runtime: 116 minutes
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Good advice, but when the apocalypse arrives, there will be nowhere left for us to run. Director Damien Zygote unleashes a distressing glimpse into a dystopian future with Amish Devil (2018).
In the movie, a strange religious community exists in a post-apocalyptic world. The members of this fanatical group have come to embrace an irrational way of life surrounded by drugs, perversion, and even cannibalism. Demons walk among them…
Amish Devil was originally a television series that ran for twenty-three episodes back in 2013. This review deals with the feature film version, and to be even more specific, the director’s cut of the movie. The events in the film still have an episodic feel to them.
The story is told primarily through haunting visuals and dream-like moments. Zygote uses fast cuts and disturbing images to emphasize the film’s nightmarish nature. The movie regularly dwells on lengthy scenes that reveal the group’s twisted way of life.
There’s very little dialogue in this movie. Zygote seems intent on creating a sensory experience that’s all about sights and sounds. The narrative is secondary to the horrific portrait he is painting. This makes for an original and decidedly different kind of film.
The makeup effects by Tom Devlin are very effective and often quite gruesome. His creature design is great too. His demonic beast is eye-catching, and dynamic enough to brave some demanding action scenes as well.
The movie also features the talents of Shawn French from The Wrong House (2009), Shane Grant from Sleep Eaters (2017), Ruth Phelps from Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006), and Bill Cassinelli from Scary Tales (2001).
The bizarre fanaticism seen here reminded me of movies like Deadly Blessing (1981) and The Wicker Man (1973). The film’s stylized techniques were also reminiscent of Eraserhead (1977), The Lords of Salem (2012), and the lesser known F-3 (2013).
Some big surprises await you during the film’s finale. It went somewhere I didn’t expect it to go. Amish Devil will challenge you with graphic visions and alarming content. Throw yourself headlong into this waking nightmare…
– John Migliore
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