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Devil May Call DVD Review

Devil May Call DVD

“Devil May Call” is worth a rent.

On her last night on the job, a blind crisis center employee (Sam) receives a call from an angry man (John) who has a tendency of calling on a regular basis. When John calls, however, he only wants to speak to Sam. When he learns that Sam is leaving her job, John explodes with anger. What no one at the crisis center knows is that John is actually a psychotic killer, and now, he has his sights set on Sam and the 5 other working staff members at the crisis center.

Having suffered through many unwatchable horror films as of late, “Devil May Call” feels refreshing in that it is actually watchable. Sure, this “Wait Until Dark” esque horror-thriller is predictable, slow, and poorly edited, but it’s still an empowering story that holds your interest. Of course, much of the film’s appeal is due to the stellar acting by Corri English and Tyler Mane (best known as Sabretooth from “X-Men” and Michael Myers from the Rob Zombie “Halloween” films). English, who plays Sam, gives a heartfelt and believable performance as the film’s central heroine. Mane (who plays the evil John) may be working with an underdeveloped character who mostly just calls people “insects,” but he still feels menacing from start to finish. No, he won’t be remembered as a great horror villain, but he does the job.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1. How does it look? Visually, this dark film is nothing to get excited about, but this is a solid transfer nonetheless.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? This is a generally quiet track that still does the job.

Extras:
* Lionsgate trailers and a “Devil May Call” trailer.
* Digital Copy.
* A featurette on the score titled “Composing The Score With Nicholas Pike.”
* A 15 minute short film titled “Monstrous Nature” by “Devil May Call” director Jason Cuadrado. It too is a horror story.
* An engaging solo commentary by director Jason Cuadrado. He chats about alternate ideas, location shooting, characters, and much more.

Overall Thoughts: With some stronger editing, “Devil May Call” could have been a more intense horror-thriller. As is, it’s still worth a gander if you’re looking for something new in the horror genre.

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March 15, 2015 - Posted by | DVD review | ,

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