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DEMONS AMONG US, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
On the eve of Christmas in the small town of Miranda Falls, Victoria, Joe Melton (Nathaniel Kiwi) has just moved into town, retreating from the hectic life of the city to write his thesis on the dangers of advertising and mass consumption. Joe soon discovers an evil presence lurking both in the dark forest and in his home. Chased by demons and suspected of murder, Joe goes on the run. The only other person to witness the devil's work first hand is local girl Kylie Fitzgerald (Laura Hessey). She is unwillingly swept up in Joe's desperate plight and together they must try to survive the ensuing horror. Ed Winters (Peter Roberts), a psychotic advertising executive living in America, is drawn back to Miranda Falls to investigate the brutal murder of his ex-wife and family, only to find the devil himself. While Joe battles the demons that have taken over the town, the devil must convince Ed to be its host for world domination.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Blessed with a cinematic eye that's bold and adventurous, Stuart Simpson also likes and knows music - and its value (along with sound design) as fuel for images. Some might think the film ends up like an overlong music video for a band whose speciality is gothic horror material, but there is method to his madness. He generates a mood with the image overlays, manipulations and fantasy visualisations that keeps the viewer off balance and in a state of tension. The mood is heightened by the fact the film is shot almost entirely in a gloom.

Storytelling and performances are uneven, but Laura Hessey does a commendable job as the only sane and normal character in the film. Once the film gets into its final third, it descends into cheesy farce - bloody and gruesome though it is at times.

The devil talking out of a dead, bloody corpse is laughable, and the poorly conceived advertising producer, Ed (the editorial baddie of the film) gets to have a farcical conversation with him. The sense of the ridiculous is enhanced by Joe's bloodied singlet having grown into a red dress .... And when the devil, a poor man's snake-like, Alien-toothed wriggling mini-monster, is packed away in Ed's briefcase, we realise that the devil has offered world domination by consumerism for Ed's soul.

It starts so well, alas it ends badly.

Published November 29, 2007

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DEMONS AMONG US, THE: DVD (MA)
(Aust, 2007)

CAST: Nathaniel Kiwi, Laura Hesse, Peter Roberts, Scott Brennan, Chris Gay, Jason Jones, Mahee Kelly, Laurie Simpson, Mikhalina Cortes

PRODUCER: Stuart Simpson

DIRECTOR: Stuart Simpson

SCRIPT: Stuart Simpson

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Stuart Simpson, Mark Toyb, Matt Millar, Campbell Millar

MUSIC: Clare Whitcombe

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jamie Sutherland

OTHER: Creature FX Nick Kocsis

RUNNING TIME: 86 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9: DD 5.1

SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind The Scenes Featurette "Diary Of A Demon"; Deleted Scenes; Photo Gallery; "Sickie" short film by Lost Art Films; Trailer

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Accent Underground

DVD RELEASE: November 7, 2007







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