I Trapped the Devil (2019)

I Trapped the Devil
Director: Josh Lobo
Writer: Josh Lobo
Cast: Scott Poythress, AJ Bowen, Susan Burke, Rowan Russell, John Marrott, Jocelin Donahue, Jocelin Donahue
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 24.9.2019

Matt (AJ Bowen) and his wife Karen (Susan Burke) decide to drop in on Matt’s brother Steve (Scott Poythress) around the Christmas holidays. Matt and Steve don’t have much contact, and Matt is worried about him, so they just show up unannounced. They find that Steve has a prisoner in his basement – a prisoner he claims to be the devil himself. Matt and Karen are horrified, but they also find the behavior of the prisoner strange. Maybe there is something to Steve’s theory and explanation after all?

I Trapped the Devil has a good idea, but the execution just didn’t work for me at all. It was tedious and the sound design was just bad.

The film poster showing a red door in front of black background with a man tied to a chair sitting in front of it.
Continue reading

Southbound (2015)

Segment 1: The Way Out
Director: Radio Silence
Writer: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
Cast: Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
Segment 2: Siren
Director: Roxanne Benjamin
Writer: Roxanne Benjamin, Susan Burke
Cast: Fabianne ThereseNathalie LoveHannah Marks, Susan Burke, Davey Johnson
Segment 3: The Accident
Director: David Bruckner
Writer: David Bruckner
Cast: Mather Zickel
Segment 4: Jailbreak
Director: Patrick Horvath
Writer: Patrick Horvath, Dallas Richard Hallam
Cast: David YowTipper NewtonMatt Peters
Segment 5: The Way In
Director: Radio Silence
Writer: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin
Cast: Hassie HarrisonGerald DowneyKate Beahan 
The segments are connected by a radio DJ played by Larry Fessenden.
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 30.4.2016
[Review by cornholio.]

On the seemingly endless highways of the USAmerican South, several fates cross each other, each set on their own dark path.

There was obviously a lot of thought put into the transition between the segments in Southbound, creating an interesting structure. I certainly appreciated that, though it doesn’t change the usual anthology film problem: some segments are simply better than others. For me, Southbound reached its climax in the middle with The Accident. Overall I wasn’t absolutely enthusiastic about it, but I did enjoy it.


After the jump I talk about each of the segments individually.

Continue reading