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REVIEW: Along Came The Devil

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Jason DeVan’s ‘Along Came The Devil’ had the makings of a solid horror film, with a solid cast and strong performances across the board.

The premise was intriguing, but was problematic because the story was told in an unorganized manner, accompanied by a cookie-cutter script, and possessed too many plot holes to keep interest afloat as you continue to watch an 88 minute filmed that seemed to drag on.

According to the film’s synopsis:

‘After a troubled childhood, Ashley searches for a connection, and unknowingly invites in a demonic force, which leaves her loved ones fighting for her soul.’

Ashley, who is played by Sydney Sweeney, comes from a rough childhood, dealing with the death of her mother Sarah, and her abusive father, she navigates a brutal upbringing with the support of her sister Jordan, who seems to act more as her mother and protector in the film’s opening sequence.

The film picks up 10 years later and Ashley is now a teenager, and has just started living with her Aunt Tanya (Jessica Barth). The film already stumbles getting to this point with no explanation of what the past 10 years were like, or where Ashley was, or even where her sister Jordan was, which shows the plotline and scripts complete ineptitude.

Ashley is back in the town where she grew up and apparently everyone remembers her, including Heather (Madison Lintz) who just pops up out of nowhere and tells Ashley they’re friends. Despite Ashley not remembering her specifically, she goes along with it. Yay script!

Heather is intrigued by the paranormal, and during a party with friends (because, script) she decides to bust out an EVP app. During this ridiculous “seance” Ashley believes she sees her mother, freaks out, and runs off.

When Heather learns about her experience, she is determined to go to Ashley’s house and hold their own EVP session, in an effort to make contact with Ashley’s mother.

When they do this, they apparently invoke a spirit, who is not Ashley’s mother, but is a demon intent of taking the soul of Ashley.

Ashley slowly becomes possessed and at the end of the movie is completely engulfed by the powerful demon. The church pastor (Matt Dallas) and reverend (Bruce Davison) become involved, and things get chaotic.

The movie is do disconnected from itself, is is just a mess to follow, and when you do make the connections, it’s annoying because it still has holes and confusing points.

Despite the cast’s efforts, they cannot save a train wreck of a film that was written horribly, executed terribly, and seemed like a waste of a good premise on such a lazy approach.

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An interesting premise with solid performances from a strong cast are ruined by an unorganized, lazily executed presentation.
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New ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ Trailer Features The Jangly Man

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

A brand new trailer for ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ has put The Jangly Man front and center.

Andre Ovredal‘s ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ combines three classic stories from books such as “Me Tie Dough-ty Walker,” “What Do You Come For?” and “Aaron Kelly’s Bones”.

According to the synopsis: “It’s 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind…but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time—stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah’s terrifying tome.”

The film hits theaters on August 9th.

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USA Hypes Season Two of The Purge

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The Purge

USA has dropped the very first promo of the second season of ‘The Purge’, which makes it’s return this fall.

Derek Luke, Max Martini, Paola Nunez, and Joel Allen all star in the new season.

According to Deadline: “Luke will play Marcus Moore, an accomplished professional with a loving wife and a beautiful house whose seemingly perfect life is shattered when an assassin breaks into his house on Purge night.

Martini will portray Ryan Grant. Unassuming yet laser-focused, Ryan spends his entire year precisely preparing for a massive once-a-year Purge heist with his long-time crew.

Nuñez will play Esme Carmona. A top employee at an NFFA surveillance center, Esme has dedicated her life to spotting crimes and digitally tagging lawbreakers.

Allen is Ben. A clean-cut, fraternity member from a middle-class suburban family, Ben’s life changes forever when he goes out on Purge night for the first time.”

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‘The Fly’ Star David Hedison Dead at 92

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The star of the original version of 1958’s ‘The Fly’, David Hedison, has passed away at the age of 92, according to Deadline.

“Even in our deep sadness, we are comforted by the memory of our wonderful father” the family said in a statement. “He loved us all dearly and expressed that love every day. He was adored by so many, all of whom benefitted from his warm and generous heart. Our dad brought joy and humor wherever he went and did so with great style.”

Hedison also starred in films such as ‘Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea’ and ‘Son of Robin Hood’.

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