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Satanic

Four friends on a road trip meet a runaway who puts them on a terrifying path.
Horror for Beginners

 

United States
2016
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Cultists: 
Clubbist
Worshipper
5.04
Go to hell!
4
4
6
6
1
2
3
Performances
Plot
Ambiance
Here’s a horror movie on autopilot that apparently forgot people with decent IQs are watching. It’s not a bad movie but it’s horror for beginners involving witchcraft for dummies. These are average actors in an average film delivering average dialogue. If they’re, at first, arrogant kids looking for trouble, the protagonists get their shit together once things get serious.
There are several pop culture references in the first half, and allusions to Wicca and serial killers. The script doesn’t get too crazy and sticks with mainstream notions on these two subjects. This film is meant to please most audiences willing to be hooked for over an hour. It doesn’t target horror fans. It’s a good introduction to the genre, though. Just know that there’s much better out there.
Despite its best intentions, a sympathetic cast, and good production value, the film couldn’t end soon enough. The kids kept crying over spilled milk and nothing too tragic happens until the third act. Overall, Satanic felt superficial and incomplete. It introduced concepts and enemies that didn’t come full circle. It’s not too scary, not too violent, and not too complicated, if that’s your thing.
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