Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Satan's Little Helper (2004)

Now this is Indie Horror done right. SATAN'S LITTLE HELPER is smart, original, and extremely dark. A young boy obsessed with his video game Satan's Little Helper enlists himself to help a masked serial killer he mistakes for the horned demon as the two commit atrocious crimes that the naive kid mistakes as being part of the game. Many will have to forgive the often goofy acting from each of the side players, but it is the costumed character of Satan that really sells this flick. With a sinister latex grin and exaggerated physical humor, this speechless villain adds a unique mixture of comedy and terror throughout the night's events. It is presumed that the character beneath the mask is human, however the film does leave enough intrigue as to keep the audience guessing until the end. In a favorite scene, Dougie jumps in the front of a shopping cart as Satan runs down a pregnant woman, a baby carriage, and a blind man while Dougie cheers and tallies the points. The one area where the film could use the most work is in its overly long ending, which could easily have been reeled back 10-15m to become more effective and concise. Director Jeff Lieberman has done a lot with a very little here, and instills the darkest humor possible in what I consider to be an instant Halloween classic. The film will not appeal to all genre fans, but for those of you that share my taste for Indie Horror, it is a refreshing surprise and well worth a view!

Rating: 7/10.
Entertainment: 8/10.
Gore: 4/10.
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6 comments:

  1. This was one of those movies I really did NOT expect to like at ALL. Just based on the cover, title, and presence in Blockbuster, I assumed it was gonna be some half-baked piece of crap. Instead, I loved it. Not perfect, but definitely very, very groovy.

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  2. I love love love this movie, my ex-husband actually gave me a copy for my bday! It's a premise I've toyed with myself - you can virtually get away with anything on Halloween, at least just for that night. Doughtery's TRICK or TREAT gave me a similar vibe. Nice write-up, Carl my dear.

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  3. I got this dvd on lark on amazon when it came out and i fell in love with it. Thanks for writing about it!

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  4. My boss gave me a copy of this a few years ago and I think I threw it away or sold it before even cracking the seal. I assumed it was a piece of DTV crap and wasn't worth watching. Of course in the last year I keep hearing raves for this film. So it goes.

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  5. Im so glad to see all of the love for the film, I bought it on a blind buy with a gift cert I got to Blockbuster for Christmas after remembering hearing maybe 1-2 positive things about it floating around BD and online. I couldnt have been more happy, small films with original premises like this are what keep my fires burning for Horror, whoever said Horror is dead and that there are no new ideas is wrong.

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  6. I thought this was on my Netflix queue before, but I just looked and it wasn't. It's on it now though. Thanks for the review!

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