movie review: devil

Seriously, I have lost all faith in horror movies, after watching Drag Me To Hell (twice). And then I saw the trailer for M Night Shyamalan's latest movie.

I have lost faith in M Night Shyamalan too, a long time ago, after watching Lady in the Water. But Devil looked promising so I went to watch it.

Read on, don't worry, there are no spoilers.

One morning, five random people got on an elevator, and got stuck around the 20th floor. One of these people was an impostor, the Devil. The Devil (not wearing Prada) chose this specific elevator to be on, to pit each person against the other, wreak havoc and bring deaths, and take the soul of the sinner.

The sense of being stuck, trapped into a small space. ✓
A whodunit mystery. ✓
Satan himself. ✓

I don't care about what critics say but Devil is my kind of horror film. For me, it didn't rely too much on gore (the Saw Franchise), it didn't turn to CGI for the scary effects, and it didn't make use of shaky cameras (found footage) which seem to be the trend today (The Last Exorcism). There wasn't that much visuals. No stupid ghosts of children in white, with black hair, crawling on the floor. No vampires and zombies. And no one gets possessed, thank you very much.

It has the right amount of intrigue, it kept me thinking along with the characters the whole time. I was on edge. It may have been boring/predictable/pointless to some but I liked it, even the ending felt complete for me.

Yes nag-umEnglish parang may sanib lang ng Devil. Byebye mwahchupa. Sensya na puro movie reviews. Wala kasi akong personal na buhay.

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ahmer said...

mapanood nga. na miss ko na manood ng mga horror movie eh. pur romcom pinapanood ko ngayon. hehe

Ape said...

nakakatuwa ka tlaga pre. ikaw ang nagsisilbing sacrificial lamb namin sa mga pelikulang 'mukang panget'...at least pag napanuod mo na, tiwala kami sa review mo at tsaka pa lang kami magpapasya kung panunuorin nga namin. hahah..mabuhay ka Glen!

khantotantra said...

kung walang maalog na pagkuha ng vid at ang ever lulubog lilitaw na something in white ay mukang pramising......

gillboard said...

la nako tiwala kay shyamalan. di nako nanunuod ng movies niya. hintayin ko na lang sa cable.

KUMAGCOW said...

At least ngayon meron ka nang nagustuhan hehe

2ngawzki said...

Orayt!Glentot the movie critic..ahahahaha!Sinaniban ka na din nga ata at umeenglish kp...Magaling si M Night, kaya lng diappointing nga ung Lady in the water tzka the last avatar.hehehe!

Chingoy said...

sixth sense and signs, like.

read good reviews about "devil" tho.

wait ko sa cable. ooops, la na pala kaming cable. :P

my-so-called-Quest said...

i watched this too yesterday! haha
natawa ako dito "The Devil (not wearing Prada)" baka namna the devil wears NAtasha! haha

nagustuhan ko to. but i predicted agad kung sino yung devil. hehe.

The Gasoline Dude said...

Tried watching it via streaming, kaso hindi maganda 'yung copy kaya first 15 minutes lang pinanood ko. Na-intrigued din ako sa movie, mukhang maganda. At parang alam ko na din kung sinong Devil.

MiDniGHt DriVer said...

WoW! mukhang maganda toh. mapanood nga!

Poldo said...

kagabi ko lang nakita yung trailer nyan dito.. akala ko di pa showing... naknamputakti yan late nga pala dito..

ganda ng review ah... try ngang maidownload yan.. tsk..

Andy said...

mapanood nga to at gayahin ko ang ginawa ng devil minsan pag mastuck ang elevator sa office. bwahahaha!

Momel said...

You should watch Lucio Fulci's The Beyond. Gets you grounded on your horror fix. And Lady in the Water's not a horror movie, I think. It's a fairy tale, and I liked it for some Bridge to Terrabithia-ish reason. That being said, this looks like a fun film to be looking out for, and so I will, like that Phobia 2, and I have yet to get my hands on it.

Sensya na puro movie reviews. Wala kasi akong personal na buhay.

Hah, funny you should say that. I did horror movies as fillers during the days of my sponsored posts. I did three movie reviews for every $12 sponsored post, and it didn't do me much good. I stopped looking forward to watching them, by and by, because I know I will be writing about them anyway. The chore of pausing the player because I'm writing down notes is something I began to loathe.

You'll get your material back. We're sure of it.

Ako si Yow said...

Maganda nga yung The Eye at Shutter. Parang gusto ko tuloy mapanood to. Basta sabi mo Idol. Walang hiya nga yung Ouija na yun. Haha. Napahamak pa kami dahil sa panonood nun.

♥superjaid♥ said...

hahaha may LQ sa taas..anyway..kainggit naman buti pa kayo may kitaang naganap..ako kaya kelan?

Robbie said...

Di ako mahilig sa horror. Mabilis ako magulat eh. Kahit pala hindi horror/thriller basta may nangugulat naiinis ako. Kaya kahit best movie of the year ito ay hindi ko papanuorin. Wahahaha.

I am Xprosaic said...

Ahahhaha OO nga umeenglish! lol... hirap tuloy akong magcomprehend... lol... Adik ka! adik! ahahahhahaha...

WV: tarru - wala lang... gusto ko lang ishare...lol

Greta said...

lady in the water?diba bold yun?haha.breakwater pala ampu!

mukang maganda nga to hindi katulad ng putang ju-on na nakakalagnat!

Tong-tong said...

ammm....

pwedeng magsorry kuya "Glentot" sa last comment me, :))


convincing naman na maganda this palabas. kasi paborito ko mga horror movies lalo na yung papaganahin masyado ang utak sa pag-iisip sa mystery.

poster pa lang scary na!!!

Traveliztera said...

actually plan ko siya panoorin...as in!
i was telling my friend about this kasi nga medyo nakakadisappoint dn ung mga gawa ni M Night (yeees, close lang)--except ung "the happening" kasi nagustuhan ko siya... ayaw niya panoorin kasi nga nadala na siya sa past works ni M Night (again, feeling close. bakt ba?). Pero na-feel kong may sense tong movie na toh, lalo na sa plot na may kind of a kick na my kind of movie (my kind,my kind...) so since nakita ko tong post mo and sobrang go na go at ramdam na ramdam ko ang iyong enthusiasm at napapa-english ka na, I SHALL WATCH THIS. haha

Dhianz said...

not a big fan of horror movie nah.. tinatakot koh lang sarili koh eh.. lolz.. btw i didn't read ur post.. sori nitatamad akoh... lolz.. gusto koh lang dumalaw at mag-say HI sau... salamat sa pagdalaw ha at komentz.. i appreciate it.. oh yeah pansin koh pawafu ka lang nang pawafu sa paglipas nang panahon ahh... ahehhe... yan ang tinatawag na bola.. lolz.. sige.. un lang.. juz wanted to say hi.. ingatz.. Godbless! -di

Artiemous said...

kung sinabi mo na maganda idol... cge try ko panoorin! :D mabuhay ka!

silentassasin said...

pramis d ko alam na may bagong movie palang gawa si M.Knight ngaun..haha im so late

Emmaleigh said...

Drag me to hell - It's been a while since an alright horror movie came out to the mainstream. :D I actually loved it except that I was a bit "disturbed" with how flat Alison Lohman's chest were (wow! lezbo talk), and her thick eyebrows. lol

I lost my faith with horror movies as well. I am a horror movie fanatic and most of the horror movies these days are disappointing to watch, either the typical Asian cliche or hollywood remakes and there were no justice at all whatsoever.

blaah, I might give "Devil" a try -- the movie I meant. :D

biggest disappointment to date -- THE PARANORMAL ACTIVITY. sucha waste of everything to think that it was promoted as frigg and people were like "it's so scary" stuff.

If I may suggest, and if you haven't seen REC (the original version of QUARANTINE), go see it. :D loved it.

sorry if it was too long.. haha I have lotsa things to say about horror movies.

fumbledapple said...

Una, ang ganda ng layout mo Kuya. :))

Pangalawa, 'di naman masyadong obvious na mahilig ka sa horror movie.

Pangatlo, nakakapunta ka pa ba ng comfort room at nights? O kaya naman, nakakatitig ka pa ba ng matagal sa salamin? :))

The Philippine Guild said...

thumbs up sa opening credits. consistent sa art direction. loved the upside down city landscape sa opening. plus, haunting ang musical scoring. kaya lang reminiscent of Lady In The Water's kakulitan yung role ng Hispanic na sekyu. napasigaw kaming lahat sa major, major revelation, pero as usual tama ang suspect kong demonyo. i still have it.

Sendo said...

galing mag english...tsaka nun pa sa last air bender pako nawalan ng tiwala kay m night nyaha..

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