Devil in the Dark (2017) Movie Review

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Devil in the Dark (2017)

2017 | R | Horror, Thriller
82 minutes / 1h 22min

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Devil in the Dark Plot Synopsis:

When estranged brothers Adam and Clint attempt to reconnect over a week-long hunting trip in remote Washington State, they find the tables turned by a mysterious presence lurking in the forest. Convinced that they are now besieged by a supernatural presence, the siblings begrudgingly agree on only one thing: they will have to put aside their differences and work together if they plan on making it out of these dark woods alive.

Devil in the Dark (2017) Review

Devil in the Dark (2017) is a 1h 22 min is a Canadian thriller horror film that was shot in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Second-time director and producer Tim Brown (Defendor (2009), Daydream Nation (2010), The Lifeguard (2013), Bite (2015)) did a terrific job executing this male bonding film. The poster art gave me the impression that the movie was going to be a dark tale that took place in the woods about Wendigo legends but it was about two estranged brothers trying to reconcile their cultural differences on a hunting trip. With that said, the movie does not deliver as a horror movie but instead as a family drama film.

Devil in the Dark revolves around big brother Clint (Dan Payne - The Cabin in the Woods (2012), Watchmen (2009), Star Trek Beyond (2016), Warcraft: The Beginning (2016)) and his little brother Adam. Clint and Adam had been different growing up where Adam was the one who read comic books throughout his childhood and Clint was bent on becoming the alpha male outdoorsman. Clint decides it is time for him and his brother to get a little bonding time in the woods because they have not been in touch for several years.

Clint was thinking of more than bonding, more like showing Adam that he can emasculate him in a secluded area with no one to witness, but Clint received more than he bargained for in the woods with no cell phone service. Clint kicked his plan in the back seat and instead tries to save his brother Adam (Robin Dunne - Sanctuary (2008-2011), Species III (2004), Cruel Intentions 2 (2000), The Skulls II (2002)) with whatever survivalist skills he has.

Adam and Clint are visited by the same creature that did some damage to their father years ago when they were little kids, but the creature went after Adam instead of the stronger brother, Clint. The creature infected Adam’s psyche. The best parts of the film were the lair of creatures and Dan Payne‚Äôs performance which was thrilling to watch. I was disappointed that the creature did not have much screen time. I gave this film a four because it was not what I expected and I thought it was branded under the wrong genre. There was not much horror in this movie which was a huge disappointment. I found flaws in everything about the movie including editing, sound, effects, lighting, cinematography, etc.

  • Devil in the Dark Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 4
  • Overall Score: 4.46
  • IMDB: 4.7

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About Devil in the Dark 2017

Title: Devil in the Dark
Year: 2017
Runtime: 82 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.23/5 stars from 1,328 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 1,328
MPAA Rating: R
Devil in the Dark Cast Starring: Daniel Cudmore, Dan Payne, Robin Dunne, Marshall Archibald, Jett Klyne, Briana Buckmaster, Michael O'Brien, Tia Mueller, Shayla Hayward, Peter Strand Rumpel, Chris Ippolito, Rebecca Reichert, Kieran Dickson, Owen Brown, Owen McMenemy-Brown, Doug Brown, Andy Bowie, Adeline Dickson, Kai Dickson
Devil in the Dark Writers: NA
Devil in the Dark Director: Tim Brown
Production: Momentum Pictures
Language: English
Country: Canada