Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Devil's Moon (2004)

Pack: Tomb of Terrors
Disc: 6

Subgenre(s): Zombies, Comedy

Year: 2004

Rated: Unrated
Length: 90 minutes

Director: David DeFino
Writer: Richard Steiner
Starring: Philippe Kane, Erica Doering, Rainbow Underhill

Synopsis: Two office rivals find themselves being stalked by a serial killer in the woods. To complicate matters further, three nearby goth girls chanting spells have just unleashed demonic forces.


Review: Giving Devil's Moon the benefit of the doubt, it's not bad as a satire. It pokes fun at lazy salesmen, nepotism, entitlement, racism, stereotypes, goths, wiccans and zombies. On the other hand, because the comedy doesn't work, it's just as easy to hate all the characters and everything else about the movie too.

From the prologue, I expected Devil's Moon to be about a Satanic serial killer. To some extent it still is but not really. After some very nice scenes, Timothy Muskatell, who plays Sam, gets completely forgotten about in favour of zombies.

As yet another cheap zombie movie, there isn't much originality here apart from not being able to kill them so easily with a bullet to the head. These are the more magical kind of zombie brought into existence by witchcraft rather than radiation or a virus even though they behave exactly the same. The zombie make-up is identical to every other zombie make-up, they lurch slowly like Romero's zombies, and there's only one decent effect used among the whole lot of them. I'm not talking about the crappy plastic doll used as a zombie baby either.

Everyone in Devil's Moon can act a little bit. It's just that they chose not to. The only standout is Larnell Stovall who plays Marcus. Not only does he get all the best and most profanity-laden lines, but he clearly knows what he's doing. According to the IMDb, he's been quite successful both before and afterwards as a stuntman.

Trent Haaga does a nice hillbilly impersonation as Cletus although Cooter fits the stereotype better. Richard Steiner really looks the part and will remind anyone in the know of a certain horror podcaster.

With Goths around the place, I thought there would be some hot actresses to look at, but the three in Devil's Moon are kind of nasty. It's hard to see them anyway in the dark place where they've chosen to perform a ritual due to poor lighting. Erica Doering almost makes up for the lack of sexiness by gratuitously changing her clothes in the woods, but the lack of naked flesh is still a disappointment.

Devil's Moon is just one long disappointment anyway.

Most Memorable Moment(s): Marcus' unending supply of Red Bull.

Originality: None.

Best Line(s): "Running's what you do when a plan fails."
Worst Line(s): "Oh my God! He's still alive! Oh my God, Oh my God!"

Best Effect(s): The final gunshot to Trent Haaga's head.
Worst Effect(s): The zombie baby.

Goriness (out of 10): 3
Sexiness (out of 10): 1
Profanities (out of 10): 5

Hottest Actor/Actress: Erica Doering who plays Allison.

Picture Quality: Average
Audio Quality: Average

Rating (out of 10): 2


IMDb or Wiki:

Final Thoughts: It promised lots of boobs and blood at the start then delivered a lame zombie comedy. What a cheat!

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