Written & Directed by Jeff Lieberman
Starring: Alexander Brickel, Katheryn Winnick, Stephen Graham, Amanda Plummer, and Joshua Annex
A naïve young boy unknowingly becomes the pawn of a serial killer on Halloween Night.
I’ve been guilty of judging a book by its cover. I remember seeing this DVD box on the shelf at Blockbuster back in the day and it always forced me to involuntarily roll my eyes. It’s cheap and just silly looking, you have to admit. I saw this on Netflix and added it as a “maybe” to my queue.I thought it would at least be good for a laugh. This turns out to be a decent low-budget horror film that knows how to work its resources.
This isn’t a Rosemary’s Baby or The Devil’s Rejects, just so you know, but it is a surprisingly good horror movie. The opening cinematography caught my attention and made me take the movie a little more seriously. The movie is about a little kid named, Dougie Whooly (Brickel), a pre-teen who’s obsessed with Satan after receiving a video game called Satan’s Little Helper. It’s All Hollow’s Even and Dougie and mother (Plummer) are en route to pick up Dougie’s older sister, Jenna (Winnick), who’s coming home to enjoy Halloween with her little brother. Dougie learns that Jenn brought her boyfriend, Alex, home and throws a fit. He randomly bumps into a guy dressing as the devil and believes him to be the real deal. Turns out that guys is a serial killer using Halloween for a little subterfuge in plain sight. Dougie offers to be Satan’s helper, and things get weird from there.
The way too symmetrical, Winnick, proved an asset to this movie.
SLH is a demented movie to be certain. Just like the video game, Dougie and his new friend find the joy in murdering cats, the elderly, and babies, often times with hilarious results. The acting and direction are both above-average as well. I know, right, who’d have thunk it. This charming little genre piece has a lot of universal horror movie-isms attached, a good thing when you look at the big picture. I was surprised by the raw violence of SLH, there’s plenty of truly evil kills. This isn’t going to set the world on fire, but I promise it’s better than you’d think it is. Well worth 90 minutes of your time in October.