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Sheitan (2006)

Vincent Cassel , Olivier Barthelemy , Kim Chapiron  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vincent Cassel, Olivier Barthelemy, Roxane Mesquida, Nico Le Phat Tan, Leïla Bekhti
  • Directors: Kim Chapiron
  • Writers: Kim Chapiron, Christian Chapiron
  • Producers: Vincent Cassel, Kim Chapiron, Éric Névé
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000IMVE32
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,883 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sheitan" on IMDb

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  • "The Making of Sheitan" featurette
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Editorial Reviews

Fuelled by sex, booze, drugs and hip hop, Bart, Ladj and Thai get kicked out of a Paris nightclub on Christmas Eve. The three friends meet up with two young ladies, Eve and Yasmine, who invite them to Eve's parents' countryside home. Later, a drunken dinner discussion of sex and evil leads to a recounting of a bawdy tale of a peasant possessed by Sheitan, Persian for Satan.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Nerve Twitching Nightmare ! February 19, 2007
Format:DVD
[Do buy this film!
Its beautiful that vincent cassel agreed to make this film. It was creepy as hell!

its not at all like they just dubbed the texas chainsaw massacre.

absolutely worth your money & your time.]

Kim Chapiron's "SHEITAN" produced by and starring Vincent Cassel is by far one of the freakiest creep-fest's that I have seen in a while. Vincent Cassel is mind-blowingly scary as Joseph the abnormally strong bazerko housekeeper. Throughout the first half of the film your stricken with that unsettling(not quite right)feeling that something horrible is just around the corner. When you get to the halfway mark of the film horrible slowly starts to reveal itself in small but disturbing little doses. When you hit 3/4 the way through,any sense of normality you have left is swiftly pulled out from under your feet and you are then thrusted into a deliriously nightmarish rollercoaster of a climax that stands to be IMO one of the most skin-crawlingly frightning endings in horror film history. This is another unique & truly creative french kiss to the American backwoods horror film and also more proof that the real horror movies are being made by foreign independent film makers.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BOOM! July 18, 2008
Format:DVD
Sheitan (Kim Chapiron, 2006)

Once again, we in America have managed to entirely miss a great French horror film. I ask once again why on earth we got a theatrical release of Haute Tension when this-- with a stronger cast (including Vincent Cassel, who seems to play very well on this side of the pond), a better story (with fewer plot holes), a cracking script, and a sense of outright weird that it shares with the similarly wonderful Calvaire, went straight to DVD in the States. It's a question I may never be able to answer. But I'm glad we at least got a DVD release; most Americans are still waiting to get their hands on, say, Jaime Balaguero's [REC] as I write this. In any case, Sheitan (and Calvaire, the film I will spend most of this review comparing with it) has a weirdness about it I'm not sure I've seen since Deliverance. And I highly recommend it for anyone who found Deliverance in any way enjoyable, and for much the same reasons.

The plot: three friends, Bart (Olivier Bartelemy), Thai (Nico le Phat Tan), and Ladj (Ladj Ly), are clubbing in Paris when they meet some lovely young women. Soon after, Bart gets into a fistfight and is unceremoniously thrown out. Eve (Roxane Mesquida), still looking to party, suggests they all head out to her parents' house in the country. (The parents are, of course, away.) On the way, they run into Eve's parents' caretaker, Joseph (Vincent Cassel), who seems to be not all there, but harmless. As the weekend progresses, the three friends, but especially Bart, realizes that all is not what it seems; while the other two have each glommed onto one of the girls, Bart finds himself the object of Joseph's affection.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Derivative Nonsense August 12, 2009
Format:DVD
Mild Spoiler Alert.

I've learned that anytime Maxim magazine reviewer Pete Hammond or "Ain't It Cool News" gives anything a rave, you can bet it's gonna suck. That's the case here. There's nothing satisfying about this film; in fact, I was sorely disappointed that our hapless young'uns aren't slaughtered in outlandishly gruesome ways given that all three male protagonists are reprehensible twits. The only decent character, Yasmine, is last seen running after her friend's car--the driver doesn't bother to rescue his love interest and instead kicks another friend out of the vehicle and takes off to save his own cheatin' butt! (We're supposed to care about these characters?!) Illogical plot, howl-worthy dialogue, and a cross-dressing "wife" equal one-and-half hours of your life you'd be better off spending on...well...pretty much anything else.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars humorous and unnerving in french September 4, 2012
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Format:DVD
Too many negative reviews here whining about originality over this French film. Look to unto your own cookie-cutter American genre stop picking on something different because its foreign.
I enjoyed seeing goofy done in French whilst still being cool. Off the bat the gang sees right through Old Uncle as anyone who keeps grinning like a maniac like that has got to have another agenda. Thing is the three guys in the gang have their own agenda discreetly trying to get laid before the two girls figure out they are just behaving at mature. It was fun to see them party and muddle on through and i loved the old French farm house and the marionettes. I have seen enough films that exchange doll parts for human ones to know early on what was on the menu ditto the gene-deficient locals. Meanwhile Old Uncle is grinning less and less for fun while everyone is oblivious to the real danger they are in. There is a nightmare behind the tom-foolery that the film carries off much better than an American film ever could. In this aspect it is mostly a thriller than a horror although Uncle's gory muppet does deliver at the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sheitan October 10, 2010
Format:DVD
A group of drunken friends are joined by their cute bartender, who invites them out to stay in her beautiful country home. Once they arrive, they are introduced to her deranged housekeeper, Joseph, and the rest of the town's strange inhabitants. As the night goes on, sex, drugs, and alcohol begin to steer the conversation, and Joseph tells them a tale of a poor farmer who sold his soul to the devil. From here, things quickly grow out of control as Joseph becomes their instrument of destruction in the name of Sheitan! SHEITAN is a twisted mind-bender that can't help but draw comparisons to 2004's CALVAIRE. Director Kim Chapiron spends the majority of the time developing his freakishly off-setting characters, which pays off in the end when all hell finally breaks loose. The weight of the film's success lies in the hands of Vincent Cassel as the demented Joseph, who leaves the viewer in a state of unease well before any of the true horror sets in. His commanding on-screen presence when he is pleasant and smiling is frightening enough, but when he shifts into serious mode, he is downright terrifying. Although they are all drunken, horny buffoons, the rest of the cast members put in solid efforts as well, even if it is unlikely that the audience will side with them in the end. Chapiron might have considered fleshing out more of the backstory behind Joseph and his depraved family, but as it stands, SHEITAN is a devilishly good time!

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth watching
Very poor picture, no time, or chapters in 1:78 format. This is a bad copy of a French language movie.
Published 9 months ago by E. Field
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay but could have been better
Very strange. Were wacky. Very weird. I feel it could have been a really good movie if some of the characters weren't so annoying. Read more
Published 11 months ago by DL
1.0 out of 5 stars Direct to DVD,,,to the trash bin at my house!
Easily one of the most boring movies out there! What do the rave reviewers see in this Euro trash? Typical night club strobe lighting early on and a very unattractive inexperienced... Read more
Published 13 months ago by D. Piper
5.0 out of 5 stars I love freaky and I love Vincent Cassel
Weirdly entertaining, all thank to the wonderfully talented and sublimely freaky M. Cassel. When some obnoxious people end up at Cassel's place all manner of weird activities take... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lavinia
4.0 out of 5 stars Vincent Cassel is immensely creepy in this disturbing horror film...
Sheitan follows four friends who, after a night of partying, are baited into visiting a house in the country. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jonathan
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated, hiiilarious
one of the most underrated and outrageously funny movie of all time. love the soundtrack also. check it out and see for yourself.
Published 17 months ago by Lil R'ey
1.0 out of 5 stars What a stinker.
Seriously...don't waste your time. I don't think I was scared once in this terrible movie. Total piece of garbage. Read more
Published 20 months ago by A. Wong
1.0 out of 5 stars confusing and boring
I found this movie to be very slow and also confusing...I'm not sure what the point is. It wasn't scary or disturbing...it was slow and confusing. Read more
Published on March 7, 2011 by Bookworm936
5.0 out of 5 stars Apparently, these are the satanic French country peasants that...
On the surface, this is a response to the banlieu riots of young people assaulting French police officers. Read more
Published on February 1, 2011 by Cleo
4.0 out of 5 stars Magnifique!
Dizzying blend of mounting tension, morbid humor, sex and full-tilt horror with an awesomely off-the-chain performance from Vincent Cassell.
Published on January 19, 2010 by JJ LoveBeast
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