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Reviewed in the United States on September 26, 2018
Amazing movie but before everyone in the USA returns this movie 2 things need to be pointed out. 1: the movie comes in a dvd sized case not the regular sized bluray smaller case like normal but both bluray and dvd are included. 2: and this is the more important one on the back it reads "PAL" then shows the region as "4" this was a misprint that was to costly to fix, let me assure you both discs work like Normal USA discs. Hopefully future releases will have this misprint fixed.
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2018
If a teenage fan of screamo music wrote a script about her feelings, and Lifetime produced that movie and assigned Tommy Wiseau to direct, you'd get this movie. It's heavy handed attempts at emotional moments and lesson teaching are more hilarious than impacting, and the dialogue is so bad it's almost funny. Almost. The acting? The room had better actors and line-delivery than this travesty.
How anyone could have truly enjoyed this movie who was 16 and currently rebelling against their mommy and daddy is beyond me. It's awful, all around. Maybe, just maybe, in so awful it's funny-good territory, but probably only if you're watching with friends to have a laugh.
Reviewed in the United States on November 26, 2018
This movie cleverly uses the illuminati/satan conspiracy to conceal the writers effort's to speak out against the "Stand Your Ground Laws" that many states have enacted in the United states. As one can see from watching the previews a wannabe rock band goes to LA to try to make it in the record industry. They meet a character who is satan that provides a pathway for them to make it. The former wrestling character known as "Goldberg plays the part of the band's bodyguard. The band goes into a redneck bar and gets into a brawl where a bar patron gets killed by the lead actor. He is found not guilty by reason of the "Stand Your Ground Laws" . From that point the movie depicts news bulletins that indicate that this band's use of this defense has influence people/their fans around the nation to get into conflicts and use the "Stand Your Ground Laws" defense. In other words the writer tries to link "Stand Your Ground Laws" to Satan. If you are in favor of "Stand Your Ground Laws" be advised this movie is political propaganda encapsulated into a story about a rock band.
Well... one of my favorites. I really like this retelling of the Faustian tale interspersed with references to bands I grew up with. Andy Biersack does an excellent job in the lead role, complimented by the rest of the cast. The ending isn't particularly satisfying, given all the buildup throughout the film, but it's got kind of a psychological horror vibe to it which I personally like. If you're on the fence about this title at all, I would go into it with the understanding that yeah, it is a retelling of a trope from classical literature repackaged in a "sex, drugs, and rock n' roll" aesthetic, and if you like that kind of thing, you'll have a blast.
I may be dumber after watching this. The awful butt rock sound track makes it even impossible to hear from another room without becoming enraged. The actors are worse than the musical score. The plot is Faustian and very very poorly developed. I didn’t make it to the end credits to be fare so maybe it magically becomes a good movie in the last ten minutes. Oh fake tattoos and non existent sub culture. Culture vultures dream. All the good reviews must be either paid for, or the entire cast and crew is reviewing this turd themselves.
This movie would likely be great for (older teens) and young adults, but perhaps not their parents. American Satan delivers a rather hot modern take on the traditional Faustian tale of a deal with the devil gone away. Rock and post-hardcore lovers rejoice because the soundtrack is superb and appeals to the genre which two of the leads sing and play guitar in in real life. However, the protagonist Andy Biersack does not use his own singing voice, but is replaced with the rather unique voice of Remington James (Palaye Royale) giving "The Relentless" a drawer and younger feel to the band whose members are supposed to be fresh out of high school. While the plot and acting are nothing unique or extraordinary, American Satan delivers in its promises of excitement and mindless entertainment, especially for fans of young adult books and movies
Loved this movie due to the fact it shows how in real life drugs can be when these bands starting out can get reeled in with the negative. We all don't want to believe that this happens but it does and this movie put's it into perspective. Scary and sad that it does happen but this movie definitely helps you to see and understand why and how it can happen! I watched it with my 16yr old daughter as we're both fans of BVB, Andy Black & Ben from Asking Alexandria.
Spoiler warning. I'm a BVB fan and enjoy a good campy movie. But this was a disaster. Where do I even begin? The writing is terrible. All the dialogue is awkward and poorly paced. The story is told mostly in montage rather than actually building a cohesive storyline. The biggest sin though is the use of tacky, outdated, almost offensive character tropes. We have a "magical old Black man" cryptically warning the band as the angel Gabriel (even though nothing ever makes him seem like he'd be the angel Gabriel). There are 3 female characters, and they all only exist to serve our protagonist Johnny. First, there's his mother, whose cancer is diagnosed and cured in about a 10 minute span and she barely speaks again. Then there's a classic "virgin vs whore" trope. Johnny's relationship problems with his virtuous girlfriend is a lazy metaphor for his ongoing corruption. On the other hand, his Satanic evil bass player starts as a normal person, then gets her rape used as a throwaway plot point, then she seduces Johnny (even though they have NO chemistry) and then makes a 180 again back to normal. There's also a blink-and-you'll-miss-it Indian guru running a rehab but not really doing anything. I could go on, but the point is that this movie starts fun and dumb, then progressively becomes confusing and disappointing.
Been a big fan of black veil brides since school so I thought I'd give it a watch since andy is in it. Im in the UK so had to order it and play on my multiregional DVD Player. Was a great film, cool story line and andy biersack looks so god damn hot - if you're a fan you'll love this aha
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 12, 2019
Absolutely gutted. Black veil brides are my favourite band. Singer Andy Biersack has an amazing voice but his voice isn't used in the film at all! Is all dubbed over by someone else! Really disappointed
Zunächst zur Lieferung: kam am angekündigten Tag ohne Probleme. Als ich den Film dann ausgepackt hatte und eine DVD Hülle in den Händen hielt war ich reichlich verdutzt. In der Hülle ist sowohl die DVD als auch die Blu-Ray enthalten (hätte man ja mal dazuschreiben können). Das erklärt auch den Preis. Die Folie mit der die Hülle zusätzlich eingepackt war, war so widerlich darauf geklebt, dass man die unmöglich ganz da abkriegt...
Nun zum Film an sich: ich war zu Beginn etwas skeptisch. Schauspieler die irgendwann das singen anfangen gibt's ja zu genüge, aber das Musiker anfangen zu schauspielern? Ja. Es klappt. Und das sehr gut. Die Figuren zogen mich in ihren Bann und ich hätte gerne dem einen oder anderen eine geschmiert. Die Darstellung des Teufels war durchaus raffiniert und trickreich. Wobei ich ein minus für die typischen Klischees geben muss, die Rock und Metal mal wieder in schlechtem Licht dastehen lassen: Alkohol, Drogen, Sex, Satanismus und Totschlag... Naja.
Trotzdessen liebe ich diesen Film. Ein Muss für jeden Fan von Black Veil Brides, Asking Alexandria, Palaye Royale und Co.
Anmerkung: Das Andy Biersack den Soundtrack nicht selbst einsang stört überhaupt nicht, da seine Stimme (meiner Meinung nach) nicht wirklich in den Film gepasst hätte (wer Black Veil Brides nie gehört hat stellt sich eine Stimme ähnlich der des Sänger von Nickelback vor). Remington Leith's Stimme (Palaye Royale) passt besser zum Gesamtbild und harmoniert besser mit der Musik von "The Relentless".