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The Devil's Curse 2008

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2.1 out of 5 stars (8) IMDb 4.5/10

A modern supernatural horror film that explores the dark side of the human psyche, and the terror in facing up to one's darkest fears. Set in London, England, the film begins with a group of theological students who decide to test their faith by proving the existence of Hell.

Starring:
Rhea Bailey, MyAnna Buring
Runtime:
1 hour, 27 minutes

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Genres Horror
Director Toni Harman
Starring Rhea Bailey, MyAnna Buring
Supporting actors Chris Courtenay, Philip Delancy, Stephen Gately, Victoria Hanlin, Chris Jamba, Mark Joseph, Nathalie Pownall, Colin Salmon, Clayton Watson, Vanessa Zachos
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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By Frosty Cold One TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 2, 2015
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The Good
+ MyAnna Buring: a decent actor, and 7 years ago (when this was filmed), she was at her peak cuteness. It's a well-rounded cast... competent and verging on believable, but certainly no Oscars here.
+ The chosen abandoned buildings (filming locations) were decent. That's a quarter of the battle in a low budget production like this.
+ Credo doesn't rely on gore, makeup, or special effects to induce creepiness. If you need gore, look elsewhere.
+ The audio is fitting (adds to the story and is spooky). Glad the producers got some things right.
+ This is *not* an instance of the "I could have filmed something scarier with my home video camera" complaint that you hear some people voice out of ignorance. No, you very likely couldn't have. And I've seen films where atmosphere was lacking; this isn't one of those. The director here knew what she was doing.
+ Extras. Not only is there bonus material on the disc -- it's also fun to watch! Thus 3 stars instead of 2. Far too many studios/ producers these days feel it acceptable to release DVDs without extras. If one streams a video, one doesn't expect extras, but half the reason to purchase a DVD is for extras!

The Bad
- The plot is formulaic (except for the twist).
- The dialogue is uninspired. There is no acceptable excuse for this...
- I wasn't expecting to be pleasantly surprised, but I was admittedly hoping to be. The plot twist was just not enough.
- Scott is a caricature of a socially introverted young man. Are there guys out there who are actually like that?
- Jock is a caricature of a socially extroverted young man. Unfortunately there's probably guys out there actually like him.

The Ugly
- Would have worked well as a short film.
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I'll warn you ahead of time. If you are expecting this to be anything other than a cheesy movie, you'll be incredibly disappointed. This is pure cheese, from the "shot in broad daylight" outside lighting to the "mysteriously well lit abandoned building" effects.

The movie follows several attractive college students who decide to spend the weekend at an abandoned building that had a sinister past. As the night wears on, people begin to die one by one as evil stalks their every move. But what exactly is going on? Can any of them survive the night or are they all doomed?

This movie wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either. The ending is easily the best part of the movie & I'm honestly tempted to give it 3 stars just because of that. It's just that the rest of the movie dragged on for so long that the movie felt like it was at least an hour longer than it actually was. The movie tries too hard to be the creepy psychological horror film & it kind of killed off some of the fun of the movie- especially the abandoned building part. There just felt like there could have been more done with it. The acting is nice enough & they interact well enough. It just wasn't enough to carry the film.

This isn't something that I would recommend buying unless you've seen it & you know that this is something you want to own. It may be worth a watch for the people who like horror movies, but anyone else would be better off skipping this one.
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As average horror films go, this is a pretty decent one. Unfortunately, its title and plot summary do it no favors. I thought this was going to be a film about a group of theology students summoning a demon and then trying to survive in the wake of their very bad mistake. In point of fact, that little demon conjuration story serves as the background to the actual storyline, which involves five college students picking the worst possible site for house squatting. Having - quite by accident, mind you - watched two consecutive movies about house squatting, I can say, with some authority, that house squatting is bad, mmkay. If you try it, you're just asking to find yourself locked in and hunted by some evil entity - be it man or demon. Getting back to the title, I think LionsGate made a mistake in changing this film's original name, Credo, to The Devil's Curse once it purchased the American distribution rights. I mean, please, The Devil's Curse? Could you possibly have a cheesier title for a horror film?

The central character in this story is Alice (MyAnna Buring), a most diligent student who is the last person to leave the library on a nightly basis. For some reason, she is friends and roommates with a stereotypical party animal, an insecure would-be suitor (Mark Joseph) who secretly tapes her in her room, and two other girls. Thanks to Jock (Clayton Watson) and his loud partying, the whole lot of them are evicted on an early Saturday morning. Jock finds them a new place to crash for at least the next couple of weeks, though. Unfortunately, it turns out to be a former seminary/dormitory where a group of five students tried to summon the demon Belial some years ago.
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<strong>Credo</strong> (Toni Harman, 2008)

I've gotten a string of pretty crappy low-budget horror flicks recently, and thus <em>Credo</em> was something of a surprise. It doesn't quite get the whole "here's how you set up a twist ending" thing down, but it's well-acted and atmospheric, and it's obvious someone put some real thought into this script.

Plot: five friends get kicked out of their London flat after a party turns sour. There's Alice (<em>The Descent</em>'s MyAnna Buring), the studious one, who spends all her time cramming for finals; party-boy Jock (<em>The Matrix Reloaded</em>'s Clayton Watson), an American exchange student whose antics got them thrown out in the first place; Jazz (<em>The Bill</em> regular Rhea Bailey), Jock's sometime girlfriend; Scott (<em>The Complete Map of the Universe</em>'s Mark Joseph), an electronics whiz with a horrible crush on Alice; and Timmy (<em>Just Ines</em>' Nathalie Pownall), Alice's best friend. Alice, of course, retreats to the library instead of looking for another place to stay, but when it closes and she's sitting in an all night coffee shop, she gets a call from Scott saying Jock has found them another place to stay. Turns out he has a friend who does security at an abandoned monastery where, urban legend has it, five divinity students tried to summon Belial, after which four committed suicide (or the demon made it look that way) and the fifth went crazy. Needless to say, there's a reason the place has stood abandoned since...

<em>Credo</em> is Harman's only feature film; she normally makes direct-to-video how-to stuff about baby and child care.
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