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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This is all about the lengths someone will go to to get what they want. Some anti-internet dialogue about how the web breeds contradiction and insecurity. A character says "Don't apologize ... it's a sign of weakness."
Positive Role Models
No character is especially admirable; even the "good guy" has his fair share of not-so-nice behavior.
Of the five most frequently seen characters, all are White; three are women, but only one, Eliza, has any agency. She's arguably the most powerful person in the movie, but she's not very admirable.
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Violence & Scariness
Character is branded on their stomach. Pouring blood over character's body, character covered in goat blood. Characters on fire, everything around them burns. Monster transformation, peeling own face off, scary skull head. Fighting, struggling, choking. Shouting, yelling, screaming. Character smashes bottle, holds it to another's throat. Music video: brief images of blood, vampire teeth. Brief, violent "flashes." Many violent incidents described. Vomiting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Woman licking man, sitting astride him. Naked male bottom, penis briefly on view. Sex noises heard through wall: moaning, thumping. Shirtless male. Music video: brief images of kissing, woman in revealing clothing, touching skin, couple tumbling onto bed. TikTok-style video shows a woman posing in a way that's intended to be alluring, and the camera moves to her crotch. One character dances suggestively with two others. Bare breasts depicted in drawing. Sex-related dialogue.
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Extremely strong, frequent language: "f--k," "motherf----r," "c---sucker," "c--k," the "N" word, "s--t," "horses--t," "dips--t," "shut the f--k up," "a--hole," "c--t," "bitch," "d--k," "nutsack," "hell," "Jesus Christ" (as exclamation), "oh my God."
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Products & Purchases
TikTok mentioned, TikTok-style videos shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters play a drinking game and drink several shots. Several scenes of pot smoking. Vaping. Cigarette smoking. Social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Devil's Workshop is a horror movie with comic touches about a struggling actor who researches a potential movie role by spending a weekend with a demonologist. Expect extremely strong language, including constant use of "f--k," "c--ksucker," the "N" word, and more. Violence is also intense, with blood rituals, branding, knives, fighting, face-peeling, someone being threatened with a broken bottle, arguing, yelling, screaming, violent dialogue, and more. A male character's naked bottom is shown as is, briefly, his penis. A woman sits on top of him, suggesting sex. Sex noises are heard through a wall, and there are a few brief suggestive shots and sex-related dialogue. Characters play a drinking game, drinking several shots, and there are several scenes of pot smoking, plus vaping, cigarette smoking, and beer drinking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This lightweight, semi-comedic horror movie starts interestingly enough and has some unexpected moments, but its final stretch feels like a tasteless prank, cheapening the impact of the whole. As soon as Devil's Workshop begins, viewers identify with the insecure, misfit Clayton and root for him to succeed. Granaderos plays him with a nice combination of insecurity and cluelessness. Hirsch, who's fond of overacting in movies like Dig, gets to do his stuff again here, and it works, given that he's actually playing an over-actor. He's a perfect villain.
Writer-director Chris von Hoffmann -- who made the "Ephebiphobia" segment in Phobias -- splits the movie into two neat sections: Donald partying, and Clayton trying to tackle his inner demons. They're perfect thematic and visual opposites, and von Hoffmann uses them for character-building as well as bits of humor. The cast is fully committed, from Granaderos making actor-y faces in the mirror to Mitchell's measured, soft-spoken tones that mesmerize. And even though her role is small, Sarah Coffey has a gleefully tense moment that will throw most viewers off-balance. It's difficult to explain how everything goes wrong in Devil's Workshop without giving away the ending, but it leaves you with the notion that this was all a big joke and that none of it ever mattered. That could spark a sense of betrayal and/or a frustrating feeling that you've wasted your time.
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