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May the Devil Take You

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

So-so Indonesian horror movie is gory and violent.

Movie NR 2018 110 minutes
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Like his martial arts splatter-fest The Night Comes for Us, director Timo Tjahjanto's film suffers from a self-indulgent bombast and excess that drowns out the story itself. While it's expected that a horror movie will have exaggerated levels of cold-sweat suspense and visceral mayhem, in this case, there are so many scenes of mouths oozing, spewing, and gushing blood that it becomes redundant. The ambition of trying to combine assorted subgenres of horror -- haunted house, zombie, demonic possession -- overwhelms and exhausts. While the filmmakers accomplished a lot with the budget they had, the acting is strong on the whole, and there's plenty to work with in terms of the relationships between the characters, it's clear that Tjahjanto seems to see all of that as little more than a pretense to decapitate some heads, rip some skin off some faces, and crush some skulls with a hammer.

The result is a movie that's almost there, but not quite. Throwing as much blood against the wall as possible to see how much of it sticks isn't an innovation, a distinctive style, or even all that original. May the Devil Take You is just a lot of flash and not a lot of substance.

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