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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Awful characters deal with the devil in forgettable horror.

Movie R 2016 85 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 18+

Just a bit of opinion of the intro...

So, in the beginning, they're in the hotel, and they mention some girl in the LaVeyan Church of Satan, and what they describe is NOT what the Church of Satan is about. I'm not a follower anymore, but I'm just saying...
age 18+

Its great if you want to be watching what feels like 3/4 of a movie

Was excited and honestly was enjoying... was getting to the climax and...... it ended. Now left sitting here feeling like I wasnt allowed to have the last bite of a doughtnut. Seriously if you dont mind making up your own ending in your head and want to watch something that leaves you feeling clearly what the actual characters are feeling (confused) then please watch!!! Honestly I thoght it was good... its just I like to end on... I dunno... an ending that fills you up and you dont feel like your being deprived of whats hidding in the dark.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This third-rate horror movie gets off to a bad start with its annoying, horrible characters. It's very slow to get going, and when it finally reaches a fairly spooky climax, it's too late to care. The characters are rude and selfish; they constantly swear and bicker, they're no fun to be around, and they quickly run through any kind of goodwill an audience might give them. When they get into trouble, it's not because of any kind of honest mistake, but rather because they're being awful.

Satanic's plot requires them to stay put in Los Angeles long after they should have left, and this puts a further drag on the storytelling. It's only when the foursome finally decides to leave that director Jeffrey G. Hunt manages some mildly inventive, haunted house-type chills, thanks to a dark, abandoned industrial building lit only by cell phones. Unfortunately, by that time Satanic comes across as little more than a technical exercise, because the characters have already ceased to matter.

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