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Directed by Miles Doleac
Written by Miles Doleac
Starring Miles Doleac, John Schneider, Andrew Divoff, Gary Grubbs, Steven Brand, Kristina Emerson, Yohance Myles, Jessica Harthcock, Lindsay Anne Williams, Ella Claire Bennett, Megan Few, Caroline Baggerly, Presley Richardson, Anna Voynik, Caroline Baggerly
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A good movie is a good movie and I think DEMONS is a good and entertaining movie. But when you’re talking about a horror film, the movie’s got to also remember to be scary, which is something DEMONS kind of forgets to do.
Colin (writer/director/star Miles Doleac) is a young priest called into a humble country home of the Grants—lead by a bible thumping father (Andrew Divoff), a mother in the background (Caroline Baggerly), and a pair of children who appear to be haunted by some kind of spirit from beyond. The father wants Colin to perform an exorcism, but Colin isn’t quite sure that is the problem even though the girls do seem to be haunted by some kind of evil force. But evil comes in many forms and the religious kind aren’t the only monsters threatening the children. The story juts between the past and the present with Colin leaving the priesthood and marrying the oldest daughter of the Grants. Keeping information close to the vest, this story unfolds in both the present and past as we find out just what happened with the exorcism, the Grants, why Collin left the priesthood, and how he and his wife Kayleigh (Lindsay Anne Williams) got together.
DEMONS does a great job of fleshing out characters, the acting is solid, and the directing and storytelling is solid enough to remain intact while flipping in between the past and the present. It’s a completely capable and entertaining film, a little too soulful and sappy for its own good in terms of the relationship between Colin and Kayleigh, but still an all around well made film.
It’s just not scary. The film just doesn’t seem to have a firm hold of what it takes to build suspense and actually make someone jump and quiver. DEMONS tries to show us ghosts, specters, demons, and all kinds of paranormal happenings, but none of them really work. So as a film, Doleac is able to get great performances out of himself, Williams, Divoff, and especially the beautiful Megan Few. He is able to tell kind of a sweet little film about how the power of love can conquer demons of the past. It just doesn’t resonate as a horror film.