New On Demand and in select theaters nationwide; you can purchase the movie on its website here!
Directed by Jeremy Wechter
Written by Jeremy Wechter
Starring Julia Kelly, John Anthony Wylliams, Christopher Daftsios, Ryan Redebaugh, Lindsay Goranson, Jessica Renee Russell, Cedric Cannon, Vincent Cooper, Max Rhyser, Waltrudis Buck, Andrew Dawson, Diane Tyler, Celine Justice, Nyla Evans, Samayah Bailey, Kristin Mularz, John Ponger, Montgomery Sutton
I think I wrote about this in my recent EYES OF THE DEAD review, where I admired what the film is trying to accomplish—even though the film around it is problematic in mant ways. E-DEMON, a film seen entirely through a computer screen, is an ambitious little film and accomplishes telling a decent story within the limited parameters of its format.
The story follows a group of friends who have been skyping with one another for years, keeping up with each other’s’ lives, revisiting memories, and taking turns pranking one another with elaborately planned hoaxes. One of the members has recently returned home to live with his family and stumbles upon a mysterious chest his Gammy keeps in the attic. This accidentally summons a demon which transfers via the interwebs, possessing one member of the group at the time. The demon’s power increases as it is transferred to more and more people via computers and phones.
There are moments of cool here such as the demon itself and how it uses the web to transfer its influence from person to person. There is also a theme that is horribly underdeveloped involving one of the friends (an African American man), who has to defend himself against his family who has become possessed by the demon and then must face the cops when they arrive to investigate the incident. Out of all of the horrific moments in the film, shit gets real when the cops bang on the door of the man and chase him through his own house. Frankly, I would have liked to see that story, which is much more timely and unique than the viral possession we got here—seen first in films like CELL, PONTYPOOL, and PULSE.
Too many times, the story forces people off screen long enough to miss some of the heinous acts we as viewers witness and too many times more are there instances when people do not believe the horrific events unfolding because it is initiated in the beginning that these folks prank one another. Still, E-DEMON is able to maintain the constant thread of online activity from beginning to end (itself, not an easy task) and for that technical efficiency, I have to give the film some credit. E-DEMON has its moments, but some iffy acting and a repetitious misconceptions keep it from flowing smoothly. Still, as a technical achievement, E-DEMON makes for an interesting watch.