Sunday, November 7, 2010

Sheitan (2006)

Director: Kim Chapiron

Starring: Vincent Cassell

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Christmas Eve...

Plot: A sexy woman lures four friends into a nightmarish world in this quirky French horror flick. Unsuspecting Bart (Olivier Bartelemy), Ladj (Ladj Ly), Thai (Nicolas Le Phat Tan) and Yasmine (Leïla Bekhti) are looking for some fun when they meet Eve (Roxane Mesquida), who invites them to her country home. When they arrive, Eve's creepy handyman (Vincent Cassel) greets them warmly. But it soon becomes clear that he has something much darker than partying on his mind.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? Maybe.

#28 of 31 Days of Horror 2010.

Not bad. I've been checking out a lot of recent foreign horror (mostly from France) lately. Most of them, while different from the typical Hollywood fare, have a European feel to them but they incorporate shit I can't stand, largely jump scares, teens in trouble and houses where the shit goes down ala TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE.

SHEITAN has all of those but Cassel's performance, albeit very eccentric, makes it more fun than it probably deserves. Things don't end like you'd think (which is always nice) and some people get what they deserve. Annoying people need to be removed from the gene pool, ya know? It would be interesting to see it again knowing what I know now. BTW, why is it that in these types of movies the killers are all redneck inbreds living in a large house in the country? Can we get more cliche than that? Please stop.

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