Thursday, July 27, 2023

Devils (2023) Fantasia 2023

A detective who is hunting a serial killer ends up body switched with the psychopath so as he is lead off to jail in his new body, the madman is going home to his wife and family.

This is one of a number of body swap films playing this year's Fantasia fest and as the collection goes it's one of the better ones. A mean  and nasty film we are carried along but the fact that we know how bad the killer is and we fear for everyone in his wake. The film is top notch in it's filmmaking and performances and they go a long way into over coming both the tiredness of the body switch genre. 

While I like the film and the tension it creates due to the uncertainty about who will be alive at the end, the film didn't play as well as it should have for me owing to the recent discovery of the Gilgo Beach killer about 10 miles away from my home. While I like the fictional bad guy who will stop at nothing to leave a trail of bodies, the fact is that the mild mannered guy living on a quiet suburban home is much more chilling since it's clear his quiet kills and silent disappearances is much more likely to happen than the blood soaked kills in nigh clubs or where ever. Quiet reality trumps the loud Korean cinematic killers. (Blame the heavy coverage in the local news outlets for my muted response)

My reservations aside, this is an adrenaline fueled thrill ride and I I look forward to revisiting 

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