DVD Review: DEMON LEGACY

PrintE-mail Written by Dominic Cuthbert

Demon Legacy Review

REVIEW: DEMON LEGACY / CERT: 18 / DIRECTOR: RAND VOSSLER / SCREENPLAY: TRACY MORSE / STARRING: ANNAMARIA DEMARA, MATTHEW CURRIE HOLMES, KATI SHARP / RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW

Demon Legacy was crowd-funded which, all the film’s problems aside, opens up a great relationship between fans and filmmakers, cutting out studio bureaucracy and keeping backers involved and updated every step of the way. That alone should be celebrated. Horror especially is continuing to flourish with some of the genre’s best and bravest going the fan-funding route alongside fresh faces. But applause for Rand Vossler’s (who co-produced Oliver Stone’s masterfully anarchic Natural Born Killers) and Bob Gill’s Demon Legacy should end there.

The Ouija board is a tired trope and, if horror films are to be believed, all teens have one stashed away. As a means of possession, Ouija has always fallen a bit flat, after all it was just a parlour game. Throw in a bit of cod witchcraft and unfortunately it fails on the scare front.

Billed as a cross between The Evil Dead and The Last Exorcism, Demon Legacy lacks any of Sam Raimi’s twisted humour or ingenuity. The journey up to the cabin in the woods is remarkably similar to the one taken by Ash and co. It doesn’t have a tree rape, though, and that’s one over on The Evil Dead, at least.

The opening credits have more in common with a '90s TV show, something that wouldn’t have felt out of place scheduled between Charmed and Buffy. Newspaper cuttings pinned to the wall have always been a sure-fire way to show a character’s obsession, but for once will bookmarking articles on an e-reader suffice?

The score, a crack at John Carpenter’s piano compositions for Halloween, is indicative of low budget horror and, while that’s certainly never a bad thing, the rest of the film just isn’t up to scratch. The slo-mo effects and double vision are as cheap as they are ineffective, and again give the film the feel of a trashy '90s flick. The fast-mo is laughable and while the effect Vossler and Gill are going for has been used effectively (and sparingly) elsewhere, in Demon Legacy it only serves to tickle your funny bone. Similarly, the nudity is neither necessary nor relevant, and notice AnnaMaria Demara and her cast mates are young, skinny and busty. Funny that.

The ranger is about the only half interesting character among a host of hammy performances (including a particularly patronising English accent from Canadian born Matthew Currie Holmes) and while the horror-verse is populated by unengaging characters, there’s usually one worth liking, even if it is normally the killer or ghoul. At least there shouldn’t be a sequel.

Every once in a while the horror genre is deconstructed and redefined, the cabin-in-the-woods subgenre being no different. Lars Von Trier’s highly stylised Antichrist (2009) breathed cadaverous new life into the familiar, and in 2012 Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods offered another fresh spin on the idea. AnnaMaria Demara running through the woods wearing only her nightie in a film that sticks rigidly to the ‘rules’ set down by Wes Craven in Scream... you do have to ask, is this really 2014?

Extras: None



Suggested Articles:
Long before Robert Downey Jr. or Benedict Cumberbatch ever portrayed Sherlock Holmes on our screens
Polish writer/director Walerian Borowczyk was quite the card. In a 40-year career (he died in 2006),
Getting a new release from the BFI following their recent Scorsese celebration, Alice Doesn’t Live
Make no mistake, this isn’t competing with the likes of The Abyss or Das Boot, either for expansiv
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in DVD / Blu-ray Reviews

SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION 22 March 2017

THE STORY OF SIN 20 March 2017

ALICE DOESN’T LIVE HERE ANYMORE 20 March 2017

THE CHAMBER 20 March 2017

THE WARTIME CHRONICLES 20 March 2017

PIECES 18 March 2017

SOLARIS 18 March 2017

WHO'S THAT KNOCKING AT MY DOOR 18 March 2017

THE DOCTORS: THE JON PERTWEE YEARS 17 March 2017

FRIGHT NIGHT 14 March 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner