May the Devil Take You – Review

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Genre Horror
Directed by Timo Tjahjanto
Starring Chelsea Islan, Pevita Pearce, Ray Sahetapy
Released on 9 August 2018
Duration 110 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 6/10
Channel Netflix

May the Devil Take You is director Timo Tjahjanto’s latest venture into horror. If you’ve watched The Night Comes for Us directed by him you know the kind of films he clearly enjoys making.

May the Devil Take You film takes the gore to new levels. I think what’s scarier than the actual supernatural stuff is the quite disgusting amount of fake blood spewing all over the screen. 

If you like The Evil Dead this might be up in your alley. The domestic violence in this film doesn’t really further the plot or help the script. It’s not enough to make the film interesting or successful. It’s just a bit much for pure shock value. 

What happens though? Well I’ll tell you. Lesmana (Ray Sahetapy) invites dark priestess (Ruth Marini) into his old house. She comes dressed in white and extremely long hair. The two go into the basement and conduct some sort of ritual – then money rains down from the ceiling. Bottom line Lesmana’s soul is gone, but he’s rich does so I guess that’s fair? Maybe read the fine print next time!

Fast forward to a decade later. Lesmana got rich then wasted it all. His first wife killed herself. His second wife played by Karina Suwandhi is weird and honestly married just for the money. She wants to sell everything remaining for money. Lesmans gets covered in boils and he’s in the hospital. He’s lost everything except his old villa. His own daughter Alfie (Chelsea Islan) hates him for breaking up their old family and moving onto a new wife with new kids.

Alfie and the extra step-siblings step into the villa to claim what’s left and satisfy their greedy little hearts. This is where I believed that the movie would show morale and teach us how selfishness can tear a family apart. Maybe it would show how materialistic desires don’t compare to the love of your family – except it didn’t do that. What actually happened was, the siblings opened up the basement door where the dark ritual took place and released was trapped down there.

Shit hits the fan, literally. Everything goes terribly wrong. But there’s no point to all the disaster that takes place. It’s just pointless violence. Lesmana’s second wife – who was already a monster of a human being – turned into an actual monster. She starts crawling up walls and puking blood into the character’s mouths (I have no idea why). There’s no story here – pure gore. Great makeup work, even though some scenes made me queasy and also flawless special effects – but there’s no meaning here to tie everything together here.

So, parting words – If you’re light hearted or get sick easily this is definitely not for you. Also, definitely not for kids. It’s not really for anyone unless you enjoy mindless puking of blood in anyone’s mouth. It’s just not that nice a film to watch.

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