The Devil's Chair details
|Starring:||Pollyanna Rose, Eric M. Breiman, Louise Griffiths, Andrew Howard, Nadja Brand, Olivia Hill, Elize Du Toit, David Gant, Matt Berry, Gary Mackay|
|Studio:||SONY PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
The Devil's Chair
|Run time:||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Rental release:||12 Jan 2009|
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Plagiarism at its best!By onion (344 reviews) from leeds , 08 Feb 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]Okay, there are a lot of things about this film that arent all that great (a poor mans Jason Statham? Tell me you don't see it!). But there is some really good stuff too.
Having said all that, I wanna be nice anyway because a goodfriend of mine recommended this film to me (hey becks) and I can see why she likes it. I think I do too.
Anyway, yes the first hour seems almost like an amalgamation of Lockstock (complete with dodgy freeze frame narration), Hellraiser twos plot and Silent Hill style looks, and yes, the acting is a little poor (surely us Brits are better than this). But f#ck it! Its a good laugh!
And the final act (or twist!) will really change your mind about the whole film! If only it couldve been more like that all the way through!
But I guess that was the point.
Give it a chance.
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BEYOND REDEMPTION!By johnnyj (2 reviews) from Maldon , 08 Jun 2009Sometimes a film is so bad that its good ('The Rage' anyone?) - this film is so very bad and remains that way. Something of a curiosity as its low budget sees Izzy from Hollyoaks (Elizabeth du Toit - remember her anyone?) getting her only acting work since then and also features Louise Griffiths (Jensen Buttons former girlfriend and Fame Academy loser) hamming her way through whats supposed to be a sultry, sexy part. Every cliche in the book is thrown at this film - disturbed (that should read disturbing on the strength of his acting) lead, Gandalf the grey-like doctor, slobby can't-wait-til-he-dies film maker. Annoying freeze frames are used throughout the film along with a commentary by the lead just incase you are unable to follow the story-line. Half a star for the half decent track that plays us out. Rent it, but be advised you will never get this hour and a half of your life back. Sometimes you cant polish a turd.
What a pile of ole s&*%By johnasson (5 reviews) from Tamworth , 07 Jun 2009Oh my god! What????? the fook???
PoorBy a customer from Newcastle upon Tyne , 29 May 2009This looks like a low budget movie with very poor acting. The story is quite intriguing but this is spoilt by the poor performances. Good twist at the end (again storyline only).
terribleBy geoffoot (1 review) from Cardiff , 26 May 2009The devil's chair is one of the worst films I have seen - the language is unnecessarily bad and the film's theme as a whole didn't make any sense at all.
Hello SailorBy Bwildfoot (33 reviews) from London , 24 May 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]I came very close to giving this movie five stars for being the most (unintentionally) funny I've seen in years, but it's opening and closing segements are so ugly and misogynistic I decided to give it the mark it deserves for artistic merit alone.
Sandwiched between these vile woman-hating episodes though lies an hour and twenty minutes of such appalling dialogue, nonsensical and plagiarised plotting, laughable special effects and quite fabulously toothsome over-acting that I found myself googling the director eager to rent more of his dire output.
Fans of the spoof horror 'Garth Marenghi's Dark Place' are doubly blessed here. First by the script with it's po-faced plotting, anti-hero sweary voice-over and lubricious women who all want to shag the central character, and secondly by the appearance of Matt Berry, who's 'serious acting' is ten times as wooden as his comedy persona in Dark Place and the IT Crowd. To be fair to Mr. Berry it can't be easy to deliver lines like 'Well let's be quick then cos I've got the right horn on' with any degree of credibility. Look out too for a simpering eye-candy cast off from a TV reality talent show (mercifully where singing, not acting was highlighted) and a quite staggeringly grandiose Christopher Lee impression by some jobbing equity looky-likey.
The dialogue throbs with repetition, non-sequiturs, conversational leaps and time-raddled cliches, lit up by brilliantly inane left-field nonsense that becomes instantly quotable for all the wrong reasons. All this is improved (at least from a comedic point of view) by a hilariously stilted voice over and the clumsiest attempt at post-modernist 'addressing the theatre audience'
Anyone with a sense of humour and a love of the horror genre should settle down to this movie with a big bag of popcorn and at least a couple of drinks to numb their senses a little to its utter stupidity, assuming they can keep from wretching and kicking in the screen during the opening and closing of ugly, puerile bigotry.