Movie Review: The Diabolical

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The Diabolical (2015)
Directed by Alistair Legrand
Starring Ali Larter, Max Rose, Chloe Perrin, Wilmer Calderon, Kurt Carley, Merrin Dungey, Patrick Fischler

This is a haunted house film, but one that is a bit different than the traditional ones, especially in the second half. Won’t give anything away here, but the last paragraph will have spoilers, so please skip that if don’t know to know any details about the ending. I was kind of surprised at the effectiveness this had for your basic haunted house movie. When it opens, the single mother and her two kids are already well aware of something strange going on in the homestead, and have already sought out help to fix it, but to no avail. Right away, one would ask the question why they just don’t leave, which they do give you an explanation. Problem is that the reasoning doesn’t make sense once we learn the secrets behind the disturbances, and it’s not really explained any further. Not saying I need every little thing spelled out for me, but you need to be careful about plot holes.

Larter and the rest of the cast, including the two younger actors do a very good job bringing their characters to life, especially Larter. Although, it does make you wonder if you wouldn’t have gotten out of there right from the beginning, or at least find someone who would want to help. But none the less, this is a well written, well acted film with a decent story that has a very interesting take of a very old sub-genre. Some of the ‘intruders’ have quite effective, with frightening visuals and is shot well. They definitely leave an lasting image. Definitely worth seeing.

Okay…spoilers ahead, so beware!

I really liked the twist as to what these ‘intruders’ were and it made total sense as to why some of them were not coming through 100%. There is a bit of a Terminator storyline here, which I find intriguing, it is where I think the film loses me. While I liked their idea as to what is causing the hauntings, I’m not sure if I buy completely into the reasoning behind. Maybe they were trying to leave it more open for your personal interpretation, but I just felt a little unsatisfied once the credits began to roll. I have to give high kudos for coming up with something a little different, but just wished they would have thought the ended a little more through.

But again, well worth seeing. Loved that it was a great new take on the haunted house story.

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