Tagline: Evil is about to go viral.
Release Date: October 22nd, 2016 | Runtime: 1 hr 31 min | Coolthulhus Earned: 4
Bedeviled was a random choice on a Monday morning when I was home from work because I was feeling crappy, and just needed to veg out. I was actually expecting something so cringeworthy that I’d switch to one of my favorite documentaries within a few minutes. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself quickly invested in what was going on.
It sets a good tone right away, using cool blues and vibrant reds in the opening sequence. Even though the opening is nowhere near original, it’s still well done enough to grab your attention. The cool tones change to warm periodically throughout the movie. Again, nothing new, but the cinematography was still very nice to the eyes. Though I will say that sometimes the dark scenes felt a little too dark. Also, the way the movie was filmed, with natural changes between regular filming, and handheld/phone cameras, was nice. A little jarring at times, but it worked.
Saxon Sharbino (Alice) and Mitchell Edwards (Cody) both do great in their respective roles, but all of the cast does a solid job. I appreciated how sweet and sincere Carson Boatman came across as Gavin. They all felt pretty believable and not like the cardboard characters usually set up to be knocked off in these movies. I really appreciated that it was a movie where the group really seem to truly be friends and care about each other. Much better than wasting half the movie on catty infighting.
The pacing of Bedeviled was great. The dialogue felt realistic. It’s an hour and thirty one minutes, but I was so wrapped up in it I was shocked to find out it was that long. It’s almost a given that there are a lot of jump scares in this movie. However, given how much I liked the other aspects of it, this part of Bedeviled didn’t bother me too much. I’ll easily admit that at least one made me yelp, and another forced a shocked giggle from me.
My favorite line in the whole movie was an older man’s snark about social media and selfies. It was so unexpected, which made it even funnier.
“I can’t tell a duckface from an a**hole.”
In a lot of ways, Bedeviled felt like a new version of Nightmare on Elm Street for modern day. Obviously not nearly as awesome as Nightmare on Elm Street, but surprisingly entertaining and well done nevertheless. I would definitely recommend checking it out on Netflix or Amazon when you get a chance.
Buy link: Amazon
Disclaimer: I was on pain pills when I watched Bedeviled and wrote the review, so it’s very possible my review may be slightly too kind. Just take it with a grain of salt.