“Satanic” is a rather bizarre look at the rise of Satanic Panic interest. Sarah Hyland leads the cast of young people and there a lot of great ideas at play in the film. It’s just that they are executed incredibly poorly. The jumps between both halves of the film are hinged on a deranged female that doesn’t quite execute the premise. That’s a shame, as Hyland and her fellow cast are quite amazing in a film that could’ve been pretty disposable.
What could’ve been an R-rated Twilight Zone style anthology episode feels a little too long prolonged. If that’s the movie’s worst sin, then it’s not that bad. This Halloween Season has had me watch a ton of movies and shows that rather forgettable. I’d recommend “Satanic” to anyone wanting a passing fancy to watch during candy handout sessions. I know that I sound like I’m complaining about the film, but I’m not.
While it is a tight 84 minutes, an easy 20 more minutes could’ve been lobbed off the film. But, that would take it out of feature classification. Is that necessarily a bad thing? I don’t think so.
- 2.40:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track