Going into this indie slasher flick/horror flick, I was excited. Popcorn in hand, lights out, wife far away for her own good. ‘The Devil’s Chair’ (Yahoo! Movies source) loaded and ready to play. The premise? A psych teacher takes his assistants and a man convicted of brutally murdering his girlfriend to the middle of an abandoned insane asylum where the killing took place in hopes of exposing the truth about the murder half a dozen years before.
For someone such as myself who actually loves the “Saw” franchise, “Ringu”, “Ju-on: The Grudge”, Halloween anyway I can get it, and anything that can make me feel uncomfortable in a single sitting, I thought “The Devil’s Chair” would be a diamond in the rough like “Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon”. What I got instead was a well orchestrated murdering of a potentially great storyline.
I expect acting to be sub-par in a lower budget horror flick. No one should ever have any expectations of great acting in an indie horror flick. To be true, the acting wasn’t that bad.
Within the first twenty minutes, the final scene was transparent.
My heart starts to do a pitter-patter as the blood in the opening scenes flew everywhere. The action was great. Even the special effects crew made it real enough to enjoy. But when Nick West returns to the scene of the crime to face his demons, something goes terribly wrong with this horror movie.
Rather than having a true creepy loony lose his marbles and murder everyone or even a creepy ghost who’s face haunts every shadow you see from that day forth, the creator of this mess thought it would be scary to bring back some “Aliens”/”Predator”/sand worm from “Beetlejuice”.
I understand low budgets in indie horror flicks. But good directors make this work in their favor. “Incest Death Squad” had some seriously bad blood special effects but with a budget the size of a cockroach and a storyline totally original, Cory Ulder made it work, quite well actually.
When tapping into indie horror movies, leave the CGI at home. Wait until you break ground with no special effects necessary like “Blair Witch”. Then, after you make a boat load of money, go back and look into your little pet project with monsters and demons.
I wanted to be scared with this scary movie. I really did. Anticipation overwhelmed when as “The Devil’s Chair” moved up our family’s Netflix queue. Once it was over, I wanted my popcorn and hour and a half back. Usually with flop scary movies, the movie is so bad it becomes good to laugh at or the dialog is so silly you quote it constantly. This sat so well in the middle that it will probably be forgotten before this article goes up.
Rather than scaring me, it scarred me. This scary movie flops, hardcore.