Lemme start this review off with a tiny review…of Katheryn Winnick. That’s right, I’m givin’ the hottie her own damn review! I first caught Winnick in Hellraiser: Hellworld and despite the movie being almost unwatchable and Winnick not really being an Oscar caliber actress, she succeeded in outshining my b-movie hero, Lance Henriksen. She’s beyond sexy. Would somebody please put her in a movie where I actually get to see her juggs??! She’s so damn fine she could almost make me forget my obsession with Tiffany Shepis, ‘almost’ being the keyword here.
Satan’s Little Helper signals the return of genre mastermind Jeff Lieberman. Though the name isn’t as recognizable as say John Carpenter or Wes Craven, his films, Squirm, Blue Sunshine and Just Before Dawn are considered nothing short of classic. If you haven’t seen any of these films, head on over to Deep Discount and grab a copy of the newly released Squirm from MGM. You won’t be disappointed.
After two decades Liebermann shows he’s still got the knack for horror as well political sub-text. George Romero, take note, politics isn’t just about taking potshots at Bush and Capitalism. Sure the disintegration of the middle-class is an important topic but not during my Icehouse buzz. Lieberman delivers a tasty little story with some brutal and hilarious moments while offering up some interesting ideas on the entertainment industry.
Dougie Whooly (Alexander Brickel) is the typical American kid, slightly obnoxious with his face glued to a portable game system. A video game called “Satan’s Little Helper” in which a young boy helps the Master of Evil fight his way through various levels while avoiding God and his angels is all the rage and Dougie is a huge fan. Dougie’s Mother, Merrill (Amanda Plummer) even makes him a Satan’s Little Helper trick-or-treat outfit for Halloween!
Anyhow, Merrill and Dougie are on their way to pick Dougie’s older sister, Jenna (Katheryn Winnick) and bring her home for Halloween. Jenna surprises the Family by bringing her new beau, Alex (Stephen Graham), home from college. It doesn’t go over so nicely with Dougie who had plans to marry his older sister. Awwww how cute…and…creepy.
As the trick-or-treating commences Dougie comes across some amazingly realistic Halloween corpses being laid out by a masked man (Joshua Annex) he assumes to be Satan Man from the video game. Dougie begins following Satan Man around town helping spread mayhem and murder all the while believing it’s nothing more than make believe.
Alex, Jenna’s boyfriend, is soon set-up by Dougie to bite the big one at the hands of Satan Man in order to get him out of the way. Satan Man then takes over the Whooly house, murdering Mr. Whooly (Wass Stevens), kidnapping Mrs. Whooly and heading to a costume ball with his captive.
Luckily, Alex wasn’t quite dead and he joins up with Jenna and Dougie to save Mrs. Whooly and stop Satan Man. Unfortunately for all of them…there’s no police left to help.
This was a black-hearted little horror comedy that just kept giving and giving. Not only do we get to see Winnick in her bra but we don’t get to see any part of Amanda Plummer! I count any film that features Plummer and doesn’t show her nude…a good film.
Lieberman’s still got it. I really had fun watching this movie and I laughed myself silly during the grocery store parking lot scene. Joshua Annex brought a certain life to Satan Man that was definitely unique and original. He was able to convey comedy and horror using nothing more than body and hand motions. The character had far more personality than Michael Myers or Jason Vorhees in my opinion. Sure…Dougie gets a bit…aggravating but he still had more acting talent than most of the adult actors I have to suffer through in bigger budget films. I really must say, I cannot wait for Jeff Lieberman’s next genre film.