“Devil’s Domain” – A Film Review
The line between good and evil is no longer as easily constructed as it once was. In today’s social media and technology driven society it is so easy to lose one’s self in doing the wrong thing for what is presumed to be the right reasons.
Please, take a moment and welcome with great enthusiasm, from Cleopatra Films comes Jared Cohn’s “Devil’s Domain”. Cohn took the age old tale of “selling your soul” and put an entirely new twist on it, and with precision. This film is a complete adaptation of what the youth of today is facing, the constant struggles that the general population of people born before the mid 90’s will never understand. Cyber bullying, social media addiction, GLBTQIA, and these are just to name a few.
Devil’s Domain” is the story of a young girl who is unknowingly recorded in some incredibly compromising situations, and soon finds her secrets have become a viral trend. On the brink of suicide and without hope, this young girl is approached by a beautiful and enchanting stranger who provides her with pleasures beyond her imagination and promises her that the world can be all she desires in return for a small favor when the time is right.
Writer/Director Jared Cohn (Death Pool) found the perfect storm of intrigue, erotica, suspense, and gore. Between the pop-culture infused screenplay, the to-die-for soundtrack, and the all star cast, it’s safe to say that this is certainly an impressive notch in this gentleman’s bedpost. Speaking of which, keep an eye out for his next film “Death Pool”(review will be out soon).
Madi Vodane stars in her feature film introductory role as “Lisa”, the troubled youth full of angst and self loathing. Vodane hit the ground running and absolutely did not stumble once. Madi portrayed this character so intently that it would be hard to believe that it wasn’t specifically written for her. Give this girl a round of applause and throw roses.. Incredible job, young lady.
Co-starring along side Vodane is the voluptuous Linda Bella (Tropic Thunder, Monsters in the Woods) as “Destiny”, the exotic and alluring stranger who changes the course of our protagonist’s life in every way imaginable. In all honesty, it was a role that has been portrayed so many times that it’s become stale and hard to watch, until young blood breathes new life into it and that’s exactly what she accomplished with sleek and sensual finesse.
Zack Kozlow (Black Coffee) co-stars as “Andrew”, the boy next door. This kid has charisma oozing out of him. The voice, the mannerisms, this guy has IT. Strap yourself in lad, you’ve got quite the career ahead of you.
The great Michael Madsen (Reservoir Dogs, The Hateful Eight) makes a shockingly welcome guest appearance in this film as Lisa’s step-dad “Bill”. Now, this goes without saying but Madsen is a legend, and everything he touches turns to gold, a “Madsen Touch” if you will. Frankly, it was surprising to see him in this movie but a very welcome addition. Thank you, sir.
To summarize, this is definitely one of the best horror movies of the year, in fact it’s holding a strong lead. Fans of Cohn’s work know what to expect and not only does he not disappoint but he raised the bar. This is undoubtedly one of those well crafted contracts that makes any horror fanatic want to sign their name in blood.
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