Saturday 20 January 2018

Movie Review: AMERICAN SATAN (2017)

American Satan
After the cool trailer and the awesome soundtrack album from The Relentless (the fictional band from the film - read my review here), I've been looking forward to checking out American Satan for months! It received very limited cinema showings in America around Halloween last year, but has now finally hit digital platforms here in the UK, with a Blu-Ray/DVD release expected soon.

The movie is about a young Heavy Metal band who make a deal with The Devil, played by Malcolm McDowell, and quickly rise to fame and glory, but at a price. The premise sounded interesting, despite not being overly original, but I found that the Horror/Supernatural element to the film was minimal and the focus was the excesses of the Rock n' Roll lifestyle and their collective journey as a band.

American Satan is not exactly the film I expected it to be. If you're looking for something clever, original, or more 'Horror' than say the Scream TV series, then this may not be the film for you. What it lacks in depth, it makes up for in pure escapism and entertainment. It's full of drugs, orgies, Heavy Metal, more orgies... and, well that's about it. In fairness, it's really funny in places, and some of the actors are fantastic, in particular John Bradley West (Game of Thrones) and, of course, Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange/Suck). The actors who play The Relentless are great too, apart from Ben Bruce from Asking Alexandria who's just bloody awful. In fact, he's so awful that I really enjoyed his performance. It bizarrley worked. How, still remains a mystery.

If you'd like to watch an imaginary band live out a Rock n' Roll fantasy, with even more plot-holes than The Last Jedi, more gratuitous, ludicrous sex scenes than your average porno, a good sprinkling of teen drama, coupled with some comedy, then don't hesitate. Get this on your telly.

Yes, it's fucking ridiculous, but I actually really enjoyed it, and that's what counts.


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