The Devil's Den Review

Poster Art Country : USA
Year: 2007
Genre: Action/Devilry
Format: Video
Running Time: 83 minutes
Distributor: Anchor Bay

Two buddies returning from Mexico with a load of Spanish Fly to sell get more than they bargained for when they stop off at a seedy club with a curious name....

Directed by Jeff Burr. Written by Mitch Gould. Starring: Devon Sawa, Ken Foree, and Kelly Hu.

Quinn Taylor and his friend Nick are on their way back from Mexico with a load of Spanish Fly to sell in the States. They stop at a gentleman's club called The Devil's Den and decide to test out their product on the unsuspecting women there. Only, these women aren't really human, and the two men find themselves in a very fatal position. Also tossed in are a female-assassin on the hunt for Quinn, a monster hunter who just happened to stumble into everything, a Japanese swordsman who doesn't really exist and even Satan himself who have to deal with the situation once all hell breaks loose.

Jeff Burr directs a script by Mitch Gould. This film is very reminiscent of From Dusk Till Dawn in a lot of ways, but also resembles The Evil Dead a bit; the result is better than what you would think, but there's a similar feeling of disassociation among the various elements.

On a mindless exploitation level this film is pretty good, but on other levels it seems to make promises that it fails to deliver on; none of the deaths carry any moral weight, and the climactic special-effects free-for-all tends to drown out all other interests.

Devon Sawa and Ken Foree have an excellent dynamic, and carry the film for sure. It's also great to see Leatherface director Jeff Burr back in action as the film stands own it's own despite the similarities to the above mentioned films. The production values are excellent for such a low budget as well.

So, if your critical horizons are low and you're feeling in a nasty mood, you probably won't be bored.


Review by John Gray, for Pitofhorror.com

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