Saturday, October 23, 2021

Demigod Review: A Good Setup That Does Not Finish Strong

Release date: October 15, 2021
Running time: 95 minutes
Directed by: Miles Doleac
Starring: Rachel Nichols, Jeremy London, Yohance Myles, and Elena Sanchez

Upon the death of her grandfather, a woman and her husband return to her birthplace in Germany's Black Forest, only to find a terrifying secret awaits them.

Demigod has a mysterious start that will hook you, while the setting will keep you intrigued.  They both are perfect for a horror film, a mysterious past and an isolated wood cabin.  Having a couple go into a strange, deserted woods is the perfect recipe for terror.  And the film keeps the tension high with a slow build up to emphasize this great start.  You don't really know what is happening until a little ways into the film, and even then you don't know much else.  When the film uses practical gore effects, they look well done.  And I really liked the cast, specifically Rachel Nichols.  Her character is strong and mysterious, making for a compelling main character.  But I think my favorite character was portrayed by Yohance Myles, who adds a sense of heart and humor to the cast.  

But Demigod has some aspects that make it feel budget.  For one, the final monster / entity just does not seem that scary.  It appears to be someone in prosthetics and the overall power that it has is not fully explained.  It also has eyes that look like laser pointers, which doesn't strike fear in me when I saw it.  And the film, despite having a good initial start, just feels like not much happens.  Even with its exciting premise, there is never a good sense of unease or urgency after the initial few scenes.  It is strange as this film has all the components of a good horror movie, along with a strong headliner, but it just does not come together.  

Overall, despite Demigod's with a good mysterious setup and characters, it does not finish strong and is let down by a story without much drive and a confusing overall premise.

Rent it.

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Demigod is available in theaters, digitally, and on demand on October 15, 2021.  

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