PLOT: The servants of the diety Cernunnos, generally known as the supreme hunter, launch a bunch of individuals into Germany’s Black Forest to be hunted down one-by-one.
REVIEW: In response to on-line trivia, Demigod author/director and Mississippi native Miles Doleac had an “educational focus” on Greco-Roman antiquity and earned a Ph.D. in Historical Historical past, and his training will need to have led him to the legend of Cernunnos, a diety within the Gallo-Roman faith. Some imagine that Cernunnos was thought of to be the Lord of the Animals or the Lord of Wild Issues, and Doleac has taken that concept and run with it, constructing a horror film round it. However not solely did Doleac put his training to make use of in crafting Demigod, he has additionally used the movie as a showcase for his German accent, which he should be not less than fairly assured in, if not pleased with. A number of the most vital strains of exposition within the movie are spoken by Doleac’s German character, in English however with a thick accent.
Doleac isn’t the one solid member who sports activities a pretend accent, and when these of us begin talking they have an inclination to go on and on for a number of minutes at a time. I’ve to confess, the spectacle of those accents did distract me from some main strains alongside the way in which, and I had to return to them and hearken to them over once more to correctly absorb what was being mentioned. However in the long run, I’d say it doesn’t actually matter should you miss sure strains as you make your means by Demigod. In case you get the fundamental gist of it – there’s a bunch of people that dwell within the Black Forest of Germany who think about themselves “servants of the hunter” and the “protectors of the forest”, who ship individuals into the wild as a sacrifice to the demigod Cernunnos – you’ve gotten all the knowledge you actually need to know.
Doleac and co-writer Michael Donovan Horn do attempt to get us emotionally invested on this complete factor by centering the story on Robin Murphy (Rachel Nichols) and her husband Leo (Yohance Myles), an American couple who’ve ventured into the Black Forest to go to the distant cabin Robin’s late grandfather (performed by Jeremy London in flashbacks and desires) has left to her. The characters are considerably likeable and the actors do nicely of their roles – I’ve been a fan of Nichols’ because the days of Alias and P2, and discover that she will be able to all the time be relied on to ship a strong efficiency – however I nonetheless couldn’t handle to care about them… or any of the opposite characters (together with Doleac’s) they find yourself wandering the wilderness with after the “servants of the hunter” seize them and ship them out into the 70,000 sq. mile forest.
The hunt begins – after the Cernunnos devotees have rambled on for almost ten minutes straight and eventually set their victims unfastened – when there’s nonetheless about half of the 94 minute operating time left, however don’t anticipate Demigod to show right into a thrill-a-minute actionfest at that time. The set-up of individuals being stalked by the woods by a horned beast-man by some means comes throughout as being quite boring when delivered to the display and populated with shrug-inducing characters, and the sight of a horned man-beast carrying a cape is extra comical than horrifying. Once you’re watching a film, anyway. I actually wouldn’t need to run right into a bloodthirsty horned man-beast carrying a cape in my private life.
I discovered Demigod to be a disappointingly underwhelming film and may’t suggest in search of it out. I wouldn’t name it flat-out dangerous, however I didn’t benefit from the time I spent with it. I couldn’t join with the story or the characters, I didn’t care about something that was occurring, the presentation was off-putting to me, and the motion wasn’t thrilling sufficient to be price slogging by the scenes round it.
That is the second Doleac movie I’ve reviewed, the earlier one being final 12 months’s The Dinner Party. I additionally wasn’t a fan of that film, however I’d say that Demigod is an enchancment primarily as a result of it’s 21 minutes shorter.
Gravitas Ventures is giving Demigod a theatrical and VOD launch on October 15th.