American Satan (2017) Movie Review

American Satan is the darker side of the rock music world. When the devil comes a calling.

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Director: Ash Avildsen

Writer: Ash Avildsen, Matty Beckerman (Screenplay)

Starring: Andy Biersack, Booboo Stewart, Ben Bruce, John Bradley, Jesse Sullivan, Sebastian Gregory, Denise Richards, Mark Boone Junior, Malcolm McDowell

Plot: A young rock band, half of its members from England and half from the U.S., drops out of college and moves to the Sunset Strip to chase their dreams.

Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: American Satan starts when rock band The Relentless. Johnny (Biersack), Vic (Stewart), Leo (Bruce), Lily (Sullivan), Dylan (Gregory) and manager Ricky (Bradley). As they look to make an impact on the Sunset Strip, learning the harsh reality of making it in the music industry.

When the band meets a mysterious stranger Mr Capricorn (McDowell). He offers them deal to be overnight success, with a producer Elias (Junior) recruiting them for his latest tour. With the Relentless being the most must see band in America.

Thoughts on American Satan

American Satan is a horror thriller following a rock band who make a deal with the devil. Becoming an overnight sensation building the controversial media created about them.

This story does offer the extremes people might find themselves going through to become the biggest name in music. Even if they do have talent on their side, they have failed to make the major impact they wanted. They don’t want to earn their position on top of the world.

This might well show the deal made, but it does show the same naïve reckless behaviour notorious for rock bands to fall into, throwing away their talent. The performances in the film are solid enough, with the ever-dark figure Malcolm McDowell stealing every scene he is involved in, despite the younger cast getting their chance to shine on stage. This is a film that will show how success can push people to the limits, making them slip off the success they should have had.

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