Writer: Abel Vang, Burlee Vang (Screenplay)
Starring: Saxon Sharbino, Bonnie Morgan, Brandon Soo Hoo, Alexis G Zail, Matty Finochio, Aaron Hendry, Brett Wagner, Victory Van Tuyl, Mitchell Edwards, Carson Boatman
Plot: Five friends are terrorized by a supernatural entity after downloading a mysterious app.
Tagline – Evil is about to go viral.
Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Verdict: Fear Riddled Horror
Story: Bedeviled starts when Nikki (Zall) is killed unexpectedly, her five closest friends Alice (Sharbino), Dan (Hoo), Haley (Tuyl), Cody (Edwards) and Gavin (Boatman) reflect on their memories of Nikki as they are planning their time after school. The next day the five friends all get an invite for a mysterious app from Nikki’s phone, the app seems to be able to interact with them and solve everyday problems.
As the days go by the app starts to play the fears of the five friends as they rush against time to try and figure out how to escape the horrors that are awaiting them around any corner.
Thoughts on Bedeviled
Characters – Alice is our leading lady, her best friend is the first victim and the one that has sent her the app, her fear is close to home and after it becomes too personal, she leads the investigation into what happened to Nikki and what is happening to her. Cody is the smartest of the group, he understands how apps operate including the coding, he has dealt with racist behaviour his whole life and becomes the one that is starting to investigate the most with Alice. Dan is another one of the group, he is working in the school play and that is about as much as we learn about him. Haley is the female friend that was always just the friend of the other two girls, now she tells her biggest fear which is the most unique in the film.
Performances – The performances in this film from Savon Sharbino and Mitchell Edwards who both seem to be the leading characters do work for the film, we know we are watching naïve teenagers and they make us believe they are playing to their strengths. The rest of the cast play out like the normal supporting cast in horror films, not the best at everything.
Story – The story here follows five friends who install an app on their phone which starts by making life easier only to turn sinister as it feeds on their fears. Now with this story we can easily make comparisons to ‘The Ring’ or ‘Friends Request’ using a supernatural force to come after the teenagers. There is a clear warning about the technology heavy society we are now living in which does come from not just downloading anything even if there is a friendly invitation because you never know what you are allowing access to your personal data. We get to see different types of fears which does give us moments in the film when the character is alone, yes this could be considered horror cliché, but it works. For horror this story is simple enough and will entertain throughout.
Horror – The horror in the film comes from the fears of the characters, each one is different and while they are created through the same methods they offer something different in the scares.
Settings – The film gives us everyday life until the final showdown, which adds tension to the horror we are waiting to see.
Special Effects – The effects are mostly good with Bonnie Morgan as the Grandmother showing her abilities in creating a disjointed character.
Final Thoughts – This is an enjoyable horror, it has good scares, creative fears even if this is something we have seen before.
Overall: Horror Fans Enjoy.