- X 2019
The Good Things Devils Do
James Suttles, David Lee Craig (executive), Jess Norvisgaard (executive) for SuttleFilm
directed by Jess Norvisgaard
starring Bill Oberst jr, Linnea Quigley, Kane Hodder, David Rucker III, Mary Katherine O'Donnell, Kelley Wilson Robinson, Veronika Stoykova, Ian Patrick Mendes, Maddox Robinson, Piper Suttles, Anna Lynn Holleman, Jeff Ryan Alexander
written by Jess Norvisgaard, music by Neil Lee Griffin
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Richard (Bill Oberst jr), a small-fry gangster, wants out for him and
his expert lock-picker daughter Mouse (Mary Katherine O'Donnell), and is
granted to just be let go after one last job on Halloween night - provided
he takes strongman Percy (Kane Hodder) with him - something Richard is not
happy about because Percy is a psycho with a predilection for torture and
murder and Richard detests violence per se. But then it's one last job ...
in town, family man Melvin (David Rucker III) has dreams of opening a
Museum of the Macabre - much to the dismay of his wife Louisie (Linnea
Quigley) and his going-on-forty-but-dressing-like-a-schoolgirl
stepdaughter Caroline (Kelley Wilson Robinson) - and to that end he has
just ordered the unopened coffin of the vampire Masquerade (Veronika
Stoykova) as the center piece of his exhibition - and of course a great
Halloween attraction. As these stories always go, Louisie opens the
coffin, removes the stake from the vampire's heart, and ...
Halloween night, and as it happens, Richard, Mouse and Percy were sent to
rob Melvin's place - which is when Richard and Mouse realize they've been
set up, and Percy was actually sent with them just to kill them. Percy is
killed by newly revived Masquerade rather quickly though, but now Richard,
Mouse and Melvin have to team up to destroy Masquerade - but that's easier
said than done as she's near indestructible and has hypnotic powers, which
means out unlikely group of heroes are soon enough at each other's throats
If you mix gangster flick and vampire movie you get ... a
situation comedy? Well, at least in this film it works. Sure, the film
scores high on violence both genres suggest, and sure enough doesn't shy
away from anything, but what really makes it work is that it fully
acknowledges the absurdity of its premise and winks at the far-fetchedness
of some of its plotpoints, but gets the most out of the situation and
plays it for laughs - even if some of the humouris very dark. And what
really helps is that the leads, while obviously in on the joke, play it
straight, and thus they, and the direction, keep the film from going full
blast moronic, instead turn this into a rather delightful horror farce.