A memorable opening credits sequence promises a soundtrack that strikes just the right note of portent and a stylish visual palette from criminally underrated DP Tak Fujimoto. "Devil" certainly delivers on those two fronts, but a weak script with tuneless dialogue fails to fulfill its potential as a fun revival of 70's-era Satanic thrillers. Now imagine what M. Night Shyamalan could have done with this material.
"It's never the person you most suspect. It's also never the person you least suspect, since anyone with half a brain would suspect them the most. Therefore I know the killer to be […], the person I most medium suspect."
There is something inherently Hitchcockian in the suspense and slightly leaning toward the style of Kubrick in the photography and music that makes "Devil" an interesting ride. Watchers find out just enough about the characters to be fooled when the climax occurs, which is what brought this viewer to 4/5 stars instead of just 3 stars. The writing and acting is strong for a horror film. Definitely recommended.