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.
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.
I just saw Prometheus and Logan Marshall-Green clearly hasn't gotten any better since this film. In both movies I was hoping he'd get smooshed/slashed/pryed-open/crapped on and I only got my wish one time out of two. On the positive side, the film was about as good as its poster: nifty idea, that causes one's eyes to roll at first but fills-up 90minutes/bus-stops without any offense.