David at the Movies: Exorcism on live TV – such fun!

LATE NIGHT WITH THE DEVIL

 

Pretending to be “found footage” from the 1970s, this is the night TV chat show host Jack Delroy (David Dastmalchian) hoped his show would get a boost from a Halloween special featuring a Latino medium and a teenage girl possessed by a demon. He got more than he bargained for. Obviously, things were going to go horribly wrong, and they did – horribly.

This is – almost – a gloriously original movie, or at least it’s an original twist on familiar tropes, in the vein of, let’s say, Scary Movie. Some projectile vomiting heralds the inevitable “hommage” to The Exorcist. Lilly, the possessed girl (Ingrid Torelli), is clearly referencing Linda Blair, but she reminded me a bit of Pamela Franklin (The Innocents, 1961).

Late Night With the Devil is unusually short, less than 90 mins. A  bit gross towards the finale, but not as sickeningly gross as the majority of current horror films. Recommended.

 

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