A septet of short thrillers vaguely based on the seven deadly sins.
While recent portmanteau horror movies have seen mixed success, this shoddy effort is almost entirely devoid of merit. Writer-director Benjamin Rider is clearly out of his depth and drowning in a high-concept hell of cardboard characters, amateur acting and woeful writing. There is little-to-no consideration of costume, production design or mise-en-scène, and each story is more pointless than the last.
The nadir of this inane nightmare is a baffling, psychedelic mess about a priest on an ecstasy trip; it looks like a naff nineties music video, with VFX knocked up on Microsoft Paint.
There are some fairly admirable influences on display – beyond the obligatory Tarantino homage there are nods to Aronofsky’s early work – but Seven Devils offers no glimpse of potential talent for Rider. In every respect, this film is diabolical.
Seven Devils is a micro budget anthology feature film set around the seven deadly sins. (97 mins, colour + black and white, UK)
Written and directed by Ben Rider –
Starring Cornelius Geaney Jr., Julia Papp, Darren O’Connor, Emily Stride, Augustina Amoa, Stacey Leigh, Gregory Champkin, Michael Luke Walsh, Richard Summers-Calvert, Louise Tyler, Aurora Fearnley, Michelle Lehane, Kim Waters, Rosalyn Mitchell, Alexander Hughes
VOD and DVD release set for May 2016.
We hope you're enjoying BRWC. You should check us out on our social channels, subscribe to our newsletter, and tell your friends. BRWC is short for battleroyalewithcheese.