Demigod: Review


Robin (Rachel Nichols) has suffered a loss after her grandfather has died. So, along with her husband, Leo (Yohance Myles), they return to Germany where she was born and back to where here grandfather lived in the Black Forest. There they are greeted by Arthur (Miles Doleac), an eccentric woodsman who strikes up a conversation about the folklore in the area which is rich and plentiful telling tales of witches and demons.

Robin and her husband laugh about it at first, but little do they realise that they’re being hunted by the witches and demons which patrolled the Black Forest for centuries.

Demigod is a horror movie written, directed by and co-starring Miles Doleac. Set in the Black Forest, but clearly actually filmed in the US, Demigod is a microbudget horror movie which wants its audience to suspend their disbelief.

After all, a good imagination is no substitute for a high action, high octane CGI blockbuster, but the results of the movie are hard to ignore. Although having a good set up, there’s a certain amount of unintentional comedy that comes from watching Demigod.

Firstly, there’s Doleac’s performance, which the audience is supposed to believe is of a man who has spent far too much time in the wilderness and has become rather affected by it. In most films, this may be the highlight of the film because actors in those roles tend to play them in such a heightened way that they’re memorable whether they’re good or not.

Whereas Doleac certainly does give an exaggerated performance, it doesn’t seem to suit him and the dialogue makes his serious performance come across as more comical than intended.

In fact, there’s a lot about Demigod that’s unintentionally funny and it may also be down to the budget. When writing a horror movie such as this about witches and demons then it may have been best to make sure that the characters look suitably menacing and somewhat believable.

Unfortunately, this is where Demigod fails because the villains’ costumes look like they’re LARPers rather than any real threat. This includes the rather laughable main villain who looks like an actor struggling to be heard through a plastic mask. One to skip unless you really must watch every horror ever made.

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Joel found out that he had a talent for absorbing film trivia at a young age. Ever since then he has probably watched more films than the average human being, not because he has no filter but because it’s one of the most enjoyable, fulfilling and enriching experiences that a person can have. He also has a weak spot for bad sci-fi/horror movies because he is a huge geek and doesn’t care who knows it.