ALONG CAME THE DEVIL Is Horrific Fun Despite Its Shortcomings
Along Came the Devil regales viewers with the story of Ashley (played by Sydney Sweeney) and her subsequent possession. Ashley and her older sister Jordan lived with an abusive father and a seemingly dead mother until Jordan moved away for college. Ashley moves in with her estranged Aunt Tanya (played by Jessica Barth) and after doing so, strange things begin to happen in the home. Ashley and Tanya hear strange sounds and voices when the other isn’t home. After Ashley reconnects with an old friend enamored of the demonic named Hannah (played by Madison Lintz), they try to hold a séance to call on Ashley’s mother and things go horribly wrong. What follows after is a fight for Ashley’s soul as a demonic entity tries to steal it.
This film has a lot of good things going for it. There are several great moments of building suspense that feel well thought out and are fun to watch unfold. Sydney Sweeney’s performance as Ashley is great to watch. She does an excellent job with the possession sequences and is truly disturbing at times. The many hallucination sequences in the film are very well done. The effects add to this, mainly that of the SFX makeup. Despite this film being a small indie production the makeup was very similar to that of larger budget productions. Possessed Ashley doesn’t look too far off from a Deadite in the 2013 remake of Evil Dead.
On that note, however, some moments felt a little too derivative of other possession films, with a few things being a little too similar to Friedkin’s The Exorcist for comfort. The film struggles to wrap up some parts of the film nicely, as evidenced in a scene where, after the first day of school, Ashley goes home embarrassed after something she did but viewers never get to know what that thing was. The film’s abrupt ending comes as a surprise as well, seeing that the quasi-twist had some interesting ideas to explore that would have made this film seem a bit more unique. The film runs for 89 minutes, making this twist something that could have very well been explored before the abrupt cut to credits.
Despite the few drawbacks, Along Came the Devil is still an enjoyable watch. Its effects combined with some well-built tension and excellent hallucination sequences make it a well-crafted possession flick that’s sure to entertain.
Along Came the Devil is available now on VOD.