Plot: When a single mother (Ali Larter) and her two young children are tormented by an increasingly strange and intense presence in their quiet suburban home, she turns to her scientist boyfriend to take on the violent forces that paranormal experts are too frightened to face.
Review: The Diabolical is a tough film to review without giving away any spoilers, but I will try my best. Having Hollywood go through its ‘torture porn’ phase and now in it’s paranormal stage, movies that deal with the unknown are becoming a dime a dozen. Luckily, this is not one of those films. What starts out as a seemingly standard ghost story quickly reveals there is more at work than what we first thought. Apparitions appear and disappear, tormenting our heroine Madison (played brilliantly by Ali Larter) and her two kids. Her oldest child, Danny, is having problems at school and is always getting into fights. Her daughter Haley, thinks these uninvited visitors are her father paying a visit from the beyond. Once Madison’s boyfriend, school science teacher Nikolai (Arjun Gupta), witnesses the goings on at the house, he begins to investigate and that is where some answers are finally revealed to us.
For first time writer and director Alister Legrand, he has crafted a very smart and well presented horror/sci-fi film. With great performances from everyone involved (the children are particularly good in a genre that usually reduces them to screaming sidekicks), The Diabolical has some fantastic twists that you will not see coming. It has somewhat of a slow-build but as the details are revealed, we are left with an interesting premise, great swerves, a satisfying unique film and a filmmaker to keep an eye on.
XLrator Media will be releasing The Diabolical in theaters, VOD and iTunes on October 16th