Devil's Chair, The (DVD)



The Devil's Chair DVD (click for larger image)Reviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Andrew Howard, Nadja Brand, David Grant, Polly Brown

Directed by Adam Mason

Distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment


"It's time for something different though. Bring on some good old fashioned monster movies! Hell, bring on anything that doesn't involve listening to some poor fucks scream their heads off for nearly two hours while tied up. Please." That's how I ended my review for Adam Mason's last film, Broken (review here). The good news? Mason delivers on the call for something different. With his latest film, The Devil's Chair, he delivers everything that a movie should while shattering just about every film convention possible. Before we get into all that, though, let's catch up with the premise.

Ever find yourself bored, horny, drugged up, and looking for excitement? That's me almost every night of the week, but that description also applies to our hero(!) Nick West (Howard). In his search for the ultimate thrill-screw, he takes his girlfriend to an abandoned mental asylum for a little sex and acid indulgence. Too bad things go horribly awry from there. Nick awakens the next morning covered in blood, and his girlfriend is not only missing, but she seems to have dropped off of the planet entirely.

The Devil's Chair DVD (click for larger image)The only thing he can remember is seeing her ripped from this universe after sitting on an old chair within the asylum. Of course no one believes him so as punishment he's sent to the local funny farm. A while later the poor bastard is released to the resident shrink who has a plan to cure Nick, or at the very least find out what really happened that night. His treatment of choice? Returning to the site of the crime and spending the night. Ladies and gentleman, get ready to witness the gore-soaked results of one of the worst ideas -- ever!

From top to bottom this flick is stylish, involving, well written, well acted, and dripping with sick. Told completely from West's point of view after-the-fact, Mason not only breaks the fabled fourth wall (and not in a completely pussified way as found in the abysmal Funny Games), he decimates it. The character of Nick West will address you, make you laugh, and most of all incite you as if hoping to cause a riot in your home, all without being the slightest bit pretentious or condescending. As a viewer you will find yourself on equally as insane a ground as the characters do. Quite the feat.

And then there's the sweet, sweet gore. Ah! So red! So free-flowing! *kisses fingers* Magnifique! This nail-biting experience is in no way intended for the squeamish or for those of you out there who may be easily offended. It earns every syllable of the word unrated and does so with a gleeful sense of wild and reckless abandon.

The Devil's Chair DVD (click for larger image)There are only a few small drawbacks that keep this one from attaining a perfect five out of five. The twist(s) are pretty much telegraphed, and the ending, though stained with gallons upon gallons of blood and gore, goes on for just a bit too long. Other than that, we have a true winner here, folks.

Also hitting the proverbial homerun are this disc's special features. While not bountiful, they are very informative and, much like the film itself, extremely well done. Things kick off with a great and brisk commentary by writer/director Adam Mason and writer Simon Boyes which I highly recommend, and from there we get two making-of featurettes that can be watched either separately or as a whole. Clocking in at nearly an hour combined, these behind-the-scenes looks offer everything that they should without ever having that nagging "been there -- done that" feeling set in. Very, very good.

If you're looking for a splatter spewing hell ride that would give even the raunchiest of Tarantino flicks a run for their money, dim the lights, pump up the old 5.1 set-up, and have a seat. The Devil's Chair is a relentless thrill machine that is sure to bring you face to face with some pretty damned dark demons.

Special Features

  • Commentary by writer/director Adam Mason and writer Simon Boyes
  • Blood, Sweat, and Fears: The Making-of The Devil's Chair featurette
  • Trailers

    Film:

    4 out of 5

    Special Features:

    3 1/2 out of 5

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    Daymare's picture

    What "rules" are we talking about? HT appearing to be a basic slasher flick with a traditional narrative so it's "against the rules" to subvert that in the end (even though that was HT's main intention and not just something thrown in in the end just for the fun of it)?

    There are no rules if the narrator of the movie is mad. And it's pretty obvious who the narrator is in High Tension and what's her mental state - just not as obvious as in Devil's Chair.


    Submitted by Daymare on Mon, 10/06/2008 - 6:32am.
    arandomthought's picture

    I work at wal-mart, so If I see it there, I'll let you know.


    Submitted by arandomthought on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 12:38pm.
    Daymare's picture

    Bu', bu'.. how can one's madness be more absurd then the other's?:) It can't, before you try to answer. You've critised both twists on different grounds (I may be wrong), but for all intents and purposes, they are pretty much the same. It just seems that High Tension's naysayers can't get over the fact HT is not what it appears to be the first time (a simple homage to slasher flicks of old), just because it's so darn good and effective at it.

    You did award HT with four knives (if I'm correct - I can't be arsed to check it again) so it's all good:)


    Submitted by Daymare on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 2:48am.
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    Steve Barton's picture

    Because Devil's Chair's twist, while still in the same vein as HT's, worked within the movies own rules. HT's is just left field shock value.


    Submitted by Steve Barton on Sun, 10/05/2008 - 2:31pm.
    Daymare's picture

    @Uncle Creepy

    Oh and, SPOILERS, guys!
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    Correct me if I'm wrong, Creepy, but aren't you a member of a "I-hate-High Tension's-twist" club?:) If so, why aren't you complaining here, since Devil's Chair is basically a *Very* similar story?
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    Submitted by Daymare on Sat, 10/04/2008 - 1:34am.
    moderator Well I did write: "There are
    Steve Barton's picture

    Well I did write: "There are only a few small drawbacks that keep this one from attaining a perfect five out of five. The twist(s) are pretty much telegraphed, and the ending, though stained with gallons upon gallons of blood and gore, goes on for just a bit too long."

    That's hardly praise for the twists. They were far less absurd here than in HT.


    Submitted by Steve Barton on Sat, 10/04/2008 - 12:34pm.

    will get this on dvd hopefully walmart will carry it as they carry most new sony horror titles if not it will be hard to find my best buy isn't gonna get it anyone know if walmart will have it for sale?


    Submitted by fceurichb39 on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 10:19am.
    Sam Hell's picture

    i don't know walmart is funny like that you never know what they will carry i usually find myself saying wow i can't believe walmart is selling this but i'm not gonna say that outloud and call attention to it that would mess it up for everyone else and i'm not gonna have that hanging over my head you know what i'm saying plus that would not be good for business because everyone would just go to foreign owned stores to get dvd's and that wouldn't be good for the american people you know because it's gotta be about job creation to shore up the economy and reigning in spending because you know obama huh so all i'm saying is if walmart doesn't have it you should be able to find it online ten four kick it back hello over.


    Submitted by Sam Hell on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 11:11am.
    Spaceshark's picture

    I've been waiting for this for like, forever.


    Submitted by Spaceshark on Wed, 10/01/2008 - 4:14am.
    arandomthought's picture

    and when does this come out?


    Submitted by arandomthought on Tue, 09/30/2008 - 10:42pm.
    moderator Should be available next
    Steve Barton's picture

    Should be available next Tuesday.


    Submitted by Steve Barton on Tue, 09/30/2008 - 10:54pm.

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