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The Devil's Business [DVD]
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2012
I was pleasantly surprised by this little film- it was both an entertaining horror as well as a smart thriller... really was the perfect thing to watch when I didn't want something too serious but also wanted more than just another lazy indie horror. It is definitely low-budget, so it doesn't have a load of explosions or crazy effects, but the acting and the dialogue really elevate it- Clarke's monologues are compelling while Gordon's character is oddly loveable (it doesn't hurt that he's easy on the eyes). I would definitely recommend this to my friends looking for something more than just another throw-away horror with teenagers running through the woods. Solid 4/5.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Even though it's just over an hour long, this movie is very taut and tense for the majority of it's duration.

Two hit men, on a new boy and one a veteran, are waiting for the eponymous Kist, who for some reason needs to be killed. He is at the opera and should be home after midnight.

after a few exchanges, the hit men check the area, and find some very disturbing things in the garage, that could indicate some kind of devil worship is going on.

After they find the body of a child, they realise all is not well.

Kist arrives home and is killed. On their way out of the house, one realises that he has left his watch, on entering the house, Kists body has gone...

Yes, the movie is so much like Kill List, that you know that something will change the whole of narrative and the genre before the final act, but, considering the lack of sets and the tight budget, it's very surreal and atmospheric.

This is partly thanks to some use of wonderful lighting, and a fantastic monologue by Pinner about Eddie, and his cheating wife.

The trouble is that the film gets a little too bonkers for it's own good come the end. I would accept the fact that Kist could be resurrected due to Paganism, but did you really have to go all 'Don't Look Now' at the end.

Fans of kill list should see this, for the most part, it's excellent.
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on 7 August 2014
Not a bad movie, but just wish the ending was "meatier" and less off the wall, as i feel it let the movie down...
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 29 July 2014
Tedious, dry and very very s-l-o-w. To be honest, this movie was so poor I dont have the will or the strength to even write a review about it - that's how disappointed I feel. Once again, I am very suspicious of the rave reviews which are now common for these micro-budget independent films where the makers stand to gain a lot from views on Amazon because they stand no hope o DVD sales or Cinema releases.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 12 March 2014
Maybe this will be a little slow for some but this is worth sticking with.
Made on a tiny budget, so the action is limited, the acting is good all round and at just over the hour should not bore anybody.
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on 3 November 2014
A brilliant movie with an amazing soundtrack.creepy ominous and scary watch with the lights off
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2013
Every now and again, an outstanding horror film will go flying completely past the radar, only to be discovered by those who are willing to look for it. The Devil's Business is one such film.

Following in the footsteps of other Occult based movies like Ti West's incredible 'House of the Devil', this British gem uses slow and clever character development, well crafted dialogue, and cleverly placed shock scenes to create an atmosphere of slow burning dread.

The Devil's Business uses a well worn theme in horror movies, and makes it into something very fresh. The gist of the plot is this:

Two hitmen from London (one experienced, one completely inexperienced) are sent on a 'job' at the house of a man they have never met. All they know is that this man had displeased their boss, who desperately wants him whacked. As the two characters wait for their target to arrive home from a night at the opera, we hear them share stories of their past experiences which, at times, really sent chills up my spine.

I won't spoil the film by describing it in any more detail, suffice to say, if you enjoyed the Kill List, House of the Devil or even the questionable Ninth Gate (not Johnny Depp's finest hour in my opinion), then you will almost certainly take something from seeing this film.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2013
Two hit men, Pinner, a veteran, and Cully, a wet-behind-the-ears new boy, are waiting at their next victims house, he's at the theatre and is due back at midnight. What they expect to be a quick in and out job soon shows them the true demons.

I liked this film up until about 10 minutes from the end. The acting was good and so was the dialogue, it's very wordy but not too wordy that it'd put you to sleep. I think this film would make a great play. I loved the eeriness to it all. Some parts were executed better than others but none was what would be considered awful. I do wish that there had been a bit more on screen horror instead of behind doors but as this was low budget it's understandable. It uses very little to create an overall great atmosphere, both of the leads just carry your attention. The chemistry between Billy Clark and Jack Gordon made the film especially the way they just seemed to play off of each other.

I can't help but think that the homunculus looks like a cheap copy of Three Fingers from the Wrong Turn franchise.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 27 July 2013
I don't know exactly what I'd expected of this film, but it was a pleasant surprise to find a good plot, good acting, and a slow shift towards horror, rather than having - as so often happens in horror films - the breakout of another gore fest. The first "sighting" of the supposed victim was very effective, and if the makers could have just restrained themselves at the end, it would have been just about perfect. Not perfect but worth watching.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 August 2014
It's low budget so generally consists of two actors talking to each until the denouement in the last few minutes.

The issue is that the conversations that take up the majority of the film are not using any kind of speech you'd recognise from real people. One character talks like Pike from Dads Army, the other , who ridiculously spends most of the film relating a spooky story, sounds like he's reading the story out of a book.
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