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Deep inside covered by a bunch of fake blood, there’s a serious topic on high school bullying in Devil’s Domain but all that is masked by a poor screenplay (mainly bad dialogue) and so-so performances



Devil’s Domain

Genre(s): Horror
MVD Visual | NR – 91 min. – $24.95 | July 11, 2017

Date Published: 07/23/2017 | Author: The Movieman


Directed by: Jared Cohn
Writer(s): Jared Cohn (written by)
Cast: Madi Vodane, Linda Bella, Michael Madsen, Brenna Tucker
Features: Featurettes, Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.35
Subtitles: English
Disc Size: 22.1 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A


THE MOVIE — 1.5/5

Note: This review contains some PLOT SPOILERS so readers beware.

Plot Synopsis: Lisa Pomson (MADI VODANE), a troubled, social media obsessed teen, conflicted with her sexuality and her parents misunderstanding her. When Lisa gets secretly filmed binging, purging, and masturbating, the video goes viral and she suffers extreme cyber-bullying. Suicidal, and on the brink of insanity, a beautiful, mysterious stranger — the Devil (LINDA BELLA) — strikes up an online relationship with her. They grow close and meet and the stranger offers to help in exchange for a favor: The Devil will rid her of the bullies and give Lisa fame and fortune in exchange for loyalty… and as Lisa later discovers, a baby. Lisa agrees and as the bullies die one by one, Lisa’s conscious kicks in and she regrets doing the deal. The Devil threatens eternal suffering and the death of her loved ones until she finally succumbs.

Quick Hit Review: The above synopsis came from the back cover and I actually had to adjust it considering it lays out the entire plot. Ok, with that out of the way, Devil’s Domain could’ve been a wickedly fun horror flick but it’s hard to find it enjoyable when the topic of cyber-bullying is a core story including one scene in which, following being humiliated online, hangs herself (and our main character, Lisa, considers suicide following her ordeal). Beyond that, I suppose horror junkies might like some of the make-up effects and on that front, it’s not terrible.

However, this is a movie that really isn’t very satisfying to watch. Oh, and Michael Madsen does have a small part, perhaps did a favor for a producer or something; can’t say he phoned it in but it’s not exactly a character one could get invested in. And lead actress Madi Vodane, in her first credited role, shows some promise considering the material.



The only features are a standard Behind the Scenes (6:15; HD) featurette; Red Carpet Premiere (8:05; HD) footage and interviews; a Slide Show; and Trailer (1:46; HD).


VIDEO – 3.0/5, AUDIO – 3.25/5

Given the movie was probably done a shoe-string budget, and even seemingly utilizing some green screen to place actors in some locations, this actually doesn’t look terrible, detail is a bit soft and colors aren’t consistent, yet it’s still not half bad, though nothing to boast about either.

The movie comes with a basic Dolby Digital 5.1 track but despite not being a lossless audio codec, it’s still effective enough where dialogue was clear and even some modest depth is on display especially during the “demonic” scenes.

OVERALL – 2.0/5

Overall, deep inside covered by a bunch of fake blood, there’s a serious topic on high school bullying in Devil’s Domain but all that is masked by a poor screenplay (mainly bad dialogue) and so-so performances although lead actress Madi Vodane does deliver and some of the make-up effects weren’t bad. Horror hounds might get something out of this, otherwise it’s an easy skip.





Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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